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Raymond Goethals: Marseille’s messiah who toppled mighty Milan | Paul Doyle

The man who guided Marseille to the Champions League is seldom remembered outside France and Belgium but his tactical wizardry and brushes with crime make him a fascinating figureThe first final after the rebranding of Europe’s premiere club competitio…

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Ending the Ligue 1 season leaves us with as many questions as answers

Which clubs will be relegated? Who qualifies for Europe? And how will this affect PSG and Lyon in the Champions League?By Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsSo ends the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season. The French prime minister, Édouard Philippe, announced …

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Football quiz: how much do you know about Ligue 1?

How good is your knowledge of club football in France?By Jeremy Smith for Get French Football NewsWhich French World Cup winner finished runner-up in Ligue 1 for two different clubs in 1997-98 and 1998-99?Laurent Blanc Robert PiresChristophe Dugarry Th…

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Pape Diouf: Marseille’s fearless leader who changed French football forever

Diouf, who has died after contracting coronavirus, was the first black president of a top-tier football club in EuropeBy Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsIt is difficult to write about the importance of one man at the time of untold tragedy. Payi…

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Former Marseille president Pape Diouf dies after contracting coronavirus

Club announce death of 68-year-old in SenegalDiouf was first black president of a top-tier European teamThe former Marseille president Pape Diouf has died, the French league (LFP) has announced. The club had earlier revealed the 68-year-old had been su…

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Lyon v St Étienne: the French derby with lots of clowns but no laughs

Poor teams, angry fans, incompetent managers and swathes of clowns turned France’s fiercest derby into something of a circusBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsLyon threatened to sue their own supporters this week. After becoming i…

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Dimitri Payet roars back into view with audacious Marseille winner

The former West Ham man is revived since a four-match ban and is leading OM towards Champions League qualificationBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsWhile the old tale about a cat having nine lives may not be exactly true, there i…

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Strasbourg swat aside Monaco as they set their sights on Europe

After suffering a difficult start to the season, Strasbourg have won four of their last five gamesBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsEven though Monaco are still struggling to find their feet under Robert Moreno – and were playing…

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Erling Braut Haaland’s scoring run continues as Dortmund thrash Cologne

Teenager takes tally to five goals in two substitute appearancesMilan beat Brescia 1-0 in Serie A thanks to Ante Rebic goalErling Braut Haaland came off the bench to score twice as Borussia Dortmund thrashed Cologne 5-1 to move up to third place in the…

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There is still magic in the French Cup

Domestic cups have lost their lustre in recent years but the Coupe de France is as romantic as everBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsLa Magie de la Coupe is thriving in France. While the big European leagues demand more and more …

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A week at Bordeaux: protests, fallouts, a huge win and a familiar defeat

Bordeaux won 6-0 on Tuesday and were beaten 3-1 on Sunday. And that’s only half the story By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsAs Laurent Koscielny trudged off the pitch on Sunday evening at the Stade Vélodrome, he must have been ex…

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André Villas-Boas is quietly making Marseille best of the rest in Ligue 1

The revolution has been quiet, stable and even a little boring, but Villas-Boas is giving Marseille exactly what they needBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News“Stable” and “efficient” are not words that describe Marseille’s recent h…

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In praise of Stéphane Ruffier, the most underrated goalkeeper in Europe

Ruffier made his 303rd league appearance for Saint-Étienne this weekend and was as reliable as everBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsIt wasn’t pretty, but Saint-Étienne battled their way to a goalless draw against Montpellier on …

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Dimitri Payet has his revenge as Marseille finally beat Lyon in Ligue 1

Payet had a point to prove against his former manager and did it perfectly. If only he was that motivated every weekBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsDimitri Payet didn’t hold back. “They have two different visions of football. T…

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Claude Puel joins St Étienne and immediately turns up heat on Lyon

Within 48 hours of taking the job, Puel was celebrating a dramatic, last-minute victory over his new club’s biggest rivalsBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsFlanked by a pair of beefy security guards, Sylvinho emerged from a cloud…

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Claude Puel joins St Étienne and immediately turns up heat on Lyon

Within 48 hours of taking the job, Puel was celebrating a dramatic, last-minute victory over his new club’s biggest rivalsBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsFlanked by a pair of beefy security guards, Sylvinho emerged from a cloud…

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European roundup: Milan misery continues with Fiorentina defeat

• Napoli 2-1 Brescia; Sevilla 3-2 Real Sociedad• Marseille unbeaten in seven league gamesMilan’s nightmare start to the Serie A season reached a new low after a 3-1 home defeat by Fiorentina. The Rossoneri slumped to a fourth loss in six matches and ha…

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PSG fans don’t want to hear it, but Neymar is their best route to success

PSG ultras are unwilling to forgive Neymar, but he remains the team’s best weapon in Ligue 1 and the Champions LeagueBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsIt had to happen this way. On Saturday evening at the Parc des Princes PSG bat…

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan on target for Roma as Sevilla go top in La Liga

• Arsenal loanee scored in 4-2 win against Sassuolo• Sevilla still unbeaten after 1-0 win against AlavésHenrikh Mkhitaryan marked his debut with a goal as Roma claimed their first win under Paulo Fonseca by beating Sassuolo 4-2 at the Stadio Olimpico.T…

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Vieira and Villas-Boas on homophobic banners at Nice v Marseille – video

Patrick Vieira and André Villas-Boas spoke after the French Ligue 1 game between Nice and Marseille, the two sides they manage, was halted for several minutes on Wednesday after fans unfurled banners with homophobic messages.On…