Kylian Mbappe Speaks about Influence of Florent Malouda at Chelsea

PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe has revealed that Chelsea were one of the first big clubs that he visited.


The presence of French-based players like Florent Malouda was a key factor behindMbappe accepting a trial with Chelsea when he was only 11 years old. However, the blues did not take up the option to sign him andMbappe has now become one of the global superstars. He has just made the switch from Monaco to PSG on a loan deal, but it will be converted into a £ 166 million permanent deal next summer. This would makeMbappe is the second most expensive player in the history of the football.

At just 18 years of age, he is regarded as one of the greatest talents who could go on and dominated world football for the next decade or even more. Mbappe says that Malouda and Didier Drogba were some of the French speaking players who helped him during his trial at Chelsea. Continue reading Kylian Mbappe Speaks about Influence of Florent Malouda at Chelsea

FLORENT MALOUDA TO FEATURE FOR LAND OF HIS BIRTH

Chelsea former star FlorentMalouda is set to star for his land of birth when French Guiana faces Jamaica on Thursday June 22nd.


The venue is Stade Pierre Aliker in Fort-de-France where both sides would meet or the Scotia Bank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup last four.

The 37-year old is an established star after years at Stamford Bridge playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world. He played for the French national team twice. He featured in Germany 2006 where Les Bleus reached the finals – before the Zinedine Zidane moment and Italy’s subsequent triumph. Malouda also featured in South Africa 2010 where the world gathered for the first time in African soil.

Malouda also worked for perennial French champs Lyon where he won multiple titles playing top level football. The player even won the prestigious Champions League with Chelsea. He believes returning to play in the Caribbean is his response to a higher calling.

“I was born and raised in Cayenne, French Guiana, and I left when I was 15 to go to a football academy in France and everybody knows me because I played with the French national team,” the player said ahead of the semifinal clash. Continue reading FLORENT MALOUDA TO FEATURE FOR LAND OF HIS BIRTH

THE ROLE OF CAMPOS IN MONACO

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 AIMAR PRAISES EFFORTS IN T & T

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

WENGER – INDIA CAN RIVAL CHINA

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

Arsene Wenger Backs Indian Super League with Stars like Malouda to Succeed

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