Bordeaux winner of the Challenge Emiliano Sala against Caen, Nantes loses again / Friendly / Bordeaux-Caen (2-1) / July 18, 2021 /

Finally a new title for the Girondins!

In Orleans for the weekend on the occasion of the Emiliano Sala Challenge with a four-team table, Bordeaux – winner of Niort on penalties on Friday – returned Caen to the “final” of this event (2-1) and finished in the first place. The Girondins were surprised by a goal from Russian defender Vladislav Molchan (20, not yet competing with the Caen pros) upon receiving a corner from the second minute. But they logically equalized from the start with a sharpened Rémi Oudin from afar (47e), then went ahead thanks to the famous Sékou Mara, who came into play a few minutes earlier and on the lookout at the penalty spot at the end of the match (84e)

Earlier in the afternoon for the “small final” of the tournament, the Chamois Niortais (18it is Ligue 2 in 2020-2021) won against FC Nantes (1-0) despite an overall domination of the yellow and green. Unable to conclude, the Canaries gave in on a free kick from Mathis Ansar badly returned by Alban Lafont (81e) and left Loiret with two defeats against training from the anteroom (after the 1-0 defeat against Caen on Saturday).

But hey, a fourth place (out of four) remains a fourth place …

JB, at the Source stadium


Olympic France defeats South Korea (2-1) in preparation / Olympic Games / France /

Three imaginary points before Tokyo.

The victory against South Korea (2-1), this Friday afternoon, however, took a long time to take shape, especially since it was the Koreans who opened the scoring through Kwon at the 63e minute, on a penalty) caused by Modibo Sagnan.

Scrambled, battered, but enterprising, especially after the opener, France returned to the match after a great collective movement. At the 83e minute, a cross from Téji Savanier – his favorite weapon this afternoon – finds Melvin Bard in the area, then Anthony Caci behind. His shot off target is well picked up by Randal Kolo Muani and allows the Blues to return to the game. But things do not end there: the Rémois Nathanaël Mbuku – well helped by the Korean goalkeeper – gives the victory to his team with a vicious strike in the 88e. Six players came into play during the match, including the two scorers, on the French side.

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Bukayo Saka, the surprise of the chef Southgate / Euro 2020 / Final / Italy-England /

Holder three times since the start of the Euro in an England team full of attacking talents, Bukayo Saka is undoubtedly the biggest surprise concocted by Gareth Southgate since the start of the tournament. And it’s not over, since the young prodigy, one of the few players able to sketch a smile on the faces of Arsenal fans in recent months, has every chance of making his debut against Italy again. this Sunday evening in the final (9 p.m.). Watch out, thrill player.

With almost every publication of the scoresheet since the match against Czechia, the same astonishment on the faces of the English supporters: Bukayo Saka is the holder. Launched in the third group match against Souček and his friends, the kid from London Colney, the Arsenal training center, was able to be decisive to be renewed against Germany and Denmark. In the meantime, he let Jadon Sancho take a little light during the demonstration against Ukraine, just to treat a small pain in his ankle. Again decisive in the semi-finals, here he is hoping to play the detonators for the first final of his country in a major tournament for 55 years.

« Little chili » spiced up

“It started with Auba [Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang]. He said it in French. We were doing a finishing drill in training, and he kept saying it, and I kept scoring, I was shooting so hard and he was calling me “little chili”. » A nickname that has remained attached to the young nugget of north London, as he himself recently explained to the press. It must be said that the young man of 19 years has applied to raise somewhat the taste of the season of Gunners farther and farther from the score. This exercise confirmed in passing the promises made since his first appearance in red and white, one evening in November 2018 against Vorskla Poltava in the Europa League. Since then, Saka is quite simply Arsenal’s best passer over the period, with 21 caviars delivered from his right wing.

