By Julien Pretot and Matthias Blamont PARIS (Reuters) – It was all bleu, blanc and rouge in western Paris as a packed Parc des Princes celebrated the women’s World Cup kick off in enthusiastic fashion with hosts France playing South Korea in the opening game on Friday. Long queues formed around the 47,000 seater stadium, home to Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain, hours before the start of the Group A game which was a stone’s throw from Roland Garros where the French Open tennis is being played until Sunday. Families were gathering around the stadium gates, waiting for their turn to enter and attend the short opening ceremony with French singer Jain performing her song ‘Makeba’. The usual security measures were in place in a city that suffered co-ordinated Islamic State attacks on Nov. 13, 2015 which killed 130 people. “France has a specific context with a track record of incidents so we are particularly vigilant,” a security officer, who spoke … [Read more...] about Blue, white and red Paris celebrates women’s World Cup kick off
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Paris Saint-Germain coach Tuchel extends deal to 2021PARIS: Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel has extended his deal with the French Ligue 1 champions through to June 2021, the club announced on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). The 45-year-old German took over in June 2018 and despite winning Ligue 1 has come under scrutiny after the Parisian club’s defeat to Manchester United in the Champions League last 16. The news cuts short speculation that PSG’s Qatari owners would fire Tuchel and hire outgoing Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri. “I’m delighted to extend my contract and commitment to Paris Saint-Germain,” Tuchel said. “I’d like to thank the chairman and the whole club for their trust in me and my staff. This only reinforces my ambition to bring this team to the very top through hard work,” he told the club website“I’m also very touched by the backing of our supporters, and I’m sure that the best is yet to come … [Read more...] about Paris Saint-Germain coach Tuchel extends deal to 2021
(Reuters) - Paris St Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has signed a contract extension which will keep him with the Ligue 1 champions until the end of the 2020-21 season, the club announced on Saturday. Tuchel, who was hired by PSG last year, finished the 2018-19 campaign with mixed results despite winning the league title by 16 points. The 2017-18 domestic quadruple winners finished runners-up in the domestic cup (Coupe de France) and were knocked out in the last-16 of the Champions League and quarter-finals of the French League Cup. "Paris Saint-Germain is pleased to announce Thomas Tuchel's contract extension for an additional season," the club said in a statement. "The German coach has now signed until 30 June 2021 with the French capital's club." Tuchel, who coached German club Borussia Dortmund for two seasons before the switch to PSG, thanked the club's supporters and chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi. "This only reinforces my ambition to bring this team to the very top through hard … [Read more...] about Tuchel extends PSG contract until 2021
Didier Quillot, CEO of LFP (Ligue de Football Professionnel) wants Ligue 1 to boost its profile in the US and China. — AFP Photo TEHRAN — Xavi Hernandez's dazzling career came to a low-key end when his Qatari side Al Sadd were beaten 2-0 by Iranian giants Persepolis in their last group match of the AFC Champions League on Monday. The 39-year-old midfield genius, who helped Spain win the World Cup in 2010 and won four UEFA Champions League titles and eight La Liga titles with Barcelona, was cheered by fans at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran where already-eliminated Persepolis produced an improved display to register only their second win in six matches. Just 11,000 spectators were present in the 100,000-capacity stadium, mostly wearing the red of Persepolis, who won the Iranian league title days before this match. Several home fans brandished banners reading "Adios Xavi" to show their appreciation of the player who with … [Read more...] about Ex-Barcelona star Xavi’s last match ends in defeat for Al Sadd
By Muneeb Farrukh Published: April 4, 2019 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email If Madrid are keen on spending heavily in the upcoming summer transfer window, they will have to do it wisely, bearing in mind their current expectations and without compromising future ambitions. For much of the 2018-19 season, Real Madrid’s campaign has been driven by pessimism and trepidation. From mediocre performances on the field to a lack of purpose off it, the Los Blancos found themselves entrenched in a diatribe with a swathe of negative opinions from fans and critics alike. But the return of the clubs’s favourite son Zinedine Zidane after his dignified exit nine months ago has cut through all the noise, at least for the time being. Zizou’s work is cut out for him as the rebuilding job at a club like Real Madrid, with extremely high expectations, won’t be an easy task by any stretch of the imagination. Real Madrid: *rehires Zinedine Zidane as manager* Zidane: "You … [Read more...] about With Zidane back on the sidelines, will Real Madrid make the most of the summer transfer window?