What if Koeman finally got it right with Griezmann’s position?

To the sidewalk. Getafe scored a before and an after in Koeman’s management with Griezmann. In the pre-match, the player implicitly asked the coach to remove him from the band. Despite the interference, Koeman accepted the criticism and put Griezmann as a fake new. Plus, he gave her the 90 minutes. “Go on, show me I’m wrong,” he failed to say.


in Greece, OM’s comeback in the Champions League

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Olympique de Marseille plunges into the deep end of the Champions League, after seven years of absence. On his way are Olympiakos and former OM playmaker Mathieu Valbuena.

Seven years. It’s been seven long years since Olympique de Marseille have not played in the Champions League. An eternity for the only French winner of the most important continental club competition, which will enter the competition in Greece on Wednesday October 21 against Olympiakos, an opponent within his reach.

OM dreams of the knockout stages

In seven years, the club has maintained its wardrobe as a great European with a Europa League final in 2018, lost against Atlético Madrid (3-0). But the project of owner Frank McCourt and president Jacques-Henri Eyraud involves regular participation in the C1.

Not in the toughest group, OM can dream of the round of 16, the “high goal” set by André Villas-Boas. “We can not lament too much after being in hat 4 in the draw. The schedule is pretty good for us,” assured AFP the coach, who brought OM back to the Champions League.

Indeed, the Phocaeans start with an opponent of the same fabric, even if AVB recalls that Olympiakos is a regular: 20e participation for the club 45 times champion of Greece. This is the tenth for Marseille, winner of the first edition of the C1 under the name of the Champions League, in 1993.

A closed-door meeting

For Christian Karembeu, sports director of the Greek giant interviewed by AFP, “OM and Olympiakos are two clubs that look alike”.

The 1998 world champion considers in particular that the atmosphere in their stadiums brings the two clubs closer together: “Karaïskaki is like the Velodrome on 12e man is very hot. “

Unfortunately for the Greeks, the stadium on the outskirts of Athens will host the meeting behind closed doors. The Greek government had authorized the presence of 3,500 spectators on Monday, but Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis reversed the decision on Tuesday.

The Portuguese coach of the Greek club, Pedro Martins, laments having to “play in an empty stadium, without passion, without enthusiasm, it is not the same thing”.

“The fans are one of the biggest assets of Olympiakos,” continues defender Ousseynou Ba. “It’s not the same thing but we are starting to get used to playing without them, continues the Senegalese central. But we think of them when we are on the ground, they give us strength. I hope that it will soon be over and we will find our supporters. “

Whatever, “receiving OM, it’s beautiful, we like to face the big ones in Europe. We have met several times,” said Karembeu.

Historically, the meetings between the two clubs have rather smiled on the Marseillais, winners three times out of four.

In the 2011-2012 C1 group, the clash had been balanced: OM victory 1-0 at Piraeus, Lucho Gonzalez’s goal, but defeat at the Vélodrome by the same score. Steve Mandanda was already keeping the goals.

In the 1994-1995 UEFA Cup, OM, then in D2, had won twice in 32is of the final (2-1 / 3-0), including a double from the Irishman Tony Cascarino in the return.

Valbuena, eagerly awaited in Marseille

It was another time. Accustomed to C1, Olympiakos now has a rich workforce. “Vinagre, Semedo, El Arabi, Soudani, our captain Kostas Fortounis …”, embroidered Karembeu.

But “the major asset is Mathieu (Valbuena), assures the New Caledonian. He had a big season last year and, to go very far, we count on Mathieu who knows La Canebière well” after eight seasons in Marseille (2006-2014).

Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda particularly dreads the now Olympiakos player, “an extraordinary player, very skilful in front of goal. Being a goalkeeper, and knowing him, I have to be even more vigilant. But he is not the only one on field…”

With AFP


Manchester City: Fernandinho absent between four and six weeks

Pep Guardiola was bitter despite the victory against FC Porto (3-1). Indeed, Manchester City lost Fernandinho for “ four to six weeks “According to the Spanish coach. The Brazilian defender came out against the Dragons, hit in the right thigh.

City is already deprived of Laporte, Mendy, Jesus, De Bruyne and Aké.


