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Tom Cruise visits Atletico Madrid’s new stadium while on ‘The Mummy’ promotion tour

Tom Cruise is currently promoting his new film ‘The Mummy’. He recently stopped in Madrid for the premiere and he took time out to visit Atletico’s new ground, the Wanda Metropolitano. Midfielder Saul Niguez was present to pose and present Cruise with a personalized No. 8 shirt. Cruise has been invited to come back and watch Atletico play at their new ground and the actor can hardly wait because as the world’s greatest actor said, “There’s nothing like watching a football match in Spain.” He got that right!

Posted in Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Reports

Edinson Cavani can’t stop scoring!

Edinson Cavani is a goal scoring machine. Last night, he scored the opener and the only goal for Uruguay in their 3-1 defeat against Chile in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifications. 

STATS BABY!

Edi has now scored more goals for his country (37) than Diego Forlan (36). Only his good friend Luis Suarez has more (47).

Cavani has now scored 20 goals in 20 games for club & country this season.

Cavani is also the 3rd player to score against the other 9 national teams in WC Qualifiers (Luis Suarez and Agustin Delgado).

This man is on fire.

LIGUE 1 PLAYER OF THE MONTH

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El Matador was once again rewarded with the Ligue 1 Player of the Month award having won in Seprember thanks to 5 goals in 4 appearences. A great achievement! He’s been awfully clinical this season and I like that he’s finally starting to show the world what he is made of. I won’t be surprise if he tops the Ligue at the end of the season.

Congrats Edi! Don’t stop shining.

*** Pics via Twitter

Posted in Les Bleus, Reports

Les Bleus in 2016

I haven’t been updating My Heart Beats Football as I should, but it doesn’t mean that I am not following the beautiful game.

Every Les Bleus game this year was a joy to watch even their last game of 2016 against Côte d’Ivoire last evening, despite it being scoreless at the full-time whistle. Les Bleus have matured and flourished under Didier Deschamps and I enjoy watching them grow. Many critics and skeptics alike thought that without the likes of Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena, the team would’ve been a failure. To tell the honest truth, I was not scared over losing them. We had the likes of Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann to cover us. We made it to the Euro 2016 final and although we didn’t win, we got back up again.

Payet finally emerged and took centerstage. N’Golo had the world smacking their lips at his skills and Pogba shone on the world stage. Adil Rami came back. Areola is finally being noticed. As for the wonderful Hugo Lloris, well, as a captain, he did everything right and as a goalie, he has excelled where past French goalies hadn’t. I am proud of the entire team.

STATS 2016

^ Les Bleus played 17 games, won 13, and had only one defeat which was to Portugal in the final of the Euro 2016.

^ Dimitri Payet racked up the assists with 7

^ Our top scorers are Griezmann and Giroud with 8 goals a’ piece.

This is progress and I am proud to say that we’re going forward. I cannot complain about our campaign this year. Thank you for a beautiful 2016, Les Bleus and here’s to 2017. 

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First ever green card awarded in football

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Fans of the beautiful game were left shocked earlier this week when the first ever green card was awarded in league football. This took place during a Serie B match in Italy. Why this green card? 

The green card is an initiative to promote sportsmanship among its players and will be given at the end of the match. 

Simply, think of it as fair play. At the end of the season, the player with the most green cards will be awarded. Vicenza’s Cristian Galano received Serie B’s first green card for fair play against Virtus Entella. Why? The referee Marci Mainardi had called for a corner kick. The kicker? It was the incorrect decision. After the match, Galano had admitted that no VE defenders had touched the ball. Honesty prevails! 🙂

I am still on the fence about this green card thing because I don’t think this is necessary. Footballers should learn how to play fair and be honest without looking for any sort of reward at the end of the season. We’ll see how this plays out.

Posted in Reports, Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris suffers hamstring blow

In The Safety Of Hugo Lloris' Gloves

Hugo Lloris was forced off with a hamstring injury earlier today in Tottenham’s 2016/17 season premiere against Everton. Lloris was subbed off late in the first half with Michel Vorm replacing him. The Frenchman had conceded his first goal of the season as Everton went ahead in the 6th minute. The game eventually finished 1-1.

Wishing Lloris a speedy recovery and all the best to Spurs this season.

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French coaches in England: Philippe Montanier

NAME: Philippe Montanier 

CLUB: Nottingham Forest

This dashing Frenchman hails from Vernon. A former goalkeeper, he played for Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 sides including Caen (1987-1990), Nantes (1990-91), Caen again (1991-94), Toulouse (1994-97), Gueugnon (1997-99) and Saint-Étienne (1999-2000). 

Montanier was named the best Ligue 2 manager in 2009 after he successfully achieved Ligue 1 promotion with US Boulogne. The Frenchman managed Valenciennes, Real Sociedad, and Rennes before accepting the Nottingham Forest job. 

Since taking charge of the Championship side, Monsieur Montanier has signed Apostolos Vellios and Thomas Lam. When asked about other potential targets, he joked:

“I look, and Messi and Neymar are not ready to come to Nottingham. It is a joke, we of course have targets.”

Nottingham recently played and won 2-1 against their local rivals Notts County in a pre-season friendly derby.

Montanier has his season cut out for him. I wish him every success with Nottingham, a club I kind of have a soft spot for.