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Lyon are a mess – and things will only get worse without Memphis Depay

Their manager is weak. Their squad lacks quality. Their fans are angry. And their best player will miss the rest of the seasonBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News“Y’all not ready yet, Got so much heat for everyone who wants that cl…

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Memphis Depay confronts Lyon ultras over Marcelo donkey banner – video report

Memphis Depay lashed out at Lyon fans after ultras displayed a banner branding centre-back Marcelo a donkey. The Ligue 1 side have just qualified for the next stage of the Champions League after a 2-2 draw with RB Leipzig. After the final whistle the f…

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Strasbourg were in the fifth tier in 2012. Now they are fifth in Ligue 1

After battling back from liquidation and multiple relegations, Strasbourg are dreaming about Champions League footballBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsSavoir-faire does not translate directly from French. The closest English equ…

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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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Rapping footballers, a table tennis miracle and playing your cards wrong | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder knocking out opponents and big hugs1) What all us football hipsters want in life is a hug from Marcelo Bielsa and all you need to do is score a stunning volley in training, as Patrick Bamf…

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Memphis Depay is a big club player with a small time attitude

Depay has been more effective in Ligue 1 this year than Neymar or Kylian Mbappé but his mentality is holding him backBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsMemphis Depay is not often associated with the words “effective” or “consisten…

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Memphis Depay is driving Lyon towards a Champions League place

Lyon have won their last six matches in a row and the former Manchester United forward has scored in all of themBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News“You do not have the right to be eliminated in this way,” Lyon president Jean-Miche…

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Rennes have the money and manager to challenge the top four in Ligue 1

The distance between the top four and the rest has been a problem in Ligue 1 for a while. Rennes may bridge that gapBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsRennes are something of a sleeping giant in French football, but that may be ch…

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Marseille v Lyon boils over but Ligue 1 needs Olympico rivalry

Memphis Depay sealed a last-gasp 3-2 win for Lyon that saved a manager, sparked a brawl and made it clear why this fierce rivalry is welcome in Ligue 1By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsTwo months ago Memphis Depay crashed his las…

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Ligue 1 has Europe’s tightest title race … and most enthralling relegation battle

The bottom three clubs in Ligue 1 won this weekend to set up a close finish; Memphis Depay insulted some fish; and Mario Balotelli scored an away goal

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

In contrast to the past few weeks, when much of the attention in France has been on a particular match, be it the Coupe de la Ligue final or Lyon’s trip to Paris Saint-Germain, the fixture calendar did not throw up anything so compelling this weekend. Paris Saint-Germain were given the Sunday night slot, traditionally reserved for the weekend’s biggest match, by dint of their popularity but their opponents, Guingamp, have failed to score at the Parc des Princes since 2002 and that trend continued. The Bretons had beaten PSG at home earlier in the season, but their form has waned badly in 2017 and PSG duly won 4-0. But, in a surprising turn of events, there was more than enough excitement on Saturday to make up for Sunday’s series of damp squibs, and much of that excitement centred around the teams at the bottom.

Last season, the battle to avoid relegation came down to the last day, with Toulouse, on the heels of a furious fightback, staying up and Reims and Gazelec Ajaccio going down. Neither Reims, who had bizarrely changed their manager late in the season, nor Gazelec, who were operating on a minuscule budget, were likely to stay in France’s top flight. What caught the eye, though, was Toulouse’s dramatic late turnaround under Pascal Dupraz. The fiery manager had enjoyed some decent success in keeping Evian in Ligue 1, but with Toulouse badly adrift upon his appointment, he seemed a bold choice. Lorient and Bastia, the clubs that looked destined for the drop this season, were similarly cut away before the international break, but looked to have run out of options.

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Ligue 1 has Europe’s tightest title race … and most enthralling relegation battle

The bottom three clubs in Ligue 1 won this weekend to set up a close finish; Memphis Depay insulted some fish; and Mario Balotelli scored an away goal

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

In contrast to the past few weeks, when much of the attention in France has been on a particular match, be it the Coupe de la Ligue final or Lyon’s trip to Paris Saint-Germain, the fixture calendar did not throw up anything so compelling this weekend. Paris Saint-Germain were given the Sunday night slot, traditionally reserved for the weekend’s biggest match, by dint of their popularity but their opponents, Guingamp, have failed to score at the Parc des Princes since 2002 and that trend continued. The Bretons had beaten PSG at home earlier in the season, but their form has waned badly in 2017 and PSG duly won 4-0. But, in a surprising turn of events, there was more than enough excitement on Saturday to make up for Sunday’s series of damp squibs, and much of that excitement centred around the teams at the bottom.

Last season, the battle to avoid relegation came down to the last day, with Toulouse, on the heels of a furious fightback, staying up and Reims and Gazelec Ajaccio going down. Neither Reims, who had bizarrely changed their manager late in the season, nor Gazelec, who were operating on a minuscule budget, were likely to stay in France’s top flight. What caught the eye, though, was Toulouse’s dramatic late turnaround under Pascal Dupraz. The fiery manager had enjoyed some decent success in keeping Evian in Ligue 1, but with Toulouse badly adrift upon his appointment, he seemed a bold choice. Lorient and Bastia, the clubs that looked destined for the drop this season, were similarly cut away before the international break, but looked to have run out of options.

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Memphis Depay is back in the goals and fuelling Lyon’s grand ambitions

Memphis Depay struggled at Manchester United but he has found form since signing for Lyon and scored the ‘goal of his life’ against Toulouse on Sunday

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

Receiving a short pass from Jordan Ferri in the centre-circle, Memphis Depay swivelled and, almost in the same motion, launched a shot towards Alban Lafont in the Toulouse goal. The Lyon winger had shown good vision to catch the teenager off his line but shooting from more than 50 yards out was ambitious to say the least. The ball looped over Lafont’s head and dropped into the back of the net, giving Depay his second brace in his last three league matches.