To the point that Emirates Stadium fans sometimes name their team Bukayo Saka FC as a mockery of the poor performance of several executives. The beautiful story of little Bukayo begins on the grounds of his club Greenford Celtic, where he was spotted at the age of seven. “I had invitations from Tottenham, Chelsea, Fulham and Watford, but my only choice was Arsenal, remembers the boy. I liked the way they played, so the choice was easy for me. I trained in Hale End (the training center for Gunners, Editor’s note) and I signed at the age of nine. ”

And very quickly, everyone is under the spell. Even Thierry Henry, who came to train within the academy between 2015 and 2016. “He always wanted the ball and he was brave, declared the French striker to Goal. It was too early to say how good he would be, but when I saw him win in the first team after I left, I thought to myself: “Wow, this is amazing.” I always liked the kid’s attitude and his commitment. What I like about him is that he cares about his club and will do anything to make the team win. You have to respect that. ”

English cream

His tenure against Denmark on Wednesday night allowed him, at 19 years, 10 months and 2 days, to become the youngest English player to start a match of such magnitude under the liquette of the Three Lions. Not so anecdotal when we know the precocity of the one who should celebrate his eighth cape this Sunday evening for what is already one of the most significant matches of his career. It was on October 8, during a friendly against Wales, that Gareth Southgate decided to put it to the test. Verdict: 90 minutes which call 232 on the three meetings of the following gathering, in November.

The rise of steps four to four continues in early June. In the list of 26, Saka scores his first goal in preparation against Austria and gives himself the right to savor: “This is probably the biggest moment of my career so far. To mark for his country, we dream of it when we are children. It’s an incredible feeling and I hope I can experience that feeling many more times. ” And why not from the final against Italy? The opportunity should in any case be given to him, once again.

In any case, seeing his name once again written among the eleven holders on the scoresheet would no longer be a surprise for José Mourinho. “I played an 18-year-old in a Champions League final (Carlos Alberto) and he is still the youngest player to score at this level. No problemexclaimed the Portuguese in the talkSPORT podcast. Southgate had no problem doing this, not only with Saka but also with other players giving them chances to play. The kid proves my theory, which is that experience has nothing to do with age. ” Here is another who would see himself crowned with his country from his 19 years. And why not complete the success of his family with a remote-controlled strike from the entrance to the surface?

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    In the Vosges, an outbreak of Delta variant detected in supporters returning from … / Euro 2020 / Portugal /

    Let the “festivities” begin.

    As reported by AFP on Thursday, the prefecture of the Vosges detected a cluster of the Delta variant on its land. Six of the nine positive cases would be young inhabitants of Thillot, the other three residing in Fresse-sur-Moselle. All are from the same family and of Portuguese ancestry, according to the mayor of Thillot, Michel Mourot.

    At the origin of their contamination by the Indian variant, a trip by minibus in June, to Hungary, to attend a match in Portugal at Euro 2020. Remember that the Puskás Aréna was the only stadium of the tournament with a spectator gauge set at 100% and that the wearing of a mask was completely optional. In response, the Grand-Est Regional Health Agency (ARS) launched a major call for vaccination as well as a free screening operation, jointly with the prefecture, to prevent the spread of the variant in the department.

    Not sure that the number of R9 remains there so far.

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    the end of such a beautiful injustice / European Cup /

    Away goals will no longer count double in the event of a tie in European competitions. This rule, introduced in 1965, was often criticized. However, she founded the suspense, unexpected, of many round-trip matches. Above all, she gave real value to the fact of succeeding in piercing the nets at the opponent, in return sanctifying the stadiums in strongholds of the clubs which received. What is a religion, even secular, without perjury? If there is no lack of rational, even economic, arguments, once again, it is a question of sacrificing the right of football to derogate from common sense in order to better write its extraordinary story.

    UEFA never ceases to dismay us. After the recent episodes around Germany-Hungary or the geopolitical mini-dramas between Russia and Ukraine, the great European football multinational decides, in the middle of the Euro, to announce a significant reform of its competitions between clubs. Certainly, from this point of view, it fully embraces the falsely reforming madness which inflames a football which tries to stick to its time and to remain the most attractive product on the market (of the rights TV). From FIFA’s overhaul of the World Cup into a massive 48-man gas plant to, more recently, the Kafka-like makeover of the Champions League, largely to ward off the – ever-present – threat of the Superleague, brains smoke constantly in Switzerland. So, last avatar, the disappearance of one of the most controversial measures, but somewhere the most exciting, that famous “goal counts double” on the go. A x2 which made a 3-1 uncertain and a 1-1 eliminatory. We will no longer teach our sons and daughters the sweet subtleties of probabilities and those famous “cases”. It seems that the mathematics level of French children is dropping, it’s still a shame to deprive them of a fun exercise at home.

