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Marseille’s dream of returning to the Champions League remains a fantasy

Marseille have already suffered six defeats in Ligue 1 this season – more than they lost in the entirety of last seasonBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsThe Frank McCourt era at Marseille was not supposed to be like this. The Ame…

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Marseille’s dream of returning to the Champions League remains a fantasy

Marseille have already suffered six defeats in Ligue 1 this season – more than they lost in the entirety of last seasonBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsThe Frank McCourt era at Marseille was not supposed to be like this. The Ame…

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The most prolific Argentinian striker in Europe this season? Emiliano Sala

The Nantes striker has never played for his country but he has more goals this season than Higuaín, Icardi, Agüero or MessiBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsWho is the top-scoring Argentinian in Europe’s big leagues so far this s…

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The most prolific Argentinian striker in Europe this season? Emiliano Sala

The Nantes striker has never played for his country but he has more goals this season than Higuaín, Icardi, Agüero or MessiBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsWho is the top-scoring Argentinian in Europe’s big leagues so far this s…

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What can we learn from Thierry Henry’s debut as Monaco manager?

Monaco were beaten 2-1 by Strasbourg in their first game under Henry, but they have reasons for positivityBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsThierry Henry went into his first match as Monaco manager missing his two best goalkeeper…

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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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Monaco are starting to pay for their mistakes in the transfer window

Monaco are 15th in Ligue 1 and now face the daunting task of hosting Atlético Madrid in the Champions LeagueBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsMonaco are not like other clubs. PSG, Marseille and Lyon boast raucous home fans, splur…

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Ligue 1 season preview: PSG will be even stronger under Thomas Tuchel

Lyon are best placed to challenge PSG, Patrick Vieira will hope to take Nice into Europe and Caen face a relegation battleBy Adam White for Get French Football NewsAnything other than an eighth Ligue 1 title in PSG’s history would be huge surprise. Alt…

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Thomas Lemar’s slide at Monaco may convince Lyon to let Nabil Fékir go

The Monaco playmaker has been poor since having his head turned. Knowing when to let a player leave is so importantBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsThere was some trepidation at the Parc OL on Sunday afternoon, even with the hos…

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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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Lille fans attack their own players as the team fights relegation

Anger has been brewing at the club for some time but it spilled out of the stands and on to the pitch on Saturday eveningBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsLigue 1 often made the headlines for the wrong reasons last season, with v…

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Malcom is stuck in the middle of a crisis at Bordeaux

Bordeaux endured an awful run either side of Christmas but their young forward has remained a bright spark throughoutBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsGoats are becoming a common sight in French football. Two seasons ago Marseill…

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Ligue 1 referee Tony Chapron kicks Nantes player before sending him off

• Nantes defender Diego Carlos receives second yellow card after clash• Incident overshadows PSG’s 1-0 win, who go 11 points clear of MonacoPSG’s 1-0 win over Nantes on Sunday was overshadowed by an incident involving Ligue 1 referee Tony Chapron, who …

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Claudio Ranieri is tinkering his way towards European football at Nantes

Nantes began the season with two defeats but Claudio Ranieri has developed them into a solid outfit who look likely to challenge for a Europa League spotBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsClaudio Ranieri’s dismissal from Leicester…

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Nabil Fékir and Lyon ‘has-beens’ lay down early Ligue 1 marker

Lyon top the table after Ligue 1’s first match day after a 4-0 win over Strasbourg – an emphatic validation for their reconfigured attack

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

It seemed too familiar for Lyon in the early going, even if the faces were different. Nabil Fékir is flagged offside, Mariano Díaz finds himself in a good position but shoots straight into the hands of the Strasbourg goalkeeper Bingourou Kamara, and Memphis Depay, hugging the touchline, foolishly concedes a throw-in. Fékir and Lyon’s three other attackers, Depay, Díaz and Bertrand Traoré, looked set to dazzle without any end product, their skill on the ball for nought as they struggled to break down a side who looked dangerous on the counter.

