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Thauvin completes transfer to Liga MX side Tigres following Premier League links
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Thauvin completes transfer to Liga MX side Tigres following Premier League links

The 28-year-old is seen as a major statement of intent from the Mexican outfit Liga MX side Tigres have announced the signing of Florian Thauvin from Marseille on a free transfer. The 28-year-old moves to Mexico on a five-year deal and will be reunited with former team-mate Andre-Pierre Gignac, who also left Marseille for the Mexican club in 2015. The signing is a major coup for Tigres after Thauvin had been linked with several Premier League clubs, as well as AC Milan.
Di Maria to miss PSG’s Champions League first-leg tie with Barcelona through injury
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Di Maria to miss PSG’s Champions League first-leg tie with Barcelona through injury

The Argentine winger limped off in the early stages of the 2-0 victory over Marseille at the weekend, and is now set for a spell on the sidelines Angel Di Maria will miss Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League round-of-16 first-leg tie with Barcelona later this month through injury. Di Maria was forced to come off during PSG's 2-0 win over Marseille on Sunday after just 11 minutes with a muscle issue, moments after providing the assist for Kylian Mbappe's opening goal. Mauricio Pochettino has now confirmed that the injury is serious enough to keep the 32-year-old out of the club's crucial European showdown against Barca on February 16.
Erling Haaland Was A Member Of A Boyband In 2016 And They Posted A Song To YouTube
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Erling Haaland Was A Member Of A Boyband In 2016 And They Posted A Song To YouTube

  Before he became one of the most exciting prospects in world football, Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland was dropping bars on YouTube under the name 'FlowKingz'. That's right. The Norweigian forward can be seen rapping the single "Kygo jo" via his official YouTube channel alongside two of his friends in a quite frankly bizarre music video. With almost four million views at the time of writing, we can officially say that Haaland's lyrical presence isn't exactly genius but it's certainly memorable. What have i just watched, seriously? Someone has even made a YouTube video translating the song from Norwegian to English, so if you want to know what Haaland is saying on that sunny day in 2016, then please yourself. Haaland is a man of many talents. He is also a w...
Neymar Mocks Alvaro Gonzalez After PSG Beat Marseille In Trophee Des Champions
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Neymar Mocks Alvaro Gonzalez After PSG Beat Marseille In Trophee Des Champions

  Neymar and Alvaro Gonzalez took their rivalry to social media on Wednesday night, after PSG beat Marseille in the Trophee des Champions. Back in September the two Ligue 1 sides were involved in an explosive match as Marseille defeated the French champions in the league. The game ended with five sendings off after a clash of all the players, with Neymar seeing red for striking Gonzalez on the back of the head. The fallout from the match saw both players accuse the other of racism but in the end neither faced punishment due to a lack of evidence. On Wednesday the pair met again in the French Supercup, the Trophee des Champions, pitting last season's champions with the runners up, after the Parisians also won the Coupe de France. Neymar bagged the winner, an 85th minu...
Marseille 0-3 Manchester City: Torres strikes again as Guardiola’s side cruise
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Marseille 0-3 Manchester City: Torres strikes again as Guardiola’s side cruise

Manchester City dominated from start to finish as they cruised to a 3-0 victory away at Marseille in Group C. Ferran Torres scored his second Champions League goal for Manchester City as Pep Guardiola's side eased to a 3-0 win over Marseille. Playing in a central role in the absence of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, Torres – who had netted in the 3-1 win over Porto in City's opening Group C outing – broke the deadlock when he was teed up by Kevin De Bruyne in the 18th minute. City were well worthy of their lead, though Guardiola may be concerned that his team failed to turn their dominance of possession into clear-cut opportunities until Ilkay Gundogan settled the contest.  
PSG Star Angel Di Maria Gets Four-Match Ban For Spitting During Marseille Game
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PSG Star Angel Di Maria Gets Four-Match Ban For Spitting During Marseille Game

Angel di Maria has been hit with a four-game ban after he was seen spitting towards Alvaro Gonzalez during a melee at the end of Paris Saint-Germain’s game against Marseille. Gonzalez could also be facing a lengthy ban as he was accused of racially abusing Neymar. The incident occurred during a melee at the end of Paris Saint-Germain’s clash with Marseille, which saw five players sent off. Di Maria was seen to spit towards Gonzalez, who was accused of racially abusing Neymar and could also face a lengthy ban. Di Maria could still feature against Reims at the weekend but will then miss PSG’s Ligue 1 matches against Angers, Nimes, Dijon and Nantes. An official decision on the case regarding Neymar and Gonzalez is set to be made . Neymar has been b...
‘I Acted Like A Fool’ – Neymar Rues Marseille Red Card
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‘I Acted Like A Fool’ – Neymar Rues Marseille Red Card

