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 By Ian Holyman

Zinedine Zidane regrets never playing for hometown club Marseille

Zinedine Zidane served as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant during Real Madrid's Champions League-winning season.
Zinedine Zidane was born in Marseille.

Zinedine Zidane has told Marseille's official website he would have loved to have played for his hometown club and paid tribute to Marcelo Bielsa's work at the Stade Velodrome this season.

The Marseille-born legend started his professional career at nearby Cannes, before first establishing his reputation at Bordeaux.

He then developed into one of the game's all-time greats during spells at Juventus and Real Madrid, but ended his career in 2006 having never pulled on an OM shirt.

The 1998 World Cup...

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Yoann Wachter hopes Lorient can boost their Ligue 1 survival bid and provide a festive fillip for their supporters by beating Nantes on Saturday.

Lorient host their north-west neighbours at the Stade Yves Allainmat-Le Moustoir, bidding for a fourth win in six games.

``Against Nantes we will give everything to ensure we can go quietly on vacation, without worries,'' Wachter told fclweb.fr.

``It's a derby and, if we can offer a little Christmas gift to our fans, we will not deprive them.''

Lorient beat...

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Lens head coach Antoine Kombouare has urged his players to end the year on a high and tee themselves up for a survival push after Christmas.

A testing first half of the campaign for the northern side has left their top-flight status in peril, in line with many pre-season expectations from outside the club.

But Kombouare is confident Lens can stay up, while wary of the damage a defeat at this stage of the year can cause.

Lens limped to promotion last season, having been racing towards Ligue 1 until a...

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Jardim: Luck was on our side

Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim admitted luck played a part as his team defeated Lyon on penalties to book their Coupe de la Ligue quarter-final berth.

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Chelsea's Abramovich, Arsenal's Usmanov lose millions in 48 hours

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has reportedly lost $449.5 million in 48 hours.

Roman Abramovich, Alisher Usmanov and Dmitry Rybolovlev -- involved with Chelsea, Arsenal and Monaco respectively -- all lost 100s of millions of dollars in a matter of days this week as a result of Russia's current economic troubles.

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