International

Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain need to have a Marco Verratti contingency plan

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona this summer, as the Catalan giants are prepared to meet whatever price tag the Parisians put on him. Reports from across Europe have suggested that Verratti has expressed a great deal of interest in leaving Paris, especially after a campaign that saw them miss out on the Ligue 1 title [to AS Monaco] for the first time in five seasons.
Bruce Arena

Pragmatism is working wonders for Bruce Arena and the USMNT

Bruce Arena has gotten off to a fantastic start in his second tenure as head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team (USMNT). Since taking over after Jurgen Klinsmann was sacked back in November of 2016, Arena has accumulated an overall record of three wins and four draws across all competitions (friendlies and World Cup Qualifiers) with the USMNT - he's yet to lose a match. Most importantly, the U.S. have earned eight points from four qualifiers in the hexagonal stage of World Cup Qualifying since Arena took over - they're currently third in the table behind the likes of Mexico and Costa Rica.
Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski scores hat-trick for Poland, edges closer to scoring record

Robert Lewandowski scored yet another hat trick for Poland on Saturday evening (June 10th), propelling his side to a 3-1 win over Romania in World Cup Qualifying. Two penalties and one headed goal made up Lewandowski's hat-trick; his third hat-trick in World Cup Qualifying thus far. He's now scored in eleven consecutive qualifiers (both Euros and World Cup) and has grabbed a total of twenty goals from each respective qualifying campaign. The result on Saturday evening keeps Poland six points clear at the top of group E in UEFA World Cup Qualifying with four matches remaining.
Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris error gifts Sweden a vital 2-1 win over France in World Cup qualifying

Hugo Lloris made a calamitous error in the dying minutes of stoppage time against Sweden in a World Cup Qualifier earlier this evening (Friday, June 9th). He completely scoffed his attempted clearance a few yards outside of his own 18-yard box, and Sweden's Ola Toivonen pounced on the open opportunity and fired home from the halfway line with Lloris scrambling back towards his own goal line; the strike gave Sweden a 2-1 win. France had look the side far more likely to find a winner in the closing stages of the match, so Lloris' uncharacteristic error will come with added frustration for Didier Deschamps' men.
Olivier Giroud

Olivier Giroud is consistently producing goals for France

Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick for France in their 5-0 thrashing of Paraguay last Friday in an international friendly in preparation for their upcoming World Cup qualifier against Sweden. He's become the first player in nearly two decades to bag a hat-trick for the French national team. Including the hat-trick from Friday night, Giroud has now scored 16 goals in his last 16 matches for France across all competitions, stretching back to Euro 2016 qualifying.
Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe should stay at AS Monaco for at least another season

Kylian Mbappe has been absolutely sensational for AS Monaco in their title-winning 2016/2017 campaign in Ligue 1. Monaco mathematically clinched the title last Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over Saint Etienne and Mbappe scored the first of the two goals. His goal on Wednesday night took his league tally to 15, and he's become the youngest player in this century to score that many goals in their first campaign across Europe's top five leagues. Across all competitions, he's scored a total of 23 goals and scored in each of Monaco's knockout stage matches in the UEFA Champions League bar the first leg in the semi-finals against Juventus.
AS Monaco

AS Monaco set new precedent in France with first Ligue 1 title in 17 years

AS Monaco clinched their first Ligue 1 title since the 1999/2000 season on Wednesday night with a 2-0 victory over Saint Etienne at the Stade Louis II. They'd virtually won the league on Sunday with their comprehensive 4-0 victory over Lille, but the 2-0 win on Wednesday night thanks to an early first half goal from starlet Kylian Mbappe and a stoppage time goal from Valere Germain mathematically guaranteed the title for Monaco. For the first time in five seasons, someone besides Paris Saint-Germain has lifted the Ligue 1 trophy.
Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani deservedly wins Ligue 1 ‘player of the year’ award

Edinson Cavani was voted as Ligue 1's player of the year and received the award at France's annual end of year awards ceremony on Monday night. The Uruguayan international was the deserved recipient of the prestigious accolade after one of the best campaigns of his career with Paris Saint-Germain, scoring a total of 35 league goals - PSG still have one match to play, too, against Caen on Sunday. All together, Cavani has scored a total of 48 goals from as many matches across all competitions for the Parisians.
Edinson Cavani

Edinson Cavani should be eager for a new striking partnership

Edinson Cavani has scored an overwhelming majority of Paris Saint-Germain's goals this seasons across all competitions, both domestic and European. His brace in PSG's 5-0 thrashing of Bastia on Saturday evening at the Parc des Princes sees that he's now scored 47 goals in as many matches for the Parisians across all competitions, 33 of which have come in Ligue 1. Cavani is now just five league goals shy of Zlatan Ibrahimović's 38-goal record from last season, but with only two matches remaining, it's highly unlikely that he'll equal Zlatan's impressive tally.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could pair perfectly with Edinson Cavani at PSG

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain and it's been reported that the Borussia Dortmund striker has met with Patrick Kluivart, Paris' sporting director, this week to discuss the potential offer. Paris are prepared to offer Dortmund up to €70m to acquire Aubameyang's services and the move is looking increasingly likely to happen given the fact that Dortmund have not ruled out his sale in the summer transfer window.