Neymar admitted he “acted like a fool” following his red card against Marseille but called on football officials to do more to combat discrimination after accusing Spanish defender Alvaro Gonzalez of racism. The Brazil forward was one of five players sent off after a mass brawl at the end of PSG’s 1-0 loss in Ligue 1 on Sunday, and later claimed Gonzalez had called him a “monkey” in a series of furious tweets. https://twitter.com/Sport24hours/status/1305769777139535872?s=20 https://www.instagram.com/p/CFIDGePhTQd/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link PSG have stood by the world’s most expensive player, saying the club “strongly supports” him, but Neymar conceded he would accept his punishment which is expected to be revealed by the French league’s disciplinary commission on Wednesday. “Yes...
Gonzalez Reacts To Neymar Racism Claims
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Gonzalez Reacts To Neymar Racism Claims

It rained red cards yesterday at Le Parc des Princes as PSG lost by a goal to Marseille. Neymar has accused Marseille player Gonzalez of racially abusing him which lead to a face off on the pitch. Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez has taken to social media to defend himself after Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar accused him of making racist remarks. Neymar was sent off for slapping Gonzalez in injury-time, who he accused of racism as he left the field and on social media following the match. According to Gonzalez; "There is no place for racism. A clean career and with many team-mates and friends on a day to day basis. Sometimes you have to learn how to lose and accept it on the field. Incredible three points today, Allez l'OM thank you family,"
Neymar Responds To Alvaro Gonzalez’s ‘Bad Loser’ Jibe With Further Racism Claims
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Neymar Responds To Alvaro Gonzalez’s ‘Bad Loser’ Jibe With Further Racism Claims

Neymar has hit back at Alvaro Gonzalez's claims that Paris Saint-Germain must 'learn to lose' - by doubling down on his racism accusation. The Brazilian was one of five men sent off as PSG fell to a 1-0 defeat against Marseille in 'Le Classique' on Sunday evening. Neymar hit Gonzalez in the back of the head and later claimed it was due to the Spaniard making a racist remark on the pitch. Following the game, Gonzalez insisted he hadn't been racist and added PSG players couldn't take their loss on the field. However, Neymar was quick to respond and said Gonzalez 'has no character' in a fiery rant. "You are not a man to assume your mistake, losing is part of the sport," the 28-year-old begun. "Now insulting and bringing racism into our lives no, I don't agree. I DON'T RESP...
Neymar Sees Red As PSG Finish With Eight Men In Chaotic Ligue 1 Return
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Neymar Sees Red As PSG Finish With Eight Men In Chaotic Ligue 1 Return

No less than five players from both sides were ejected in injury time as the tense clash descended into anarchy Neymar was one of three Paris Saint-Germain players to see the red card as their Ligue 1 return against Marseille descended into chaos on Sunday. Having been excused from duty for the first two rounds of 2020-21 due to their exertions in the delayed Champions League knockout stages, Thomas Tuchel’s men were back in action this weekend as they welcomed l’OM to Parc des Princes. There is little love lost between the capital side and Marseille, but a bad-tempered game that saw 36 fouls committed and 12 yellow cards handed out inside the 90 minutes eventually spiralled out of control deep into injury time. A tussle between Argentine pair Dario Benedetto and Leandro Parede...
Marseille Fans Celebrate PSG’s Defeat (Videos & Pictures)
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Marseille Fans Celebrate PSG’s Defeat (Videos & Pictures)

Olympique Marseille were the biggest team in France in the 1980s and early 1990s. They won four French league titles back to back between 1989 and 1992. They also won the 1993 league season, but were stripped of the title due to bribery allegations. PSG was formed in 1970 and they reached a TV deal in 1991 that gave them enough money to challenge Marseilles. Le Classique was born. The rivalry between Marseille and PSG is fierce and has often led to violence. Marseille are the only French team to win the Champions League (they won it in 1993) and their fans were worried that their rivals, PSG, would equal that feat this year. On Thursday the police in Marseille banned PSG shirts from the city in order to prevent violence. They recinded the ban on Saturday due to criticisms. ...
Bedimo: Former Lyon and Marseille defender quits football at age 36
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Bedimo: Former Lyon and Marseille defender quits football at age 36

The ex-Cameroon international could not find a club since he left Marseille in 2018 Former Marseille and Lyon left-back Henri Bedimo has retired from professional football at the age of 36. Bedimo spent his entire career in France after leaving Douala at the age of 15, and he was part of the Montpellier squad that won the 2011-12 Ligue 1 title. He started his career at Grenoble in 2002 before moving to Toulouse a year later, where he spent three years and made his debut appearance in the French top-flight.
Higuain a transfer target if Marseille appoint me – Ravanelli
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Higuain a transfer target if Marseille appoint me – Ravanelli

