Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Bordeaux breaks away from pack
by Paul Kennedy, December 24th, 2009 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[FRANCE MID-SEASON REPORT] Defending champion Bordeaux has opened up a nine-point lead at the halfway point in France's Ligue 1, which has seen its share of surprises with the strong form of Montpellier and Auxerre. Led by a teenager being dubbed the new Cristiano Ronaldo, Lille has run off six straight wins to claim second place. For a look at the Ligue 1 at the winter break ...

TITLE RACE. Defending champion Bordeaux has opened up a nine-point lead at the halfway point in France's Ligue 1. Losses by expected challengers Marseille and Lyon at home on Wednesday dropped them into fourth and sixth place, 11 and 13 points off the pace, respectively. Lille, winner of six straight games heading into the holiday break, is second, and promoted Montpellier is third. Auxerre, another surprise, is in fifth place.

RELEGATION BATTLE. Grenoble, which lost a record 12 straight games to open the season, has only seven points in 19 games and appears doomed to relegation. Boulogne, featuring former University of Virginia and Chicago Fire defender Bakary Soumare, is second to last with 13 points. Le Mans and St. Etienne are tied for 17th spot in the 20-team Ligue 1 with 16 points.

REVELATION. Belgian Eden Hazard, 18, had a goal and two assists in Lille's 3-0 win over Le Mans and a goal in the Dogues' 4-0 victory at Nancy to close out the fall campaign. He's been dubbed the new Cristiano Ronaldo and attracted the interest of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Arsenal.

TRANSFER TALK. Perhaps the most sought-after player in Ligue 1 is Bordeaux's Moroccan international, Marouane Chamakh, who becomes a free agent next summer, meaning the defending champion must sell the 25-year-old striker now if it is to get anything for him. Chamakh and Toulouse's French national team striker Andre-Pierre Gignac are among the players Arsenal has been looking at to buy during the January transfer window.





No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Road to Vancouver: Oklahoman Dike makes Nigeria's squad    
Courtney Dike, youngster sister of MLS and NASL veteran Bright Dike and a sophomore at Oklahoma ...
Twenty for Canada 2015: Canada's Christine Sinclair    
No less a player than U.S. women's national team keeper Hope Solo says Christine Sinclair is ...
MLS: This week ...    
The Seattle Sounders moved into first place in the Western Conference and overall MLS standings with ...
What They're Saying: Ghostwriter David Lagercrantz    
"You can imagine the moment when I, the fake Zlatan Ibrahimovic, had to send the manuscript ...
Open Cup: USL teams sweep all seven matches against NASL teams    
In a third-round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup shocker, USL teams won all seven matches against ...
USL Roundup: Aztex await word on stadium    
A week full of Open Cup matches is just part of what's happening in the USL. ...
Video Pick: Chinese keeper's water break proves very costly    
Everything was going just fine for Chongqing Lifen, a club battling to avoid the relegation zone ...
NASL suspends its board chairman     
Aaron Davidson, one of the marketing executives charged in the U.S. Department of Justice's probe into ...
Morris scores again, but U.S. U-23s fall to France    
The U.S. U-23 national team gave up three early goals in a 3-1 loss to host ...
What They're Saying: FIFA spokesperson Walter De Gregorio    
"This for FIFA is good. It is not good in terms of image or reputation, but ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives