Through Ryu’s Lens: José does it again

Parisian fans have swooped past frustration and sit in their city with nothing but existential angiush. Oh, what could have been. This was their year, and it was led by the mighty Zlatan. That is, until he was reminded of his humanity and sidelined with an injury.

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The Chosen Few x Ahmed Mounir

Football fans are known for the seemingly religious devotion with which they support their teams, but a recent a recent project by Egyptian graphic designer Ahmed Mounir takes that notion and runs with it. Selecting a number of the most prominent modern footballers, Mounir depicts them in a way that evokes classic religious symbolism, recalling the way in which Saints are often illustrated and revered. The collection is gorgeous, and was created in anticipation of next year’s Football Film Festival in Paris. Check out the rest of Ahmed’s work here[Posted by Maxi

A Footballer’s Essentials
Gerrard can’t leave the dressing room without his armband. Zizou hit the pitch in his iconic golden boots. With a minimalist approach, illustrator TheLimeBath captures the essentials that the world’s best footballers need to control the game.
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A Footballer’s Essentials

Gerrard can’t leave the dressing room without his armband. Zizou hit the pitch in his iconic golden boots. With a minimalist approach, illustrator TheLimeBath captures the essentials that the world’s best footballers need to control the game.

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Lucas Moura, 14 months later

By Ross Mackiewicz

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The Dance to Goal, presented by Edinson Cavani

Rosell Resigns - AFR Voice Ep.25

In this week’s pod we’ll be taking a look at the rather strange goings on in Barcelona - they may now have one of the world’s brightest young players on their books, but their President has paid for it with his job. Listen to us squirm as we get lost in a pool of hidden payments, sign-on fees and third party ownership deals that we still think nobody (including Neymar himself) really understands.

Away from the mess of Catalan invoices and contract law, it’s nearly the end of January which can only mean one thing – the transfer window is about to SLAM SHUT. We’ll be taking a look at the big transfer news in Europe, Diego Forlan’s rather unexpected move from Brazil to the Far East, as well as indulging in some transfer window cliché bingo.

With Europe’s top leagues now back in full swing after the winter break we’ll also be discussing Dortmund’s latest woes as Bayern pick up where they left off in the Bundesliga, and take a peek at the top of Ligue 1 where a team actually bought a French player from Newcastle (which makes a nice change).

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In the midst of PSG’s superstar names is an emerging starlet: Adrien Rabiot

By Ross Mackiewicz

Paris Saint-Germain is one of Europe’s most enticing clubs at the moment. The vast array of talent that has arrived at the club over the past-18 months especially has been nothing short of startling for those affiliated with football in France. It is something that they have never witnessed before. The likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva being the new darlings for the Parisien faithful would have been nothing but a pipe dream three years ago, yet here they are. Even the emergence of the club from Monte Carlo wooing Radamel Falcao to Ligue 1 may be perceived as money motivated but in terms of luring a player of that calibre to the league, it has only enhanced it.

But in the midst of PSG’s spending and the continuation of a project that is rolling at the speed of a runaway train, there are one or two little gems that have come through the academy. No more so than young central midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

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Paris Saint-Germain Profiting from the Stewardship of Laurent Blanc

By Ross Mackiewicz

Paris Saint-Germain’s Qatari project is coming up to three years this June and in that space of time there have been three head coaches in total. Antoine Kombouare’s tenure under the new regime was a brief one before the world renown Carlo Ancelotti preceded him which was seen as a coup not just for the football club but Ligue 1 as a whole.

Now Laurent Blanc is continuing the sterling work Ancelotti and his backroom staff did during their 18-month tenure. But, is Blanc taking the club to new prosperous heights and even bettering his predecessor? At the moment he certainly is.

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Taxing Times in Ligue 1

By Will Giles

When François Hollande won the French presidential election in May 2012, it marked the first time in 20 years that the increasingly right-leaning country had voted for a left-wing leader. However, for a president seeking to reduce the gap between the wealthy and the not-so wealthy, Hollande’s plans are certainly threatening to compound the economic inequality in France’s premier domestic league.

One of the key policies in the socialist’s manifesto was a 75% tax on annual earnings above one million euros (£850,000), and it was one that struck a chord with a public frustrated by Nicolas Sarkozy and his tax breaks for the rich.

Seven months after Hollande’s election, however, his flagship ‘supertax’ was deemed unconstitutional in court. Having championed it so fervently during campaigning, it came as no surprise that Hollande opted to revive the tax, reworking it as opposed to discarding it.

The restructured legislation will, if passed, take responsibility away from the individual and place it with the employer, making companies pay the 75% tax rate on their employees’ earnings. Despite retaining its popularity in public opinion polls, Hollande’s amended supertax has unsurprisingly drawn criticism from the larger corporations, with some of the strongest displeasure coming from France’s leading football clubs.

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