The French side are looking to replace Andoni Zubizarreta and the former Italy forward has thrown his hat into the ring Fabrizio Ravanelli has said that he will try to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus if Marseille appoint him as sporting director. With OM struggling to find a replacement for Andoni Zubizarreta, the former favourite of the Velodrome has thrown his hat into the ring and has suggested that he will target big names in order to help the club compete in next season’s Champions League. One man who Ravanelli believes he could lure to the club is France-born Higuain, whose future in Turin looks distinctly uncertain. “Would he come? I don’t know!” he admitted to L’Equipe du Soir. “He could be an important player for OM in the Champions League. “It’s poss...
Lyon’s Aulas threatens action against French state if Ligue 1 does not resume
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Lyon’s Aulas threatens action against French state if Ligue 1 does not resume

The club chief has led opposition to finishing the French season early and on Thursday will ask the courts to overturn the ruling Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has underlined his determination to restart the Ligue 1 season, while suggesting that he could sue the French state should the decision go against his club. Aulas' side are among the most vocal opponents of the move to shut down France's top flight, which meant Paris Saint-Germain were crowned champions with 10 rounds of fixtures still outstanding. Marseille and Rennes finished behind the champions in second and third to take Champions League spots while Lyon, who lay in seventh, face a year without any type of European football.
Essien reveals his frustration with Di Matteo before Real Madrid move
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Essien reveals his frustration with Di Matteo before Real Madrid move

The Ghanaian looks back on his time with the 2012 European champions Chelsea legend Michael Essien has explained the options surrounding his loan move to Real Madrid in 2012. Ahead of the start of the 2012-13 season, the Ghanaian joined the Spanish giants on a season-long loan deal, reuniting with former manager Jose Mourinho. 'The Bison', who joined the Blues from French outfit Olympique Lyonnais in 2005, had only just begun chasing his rhythm following an injury setback.
France Records First Child-Death From Likely COVID-Linked Illness
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France Records First Child-Death From Likely COVID-Linked Illness

Medics at a hospital that treated the first child to die in France with a puzzling inflammatory condition seemingly linked to the new coronavirus initially thought the 9-year-old had scarlet fever, and sent him home. The boy then suffered a heart attack at home that night, resulting in brain damage that later led to his death. Details of the case were released Friday by the La Timone hospital in the southern French city of Marseille. The child spent six days in intensive care at the hospital after his heart attack in the evening of May 2. Earlier that afternoon, the boy had been taken to an emergency ward in another of the city’s hospitals. There, an experienced pediatrician examined the child and diagnosed symptoms “similar to scarlet fever,” said Doctor Fabrice Michel, wh...
Former West Ham midfielder Payet outlines intention to stay at Marseille
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Former West Ham midfielder Payet outlines intention to stay at Marseille

After a strong season in Ligue 1, the playmaker insists he is happy to stay put having made "sacrifices" to return to the club Marseille star Dimitri Payet insists he is happy at the Ligue 1 club and suggested he will be staying put. Payet, 33, helped Marseille finish second in the table - their best league campaign since 2012-13 - as the season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The midfielder scored nine goals and provided four assists in 22 Ligue 1 games, with Payet now insisting that he plans to stay at the club.
Manchester City’s Mahrez calls for Afcon to be staged every four years
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Manchester City’s Mahrez calls for Afcon to be staged every four years

The tournament has drawn criticism for its biennial format, especially due to how in conflicts with the European season Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez has suggested the Africa Cup of Nations be held every four years rather than the current two-year format which has been since its inception. The tournament is usually held during the winter instead of the summer, due to the rainy season which is prevalent in much of Africa. It changed for the last edition in Egypt, which was held from June to July, Mahrez's Algeria claiming their second Afcon title after seeing off Senegal in Cairo. This change was made possible because of Egypt's desert climate that sees little rainfall. However, with Cameroon in the more tropical climate hosting the 2021 edition, the tournament kick-off has...
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Didier Drogba has fended off competition from Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be crowned the best Ligue 1 striker in the past 20 years The vote was held on Ligue 1's official Twitter account, with Drogba receiving 51 per cent of the 40,094 votes that were cast. Drogba played in Ligue 1 for three seasons, representing Guingamp between 2001 and 2003 before spending the 2003-2004 campaign with Marseille. The 42-year-old was delighted to receive the honour and tweeted: 'Wow what recognition from the fans, thank you for allowing me to experience these incredible emotions. 'Great respect to all strikers who have played in the French championship.' Drogba scored 39 goals in 80 Ligue 1 appearances but it was in the Premier League with Chelsea where he enjoyed the most success. Ibrahimovi...
‘They are robbing us’ – Lyon president Aulas criticises Ligue 1 for ending season early amid coronavirus
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‘They are robbing us’ – Lyon president Aulas criticises Ligue 1 for ending season early amid coronavirus

