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By ESPN Staff
Oct 17, 2014

French Ligue 2 side interested in Adriano

French side Le Havre are reportedly prepared to offer former Brazil star Adriano a six-month contract.

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 By Ian Holyman
Oct 17, 2014

Ex-Brazil striker Adriano to consider move to French Ligue 2 side Le Havre

French side Le Havre are reportedly prepared to offer former Brazil star Adriano a six-month contract.

Le Havre have invited former Brazil international Adriano to visit the club with a view to him signing for the Ligue 2 outfit.

Adriano, 32, last played a competitive fixture in the colours of Atletico Paranaense in his native country last February.

However, Le Havre are hoping to persuade the former Parma and Inter Milan star to join them following a visit to the Normandy coast scheduled later this month.

"I have invited Adriano to come on Oct. 31 for him to see the stadium, the club, the infrastructure,"...

Oct 3, 2014

Ligue 1, Ligue 2 lose combined €200 million in 2013-14 - reports

The ESPN FC team analyse the pros and cons of Financial Fair Play and how the regulations affect bigger clubs differently than smaller ones.

Clubs in France's top two divisions made combined losses of 200 million euros last season, according to L'Equipe.

The French sports newspaper says the news was revealed to league authorities in recent days by the National Directorate of Management Control (DNCG), the body which oversees football finances in France.

L'Equipe suggests that the final total could be reduced slightly in coming weeks -- but it is still set to be significantly higher than the 39 million euros that the 40 Ligue 1 and Ligue...

 By Ian Holyman
Sep 12, 2014

UEFA chief Michel Platini backs sports court for French league woes

UEFA president Michel Platini has backed plans for a sports tribunal in France after the drawn-out sagas of Luzenac and Lens.

UEFA president Michel Platini has backed plans to introduce a sports tribunal in France after the drawn-out sagas of Luzenac and Lens that threatened to plunge French football into chaos this summer.

- Barthez admits defeat in Luzenac fight

Earlier this week, World Cup winner Fabien Barthez resigned from his position as director general of...

 By Ian Holyman
Sep 11, 2014

Fabien Barthez admits defeat in Luzanac fight

Fabien Barthez had offered to invest his own money in a bid to see Luzanac re-join the National division.

Fabien Barthez has confirmed his dream of seeing Luzenac play in Ligue 2 has died.

Barthez, 43, announced he would be stepping down from his post as director general of the south-western French club, which represents a village of some 650 inhabitants, after finally admitting defeat in his battle with football authorities to have the club's promotion validated.

"You have to know when to say 'stop.' When you can fight no more, you can fight no more," Barthez said after a final, fruitless meeting with...