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Toulouse 17.8.17
Gradel joins Toulouse on loan

Bournemouth winger Max Gradel has joined Toulouse on loan until the end of the season. The Ivory Coast international could make his debut for Toulouse against Neymar's Paris St-Germain on Sunday. Former Leeds United player Gradel, 29, joined the Cherries from French side St Etienne in 2015 and signed a new four-year contract the following year. He made just 13 appearances last season - and did not start any Premier League games - though he did feature for his country at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Nantes 13.8.17
Nantes complete Girotto signing

Nantes have signed Brazilian midfielder Andrei Girotto from Chapecoense. The 25-year-old has joined Nantes on a four-year deal, and his arrival provides coach Claudio Ranieri with an extra option in midfield following the departure of Guillaume Gillet to Olympiacos. Girotto, who attended Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Olympique de Marseille, has also previously played for Palmeiras and spent last year on loan in Japan with Kyoto Sanga.

PSG 11.8.17
PSG closing in on Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain are set to sign Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, according to reports in Spain. Sport claims PSG have agreed a €180 million deal with their Ligue 1 rivals for the 18-year-old France international. That breaks down as €150m up front and €30m to follow in bonuses and additional payments and would take PSG's total spend to over €400m this summer. Marca agrees, although they report a slight variation of the transfer fee. In France, though, Le Parisien has an altogether different take, with the outlet reporting that Monaco and PSG have both denied an offer has been made or that the transfer is happening at all.

Marseille 10.8.17
Marseille sign Amavi on loan

Aston Villa defender Jordan Amavi has joined Marseille on loan with a view to a permanent deal. The 23-year-old left-back joined Villa from Nice two years ago but found his first team chances limited following a knee injury. The Frenchman had looked set to join Sevilla on a permanent deal last month but the move fell through, reportedly due to a failed medical.

Monaco 8.8.17
Monaco confirm Ghezzal signing

Monaco have completed the signing of forward Rachid Ghezzal, who joins the reigning French champions on a four-year deal. The 25-year-old left Lyon at the end of his contract earlier this summer, and despite being linked with a move to the Premier League, was unveiled as a Monaco player on Monday after completing a medical. The Algeria international made 25 appearances for Lyon last term, scoring two goals and contributing two assists.

Nice 7.8.17
Sneijder joins Nice on free transfer

Wesley Sneijder has joined Nice from Galatasaray on a one-year contract. The 33-year-old was a free agent after ending his contract with the Turkish club by mutual consent earlier this summer. Sneijder had been with Galatasaray for five seasons, where he scored 45 goals in 174 appearances. The former Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan midfielder played in the 2010 World Cup final for the Netherlands and has won league titles in four countries.

Monaco 5.8.17
Mbappe injured in Ligue 1 opener

Kylian Mbappe came off with an apparent injury as Monaco open their Ligue 1 title defence with a thrilling 3-2 victory against Toulouse on Friday night. Mbappe, the 18-year-old linked with a move to Real Madrid and Barcelona, left the field after 74 minutes with an apparent knee injury and was replaced by Allan Saint-Maximin. He was attended to on the pitch by the medical staff, and after walking off under his own power, continued to be be treated on the sideline. "It's nothing serious. I think in two or three days, it will be better," Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim said after the match.

PSG 3.8.17
Neymar completes his move to PSG

Neymar has completed his €222m move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona. The French side have sealed a deal for the Brazilian superstar after meeting his release clause, which was more than double the previous transfer world record. Neymar has now signed a five-year contract at the Parc des Princes, where he will face the media on Friday and be formally presented as a PSG player when the club begin their Ligue 1 campaign at home to Amiens on Saturday.

#teampointsg.dif.win-draw-loss
1Monaco953-0-0 (3)
2Lyon652-0-0 (2)
3PSG652-0-0 (2)
4Marseille642-0-0 (2)
5St.Etienne622-0-0 (2)
6Bordeaux421-1-0 (2)
6Angers421-1-0 (2)
8Troyes411-1-0 (2)
9Toulouse301-0-1 (2)
9Lille301-0-1 (2)
11Montpel.301-0-1 (2)
12Guingamp3-11-0-1 (2)
12Strasb.3-11-0-1 (2)
14Rennes1-10-1-1 (2)
15Nice0-20-0-2 (2)
16Caen0-20-0-2 (2)
17Nantes0-40-0-2 (2)
17Amiens0-40-0-2 (2)
19Metz0-50-0-3 (3)
20Dijon0-60-0-2 (2)

Last results

18.8Metz - Monaco0 : 1
13.8Guingamp - PSG0 : 3
13.8Strasb. - Lille3 : 0
13.8Dijon - Monaco1 : 4
12.8Bordeaux - Metz2 : 0
12.8Nantes - Marseille0 : 1
12.8Toulouse - Montpel.1 : 0
12.8Caen - St.Etienne0 : 1
12.8Amiens - Angers0 : 2
11.8Rennes - Lyon1 : 2
...

French Ligue 1 stats

home wins48 %
draws10 %
away wins43 %

League format : Soccer / Football : France : Ligue 1 2017/2018

The French first division (Ligue 1) is made up of twenty professional football clubs with the same number playing in the French second division (Ligue 2). The Ligue 1 teams meet twice a season, once at their home stadium and once at that of their opponents. Each win is 3 points, each draw 1 point and each loss gets no points. After completing a 38-round schedule, the club with the highest number of points is the champion. As in most European football leagues, in the event that two teams have the same number of total points, the team with the greater goal difference (overall goals scored minus overall goals conceded) ranks higher than the other.

With a draw in the points and the same goal difference, the team which has scored the higher number of goals will finish higher. If a ranking is still not possible, they are separated by head to head result. The French first division champion and the runners-up are directly qualified for the group phase of the Champions League, while the third placed team play the third qualifying round of Europe's top football competition. The bottom three clubs are relegated directly, while the top three of the French second division are promoted.

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