The French club look set to miss out on European football for the first time in 23 years after the 2019-20 campaign was abandoned due to Covid-19 Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says the club have been "robbed" of the chance to play for European football and says the decision of Ligue 1 to end the season early and award final placings on a points-per-game basis is unfair. After the announcement by French prime minister Edouard Philippe that no football could take place before September, the league governing body (LFP) confirmed on Thursday that the season was over and that the championship and European places would be awarded via points per game. This means Paris Saint-Germain are awarded a third successive Ligue 1 title, while Marseille and Rennes take the other two Champions Leag...
Bouna Sarr unfazed by transfer speculation on Marseille future
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Bouna Sarr unfazed by transfer speculation on Marseille future

The Senegalese full-back has been the attraction of a couple of European clubs Marseille right-back Bouna Sarr has stated that he is not paying attention to the transfer speculation surrounding his future at the club. A number of European clubs that include Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and West Ham, are a rumoured to be interested in securing the 28-year old of Senegalese and Guinean descent. Marseille is willing to let go of some of their key players in a bid to generate revenue, but it would come at the cost of losing their best legs in the Champions League which they are poised to reach for the first time since 2013 as they are presently second in Ligue 1. "Now, I don't necessarily pay attention to that detail [transfer speculation]. I pay attention to my career," Sarr told FootMe...
Nasri advices Boubacar Kamara to remain at Marseille
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Nasri advices Boubacar Kamara to remain at Marseille

The former Arsenal attacker believes the young defender still has unfinished business at the Stade Velodrome Samir Nasri has offered advice to Boubacar Kamara, urging him to remain at Marseille. The 20-year old centre-back is one of the hot prospects in Europe with interest drawn from the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea who are in need of a rebuild in defense. Kamara - who is of Malian descent and still eligible to play for the West African country, broke into the Marseille first team at the 16 and has gone on to make 79 competitive appearances, scoring thrice and providing another three assists.
Ravanelli: I was very close to joining Liverpool and Tottenham
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Ravanelli: I was very close to joining Liverpool and Tottenham

Juventus hero Fabrizio Ravanelli has revealed he came close to joining Liverpool and Tottenham during his playing career. In 1998, the Italian had just suffered relegation from England's top-flight with Middlesbrough, but despite the disappointing end to the season, the forward still had a number of clubs interested in securing his signature. “I was very close to joining Liverpool and Tottenham," he told The Athletic. "I tried for one month over the possibility with my agent to sign for Manchester United but it did not happen. “But Liverpool was a real opportunity. The Liverpool manager Roy Evans called me when I was on holiday in the summer and said he wanted me to join the club. I said, 'OK, no problem.' “After, I have no idea why, it did not happen. Liverpool, at that moment...
Sevilla eyeing PSG fullback Layvin Kurzawa
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Sevilla eyeing PSG fullback Layvin Kurzawa

Sevilla are eyeing PSG's Bosman prospect Layvin Kurzawa. Canal+ says Sevilla's sporting director, Monchi, has been monitoring Kurzawa although his signing won't come cheap due to his financial demands. Kurzawa has lost prominence at PSG this season under Thomas Tuchel and he is in search of a new challenge. Sevilla will need to strengthen at left-back as Sergio Reguilon is expected to move back to Real Madrid and Sergio Escudero has only one year left on his contract. Sevilla are also interested in signing Maxime Lopez from Marseille who may need to reduce their wage bill in order to avoid Financial Fair Play sanctions.
Former Marseille president Diouf dies due to complications from coronavirus
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Former Marseille president Diouf dies due to complications from coronavirus

Former Marseille president Pape Diouf has died at age 68 due to complications from Covid-19. Diouf had been hospitalised in his native Senegal and was placed under respiratory assistance on Saturday after his illness became serious.  The Senegal native's relatives had hoped to transport him to France to receive further medical attention but he passed away before he was able to leave Dakar. Marseille confirmed Diouf's passing with a statement posted on Twitter. "Olympique de Marseille learned with great sadness of the death of Pape Diouf," the statement read. "Pope will remain forever in the hearts of Marseillais as one of the great craftsmen of the history of the club. "Our condolences to his family and loved ones." Diouf served as president of Ligue 1 club Mar...
Neymar Will Be Out For 4 Weeks Due To Left Hamstring Injury
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Neymar Will Be Out For 4 Weeks Due To Left Hamstring Injury

