The French side recently won the Ligue 1 title to break PSG’s local dominance for five years.
Appointing a sporting director in Luis Campos has been crucial to their run this season.
The coach Leonardo Jardim was bold to consider youngsters; Kylian Mbappe took the opportunity offered to him with both hands, Radamel Falcao provided the necessary experience in the set-up as with the rest of the players that contributed to their brilliant run. The whole piece worked for good but Campos remains a key figure.
He is a former scout for Real Madrid. He used his knowledge of local requirements to piece together that current Monaco team. He scouted and recruited Mbappe, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Fabinho, Thomas Lemar, Benjamin Mendy, Djibril Sidibe and many others that were important to Monaco. The title-winning team are essentially a product of Campos’ brilliance and resourcefulness and he deserves all the mentions.
He left Monaco after working from 2013-2016. The Portuguese moved to Lille and now acts as chief advisor to the vice president Vadim Vasilyev. He would work with the management to develop Lille.
Monaco realizing the importance of the role quickly recruited Antonio Cordon as his replacement. Cordon worked at Villareal where he helped Manuel Pellegrini get a strong squad despite a small budget. Where it is increasingly difficult to get top talents at relatively low prices, Monaco was quick to react in selecting such a respected figure.
PSG also had their own share of having and losing talented employees. But the replacements seem ill-advised. After sacking Olivier Letang, Patrick Kluivert was chosen as the replacement when he lacks the network and experience in the role. They are still reeling from the loss of Leonardo who was the sporting director in 2013 when the Arab billions came in.
Lyon are also lagging behind. After developing and losing talents such as Michael Essien, Florent Malouda, Eric Abidal, Mahamadou Diarra et al, the French giant rich in history are still struggling. This summer they have made it a top priority to get a sporting director as they try to play catch-up.
Soccer legend Pablo Aimar, in the company of the FIFA president Gianni Infantino, praised the efforts of Trinidad & Tobago in developing soccer.
The former Argentina international came as a FIFA legend alongside former Columbian international Juan Pablo Angel.
Both stars visited the Ato Boldon Stadium for the press conference of the nation’s football association and a goodwill match. They both partook in the game where FIFA/TTFA met with Government/Sportt outfit. The FIFA team won 6-0.
The legends came to join TTFA as they established a national development centre for the game. The project was endorsed by the FIFA president to be part of the FIFA Goal Project.
“Having the National Development Centre will be brilliant for football in Trinidad and Tobago. You can see in other countries how important it is and now for your association and with the help of FIFA, you can turn it into something great for the game here. This will be beautiful for the players and the national teams to have now in your country,” Aimar said gleefully as the project opened. Continue reading SOCCER LEGEND AIMAR PRAISES EFFORTS IN T & T
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that India has the potential to become the next football transfer country after China.
There have been a flurry of transfers to Asia from elite football clubs. The Indian Super League (ISL) has emerged one of the increasingly preferred places by some of the biggest football stars.
ISL has been growing in popularity of recent and the league seems like one that could rival China in luring the best footballers despite the Chinese Super League regularly grabbing the headlines in the transfer market at the moment.
“It takes years of culture and work. You don’t create a top league just like that. In England, it was created 150 years ago and we still struggle. But China has moved forward. It tries to promote football and I’m happy that football has become popular in China. I also expect India to come to the game too you know,” Wenger said. Continue reading WENGER – INDIA CAN RIVAL CHINA
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger expects India to become the next big destination for players after China.
The Chinese Super League has been on an active signing spree of top players. Unlike other lesser-known leagues, China has had immense success largely because they have been throwing huge sums of money at the players. Oscar is one of the latest players to join Shanghai SIPG, and he is on a contract worth around £ 20 million per season. India, though, has tried growing football at a much more pace. Even the football has existed in India for several decades, it has never been as popular as cricket.
Now, though, India is trying to change the popularity stakes by introducing football to the 1 billion population through stars from the Bollywood and cricket. It has had a positive impact with the Indian Super League in its second season and already significantly popular than the first. The latest campaign concluded with top European players like Florent Malouda making a major impact. Continue reading Arsene Wenger Backs Indian Super League with Stars like Malouda to Succeed
Florent Malouda helped Delhi Dynamos secure an impressive 4-1 win over Chennaiyin after managing to score twice and assisting furthermore in the game.
It was quite easily the best performance from the Frenchman since he arrived at the Indian capital to play in the Indian Super League. Until now, he has struggled make the kind of impact that his talent would warrant. He has played 25 games in two campaigns with the club, but the Frenchman had yet to score a goal. Malouda would probably rank as one of the disappointing marquee signings in the ISL due to this record.
Continue reading Florent Malouda Scores 1st ISL Goals to Set up Impressive Win for Delhi Dynamos
The French professional footballer who operates as a left winger for Indian club, Delhi Dynamos spent most of his football career at Lyon and Chelsea, winning four consecutive Ligue 1 titles with the former and the UEFA Champions League in 2012 with the latter, including other trophies.
He has been playing international football since 2004 while having represented “Les Bleus” on 80 occasions, including in two World Cups and two European Championships. He was an impactful part of the French team which reached the 2006 FIFA World Cup final.
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Indian Super League club Delhi Dynamos are set for the new campaign, after enjoying a promising pre season tournament.
They played a few clubs in Sweden as they rounded off preparations for the new campaign. They thrashed Swedish side Assyriska 3-2 in their last match in Sweden.
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Florent Malouda is expected to make his return to the Indian Super League after a highly successful debut season in the Indian subcontinent.
The Indian Super League was formed last year with the idea of promoting the game in the subcontinent to an even bigger level. The Premier league is one of the most watched sports in the region, but it still trails cricket by a long way. Recent foray by superstars like Florent Malouda and Nicolas Anelka has been expected to improve attention given to this sport. Several clubs have already begun football schools in big cities like Mumbai and Bangalore.
Continue reading Florent Malouda Expected to Sign for Delhi Dynamos
Former Chelsea player Florent Malouda returned to his former club Delhi Dynamos this season as the marquee signing, according to reports. The club has confirmed the deal for the forthcoming Indian Super League (ISL).
Malouda was welcomed with open arms, after his impressive time out on loan to the Egyptian Premier League club Wadi Degla FC. He enjoyed a stellar debut season with Dynamos as one of the high profile players to join the league.
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Former Liverpool player John Arne Riise has returned to play in the Indian Super League (ISL) after his stint alongside other experienced players at Delhi Dynamos in the last campaign.
The 35-year old said he hadn’t retired from club football and not leaving India despite the reports that he was done. Riise said he only took a break but was back to play.
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