    Perverse effect and perversity of Čeferin

    Of course, the decision is not balanced without a good justification in the name of the “game” and especially the need to maintain the quality of the show. UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin has, as usual, been able to use all the fine strings of Schopenhauer’s artistry, the art of always being right. “Today, the effects of this rule are contrary to its initial goal, since it dissuades the receiving team – especially in the first leg – from attacking, for fear of conceding a goal which would give a crucial advantage to his opponent. Its unfairness is also criticized, especially in overtime, as it forces the home team to score twice when the visiting team scores a goal. ”

    Another good argument, the gap between home wins and « away » has not stopped decreasing (from 61% -19% 50 years ago to 47% -30% now), without mentioning the impact of empty enclosures since the pandemic. So there is no need to maintain a system which on the contrary aimed to increase the chances of the visitor. Consequently, there is a high risk that extra time and even shots on goal will multiply. One stress drives out the other.

    Unfair, but beautiful

    Finally, the bosses of the round ball simply made a pragmatic choice, somewhere more equitable (and again, given the growing gap between the Eastern and Western championships, it is surely in vain), or more ” fair ” . They have, on the other hand, as they do more and more often, forgot that mythology rarely feeds on the mere truth of numbers. Without the small exploits of a conceded goal, sometimes against the course of the game somewhere in Munich, some of the finest exploits, even recent ones, would have been immolated on the altar of a banal “1 + 1 = 2”.
    We are willing to admit, sometimes, that football is a matter of geometry in space, not that it is simply reduced to accounting calculations. In addition, the perception of this famous “injustice” so often decried, especially by the losers of one night, and we can understand them, turns out above all to be a matter of balance of power. And what the Slovenian whispers to us amounts to tipping the scales again in favor of the host to the detriment of the visitor, to look at the beauty of a match only by the performance in all logic, never in the exploit a little trickster. We realize who it is to protect from now on. Too bad for the dramaturgy of these back and forth meetings, sometimes so cruel by the deus ex machina of a penalty awarded after a hand from Kimpembe. A theft, some shout. Now, property is theft, said Proudhon. And Čeferin no longer wants to give up his property.

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    UEFA abolishes away goal rule / UEFA / Rules /

    End clap.

    UEFA has just made the news official: the away goal rule will be removed from next season. This modification of the regulations will be applied to all competitions under the bosom of the European body. From now on, each cumulative tie at the end of the 90 minutes of the second leg will be followed by an overtime and a penalty shoot-out if necessary.

    This decision is the consequence of a decrease in the house advantage observed by UEFA: “Statistics from the mid-1970s until now show a clear trend towards a reduction in the rate of home wins” , can we read in the press release. Indeed, if this rate was 61% in the 1970s, it is now 30% today.

    A decision that comes two years too late for Ajax Amsterdam.


    Jakob Glesnes’ patator with Philadelphia in MLS / MLS / Atlanta United-Philadelphia Union (2-2) / June 21, 2021 /

    The Philly time.

    If the Sixers have eaten the dust against the Hawks in the NBA playoffs, there is at least one franchise – a little – euphoric this Monday morning in the streets of Philadelphia. If they probably did not celebrate in itself their draw against Atlanta United (2-2), the players of the Philadelphia Union have certainly discussed at length on the masterpiece of their Norwegian teammate Jakob Glesnes in the stoppage time (90e+3), which allowed them not to leave empty-handed from their trip to Georgia, on the occasion of the 9e MLS day.

    A good fat, violent 25-meter minasse who played pinball with the ridge of the former American international Brad Guzan. The Bergen hammer, tall defender of 1.88 meters, he is not at his first attempt.

    Philadelphia is still on the podium in the Eastern Conference, while Atlanta is in ninth place.


    Italy demolishes Switzerland and qualifies for round of 16 / Euro 2020 / Gr.A / Italy-Switzerland (3-0) /

    Flamboyant, collectively brilliant, Italy charred a generally helpless Swiss team this Wednesday at the Olimpico. And here is already the National in the round of 16 of the Euro.

