France

Memphis Depay scores a goal that has no business being a goal

This just isn’t fair (Lyon/Twitter) You know when you’re playing FIFA 17 and you accidentally hit the shoot button in some random part of the pitch and immediately think “Well, that was a waste”? That’s what Memphis Depay did to Lyon in real life against Toulouse, but he actually scored with his absurd shot. After spinning …

Memphis Depay scores a goal that has no business being a goal

This just isn’t fair (Lyon/Twitter) You know when you’re playing FIFA 17 and you accidentally hit the shoot button in some random part of the pitch and immediately think “Well, that was a waste”? That’s what Memphis Depay did to Lyon in real life against Toulouse, but he actually scored with his absurd shot. After spinning around …

ICYMI: 12 seconds that cemented France’s SheBelieves Cup supremacy

The goal that neatly illustrates both the U.S.’s problems and France’s brilliance (Meline Gerard/Twitter) There’s certainly a post-mortem assessment to come from the party-with-the-bad-surprise-ending the U.S. threw itself over this past week, known to the world as the 2017 SheBelieves Cup (which probably isn’t the most unwieldy name ever foist upon a tournament). Monday’s loss …

ICYMI: 12 seconds that cemented France’s SheBelieves Cup supremacy

The goal that neatly illustrates both the U.S.’s problems and France’s brilliance (Meline Gerard/Twitter) There’s certainly a post-mortem assessment to come from the party-with-the-bad-surprise-ending the U.S. threw itself over this past week, known to the world as the 2017 SheBelieves Cup (which probably isn’t the most unwieldy name ever foist upon a tournament). Monday’s loss …

When a Nazi collaborator captained France

This day in football history On 23 February 1930, midfielder Alexandre Villaplane captained France for the first time. He would later lead them in the 1930 World Cup before his execution in 1944 for collaborating with the Nazis. Born in French Algeria in 1905, Villaplane was the first player from North Africa to play for Les …

Who’s number one in Ligue 1? Not who you think

The foregone conclusion of PSG’s dominance has turned into an enthralling question (PSG/Twitter) For the last four years in Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain has been the Secretariat and the rest of the league has been the bunched Belmont Stakes field behind it. But look at the current standings, and you’ll find that the inevitability of …

Marco Verratti booked for “trickery”

Ligue 1 referees have apparently never seen a David Blaine special PSG midfielder Marco Verratti was too clever for his own good when he got down on his hands and knees to head the ball back to his own goalkeeper during his side’s 2–0 win over Nantes. The Italian was booked by referee Johan Hamel for …