Ghana is celebrating 60 years of independence.
There have been highs and lows in every facet, even in football. We look at 60 years of soccer in the West African side.
Ghana is a country where football and boxing have largely dominated the scene. This is evident in the country’s Olympic medals haul and individual triumphs in games.
Ghana are known to have a decent record at the youth level. Whilst they have been accused of age cheating, their credentials speak for itself. They played in 1989, 1995 and 2009 at the world stage but the 1991 tournament victory stands out. Odartey Lamptey, Sam Kuffour, Mohammed Gargo and the rest changed the scene after their title win.
The 1978 Nations Cup victory on home soil is another special moment for Ghanaian football. They Black Stars were dominant in the 60’s but they slumped in form for years until the win. Continue reading “LOOKING AT 60 YEARS OF FOOTBALL IN GHANA”
Monday’s Europa League round-of-32 draw must have come to Manchester United with an air of relief. They face French side Saint Etienne – February, next year – a team that is expected not to prove much of a threat either on paper or on the pitch.
A subset came with the news though: Paul Labile Pogba’s elder brother Florentin Pogba will line up against him when their respective teams lock horns in the first knockout round. The fact that they play in different leagues located in separate nations meant such pairing was never going to be inevitable. Continue reading “EUROPA PITCHES POGBA AGAINST BROTHER”
English Premier League side Arsenal FC turn to Monaco player Marcel Tisserand in a bid to salvage their defensive woes this season.
Coach Arsene Wenger probably thought the team could hold up attacks in the league until the injured players return but the first game of the season against Liverpool revealed all the vulnerabilities.
Arsenal have long been linked with Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, with reports claiming the player is open to the move. Till date the deal has not been confirmed with the transfer fee being the likely stumbling block. Get French Football News reveal that Arsenal reps have contacted Tisserand’s agent with the hope of sealing the deal as soon as possible.
Tisserand made 32 starts in the French Ligue 1 for rival club Toulouse in the last term as he couldn’t establish himself as a starter at the Leonardo Jardim led side.
Arsenal are still hoping to seal the deal for the move of the German international Mustafi but the Gunners are looking at the French football player as an alternative.
Continue reading “ARSENAL TURN TO FRENCH PLAYER TO HELP DEFENSE PROBLEMS”
Reports from GetFootballNews in France say the English Premier League side has abandoned the deal that was set to bring the Frenchman to the club this summer.
Arsenal have longed been linked with Alexandre Lacazette but they are set to dump him ahead of others players in the summer transfer list.
The coach is reported not to have spoken directly with the player’s club Lyon or with his agent about a possible deal but that they used their age long method of using an intermediary. They have been reports that the intermediaries inquired but they were not all directly linked to the club.
The French side quoted a figure of 50 million Euros aside bonuses for the player and the club has now dumped the possible deal aside to focus on the viability of other targets for the summer, seeing the deal as a rip off.
The total fee for the player is believed would reach 60 million Euros but the club values the player a lot less. The president of Lyon Jean Michel Aulas is reported to still be interested in keeping the player for the coming campaign but reports say the player could be sold if Arsenal were to trigger his release clause. The leading club remaining to sign the player is French champions Paris Saint Germaine even though the club says they are yet to submit an official bid for the player. Continue reading “ARSENAL DUMP ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE TRANSFER DEAL”
Ben Arfa and Benzema may have been excluded from the French national team because of racial issues according to Cantona
Former Manchester United star Eric Cantona has stated that both Hatem Ben Arfa and Karim Benzema may have been excluded from the French national team because their origins.
Former Newcastle United player Ben Arfa was omitted from the team despite having a superb season with Nice. He was only named in the stand-by team and will only be called upon if ever there is an injury in the team. Eric Cantona has suggested that it is more because of his ethnicity that Ben Arfa was not selected in the team. For him, Ben Arfa is the best player in France at the moment, and it is a surprise for him not to be taking part in the team at the Euros.
He added that it was the same thing for Benzema. Officially the player is suspended from the team because of the alleged blackmail issue, but Cantona argued that there is more to this story. He believes that Deschamps is hiding behind the blackmail case not to select the Real Madrid player.
For him, Didier Deschamps is discriminating against these players on racial grounds and that he is not picking players based on performance alone. He said that two of the best French players will not be going to the Euros and that there are questions to be asked. Continue reading “Ben Arfa and Benzema excluded from the French national team”
Head Coach of French side, Nantes, Michel Der Zakarian is set to leave the club during the summer after being with the club for four years.
The French club confirmed on Monday, after reports had circulated about the club’s departure.
Der Zakarian stated his intention to leave the club following Nantes’ 1-1 draw with struggling Marseille on over the weekend. The club released an official statement on Monday confirming the departure of the 53-year-old Armenia.