    Italy 3-0 Switzerland

    Buts : Locatelli (26e, 52e), Immobile (89e) for Italy

    Roberto Mancini won’t tell you that beating Switzerland was easy. But he might think so. Partly because this Nati was not at the expected level. But also because his Italy looks for the moment like the most rock’n’roll team of the Euro. Switzerland saw it, suffered it and paid dearly for it. Final price? Three pawns for nothing, and Transalpines who made fun the key word of their competition.

    L’light blue is a warm color

    This Wednesday evening, Italy is screaming together. If only 16,000 supporters azzurri have had the right to appear in the stands of the Olimpico, the stadium rumbles as if 60,000 more transalpines had come to fill its bays. Rome wants to ignite, so his darling sons will immediately strike the match, drawing a furious counter-pressing, which suffocates the Helvetii. Barella is glowing in the midfield, Spinazzola and Insigne ignite the left wing, but it is Chiellini who first thinks of blowing up the powder keg, scoring in two stages, following a corner kicked by the winger Neapolitan. Lack of pot, the goal is denied for a discreet hand from the defender Juventus, after using the video. Annoying, but too little to upset Manuel Locatelli. At the half hour of play, the box to box transalpine saw Berardi on the right, which he serves with a love of long pass in first intention. The winger of Sassuolo strolls Rodríguez and serves a tense cross for … Locatelli, who has just aligned 60 meters, to finish with the fall of the ball and to score from near. It’s beautiful, it’s clean, it’s deserved, for a National decidedly lovely to watch. Only big downside on the transalpine side: the exit on injury of Chiellini, replaced by Acerbi at 23e minute of play.

    Loca, Loca, Locatelli

    Disarmed in the first act, Switzerland finally tries to draw its strengths after the break. But neither Xhaka, helpless in the midfield, nor Shaqiri, deprived of the ball in front, send even the beginning of a shiver on the spine of the National. Italy masters, continues to bite loudly like a Berardi starved to death in front, and Locatelli, again, finds himself almost alone at 20 meters. Enough to allow the Italian number 5 to arm a satchel with the left foot, which once again leaves Sommer powerless. The following ? Almost all-cooked. Only Zuber will have the opportunity to challenge Donnarumma, but the Frankfurt midfielder has his duel against the Lombard goalkeeper. Italy just has to finish cushy the last 20 minutes of the game, while Immobile can even plant a 3e pawn, with a cleverly placed distant shot. What to bend the whole with the manner: Italy passes very nicely its second life-size test. And especially comes to stamp his ticket for the knockout stages of this Euro 2020. Italy (4-3-3): Donnarumma – Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini (Acerbi, 23e), Spinazzola – Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli (Cristante, 86e – Berardi (Toloi, 68e, Building, Insigne (Church, 68e. Breeder: Roberto Mancini.

    Suisse (3-4-1-2) :Summer – Akanji, Schar (Zuber, 57e), Elvedi – Mbabu (Widmer, 57e), Rodríguez, Xhaka, Freuler (Sow, 83e – Shaqiri (Vargas, 75e – Embolo, Seferović (Gavranović, 46e. Breeder: Vladimir Petković.

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    How will the Blues get out of the group of death? / In partnership with Ricard /

    France, Portugal, Germany: six Euros between them … Favorite of the tournament, France will first have to extricate themselves from Pool F, the most prestigious, against Portugal, second favorite, and Germany, outsider serious. Hungary should participate chirping …

    In the summer of 2005, Zinédine Zidane returned to save the homeland. In spring 2021, Karim Benzema returns to help him … Because without Karim, the Blues were finalists of the Euro and world champions in Russia. On November 14, in Lisbon, on behalf of the League of Nations, they had achieved against a solid Portugal a master class of controlled management and lethal efficacy that they had known at the 2018 World Cup (a good 1-0 sufficient). At the heart of the game, the golden Griezmann-Pogba hinge had shown that she remained a driving force for the team. During the Euro qualifiers from which France came out first, it was Griezmann who had the most significant offensive performance with 3 goals and 7 assists. Finally, in front, Olivier Giroud with his 6 goals had himself finished top scorer for the qualifiers. Thus, even before the recall of Benzema by Didier Deschamps, France was already the reasonable favorite of the Euro, with arguments of shock. Still … At 33 years old, “Benz”, who has completed a stratospheric season with Real, should bring a plus, no doubt decisive, as we could judge against Wales in a friendly (3- 0). With him, the 4-4-2 diamond tested against Wales brings an additional tactical option to Deschamps’ usual “asymmetric” 4-2-3-1.

