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France’s 30-man squad for the WC : No place for Patrick Vieira and Karim Benzema in France squad

May 12th, 2010 No comments

phpjGyd7vVieira returned to the Premier League from Inter Milan in January and recovered some of his form, but not enough to impress Les Bleus  coach Raymond Domenech.

Benzema, who has had a less than fruitful season with Madrid, has also missed out on selection for the squad, as has midfielder Samir Nasri, whose Arsenal team-mates Gael Clichy, William Gallas, Abou Diaby and Bacary Sagna are included.
Franck Ribery, who is sweating over his participation in Bayern Munich’s Champions League final with Inter on May 22 with the Bundesliga champions appealing his ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, is included.

Three members of Marseille’s Ligue 1-winning squad - goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and forwards Hatem Ben Arfa and Mathieu Valbuena - are named, as are two Chelsea players, Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda.

France were drawn in Group A alongside hosts South Africa, Mexico and Uruguay, their opponents in their first game in Cape Town on June 11.

Squad: Cedric Carrasso (Bordeaux), Mickael Landreau (Lille), Hugo Lloris (Lyon), Steve Mandanda (Marseille); Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Gael Clichy (Arsenal), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Rod Fanni (Rennes), William Gallas (Arsenal), Marc Planus (Bordeaux), Adil Rami (Lille), Anthony Reveillere (Lyon), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Sebastien Squillaci (Sevilla); Abou Diaby (Arsenal), Alou Diarra (Bordeaux), Lassana Diarra (Real Madrid), Yoann Gourcuff (Bordeaux), Yann M’Vila (Rennes), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Jeremy Toulalan (Lyon); Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea), Hatem Ben Arfa (Marseille), Jimmy Briand (Rennes), Djibril Cisse (Panathinaikos), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Toulouse), Sidney Govou (Lyon), Thierry Henry (Barcelona), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille).

Thierry Henry is another on City’s radar

December 24th, 2009 No comments

php62JHBOWorld Cup cheat Thierry Henry could be heading back to the Premier League - with big-spending Manchester City.

Spanish media yesterday reported that Barcelona are willing to listen to offers for the 32-year-old in January.

Henry is football’s public enemy number one after his handball disgrace helped France knock the Republic of Ireland out of the World Cup play-off.


City’s keeper Shay Given was part of the Ireland team and yet new Eastlands chief Roberto Mancini apparently wants an experienced forward to spearhead his hopes of reaching the top four.
Former Arsenal captain Henry is under contract at Barca until 2011 but is a target for MLS club New York Red Bulls. Read more…

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