Without the sublime finishing of Alexandre Lacazette and the inventiveness of Mathieu Valbuena, Lyon’s attack looked dire indeed, portending a potentially long season of underachievement. It also seemed set to offer a firm rebuke to the club’s hierarchy as to their buying strategy. The sums Lyon recouped for Lacazette and the midfielder Corentin Tolisso were impressive but in turning them into Traoré and Díaz, having bought Depay in January, the team’s tactic of purchasing younger players (Fekir, a month past his 24th birthday, was the oldest player in the front six on Saturday) who had seemingly failed to live up to their potential at the world’s biggest clubs looked a specious policy.

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Claudio Ranieri has a new job: repeat the Leicester City miracle at Nantes

When Sergio Conceição swapped Nantes for Porto, the French club needed to replace him with a manager with a big aura. They chose the Tinkerman

By Adam White for Get French Football News, of the Guardian Sport Network

“Stupefied” was how Nantes president Waldemar Kita described himself upon learning that his club’s manager, Sergio Conceição, wanted to leave this summer. Kita’s surprise was warranted; Conceição had been at the club for just six months – time enough for him to quietly instigate a revolution – and he had signed a new three-year contract just days before.

Conceição had taken over last December after René Girard’s limp stewardship of the club had come to an end after a 6-0 defeat at home to Lyon. They were second from bottom, facing a relegation scuffle and barely treading water until Conceição took over. He ramped up the intensity in the squad, moulded them into an aggressive, attacking outfit and dragged them to an outstanding seventh-place finish with the air of a parent who was furious to discover his children had been misbehaving at school.

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Claudio Ranieri returns to football after Nantes given green light

• Former Leicester City manager given special dispensation
• Italian exceeds current age limit for coaches in France

Claudio Ranieri is back in football after the French league gave Nantes permission to appoint the 65-year-old.

The former Leicester manager, who was sacked less than a season after leading them to a Premier League title, is believed to have signed a two-year deal after the Ligue de Football Professionnel gave special dispensation for the club to appoint a manager over the age of 65.

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Sérgio Conceição turned Leicester down – and now he is turning Nantes around

Sérgio Conceição has revitalised Nantes; Angers keep winning; Lorient languish in last place; and France look forward to games with Luxembourg and Spain

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

Managers at Nantes do not last long under Waldemar Kita. Appointed in December, when the side were struggling near the foot of Ligue 1, former Portugal international Sérgio Conceição became the club’s 12th head coach since President Kita arrived in 2007. Kita’s volatile and overbearing demeanour has often been a contributing factor in this rapid turnover, his attitude notably forcing Michel der Zakarian’s exit at the end of last season.

Despite surviving for four years, returning the club to Ligue 1 and comfortably keeping them there for three seasons amid significant financial restraints, Der Zakarian’s already frosty relationship with the president became tumultuous and his contract was left to run out at the end of last season. “I no longer want to work with Mr. Kita. So, I’ll stop,” said the Armenian coach. When he tried to bid farewell to the Nantes supporters after his final home game, Kita ordered his words to be drowned out by blaring music from the Stade de la Beaujoire sound system – a petty way to end a successful chapter in the club’s recent history.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores twice as PSG romp home against Nantes

Zlatan Ibrahimovic became Paris Saint-Germain’s top scorer in a single Ligue 1 season after marking his final appearance at the Parc des Princes with a double in the champions’ 4-0 victory over Nantes.

The Sweden international, who will leave PSG when his contract expires in the summer, scored in the 17th and 89th minutes to surpass the 37-goal record set by Carlos Bianchi in 1977-78.

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Dmitri Payet: why West Ham can thank a father for resurrecting his son’s dream

Hammers fans at Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United will be grateful their gifted playmaker was persuaded to make another attempt at proving he was good enough for the big time

Heard the one about the teenager who tried to talk his father out of letting him travel nearly 6,000 miles to have a go at becoming a professional footballer? That teenager is now an adult and very grateful that his dad urged him to see how far his talent could take him. West Ham fans should be grateful too, because if Alain Payet had not convinced his son Dmitri to resurrect a buried dream, then the Hammers would probably not be enjoying a fantastic Premier League season and heading to Manchester United on Sunday as many people’s favourites to progress to the FA Cup semi-finals.

Dmitri Payet is in the running for player of the year but his talent might only ever have been celebrated by fans in Réunion, a small tropical island in the Indian Ocean, 1,000 miles east of mainland Africa and 5,700 miles from France, of which it is an overseas département. When he was 17, Payet intended to stay on his island forever after a dispriting first venture to France.

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