Laurent Blanc

  • PSG academy's aim is to develop youth football in India: Blanc May 16, 2014

    New Delhi: France's 1998 World Cup winner Laurent Blanc says the primary goal of setting up the Paris Saint-Germain Academy in India is to develop youth football in the country and allow them to get a taste of the way the French play the sport. The top French club, Paris Saint-Germain...
  • PSG extend Blanc's contract to 2016 May 8, 2014

    Paris: Paris Saint-Germain has extended coach Laurent Blanc's contract to June 2016, a day after he guided the club to a fourth French league title. Blanc was not even the club's first choice to succeed Carlo Ancelotti last summer, but he has outdone his predecessor by leading PSG to a league...
  • Five potential replacements for David Moyes at Manchester United April 22, 2014

    David Moyes was on Tuesday sacked as the manager of Manchester United as a price for the club's sudden decline. Moyes' position had become untenable since Sunday, when United lost 2-0 to Everton in the Premier League to ensure England's biggest club over the last two decades will miss out on...
  • Zidane wanted France manager job in 2012 April 15, 2014

    Zinedine Zidane sought to become manager of the French national team two years ago when Laurent Blanc refused to extend his contract after Euro 2012, the former president of the French football federation (FFF) said on Tuesday. "Zinedine Zidane would have liked to manage Les Bleus. It is clear - he...
  • Champions League: PSG must go up a level against Chelsea April 2, 2014

    Paris St Germain must be ruthless in front of goal when they take on 2012 winners Chelsea in a Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday, according to coach Laurent Blanc. The Ligue 1 champions-elect are on an eight-game winning streak in all competitions but the former France centre back knows...
  • Football Transfers: Monday's latest news and rumours June 24, 2013

    Striker Gomez staying at Bayern for now Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez is to stay at the club for the time being but officials at the Champions League winners hinted on Monday his future with them could be in doubt. Read more Jose Mourinho looking to sign Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez Chelsea...
  • Laurent Blanc steps down as France coach July 1, 2012

    Paris: France is looking for a new coach after Laurent Blanc turned down a new contract offer, and former World Cup-winning captain Didier Deschamps is touted as the favorite to replace him. Blanc stepped down on Saturday after a European Championship campaign that ended in the quarterfinals and with his...
  • France team in 'heated' dressing room bust-up June 21, 2012

    Donetsk: Tensions are creeping into the French camp at the European Championship, with the players involved in a "heated" bust-up following the team's 2-0 loss to Sweden. France, who were hit by internal strife at the 2010 World Cup, capitulated against the Swedes on Tuesday and would have lost more heavily...
  • Blanc to blame as France lose unbeaten streak June 20, 2012

    Never before has France coach Laurent Blanc been seriously criticised for the on-field performance of his side, so it seems somewhat churlish to hammer the boss after the end of an unbeaten 23-match streak. It is impossible, however, to overlook the coach's decisions during the miserable 2-0 defeat to Sweden. Was...
  • 'England must take more risks or face early exit' June 13, 2012

    Donetsk: England will struggle to make a major impact at Euro 2012 unless they show greater ambition, according to France coach Laurent Blanc. Les Bleus were largely frustrated by Roy Hodgson's obdurate side in the Group D opener in Donetsk which ended in a 1-1 draw after Samir Nasri cancelled...
  • France proved technically superior than England June 12, 2012

    Donetsk, Ukraine: Wilting in the heat and technically inferior to the French, England escaped with a draw from their first European Championship opener. And France, with the flair and guile England lacked for most of the match, will be ruing a missed opportunity. "The side that played the most football...
  • Cautious France wary of England in Group D June 11, 2012

    Krakow, (Poland): France have a long unbeaten record to protect as they seek to confirm their renaissance under coach Laurent Blanc by winning Group D to sweep into the quarter-finals at Euro 2012. But Blanc knows they face a familiar obstacle in old foes England, however their opponents may have...