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Remembering Emiliano Sala, PSG's mixed-bag season: Ligue 1's good, bad and ugly in 2019

With only a handful of weeks left in the 2018-2019 season, it's time to have a look back at what has happened so far this campaign in Ligue 1 and what could still occur. PSG were super dominant once again yet never far from controversy and disappointment (take Sunday's 5-1 humiliation at Lille, for example).

Meanwhile, Lyon and Marseille have had their share of ups and downs, some of the smaller teams have done really well, and the summer should be busy once more. Oh, and Leonardo Jardim has worked...

Pogba and Griezmann are best friends who bond over video games and NBA. Their rapport is huge for France

"I have missed you so much, bro," one said.

"I have missed you so much, too," the other answered.

On Monday, the first thing Paul Pogba did when he arrived at Clairefontaine, the France training base a 45-minute drive south of Paris, just before noon was knock on Antoine Griezmann's bedroom door to say hello to his best mate. It wasn't that far for the Man United midfielder to walk, really. His best friend's room is right opposite his. It used to be Patrice Evra's room, but Griezmann claimed it...

Inspired by the NBA, Pogba and Griezmann deliver World Cup rings to France

CLAIREFONTAINE, France -- They had been waiting for so long, almost eight months since their day of glory in Moscow. They had been impatient, excited and curious, almost like children waiting for Christmas morning.

Since France's World Cup final victory vs. Croatia, Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba have been going on and on about those rings. The best friends love American sports, especially the NBA, and since the beginning of les Bleus' World Cup adventure, had in their minds that if they won the...

PSG's Kylian Mbappe channels inner Pele after 100th training-ground goal

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe is known for his competitive streak, but the France international took that to a whole new level after hitting his 100th training-session goal in the buildup to Sunday's Ligue 1 clash away at Saint-Etienne.

Just days after he scored PSG's second goal in their impressive 2-0 win away at Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie, Mbappe was presented with a novelty shirt to celebrate his training feat.

The 20-year-old...

Qatar's Asian Cup win shows that possession could be poison in international football

From the universality of Total Football to the Petrosian-like stoutness of Jose Mourinho, it has always been said football has an evolutionary or permutable quality.

Rules have sometimes influenced dominant tactics, much like changes to offside laws creating the W-M formation, or the back-pass rule facilitating the implementation of targeted pressing and higher defensive lines.

More often than not, however, tactical shifts and trends are based on ideology.

And so when Qatar comfortably defeated...

Aymeric Laporte's dominant form has Man City perplexed at continued France omission

Only one outfield player has completed every single minute of Manchester City's outstanding start to the Premier League and Champions League this season, yet bizarrely, he is still yet to earn a single international appearance.

While his teammates were flying to all corners of the globe, Aymeric Laporte was again snubbed by Didier Deschamps ahead of France's Nations League defeat to the Netherlands. That was followed by a friendly with Uruguay when Deschamps started with Mamadou Sakho of Crystal...