Young people mark the way to Europe (5-1)

67 days after the saddest night in Europe, Barça returned to the Champions League with a strange thrashing. Yes, he won, but he did it at such a low pace that at times it didn’t look like an official match. The joy was brought by the young people, who do not have time to cry thinking about Lisbon, as they are in a hurry to build a future. Young people like Ansu, who has normalized the fact that a 17-year-old dwarf scores goals in Europe.


against Inter, Ibrahimovic offers the derby and the Serie A lead to AC Milan

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AC Milan, carried by a starving Zlatan Ibrahimovic after his quarantine due to Covid-19, continued his flawless performance by winning a superb derby on Saturday against Inter (2-1), a first since January 2016 in Serie A.

Two early goals for the Swedish star – his second double in two league appearances – gave the Rossoneri their fourth win in four matches.

AC Milan are now alone in the lead after the defeat earlier in the day of Atalanta Bergamo in Naples (4-1). This first defeat of the season marks a halt for Antonio Conte’s Inter, handicapped by numerous absences (six players tested positive for Covid-19 and Sensi suspended).

20 games unbeaten

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, back after missing the last two matches due to Covid-19, was hungry and it took him less than twenty minutes to put his mark on the match: he obtained a penalty converted into two stages (13th) before to take advantage of a loose marking of the nerrazzura rearguard to conclude a cross from Leao (16th).

He motioned for the few hundred interest fans to shut up. But it wasn’t long before they found hope and voice as Romelu Lukaku reduced the lead to a cross from Perisic (29th).

Inter will have the opportunities to come back, by Martinez (31st), Barella (32nd) then Lukaku (45th, 90 + 3rd), but Donnarumma held the shock. In a second half with fewer chances and more yellow cards, the Interists thought they had obtained a penalty on a poorly controlled exit by the Milan goalkeeper on Lukaku, but ultimately refused after intervention by the VAR.

And AC Milan, which last February lost the last derby after leading 2-0, retained this victory to the end. A success like no other for Stefano Pioli and his young generation of Kessié, Théo Hernandez, Bennacer and Leao, irresistible since the resumption of competitions in June (20 matches without defeat, all competitions combined).


Two firm suspension matches for Téji Savanier (Montpellier), Moreto Cassama (Reims) and Loïck Landre (Nîmes) – Fil info – Ligue 1

The disciplinary commission of the LFP inflicted, this Wednesday evening, two firm meetings of suspension to the three players, Montpellier Téji Savanier, Nîmois Loïck Landre and Rémois Moreto Cassama, all expelled last weekend.

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The attack with better names of Second, forced to be more productive

The calendar gives Espanyol the opportunity to recover very soon from the first defeat of the season, experienced on Sunday in Vallecas. The white-and-blues will open this Wednesday (4.30 pm, #Vamos) the first interweekly day of the course against a Mirandés to whom he gave in the summer two of the last pearls formed in Sant Adrià, Víctor Gómez and Moha Ezzarfani . Two players who are feeling important under the orders of Borja Jiménez and who will be two threats that will have to take into account a Spaniard who, despite remaining at the top of the standings, still has many duties pending. Vicente Moreno has built the team from the ground up, fortifying a solid defense that has only conceded one goal in six games. The Massanassa coach, however, needs his attack, which by name is without a doubt the best in the category, to start being more productive.

Although Espanyol is the fourth highest scoring team in Segona, with seven goals, the figure can be a bit misleading: in two games (Mallorca and Rayo) it went unmarked and in two (Sabadell and Alcorcón) it only went make a goal. In just two games and against teams from the lower zone (Albacete and Oviedo) he has scored more than one goal.

Last season the lack of goal-scoring success was one of the main reasons for the white-and-blue relegation. No player has scored more than four goals in the league. In addition, the goal was widely distributed between strikers (10), midfielders (7) and defenders (8). A task that this year is centralizing forwards and wingers: De Tomás, Wu Lei, Embarba, Melendo and Melamed have shared the seven goals scored. Puado, Vargas, Vadillo and Campuzano have not been released yet. Nine strikers with enough level to play, most, in much of the First Division teams.

