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Hatem Ben Arfa has not lost his eye for a spectacular finish

Earlier this year Hatem Ben Arfa sarcastically ‘celebrated’ a year away from first-team action. Now he is a player rebornBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News“Joyeux anniversaire à moi,” read the caption as Hatem Ben Arfa posed, thu…

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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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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 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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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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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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Nice and Seri refocus after tumultuous transfer window to leave Monaco bruised

Nice had a dire start to the season – including home and away Champions League defeats by Napoli – but they got back on track in style in their local derby

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

As the Champions League anthem blared at the Stadio San Paolo a month ago, a broad grin spread over Allan Saint-Maximin’s face. “In this moment, I was my younger self,” explained Nice’s new winger. “When I was small I played football on the beaches of French Guyana and I would sing the Champions League anthem.” Nice, seemingly, had reached their promised land. After some shrewd coaching and astute transfer business, a stunning 2016-17 campaign had brought them to the brink of the Champions League proper.

However, after an early season collapse in Ligue 1 and a difficult transfer window, it seemed as if Nice, like Saint-Maximin, were merely dreaming of a Champions League future. They will not be competing in the group stage this week, having been outclassed by Napoli over two legs in the final qualifying round. But their 4-0 routing of champions Monaco in the Cote d’Azur derby this weekend suggests, with Jean Michaël Seri orchestrating proceedings once more, that last season’s third-place finish was no fluke.

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European football review: 54 fans from 22 leagues sum up their season

Supporters give their verdicts on how their clubs performed this year

• Premier League fans’ review: part one, part two

• Football League fans’ review: Championship, League One, League Two

Rapid Vienna, fifth in the Bundesliga

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European football review: 54 fans from 22 leagues sum up their season

Supporters give their verdicts on how their clubs performed this year

• Premier League fans’ review: part one, part two

• Football League fans’ review: Championship, League One, League Two

Rapid Vienna, fifth in the Bundesliga

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Pascal Dupraz kept Toulouse up last year. Now his ‘dirty kids’ are aiming for Europe

When Pascal Dupraz took over as Toulouse manager last March they were 10 points from safety. He pulled off one miracle and is now aiming for another

By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football News

“You’re dirty kids! You’re dirty kids!” was the cry of a joyous Pascal Dupraz as his Toulouse side returned triumphantly to their dressing room. His team had just beaten champions Paris Saint-Germain at the Stade Municipal, having looked doomed to relegation just six months earlier. Toulouse’s win over PSG in September and the 3-1 victory over Monaco a fortnight later marked the peak of an astounding rise for a club that was being remoulded in the image of their violently charismatic coach. A considerable trough followed the peak as they struggled over the winter months but the signing of striker Andy Delort in January has propelled Toulouse back to their compelling best.

This time last year Toulouse found themselves 10 points from safety with just 10 games to play. They were all but down after a 2-1 defeat to Rennes left them second from bottom with only four wins in 28 matches. A meandering, limp campaign led by the aloof Dominique Arribagé had flickered and died, leaving Toulouse coachless, rudderless and hopeless. Club president Oliver Sadran has since admitted “there was no plan B” when Arribagé left.

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A very modern transfer: Ousmane Dembélé and the missing release clause

Allegations of warring agents and accusations of high-pressure tactics surround the young France striker’s move from Rennes to Borussia Dortmund last year

It was billed as the dream transfer of one of Europe’s most promising players, yet the details surrounding Ousmane Dembélé’s transfer from French side Rennes to Borussia Dortmund last May has shone some intriguing light on how a multi-million euro industry functions behind the scenes. Featuring warring representatives and a club who have denied exerting pressure on a teenager to turn his back on his long-time advisers, the case has already come before the French Football Federation but remains unsettled, with Dembélé now likely to be called to give evidence in court over a dispute that could be worth up to €3m (£2.6m) in damages.

Related: Ousmane Dembélé: football’s hottest property, if you can convince his mother

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Borussia Dortmund sign Ousmane Dembélé from Rennes on five-year deal

• The 18-year-old is considered one of best young players in Europe
• ‘Concept at Borussia has totally convinced me,’ says Dembélé

Borussia Dortmund have signed the highly rated Ousmane Dembélé from Rennes for an undisclosed fee. The 18-year-old, who had been watched by a host of European clubs, has signed a five-year contract with the Bundesliga club.

This season, the forward has scored 12 goals in Ligue 1 in 25 games and provided five assists. He was voted the best young player in France this season. “Dortmund have looked at me for a long time and have always been in close contact with me and their conduct has really impressed me,” he said.

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Borussia Dortmund sign Ousmane Dembélé from Rennes on five-year deal

• The 18-year-old is considered one of best young players in Europe
• ‘Concept at Borussia has totally convinced me,’ says Dembélé

Borussia Dortmund have signed the highly rated Ousmane Dembélé from Rennes for an undisclosed fee. The 18-year-old, who had been watched by a host of European clubs, has signed a five-year contract with the Bundesliga club.

This season, the forward has scored 12 goals in Ligue 1 in 25 games and provided five assists. He was voted the best young player in France this season. “Dortmund have looked at me for a long time and have always been in close contact with me and their conduct has really impressed me,” he said.

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Europe’s top 10 transfer targets under the age of 23

From Ousmane Dembélé to Leroy Sané, we look at the young players on the continent who will be the most sought-after this summer

This summer’s transfer window promises to be one of the busiest yet with new managers already poised to take over at Manchester City and Chelsea and increased television prize money giving Premier League clubs more spending power than ever before.

But with the race already on to find the next Kingsley Coman or Dele Alli, which players in Europe under the age of 23 look destined to follow in their footsteps over the coming months?

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Europe’s top 10 football transfer targets under the age of 23 | Ed Aarons

From Ousmane Dembélé to Leroy Sané, we look at the young players on the continent who will be the most sought-after this summer

This summer’s transfer window promises to be one of the busiest yet with new managers already poised to take over at Manchester City and Chelsea and increased television prize money giving Premier League clubs more spending power than ever before.

But with the race already on to find the next Kingsley Coman or Dele Alli, which players in Europe under the age of 23 look destined to follow in their footsteps over the coming months?

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Ousmane Dembélé: football’s hottest property, if you can convince his mother

The 18-year-old has attracted the attention of the world’s biggest clubs, smashed Ligue 1 records and Mikaël Silvestre thinks he can win the Ballon d’Or. His feet, however, remain firmly on the ground

He may be the most coveted 18-year-old in world football, but if Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Manchester City are serious about prising Ousmane Dembélé away from Rennes this summer, then there is one person they must convince: his mother Fatimata.

“She is who will decide Ousmane’s future,” admits Dembélé’s agent Badou Sambagué. “When he wanted to leave last summer, his mother told him she wanted him to stay at Rennes and sign his first professional contract. In the end he had no choice.”

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David Ngog’s late goal robs Marseille of victory against Reims

• Marseille 2-2 Reims
• Paris St-Germain can move above Marseille on Saturday

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Gregory van der Wiel: PSG challenge makes all sides raise their game

Defender says every team they face look to cause upset
Ligue 1 champions face Rennes on Saturday
PSG president: Ángel di María wanted to join us
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Radamel Falcao seals victory for below-par Monaco against Nantes

Colombian striker and World Cup absentee clinches 1-0 win Lens stun Lyon while St Etienne draw with Rennes Continue reading…