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French winners in London: N’golo and Hugo

N’Golo Kanté and Hugo Lloris won big at the recently held London Football Awards. 

Kanté was instrumental in Leicester winning the EPL last season and now he’s helping Chelsea top the table at the moment. I once joked that if you want to win the League, then but N’Golo. Looks like it wasn’t a joke after all.

Kanté won London Premier League Player of the Year.

As for Hugo Lloris, he took home the award for Goalkeeper of the Year. Well deserved, Oogo!

I am very happy for these guys. Congratulations and keep flying the French flag high.

 

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Griezmann is Superman

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I am over the moon excited for the upcoming LEGO Batman movie and now Antoine Griezmann as the voice of Superman (my favorite superhero) made me a bit more excited. However, Griezmann would only feature in the French edition of the film. That’s too bad, but it’s a great opportunity for him.

The announcement via his Facebook page:

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Changes for TT’s men and women football teams

TRINIDAD AND Tobago national men’s and women’s football teams had new senior head coaches appointed at a press conference held by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association in Port of Spain on Wednesday.

Belgium’s Tom Saintfiet, who replaced the recently fired Stephen Hart, was handed a two-year contract to lead the men national team while Carolina Morace of Italy took charge of the women’s team.

With T&T currently engaged in the CONCACAF final round World Cup qualifying tournament and yet to pick up a point after two matches, Saintfiet’s tenure as head coach may hinge on the team’s performance in their next two outings against Panama on March 24 and Mexico on March 28.

TTFA president David John Williams said: “If he doesn’t get the results we need in those two matches then he could find himself out of a job since we can kiss our World Cup bid goodbye if we don’t get those results.”

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Saintfiet, 43, played football for Belgian outfit FC Boom from 1983 to 1997 before going into management at 24, making him the youngest manager in Belgian football. He has a number of coaching stints under his belt, having worked in Germany, Finland, Jordan, Qatar, Belgium and the Netherlands in addition to serving as head coach of Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Namibia, and more recently Togo and Bangladesh.

He said his immediate focus is to take T&T to the World Cup and its a job he will not try to do alone.

Morace comes with a decorated career, both as a former player and a coach.

The 52-year-old Italian is a former national striker who also represented a number of clubs in the women’s Serie A. She was the top scorer in their domestic competition in the 1984–85 season, before going on to hold that distinction for 11 consecutive seasons (1987–88 to 1997–98).

After calling time on her playing career she took up a management portfolio at Lazio before going on to manage the Italian women’s national team from 2000 to 2005, and the Canadian national women’s team from 2009 to 2011.

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During her stint in charge of the Italian women’s team she took them to two European Championships, while Canada’s women team won the 2010 CONCACAF title as well as the Cyprus Cup in 2011 and 2011, and the 2010 Four Nations Tournament with her at the helm. She was also the first woman to be inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame, a distinction she picked up in 2014.

Morace holds a UEFA PRO License and is best known for being the first woman to coach a professional men’s football team when she took the reins of Viterbese, an Italian Serie C1 outfit in 1999.

She was awarded a two-and-a-half-year contract, which runs until 2019, by the TTFA and in addition to her role as senior women’s coach she will oversee educational development in the women’s football programme.

SOURCE: Trinidad Express

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Nathalie Boy de la Tour creates history as the first woman President of the LFP

France loves making history when it comes to electing ‘the first woman’. Corinne Diacre was named the first female coach in France last year when she took charge of Ligue 2 team, Clermont Foot. Now, we have another first lady.

Nathalie Boy de la Tour was elected president of the French Professional League (LFP) today after former national team coach Raymond Domenech’s candidacy was rejected by the general assembly. She becomes the first woman to take over from caretaker Jean-Pierre Denis.

Congrats are in order.

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Sam Allardyce resigns as England manager

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Sam Allardyce has resigned as England manager last evening. The 61-year-old was caught trying to use his position to earn extra money on the side and even had the bold audacity to dish out advice on how to get around the Football Association (FA) transfer rules.

The resignation makes him the shortest-serving England manager of all time after just one game in charge. Allardyce blames it on “an error of judgement” and “entrapment has won”, but it was his very own greed that cost him his dream job.

Gareth Southgate will take interim charge of England for their next four matches while the Three Lions hope to find a proper replacement.

NOTE: Some news reports said that Sam was sacked while others said that he resigned. Whichever one it is, he is not the manager anymore.

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Spurs bits: N’Koudou, Sissoko, and Lopez

Tottenham does #DeadlineDay shopping.

Spurs signed France U-21 winger Georges-Kévin N’Koudou on a five-year contract. This child has such a heartwarming smile, that one cannot help but simply like him. I hope he lights up the PL with that bright infectious smile of his.He’ll wear #14.

Frenchman Moussa Sissoko snubs Everton and signs a 5-year contract with Spurs on deadline day. He spoke with the injured Hugo Lloris and was convinced to join. He’ll wear #17.

Twenty-one-year-old Pau Lopez joins Spurs on a season-long loan from Espanyol. The  6-foot-2 goalie is known for his sometimes bad temper in Spain. He is also known for his passion against local rivals. Yes, his rivals are Barcelona and he is quite vocal about his dislike for the team. I expect Mr. Lopez to be ranting about Arsenal. He’ll wear #30.

Meanwhile, Ryan Mason will be a Hull City player. 😦

Welcome all, and all the best Mason. You’ll be missed.

*** Photos via Tottenham Hotspur & the PL official Twitter handles.

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City bits: Nasri completes Sevilla loan, Mangala jets off to Valencia and Hart heads to Torino

Pep Guardiola is cleaning house and he isn’t afraid to do so.

Samir Nasri has joined Sevilla on a season-long loan. I think this is a good benefit for the Spanish side.

Samir Nasri puts pen to paper on a season-long loan deal alongside Sevilla chief Monchi

Valencia has confirmed a season-loan deal with Eliaquim Mangala.

Meanwhile, Torino has completed a season-long loan deal to Serie A side, Torino. This should be a lesson to the Englishman to try and prove himself worthy once again. Hart has made 346 appearances for City over 10 seasons.

All the best boys!

*** Photos via Daily Mail (the Nasri one) and Twitter