Names aside, what is missing from Espanyol to be more productive in attack? The data confirm that this is not a problem of lack of possession, as the white-and-blues are the third group that accumulates more of the category, 56.3%, surpassed only by Almeria and Girona. In addition, it is the team that records more good passes in total (263 per game) and in the opposite field (138 per duel).

Without imbalance or precision

The main shortcoming, therefore, is not mastery. There are two facets in which, on the other hand, there is much room for improvement. The first is in the ability to unbalance: it is the ninth team in the category in terms of completed irrigation, 4.8 per duel. Against Rayo neither Puado nor Vargas knew how to stretch the team enough, which caused Raúl de Tomás to play closer to the center circle than the rival area. Espanyol did not take much advantage of the entry of Melamed, Embarba and Vadillo in the second half. It is the seventh team in good centers (only 2.6 per game), a worrying figure considering the good footing of most of its players.

Without depth, the white-and-blues closed in Vallecas the first game without finishing between the three posts. However, they are still the fourth team with the most shots (6.5 per game) and the third with the most shots between the three posts (3 per game) in the entire Second Division. Two facts that confirm that the other big aspect that is missing is the aim. Some shortcomings that Vicente Moreno will want to correct in the face of a hard bone to gnaw, the third least scored team in the category.


has French football been too greedy?

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Mediapro, which launched the dedicated Téléfoot channel in France this season, is asking the Professional Football League (LFP) for a delay to settle its deadline of October 6 (172 M EUR) while the fees set for the 2020-2021 season are amount to 780 million euros for Ligue 1 and 34 for Ligue 2. In a rather worrying economic impasse, French football trembles.

What if French football had eyes bigger than its stomach? Indeed, deprived of ticketing revenues and weakened by a very calm transfer market, the French clubs are now paying the bill. What bitterly regret having let yourself be intoxicated by the huge contract signed in 2018 with the audiovisual group Mediapro for more than 800 million euros per season?

Mediapro, holder of most of the TV broadcasting rights for Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, has entered into a standoff with French football authorities by demanding to renegotiate downward its record contract. The Sino-Spanish group did not meet an estimated deadline of 172 million on October 5, plunging into concern professional clubs, whose TV rights are the main source of income (36% for L1 in 2018-19 according to the National Management Control Department [DNCG], financial policeman of French football).

« Impossible for any actor to bet these sums »

The race for higher and higher TV rights has therefore returned like a boomerang in the face of French football. Between 1998 and 2008, the rights of Ligue 1 quintupled. Almost a decade later, the LFP pocketed 748.5 million euros per season between 2016 and 2020. A record amount after 607 million over the period 2012-2016 and 663 million in 2008-2012.

Except that during the last negotiations, Canal +, historical broadcaster of the L1 for 34 years, did not intend to spend blindly. ” It was impossible for us to bet these sums and I believe that it is impossible for any actor to bet these sums “, Summed up on radio Europe 1 the boss of the channel Maxime Saada, the day after the call for tenders lost by his channel (in 2018). ” To make them profitable, it would take about 7 million subscribers at 15 euros per month […] I don’t see how an actor can make this profitable. »

According to the newspaper The chained Duck, the Sino-Spanish group, whose basic offer amounts to 25 euros per month, would have attracted only 278,000 subscribers after two months of competition. Just before obtaining the rights to L1, the consortium controlled since 2018 by the Chinese investment fund Orient Hontai Capital, for lack of financial guarantees, was excluded from the race for TV rights in Italy.

For example, BeIn sports, with a subscription of 15 euros per month, was able to glean a little more than three million subscribers in France after seven years. And still without any profitability.

The sale of rights to foreign televisions still weak

Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Lille are unsurprisingly the clubs most exposed by foreign television, but French football is far from being the most seen in the world. If Ligue 1 thought it could finally compete with the English, Spanish, German and Italian championships, its notoriety is far from certain.

It was not until the 2019-2020 season to see China and CCTV broadcast two live matches per day on its various sports channels. While La Liga, Premier League, Bundesliga and Serie A had already been accessible to the Chinese for several years.