    By playing on his two registers of finisher and offensive strategist, “KB” should normally be able to insert without too many problems at the forefront of this 4-2-3-1. Behind him, from left to right, we would find Rabiot (or Coman), Griezmann and Mbappé. The pair Pogba and Kanté (monstrous with Chelsea) in “double pivot” is placed as usual in front of a defense L. Hernandez, Kimpembe, Varane and Pavard. Lloris closes the casting of a team which should arrive among the fittest (least tired) teams of the tournament. And which also has reserve, compared to other selections! Because, in addition to the eleven type, the workforce offers each line interesting coaching options from Russia 2018 and more recent conscripts (Maignan, Koundé). With an already impressive offensive potential, enriched by other sacred applicants (Coman, Dembélé, Thuram, Ben Yedder), the Blues now display a status of reinforced number 1 favorite … A calendar difficulty will however require the Blues to be at the Entry cleat with a first match in Munich against Germany, then the next two in Budapest against Hungary, then against Portugal.

    Guèche party, Deutsch repartis?

    The Blues will therefore play their last crucial game against the Portuguese, other favorites of the tournament, even with a slightly lower odds. Because since its first two international titles (Euro 2016 and League of Nations 2019), Portugal has changed status and makes it known. Last December, coach Fernando Santos declared the Portuguese selection candidate for the world title in 2022. These comments are perfectly admissible. Mainly because the somewhat limited workforce in 2016 has grown considerably since then. With the superb club performances, among others, of Bruno Fernandes (MU), Diogo Jota (Liverpool) or both Citizens Cancelo and Ruben Dias (elected player of the year in the Premier League), Portugal has a new golden generation. With his many midfield and attacking cracks, Fernando Santos must now solve, after having tried many systems, the delicate problem of offensive animation. By installing the excellent B. Fernandes in 10 behind Ronaldo (rather than João Felix, another alternative used)? During Portugal’s last two games, D. Jota on the left and Bernardo Silva on the right (3 goals and 6 assists in the playoffs) completed this generic quintet. Critics of vampirization by Cristiano of a selection that plays better without him, the question was quickly resolved: 11 goals in the playoffs, 101 in Selection in September and 29 pawns of top scorer 2021 with Juve! Reminder: since 1996, Portugal has always reached at least quarters to the Euro …

    With its three crowns (1972, 1980, 1996) and its three finals, Germany offers the best record of this competition and could undoubtedly claim the last four again. Because even with wooden teams, including in the World Cup, it has often performed well in the past. However, the team 2021 is made of precious wood. In the middle, especially: Gündoğan, Kimmich, Goretzka, Can and Kroos! And in attack? Sané, Gnabry, K. Havertz, T. Müller, Volland … The doubts that accompany this team in view of its recent setbacks (0-6 in Spain, 1-2 against little North Macedonia) are largely due to a flagrant lack of efficiency in front (cf. the failure of Werner against Macedonia!), more than worries of offensive animation and the choice of the players supposed to put it in place. Except for a general off-topic in Spain, Germany is still creating a lot of opportunities, as against Denmark in a friendly (1-1, June 2). In front, with in addition the recalled Thomas Müller, the team therefore do not start from zero. It is up to Mats Hummels, the other drafted, to stabilize a constantly reworked defense which remains the real weak sector … Watch out for Germany, however! This wounded tiger profiled Bayern will play all his group matches in Munich! Finally, if Hungary had pleasantly surprised in the group of Euro 2016, its elimination dries up in 8it is then her absence from the 2018 World Cup, as well as her hard-won qualification for the Euro in League A play-offs put her in her place. Unless there was a huge surprise, she would end up last in the group. The gifted No.10 Dominik Szoboszlai, third element of the spine stamped RB Leipzig with Gulácsi (goalkeeper) and Orbán (central defender), finally withdrew for injury. However, he was the keystone of the Hungarian 3-4-1-2 built especially around him. And his deputy Zsolt Kalmar is also forfeited … So many tiles! However, we must not underestimate the great collective mental strength of this Hungary, become justice of the peace of a hen where the three big ones will engage in a knife fight …

    Cherif Ghemmour