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Category: Lille

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PSG would cope without Neymar but would French football suffer?

Neymar’s popularity in Paris has plummeted but his presence still attracts attention, TV viewers and money for Ligue 1 clubsBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsNeymar’s absence from PSG’s first game of the season against Nîmes on S…

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Ligue 1 preview: PSG will win the title but everything else is up for grabs

Lyon will try to push PSG but they are likely to be battling with Lille, Marseille and St Étienne for the Champions League places By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsAt first glance Thomas Tuchel’s first season at the Parc des Prin…

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Nicolas Pépé: why Arsenal are paying £72m for the Ivorian winger – video report

Arsenal have signed Nicolas Pépé for £72m. The Ivory Coast international is moving to London from Lille after ending last season as the second highest scorer in Ligue 1. The 24-year-old is now the most expensive African footballer in history – so …

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Arsenal confirm signing of Nicolas Pépé from Lille in club-record deal

• Forward joins from French club for £72m plus add-ons• Previous Arsenal record was £56m paid for AubameyangNicolas Pépé has completed his move to Arsenal for a club-record fee of €80m (£72m) plus add-ons, signing from Lille on a five-year contract.The…

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Nicolas Pépé must learn at Arsenal that football is not fun … it’s his job

Arsenal have agreed a record £72m deal for the winger and with that comes a responsibility to be more serious, says his dad “I never even thought about that,” admitted Nicolas Pépé in November. “Now, in modern football, it’s going fast. I did not see m…

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Arsenal prepare to confirm Nicolas Pépé signing in record £72m deal

• Lille forward has agreed five-year contract with Arsenal• Fee for Ivory Coast international could rise with add-onsArsenal are preparing to announce Nicolas Pépé as their record signing after agreeing personal terms with the Lille forward on a five-y…

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Arsenal set to smash transfer record after £72m bid for Nicolas Pépé

• Arsenal hopeful of beating Napoli to signing of Lille winger• Fee would eclipse £56m spent on Pierre-Emerick AubameyangArsenal have made an €80m (£72m) offer to Lille for the winger Nicolas Pépé and hope to beat Napoli to the signing of the Ivory Coa…

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It’s the Adam and Erics 2019! The complete review of the Ligue 1 season

Kylian Mbappé scored a hatful, Dimitri Payet scored a cracker and Nacer Chadli couldn’t score at allBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsWith Neymar and Edinson Cavani both struggling for fitness, PSG’s attack became (nearly) the so…

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Why are so many Ligue 1 clubs sacking their managers?

Half of the managers who started this season will not be around when Ligue 1 returns in AugustBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsWith Dijon having pipped Caen to the relegation play-off spot, the dust has almost but not quite sett…

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Téji Savanier was in Ligue 2 last year. Now he is dominating Ligue 1

Téji Savanier is best known for a ruckus with Kylian Mbappé but he’s also a contender for the player of the year awardBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsA short walk from the centre of Montpellier lies the neighbourhood of Figuero…

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PSG are champions again. Now they need to give youth a chance

Kylian Mbappé has been PSG’s star this season but the club should start promoting more homegrown youngstersBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsThe inevitable came to pass on Sunday as PSG retained the Ligue 1 title. They beat Monac…

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Lille hammer ‘beginners’ PSG as they close in on the Champions League

This time last season Lille were second bottom. Now they are second only to PSG at the top of the tableBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsStade Louis-Dugauguez, Sedan, December 2000. Laurent Robert scores PSG’s only goal as they l…

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European roundup: PSG hammered by Lille while Bayern go back to top

• Thomas Tuchel’s side suffer humbling 5-1 defeat at Lille• Kingsley Coman double gives Bayern 4-1 win over DüsseldorfParis St-Germain must wait to secure the Ligue 1 title after a humbling 5-1 defeat to second-placed Lille on Sunday.Second-half goals …

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With seven weeks to play, half of the clubs in Ligue 1 are aiming for Europe

PSG, Lille and Lyon look set for Champions League football next season but the Europa League places are up for grabsBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsThis weekend was supposed to be a coronation for PSG, one that seemed inevitabl…

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Ten top January transfer targets: from De Jong to Almirón and Lozano

Tanguy Ndombele and Nicolas Pépé have caught English eyes, while Lucas Hernández is the window’s hottest propertyCurrent club Atlético Madrid. Estimated value £72.3m Continue reading…

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In defence of Lyon manager Bruno Génésio

The Lyon boss is mocked regularly but reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League is a real achievementBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsLyon were without a win in four games before they played Monaco on Sunday on night….

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PSG beat Lille for 12th straight win and set record in major leagues

• Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 Lille• Mbappé and Neymar on target as PSG stretch lead in Ligue 1Paris Saint-Germain have become the first team to win all their opening 12 league games in one of Europe’s top five divisions following a 2-1 triumph over Lille….

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The most improved football teams in Europe this season

Liverpool had a negative goal difference this time last season. Which other sides in Europe’s big leagues have improved?It’s easy to forget that Liverpool were in a worrying position this time last year. Having just suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat to Totte…

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Ligue 1 suffers more crowd trouble as rival fans battle over stolen banner

The Derby du Languedoc between Montpellier and Nîmes has reemerged as a potent rivalry after lying dormant for 25 yearsBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsMontpellier’s Stade de la Mosson was unusually packed for the visit of newly…

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Lille are finally over Marcelo Bielsa and ready to fight for Europe

Christophe Galtier’s conservatism has allowed Lille to make careful but considerable progress in Ligue 1By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsChristophe Galtier’s reputation in France isn’t quite on par with that of Tony Pulis or Sam…