In 2015, La Liga had sold its rights for 375 million euros for six seasons while the Premier League had almost doubled the sum with 660 million euros paid by the CCTV for three seasons. At the time, the sale of rights to foreign televisions had brought in only around 30 million euros for France, or a third of Neymar’s current annual salary at PSG …

According to the DNCG, which published its report on the accounts of professional clubs last March, the operating loss for the 2018-2019 season reached 835 million euros. The financial policeman of French football specifies: 10% of these losses would be due to an exploitation of operating expenses. And 50% of the increase in the overall deficit is caused by an increase in the wage bill. In the end, thanks to the transfer fees from all the clubs (740 million euros), the balance of all the accounts of L1 and L2 shows a deficit of 160 million.

But every season, you have to sell the best players at a high price. And the last transfer market has suffered from the economic crisis that has hit the world since the start of the coronavirus crisis. An additional stone in the shoe of French football.

Overpaid players in France ?

Would players in France be too paid compared to the attractiveness of the championship? What some argue. Pierre Rondeau, sports economist, writes in a column that “ to attack the alleged huge salaries of football players is economic nonsense “. According to him, 25% of players in France receive more than 80% of total salaries. And 40% of footballers live in great precariousness and great uncertainty. ” More than half are ruined 5 to 10 years after the end of their career He writes. In the top 10 of the most paid players in the world, only two players play in France: the Brazilian Neymar and the French Kilian Mbappé, both at Paris Saint-Germain.

Wednesday October 15, the LFP has « given notice »Mediapro to settle its television rights deadlines and does not rule out turning to other operators. The next day, it met to validate a loan aimed at compensating for the amounts that Mediapro refuses to pay to the clubs, of which about a third of the income, on average, depends on these famous TV rights.


PSG drop from entry to Manchester United

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A month and a half after its lost final, PSG is missing its reunion with the Champions League. Apathetic, Thomas Tuchel’s men lost on their turf against Manchester United (2 to 1).

Whether it was the final lost a month and a half ago or the humiliating “comeback” of a year and a half ago, the injuries are not completely closed for Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Thomas Tuchel’s men showed a worrying face against Manchester United for their reunion with the queen competition and conceded defeat at the Parc des Princes (2 to 1).

Is the August defeat in the final still in the minds? In any case, PSG has had a bad start to its new season in the Champions League. This first group match showed apathetic Parisians, unable to build their game. The absences of Marco Verratti, Leandro Paredes and Marquinhos do not excuse everything. The clumsiness multiplied in attack as in defense. At the start of the match, Abdou Diallo thus misses an intervention in his area on a center from Bruno Fernandes. Fortunately, Kaylor Navas watches and recovers the ball in front of Marcus Rashford (9e).

With the Parisian doorman, Angel Di Maria is the only player to have shown himself at the level in the first period. Left alone at the entrance to the surface, he triggers a rolled strike with the left foot that David de Gea pushes back from a horizontal (12e). A few moments later, Fernandes answers him with a nice shot, diverted in extremis by Navas.

Cornered in its half of the field, PSG is on the verge of rupture. A fault by Diallo on Martial in the area precipitates it. Bruno Fernandes shoots for the first time: Kaylor Navas pushes back but the referee asks that the penalty be withdrawn because the Costa Rican had not kept his foot on the line. The second attempt ends at the bottom (23e, 0-1).

PSG returns then bows

The entry of Moise Kean at half-time invigorates the Parisian offensive sector. More inspired, PSG is finally dangerous. Like this quick touch played on the left for Layvin Kurzawa who, eccentric, sees his center transform into a lobe and crash into the top of David de Gea’s crossbar (54e).

A minute later, Neymar took a strong corner and found Anthony Martial’s header. The French inadvertently sends the ball into his own nets, relaunching the match (55e, 1-1).

Awakened, the PSG multiplies the assaults on the Mancunian goal. The “Red Devils” rely on Rashford, often found behind the Paris defense. However, goalkeepers David de Gea and Kaylor Navas keep their respective partners afloat. Until the cross strike of Marcus Rashford who crucified Paris a few minutes from the end of the game (87e, 1-2).

Paris lowers its head and will not return. The 2020 finalist concedes his first defeat at home in more than 16 years in the group stage of the Champions League. It will be necessary to react from next week in Turkey against Istanbul Basaksehir under penalty of early exit from the competition.

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