PSG have confirmed that Neymar will be out for 4 weeks due to left hamstring injury. Neymar underwent an MRI today upon his return to Paris after he suffered an injury in a friendly match against Nigeria. They have uncovered a left hamstring strain (Grade 2) which will keep him out of action for the next 4 weeks. That means he will at least miss the next six games for PSG, including the Le Classique against Marseille and two UCL games against Club Brugge.
Nice Vs Marseille Match Suspended Due To Homophobic Chants And Banners
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Nice Vs Marseille Match Suspended Due To Homophobic Chants And Banners

Nice’s first game since being taken over by Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe descended into chaos after it was temporarily suspended due to banners and chants. Clement Turpin, the referee for the Ligue 1 fixture against Marseille, went to speak with Nice boss Patrick Vieira before concluding the game needed to be halted for 10 minutes while the issue with the supporters behind one of the goals was sorted. ‘We can’t stop a game every time some idiots do something, otherwise we’ll never play, it’s nonsense,’ Nice midfielder Wylan Cyprien told Canal+ during the stoppage in play. Concerns were raised five minutes before the decision was made to temporarily suspend the match as the stadium announcer looked toplead with supporters to end insulting behaviour. ‘We ask you to s...
Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew on leaving Marseille because of brother Andre Ayew
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Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew on leaving Marseille because of brother Andre Ayew

The 27-year-old forward struggled under the shadow of his elder brother in their days together at the Ligue 1 giants Jordan Ayew, who began his professional career in Olympique Marseille, has revealed the difficulty he faced in breaking out of Andre Ayew’s shadow at the French club. The striker joined Marseille as an academy player at age 13, before going on to make 111 appearances for the Ligue 1 giants – scoring a total of 14 goals. The 27-year-old has represented five other football teams since his time with Les Olympiens, including Crystal Palace – with whom he penned a three-year permanent deal on Thursday, following a one-year loan spell last season.
Balotelli Sends Cryptic Message To  Marseille Fans, Says ‘Hopefully See You Soon’
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Balotelli Sends Cryptic Message To Marseille Fans, Says ‘Hopefully See You Soon’

Mario Balotelli has delivered a cryptic farewell to Marseille after his contract at the Ligue 1 side expired. The former Italy striker joined the club in January on a six-month deal after his contract at Nice was cancelled, and scored eight goals in 12 games. Marseille had hoped to secure a return to the Champions League this season, having missed out last term after losing the Europa League final to Atletico Madrid. But the team fell short of landing one of Ligue 1’s three qualification slots, falling behind third-place Lyon and fourth-place Saint-Etienne to eventually finish fifth. But Balotelli appeared to hint on Instagram that, despite the team coming up short, he could potentially stick around at the Stade Velodrome. “Thank you everybody for these amazing five months e...
Rami rubbishes talk of MLS move and promises to ‘bring the house down’ at Marseille
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Rami rubbishes talk of MLS move and promises to ‘bring the house down’ at Marseille

The centre-back is 'sad' and 'mad', but has underlined his commitment to Rudi Garcia's side, and claims criticism 'bounces' off him Marseille defender Adil Rami has underlined his commitment to the club despite a disappointing campaign, and rubbished rumours that he could be on his way to the United States. The centre-back has described himself as “mad” and “sad” after Marseille failed to trouble Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain and crashed out of the Europa League at the group stage, losing five of their six fixtures. Early exits from both domestic cup competitions also heaped pressure on Rudi Garcia’s side, and with Rami making just 18 appearances in all competitions, his form prompted talk of a move to LA Galaxy in March this year via France Football. ...
Everton Want Onyekuru Back  Next Season In England
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Everton Want Onyekuru Back Next Season In England

Everton are ready to hand Henry Onyekuru his Premier League debut next season, but the Super Eagles winger will need to be convinced to make the move. The 21-year-old was signed by the Toffees 18-months ago from Belgian side Eupen – but he has never played for the club due to work-permit issues. But now Onyekuru would likely land a permit, as he is a regular for Nigeria and is one of the top-scorers in Turkey. Galatasaray would like to keep the player – but there is a major interest from elsewhere, including Paris Saint Germain. The French giants have been long-term admirers and they are ready to offer Everton a £20million deal, but they are not the only interested party as we understand fellow French sides Monaco and Marseille are also kee...
Balotelli Goes Live On Instagram After Scoring For Marseille
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Balotelli Goes Live On Instagram After Scoring For Marseille