In what could have been a tricky match between two legs of their Europa League tie with Roma, Depay’s two goals were vital. Video clips of the goal immediately filled social media feeds as news outlets stumbled over themselves to publicise the sumptuous strike. Almost as quickly, though, the caveats began to emerge, largely from Manchester United fans who were disgruntled that Depay had never produced anything as spectacular in England.

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After 17 months out injured, Mickaël Le Bihan comes off the bench to rescue Nice

Nice were 1-0 down against Montpellier and in danger of falling behind their Ligue 1 title rivals until Mickaël Le Bihan scored two vital goals on his comeback

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

Nice did well to beat Lorient last weekend and keep pace with Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain in the title race, despite finishing the match with 10 men. Nice had lost to Lorient in the Coupe de France in January and Bernard Casoni has had Lorient in better goalscoring form since taking over in November. Wylan Cyprien scored an early goal, however, and that was all Nice needed to pick up three points on a weekend when Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain could only draw.

The dismissed player in last weekend’s match was, inevitably, Mario Balotelli. After a strong start to the season, Balotelli’s form has dropped off – he has accumulated more red cards (two) than goals (one) in his last five league starts – but, with Nice’s top scorer Alassane Pléa ruled out for the rest of the season due to a knee injury, the team were desperately short of strikers for their trip to Montpellier on Friday night. Having brought in only the promising but untested winger Bassem Srarfi and the veteran midfielder Mounir Obbadi in January, Nice were left without an orthodox striker against Montpellier, who have won three of four matches since Jean-Louis Gasset replaced Frédéric Hantz last month.

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Memphis Depay is a dream signing for Lyon, says Jean-Michel Aulas

• Depay’s move from Manchester United to be completed in next 48 hours
• ‘He is exactly the player we were looking for – he has a certain panache’

The Lyon president, Jean-Michel Aulas, believes Memphis Depay is chomping at the bit to show his “immense talent” as the Holland forward puts the final touches on his move from Manchester United.

Aulas expects a deal to be concluded for the 22-year-old in the next 48 hours, with the transfer fee rising to £21.7m with bonuses. Aulas doubts the move will be finalised in time for Depay to make his debut against Marseille on Sunday, but he is hoping the he will soon be fulfilling the rich promise he showed at PSV Eindhoven after a frustrating spell in England.

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Manchester United’s Memphis Depay is Lyon’s No 1 target, says coach

• Bruno Génésio admits club want to sign Holland international
• ‘Things are progressing. We keep on working’

Lyon coach Bruno Génésio says Manchester United winger Memphis Depay is his “number one priority” in the winter transfer window.

Related: The New Saints’ Craig Harrison: ‘You don’t become squeamish when you see your own leg hanging off’

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Memphis Depay set to leave Manchester United in winter transfer window

• Dutchman has started only one match this season
• Dick Advocaat interested in signing forward for Fenerbahce

Memphis Depay is open to a move away from Manchester United as he recognises his career at the club may be over. The Dutchman is willing to go out on loan in January as Fenerbahce retain a firm interest in him.

Depay was left behind for Thursday’s 2-1 defeat in Turkey, José Mourinho unable to find a place for the 22-year-old in the 21-man squad despite the Europa League being a low priority for the manager. It is understood that Depay would consider leaving the club and a temporary deal in the winter window is more likely than a permanent departure then.

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Memphis Depay’s Manchester United future in doubt after Fenerbahce exclusion

• Fenerbahce’s Dick Advocaat says forward may have to leave to develop career
• Memphis Depay not included in 21-man squad for Europa League match

Memphis Depay is fighting for his Manchester United future after being excluded from the squad for the Europa League match at Fenerbahce on Thursday and Dick Advocaat, the Turkish club’s manager and Depay’s first head coach, believes he may have to leave Old Trafford to further his career.

José Mourinho chose a 21-man squad for the trip to Istanbul yet despite the competition being a low priority, the manager could find no place for Depay.

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Manchester United drop Memphis Depay from FA Cup final squad

• Forward and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson left out by Louis van Gaal
• Depay has been absent from United match-day squad only once before

Memphis Depay has been dropped by Louis van Gaal from Manchester United’s squad for the FA Cup final. It is a sign of how the forward’s stock has fallen since he signed from PSV Eindhoven for around £25m last May.

Related: FA Cup final: where Crystal Palace v Manchester United will be won and lost

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Wayne Rooney defends Memphis Depay over late error at Chelsea

• Manchester United captain says forward not to blame for late equaliser
• ‘I thought it was a good performance … but it feels like a defeat’

Wayne Rooney has said Memphis Depay should not be blamed for Chelsea’s late equaliser against Manchester United on Sunday despite the forward’s misplaced pass leading to Diego Costa’s goal.

Louis van Gaal’s side were leading 1-0 at Stamford Bridge after Jesse Lingard’s strike on 61 minutes as the game moved into added time. Depay, an 87th-minute substitute, tried to find Morgan Schneiderlin only to give the ball away, and after Chelsea attacked Costa finished beyond David De Gea.

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The 100 best footballers in the world 2015 – interactive

Welcome to the Guardian’s choice of the world’s top 100 footballers for 2015. Led by Zico, Javier Zanetti and Gheorghe Hagi, our panel of 123 experts from 49 nations compiled a countdown of the greatest footballers on the planet.

Today we reveal Nos100-71, on Tuesday 70-41, Wednesday 40-11, before the top 10 on Christmas Eve completes this year’s list.

Read the full list of judges and top 100 rules

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