The statement read:
“After the match in Marseille that saw his team to a 1-1 draw against Marseille, Michel Der Zakarian, out of contract, announced his decision not to lead FC Nantes at the end of the season.
“The club takes note of the decision of the coach and thanks him for his work over the past four seasons. We wish him the best for his future career.”
Der Zakarian is currently in his second spell with Les Canaris. Following three seasons in charge of Clermont, the coach returned to Stade de la Beaujoire in 2012 and has guided them to 10th place in the Ligue 1 standings with just three games to go in the current campaign.
The coach told reporters that he is leaving the French side. Continue reading “MICHEL DER ZAKARIAN BIDS FAREWELL TO FRENCH FOOTBALL”
Paul Pogba is a consistent starter for Juventus who has helped the Italian club in securing 3 successive Serie A titles and its hard to deny that he is one of the most coveted and sought out young players in the world of football.
There are many top European clubs that have shown interest in signing Paul Pogba but Juventus and the agent of Pogba have already stated that they will not be accepting offers for anything less than €100 million for the French starlet.
Paul Pogba has made a number a sensational performances with Juventus but the youngster has not managed to replicate his performances with his national side as Pogba just doesn’t stand out with France in the same way that he does with Juventus, this however is not something that seems to be affecting the head coach of France, Didier Deschamps as he stated that he is not expecting Pogba to score goals in every single game or to be the man of the match on a consistent basis.
“From the very beginning he demonstrated a lot and people expect for him to deliver. We expect him to be always great and to make the difference. He’s a midfielder that helps the team to get good situations. If he’s not making the difference during a game that doesn’t mean he’s not helpful within the team. I’m not expecting that he scores two, three goals at every game. He can score, he can be better during some games. He’s a part of a collective. He has great abilities and I think that the expectations are as high as his qualities.” France’s Didier Deschamps said. Continue reading “Didier Deschamps feels that the media are expecting too much from Paul Pogba”
2015 was a forgettable year for FIFA and many of their head executives as the football governing authority was filled with reports of scandals, briberies and things of this nature. After a long series of investigations that were done, it was confirmed that there indeed were some non-ethical actions which took place not only in 2015 but also from the past few years.
These briberies and scandals range from receiving payments of over $2 million to Platini which was approved by Blatter in 2011, reportedly for consulting work which was done a decade earlier. There are also scandals going on involving the upcoming 2018 World Cup as well as the previous one. It’s believed that certain matches were fixed and that the host countries where the event took place did not actually deserve to win their respective bids as it was all fixed and this process did not go through transparently.
Sepp Blatter spent 17 years at the helm of FIFA but he did not build a good reputation with all of these issues that were confirmed and Blatter was banned for 8 years as well as Michel Platini.
Michel Platini is regarded as one of the best French footballers ever to grace a field but it’s a completely different story when it comes to his life outside of the pitch as he is constantly being linked with corruption as well as Sepp Blatter. Continue reading “Michel Platini is no longer a candidate for the FIFA Presidency”
PSG may be one of the biggest clubs in the world right now, but they are struggling to keep hold of defender Lucas Digne.
Manager Laurent Blanc has confirmed that the player now intends to leave the club. Amongst other interested parties are Liverpool, who have already dealt with PSG in the past. The club have been on a spending spree in recent weeks. After completing the deal to bring in Christian Benteke for £ 32.5 million, it looks like Liverpool have shifted their focus on strengthening the defence. However, they will have to fight off competition from the likes of Roma and Atletico Madrid.
Digne has been one of the highly rated central defenders around and the French international is expected to have a bright future. At just 22 years of age, he is just growing into a top-class defender. PSG may not be surprised by the transfer request given by the player, as he featured little last season. The dominating presence of Thiago Silva and David Luiz meant that he could not make more than 15 appearances in all competitions. If Digne is to improve as a player, he needs to be playing regularly. He expected to cost about £ 20 million in transfer fees. Continue reading “PSG struggling a lot these days”
UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations have certainly hindered French football from becoming one of the top leagues in the world over the last few years.
Monaco and Paris St Germain have incredible wealth at their disposal, but they have been limited by the UEFA rules that prevent them from making losses over a certain limit. PSG were already found guilty of not complying with the last monitoring period. This other club restricted severely in terms of spending limits in the last transfer window. Despite this, manager Laurent Blanc managed to lead the club to a historic treble.
After the Coupe de France final victory over Auxerre, Blanc stated that he was hoping for much more flexibility from UEFA. UEFA president Michel Platini recently stated that the European body would be reducing the FFP regulations in the hope of levelling the playing field. The presence of this regulation has prevented new clubs from entering into the elite world. UEFA has had a number of cases registered on this account, as it appears to benefit the already wealthy clubs. The only title that PSG failed to lift last season was the Champions League. Even then, Blanc reckons that the French outfit are already a big club and will win the European title in the short term. Continue reading “UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations have certainly hindered French football”