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  • Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo lead AP Global Football 10

    LONDON (AP) -- Juventus took over as team of the week in the AP Global Football 10 on Tuesday for its two big wins, including a 2-1 victory over Lazio in the Italian Cup final.

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  • 'Peacemaker' Ancelotti dismissed by ruthless Madrid

    Just 366 days since delivering Real Madrid their much-awaited 10th Champions League title, Carlo Ancelotti became club president Florentino Perez's latest managerial victim as he was sacked on Monday. Ancelotti, 55, ultimately paid for failing to build on the best run of results in the club's…

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  • African champion Renard named as Lille coach

    Lille on Monday named two-time African Cup of Nations-winning coach Herve Renard to replace Rene Girard as manager of the French Ligue 1 club on a three-year deal. Renard, 46, led Ivory Coast to Africa's showpiece football title in February 2015 and three years previously also famously guided…

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  • Keeping home-grown stars the key for Lyon

    Hubert Fournier's side pushed overwhelming favourites Paris Saint-Germain almost all the way in the race for the title, only seeing their dream of a first Ligue 1 crown since 2008 ended with a game to spare. Lacazette scored 27 league goals, a club record in a league campaign, while Fekir had…

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  • Monaco claims final Champions League birth

    Yannick Ferreira Carrasco scored the winner as Monaco beat Lorient 1-0 to secure a third-place finish in the French league on Saturday and claim the final qualifying birth for the Champions League. With newly-crowned champion Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon already guaranteed the first two spots,…

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  • Monaco secure Champions League return

    Monaco, locked in a three-way tussle with Saint-Etienne and Marseille, booked the third and final French ticket to next season's Champions League thanks to a season-closing 1-0 win over Lorient on Saturday. A first-half goal by Yannick Ferreira Carrasco was enough to help the Principality side…

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  • Angers return to Ligue 1 after 21-year wait

    Angers won promotion to France's Ligue 1 on Friday after a 3-0 victory over Nimes in second division action guaranteed their place in the top flight for the first time since 1994. Angers held off Dijon and Nancy in the battle for third spot behind the goal scoring exploits of striker Jonathan…

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  • Monaco lead three-way Champions League chase

    Monaco can clinch an immediate return to the Champions League with a win at Lorient on Saturday, but Marseille and Saint-Etienne can pip them to the post on the final day of the season. Paris Saint-Germain clinched the title last weekend, while Lyon were confirmed as runners- up, but third place…

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  • PSG world's top-paying team - report

    London (AFP) - French champions Paris Saint-Germain pay their players higher salaries than any other team in world sport, according to figures published on Wednesday.

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  • Monaco make Fabinho loan move permanent

    Monaco (AFP) - Monaco announced on Tuesday that Brazilian right back Fabinho's loan from Portuguese outfit Rio Ave has been made into a permanent deal.

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  • Platini: UEFA looking to ease rules on club spending

    UEFA is preparing to ease rules which limit how much Europe's top clubs spend on player transfers and wages. President Michel Platini told French broadcaster RTL in comments aired Monday that the UEFA executive committee could relax some Financial Fair Play regulations. Barely a year after UEFA…

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  • Ayew named Ligue 1 African player of the year

    Ghana forward Andre Ayew celebrated his final days with Marseille by being named on Monday best African player in France's Ligue 1. The winger -- a member of the Ghana side that lost to Ivory Coast 9-8 on penalties in this year's Africa Cup of Nations final -- was picked by a jury of journalists…

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  • Lacazette, Blanc take honours in French end-of-season awards

    Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette was named France's player of the year at a ceremony in Paris on Sunday as Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc won the Ligue 1 coach of the year prize. Lacazette won the award, voted for by his peers, ahead of PSG trio Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Javier Pastore and Marco…

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  • Lyon to let talented misfit Gourcuff go

    The rollercoaster career of former France international Yoann Gourcuff suffered a new blow Sunday when Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas revealed he was surplus to requirements. "He's a great player but he just couldn't fit in," Aulas said of the 28-year-old he signed in 2010 for 22 million euros…

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  • Premier League on alert as Ayew confirms Marseille exit

    Villeneuve-d'Ascq (France) (AFP) - Ghana international forward Andre Ayew moved a step closer to a dream move to the English Premier League after announcing he would be ending a 10 year stay at French giants Marseille. The 25-year-old winger -- a member of the Ghana side that lost to Ivory Coast…

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  • PSG will not rest on their laurels, says Blanc

    Laurent Blanc says while he and the Paris Saint Germain players will treasure their third successive Ligue 1 title the goal is to build on the success and there remains room for improvement. The 49-year-old coach -- who could yet land an historic domestic treble as PSG take on Ligue 2 Auxerre in…

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  • Special third title delights PSG

    Paris Saint Germain players were exultant after clinching their third straight French Ligue 1 title on Saturday with midfielder Blaise Matuidi insisting this title had been the most enjoyable. We've been chasing down other teams most of the season but we really do deserve this title," insisted the…

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