On Sunday, Balotelli put his Marseille side in front against Saint-Etienne with a brilliant overhead kick, then collected his phone from a cameraman before filming his celebrations with team-mates and uploading them to his Instagram story. Marseille won the match 2-0, with former Newcastle winger Florian Thauvin also scoring a penalty. Balotelli's goal is the former Manchester City and Liverpool striker's fourth in six games since joining Marseille from Nice in January.   View this post on Instagram   #Balotelli goes live on #Instagram shortly after he scored a #goal in his club, #Marseille against #stetienne A post shared by Mci (@mycelebrityandi) on Mar 3, 2019 at 11:40pm PST
Balotelli Agrees To Join Marseille For Six Months
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Balotelli Agrees To Join Marseille For Six Months

French side Marseille have finally secured the signing of Mario Balotelli from Nice after agreeing to take on the remaining six months of the Italian striker’s contract, sources said on Tuesday. Balotelli The 28-year-old has a reputation of being difficult to manage but has played for clubs such as Inter Milan, Manchester City, AC Milan, Liverpool and more recently Nice, as well as scoring 14 goals in 36 games for Italy. Sources told AFP that ‘Super Mario’ will undergo a medical on Wednesday, but would not be available for this weekend’s Ligue 1 game with Lille. “Balotelli is our number one priority,” Marseille coach Rudi Garcia said this week. Marseille are seventh in Ligue 1 and have struggled to score after failing in an attempt to bring Balotelli to the Stade Velodro...
Spanish Star Azpilicueta Signs New Contract With Chelsea
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Spanish Star Azpilicueta Signs New Contract With Chelsea

Spanish international Cesar Azpilicueta, one of the longest-serving players at Chelsea, signed a new four-year contract on Tuesday which if he sees it out will take him to 10 years with the Premier League club. The 29-year-old defender — who joined the Blues in 2012 from French outfit Marseille and has won the Premier League title twice as well as captained them this season in the league — says his desire to fight for the club is stronger than ever. Azpilicueta, who is two appearances short of 300 for the club, has been a pivotal player in the bright start to the Maurizio Sarri reign which sees them lying in third spot, seven points off leaders Manchester City. “Delighted to be a blue until 2022,” the 25-times capped Spaniard said on his Twitter account. “Since I arrived in 2012...
Chelsea Win in Greece as Rangers Hold Villarreal
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Chelsea Win in Greece as Rangers Hold Villarreal

Willian’s early goal in Greece gave Premier League leaders Chelsea a 1-0 win over PAOK in the Europa League on Thursday, while Steven Gerrard’s Rangers twice fought back to earn a 2-2 draw at Villarreal. Eden Hazard was omitted from the Chelsea squad at his own request due to fatigue, but manager Maurizio Sarri fielded a strong side for the Blues’ opening game in Group L at a hostile Toumba Stadium. Brazil winger Willian struck after just seven minutes with a first-time finish after an assist from Ross Barkley to extend Chelsea’s winning run to six games in all competitions. Rangers acquitted themselves well on their first appearance in the group stage of a European competition since the 2010-11 Champions League, as they came away with battling point in Spain. A disastrous star...
Actress Pamela Anderson Breaks Up With French Footballer Adil Rami After He Proposed
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Actress Pamela Anderson Breaks Up With French Footballer Adil Rami After He Proposed

Canadian-American actress and model, Pamela Anderson has dumped France World Cup-winning defender, Adil Rami after he proposed the idea of marriage to her   According to TMZ, the 51-year-old actress broke up with Adil Rami, 32,  after dating the World Cup champion for over a year.   The footballer, who is currently playing in France for Marseille reportedly gave her a Cartier ring after winning the soccer tournament as a build-up to eventually popping the question and when he did Pamela rejected his proposal.   The gossip site also reported that the actress who has now moved out of the home the couple shared, and gave the promise ring to her oldest son, Brandon. 
Kenya Calls Up Sevens Players For World Cup Playoff
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Kenya Calls Up Sevens Players For World Cup Playoff

Kenya has called up four players from its sevens team to reinforce the national squad as it prepares for a last-ditch bid to grab one of the last places at next year’s World Cup Rugby The repechage tournament in Marseille in November will be Kenya’s final chance to qualify for the World Cup in Japan after missing out when they finished second to eventual qualifiers Namibia during the Gold Cup, which doubled as the African round of qualifying. The four players including former Sevens skipper Andrew Amonde will link up with teammate Willy Ambaka who joined the squad and managed to score four tries against Tunisia and Namibia in the qualifiers. The others are fly-half Sammy Oliech, winger Nelson Oyoo and utility back Dennis Ombachi, whose winning try against Zimbabwe helped Ke...
Marseille Complete Signing of Dutch Midfielder Strootman
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Marseille Complete Signing of Dutch Midfielder Strootman

  Marseille have completed the signing of Dutch international midfielder Kevin Strootman from Roma on a five-year deal, the French club announced on Tuesday. Roma revealed that Marseille had agreed to pay 25 million euros ($29.3m) for Strootman, with a potential three million euros more to come in performance-related add-ons.   The 28-year-old is Marseille’s second signing of the summer transfer window, following the arrival of Croatian international defender Duje Caleta-Car from Red Bull Salzburg in Austria.   Strootman played under current Marseille coach Rudi Garcia when he joined Roma from PSV Eindhoven in 2013.   He has won 41 caps for the Netherlands, although two serious knee injuries marred his time at Roma and led to him missing the ...
24-Yr-Old Lady, Axelle Reveals How She Was Forced To Make Love With Dogs & Horses
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24-Yr-Old Lady, Axelle Reveals How She Was Forced To Make Love With Dogs & Horses

A story about how a young woman, Axelle, was sold into prostitution in a foreign land, has been trending online for a while now. A 24-year-old Axelle was said to have met a young man, Jean Claude Fayard, who’s alleged to be a French businessman,  via the internet in October 2011. When this happened, little did the Cameroonian graduate of Aesthetics and Beauty know that her life was about crumbling down. They had a normal chat like every other person would have when chatting with a stranger. Jean Claude told her he was a businessman based in Marseille (France) and was into import and export. Feeling lost and alone Their friendship became platonic and Axelle thought she had found the love of her life. On March 2012, Oga Claude came to visit her in Cameroon. Axelle’s people were joyo...
Europa League Semi Final
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Europa League Semi Final

ROAD TO EUROPA LEAGUE GLORY ARSENAL vs ATLETICO MADRID MARSEILLE vs SALZBURG Semi-final 1st leg: 26 April Semi-final 2nd leg: 3 May Final: Wednesday 16 May, Stade de Lyon, Lyon
Antonio Conte Unsure Over Michy Batshuayi’s Chelsea Future
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Antonio Conte Unsure Over Michy Batshuayi’s Chelsea Future

Antonio Conte is unsure if Michy Batshuayi will stay at Chelsea if the club brings in another player in January. Batshuayi scored twice and impressed as Chelsea booked their place in the FA Cup fifth round with a comfortable 3-0 win over Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. The Belgian striker took advantage of Alvaro Morata’s absence to produce a man-of-the-match display, but Sky Sports reports Chelsea are willing to pay Roma £26m for striker Edin Dzeko in a bid to bolster their striking options for the second half of the campaign. Speaking after Chelsea’s win over Newcastle, Conte said: “There is a World Cup this summer and every player wants to play to try to push for the competition. This is another situation. “If the club decides to add another player, I don’t know if M...
Real Madrid Down In 23rd Of European Table For Goals Scored
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Real Madrid Down In 23rd Of European Table For Goals Scored

While Los Blancos have conceded the same amount of league goals as they had at this stage of 2016/17, their scoring streak is some way off their best. No player is in the top 20 of the individual scoring charts and they are way behind the continent's top scorers Manchester City (64) and Paris Saint-Germain (58), who they face next in the Champions League. Furthermore, even Lazio, Leicester City, Sampdoria, Marseille and Udinese have notched more times across Europe's major leagues this season. The 22 teams that have scored more than Madrid
Paris Saint-Germain Hit With Partial Stadium Closure
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Paris Saint-Germain Hit With Partial Stadium Closure

French Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain will have to play one home match in front of a partially-closed stadium after fans let off flares in the game against Nice last month, the French league (LFP) announced on Thursday. The Auteuil stand at the Parc des Princes, which houses PSG’s ultras, will be closed for one league match. PSG host Troyes in their next home league game on November 29. Marseille were also sanctioned by the LFP on Wednesday, for the “use of flares, throwing of objects, use of lasers and spectator intrusions” during their clash with arch rivals PSG on October 22.
I’ve No Idea Why Neymar Joined Paris Saint-Germain – Eric Cantona
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I’ve No Idea Why Neymar Joined Paris Saint-Germain – Eric Cantona

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona says he has little interest in watching Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain and cannot work out why he agreed to sign for them. The Brazil attacker made a world record €222 million move from Barcelona to the Parc des Princes in the summer but has attracted controversy about his attitude and behaviour towards his team-mates. On the field, though, he has been a sparkling success, scoring 11 times and creating another nine in only 12 appearances for his new side. Such dominance has led Cantona to question why the attacker made the move. “When you’re 25-years-old and you’ve played with Brazil and Barcelona, you have to ask yourself a little what you’re doing in France, where you will play against Guingamp or Amiens,” Cantona told Yahoo Sport. “Even t...
France Coach Deschamps Plans To Contact Evra After Marseille Sacking
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France Coach Deschamps Plans To Contact Evra After Marseille Sacking

France coach Didier Deschamps plans to contact Patrice Evra in the wake of his sacking by Marseille on Friday. Experienced full-back Evra had his contract with the Ligue 1 side terminated after being suspended from UEFA competition until the end of this season for kicking a supporter. The 36-year-old was red carded before the start of Marseille's 1-0 Europa League defeat at Vitoria Guimaraes this month after an altercation with a group of travelling fans boiled over. A section of OM supporters held up a banner with the words "Evra get out" during their 5-0 win against Caen last weekend. Evra started every match as France finished as runners-up at Euro 2016, and Deschamps said he would send the defender a private message rather than issue a public statement. "The decisions that have be...
Patrice Evra Sacked By Marseille After Kung-Fu Kick On Supporter
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Patrice Evra Sacked By Marseille After Kung-Fu Kick On Supporter

Patrice Evra’s contract has been terminated by Marseille after he was banned until June 2018 for kung-fu kicking a fan. The former France captain was sent off before Marseille’s Europa League defeat against Vitoria on November 2 after lashing out at a supporter who Evra claimed was abusing him. UEFA charged Evra under article 15 of their disciplinary regulations, which deals with the misconduct of players, banning him from their club competitions until June. And Marseille quickly followed news of his suspension by terminating his contract with immediate effect. A statement published on Marseille’s website read: “Patrice Evra has been exemplary on the field and in the locker room. He played an important role in reviving the team and in the improvement of results. “However, on...
Evra Red-Carded Before Game For Karate Kick On Own Fan
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Evra Red-Carded Before Game For Karate Kick On Own Fan

Marseille defender Patrice Evra was sent off after launching a karate-style kick at one of his team’s own supporters before Thursday’s Europa League match against Vitoria Guimaraes. Evra, 36, was engaged in a heated exchange with a group of fans from an area reserved for around 500 Marseille supporters in Portugal before aiming a head-high kick with his left foot at one of them. Some Marseille fans had managed to get out of their section of the stands and force their way to the touchline barriers where they harangued Evra at close contact as the French international warmed up before kick-off. Stewards at the ground quickly intervened to break up the trouble, with Evra, who was originally listed as a substitute, ordered to return to the dressing room by the referee. “Pat has exp...
Ousted Catalan Leader Carles Puigdemont Not Going To Spain – Lawyer
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Ousted Catalan Leader Carles Puigdemont Not Going To Spain – Lawyer

Catalonia’s axed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont will not return to Spain as there is a “good chance that he would be detained”, his lawyer has said. Speaking to Dutch public newscaster NOS late Tuesday, Belgian lawyer Paul Bekaert said “as far as he told me that’s not going to happen” when asked if his client would go back to Spain. “That’s because we are awaiting further reactions from the Spanish authorities to see what’s going to happen,” Bekaert said, speaking by phone to the Nieuwsuur actuality programme. Puigdemont together with 13 other former members of his administration, dismissed by the Spanish central government last week, has been summoned by the National Audience in Madrid. The body deals with major criminal cases. On Monday, Spain’s chief prosecutor said ...
‘Batshuayi Is Ready To Start’ – Conte Backs Chelsea Striker
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‘Batshuayi Is Ready To Start’ – Conte Backs Chelsea Striker

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has backed Michy Batshuayi to make an impression if he is given the opportunity to feature from the outset for the Premier League champions. The 24-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2016 from Marseille for a fee of £33 million, yet he had a quiet first season in England, despite netting the goal that won the Blues the title against West Brom. The Belgium international has shown a good deal more promise in the early weeks of this campaign, scoring seven times in 11 matches, and played a key role off the bench as Chelsea beat Watford last weekend. He was given the opportunity to shine from the beginning of the Carabao Cup match against Everton on Wednesday and, though he did not score, he received praise from his manager for his contribution....
‘I Didn’t Lose My Cool’ Against Marseille – Neymar
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‘I Didn’t Lose My Cool’ Against Marseille – Neymar

Neymar says he did not lose his cool after being shown the first red card of his Paris Saint-Germain career during the feisty 2-2 Ligue 1 draw with Marseille on Sunday. The Brazil international was given his marching orders three minutes from time after being shown two yellow cards in the space of as many minutes. PSG’s world-record signing had — as expected — been given some tough treatment at the Stade Velodrome, both on the pitch and from the stands, and needed police to shield him from projectiles when he took corners. Shortly after being shown a first yellow card by referee Ruddy Buquet on 85 minutes, the former Barcelona man barged into Lucas Ocampos, having been tackled by the forward, to earn a second booking and red card. “The supporters threw a lot of things at me, ev...

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