Monaco thriving under coach Clement, eyes Champions League

PARIS (AP) — While Monaco’s decision to hire unheralded Belgian league coach Philippe Clement in January surprised many observers, it is now clearly paying off. Monaco heads into the last two games of the French league on an eight-game winning streak and with a chance to secure Champions League soccer next season. Monaco is in … Read more

English striker Mavididi leads Montpellier’s French Cup bid

PARIS (AP) — Having missed a chance of emulating his idol Thierry Henry by playing for Arsenal in the English Premier League, Stephy Mavididi is now making a name for himself in French soccer. The 23-year-old forward is doing well with Montpellier and will be leading his side’s bid to reach the French Cup quarterfinals … Read more

Nice’s Gouiri and Marseille’s Payet key in race for 2nd spot

PARIS (AP) — With Paris Saint-Germain still holding a strong lead in the French title race, the fight for second place is heating up down south between Nice and Marseille. They are 11 points behind PSG with Nice in second spot on goal difference while Marseille has played one game less. If it remains this … Read more

Former Marseille president, businessman Bernard Tapie dies

PARIS (AP) — Bernard Tapie, a flamboyant businessman who was beloved by sports fans for leading French soccer club Marseille to glory but also dogged by legal battles and corruption investigations, has died. He was 78. A feature of French life for decades, Tapie’s death Sunday unleashed tributes from across the worlds of sports, politics, … Read more

Marseille counting on Saliba and Guendouzi to stop Mbappe

PARIS (AP) — Stopping Kylian Mbappe is crucial to Marseille’s chances at league leader Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday as it pushes for second place and automatic qualification for the Champions League. With seven games remaining Marseille has a three-point lead over third-place Rennes, which can move into second on goal difference by beating sixth-place Monaco … Read more

MATCHDAY: Liverpool hosts Spurs; Nice-Nantes in French final

A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Saturday: ENGLAND Quadruple-chasing Liverpool turns its attention back to the pursuit of the Premier League title against Tottenham after reaching the Champions League final. Before playing Real Madrid in Paris on May 28, Liverpool could add the FA Cup and Premier League title, having already collected … Read more

Rennes is the feeder club turned into a Ligue 1 dark horse

PARIS (AP) — Claiming a European spot is difficult when you lose your best players. Yet, Rennes has pulled off that feat in the past five seasons. Rennes is targeting a Champions League spot when it kicks off its French league campaign on Sunday against Lorient. “We must be ambitious,” Rennes sporting director Florian Maurice … Read more