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The headbutt that shocked the world

the result – Italy beat France in a penalty shoot-out – but for the incident in extra time which not only saw one of the world’s great players event off but also ended his star-studded career. Even many years after the event, people continue to speculate as to why Zinedine Zidane decided to heat butt Italian defender Marco Materazzi. Zidane ...

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Karim Benzema and the Sex Tape Scandal

At the end of March, it was confirmed that Real Madrid striker and former French international Karim Benzema is to stand trial in October on blackmail charges. If convicted, he could face up to five years in jail and a fine of €75.000. The affair dates back to 2015 when Benzema’s international teammate, Mathieu Valbuena, asked a couple of fixers ...

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Opinion: N’Golo Kante should win the 2018 Ballon d’Or

Source We are roughly four months away from the decision of world football’s most prestigious, individual award: The Ballon D’Or. The shortlist will feature yet again, the games most glitzy, flamboyant and characterful superstars; the showmen who play the leading role, in their teams attacking, blockbuster production. The favourite again appears to be Juventus new man, Cristiano Ronaldo, which would further boost ...

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Thierry Henry Quotes: Quotes on Thierry Henry

Those lucky enough to have a ticket to watch an Arsenal game or who are taking one of the popular stadium tours, can hardly fail to notice a statue outside the south-east corner of the Emirates of a footballer on his knees celebrating. It commemorates an Arsenal legend and the club’s all-time goal scorer, but this is not somebody from ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Stefan Kovacs

Stefan Kovacs began his playing career as a midfielder for Oradea in Romania and went on to play for several outfits in the country as well as Charleroi in Belgium. He also had a three-year stint with CFR Cluj, before he hanged his boots at the end of the 1952/53 season at Universatea Cluj. He wasn’t as gifted as his ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Moussa Dembele

There are a fair few Dembeles going around in top level football these days and the one Dembele ( Moussa Dembele ) that Celtic managed to acquire in the last summer transfer window is enthralling Celtic Park with his splendid displays. This Dembele is of Malian descent and has represented France at the youth levels. He spent eight years at ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Ousmane Dembele

In the 2016 summer transfer window Borussia Dortmund acquired the services of Ousmane Dembele after signing him on a five-year contract from French club Rennes. The youngster was much in demand and was also linked with a move to the English Premier League giants Liverpool, but the Black and Yellows were able to take him away to Germany. And the ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Samuel Umtiti

  Barcelona have acquired France international Samuel Umtiti for a €25 million transfer fee earlier this summer. The youngster has been a key figure for Lyon in their past few campaigns and if his performances at the Euro 2016 are any indication then Barcelona have secured a potential star in their ranks.  Playing style Umtiti is a well-rounded centre-back. He is ...

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Greatest European Championship Teams – II

France 2000 France were the world champions going into the European Championship in 2000, and it would be no exaggeration to say that they had got significantly stronger in the two intervening years. The midfield was at time impenetrable with three tacklers Patrick Vieira, Didier Deschamps and Emmanuel Petit negating any attacking move of the opposition well before it reached ...

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Greatest Underdog Stories – N’Golo Kante

N’Golo Kante’s story is a proper fairytale. The French footballer of the Malian decent is a typical example of a late bloomer. Early Years in France Five years prior to lifting the Premier League title, N’Golo Kante was playing for a small club in Paris suburbs in France’s eighth division. Kante was born and brought up in Paris’ 10th arrondissement, ...

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