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There is something going on in the French Ligue 1, which has previously received less attention in comparison to other top European football leagues.

Paris Saint-Germain for instance has just spent €64 million to buy Napoli striker Edinson Cavani. This is the highest amount that has ever been payed for a transfer within the French League. Thanks to its rich Qatari owner PSG has made it from finishing 16th in 2008 to win Ligue 1 this year. No doubt that money had a significant impact on this outcome. This high-buying definitely increases the reputation of the French football league on the one side but on the other side clubs like Marseille or Nice will have problems to compete. We can wait in suspense for their performance next season and use the free Unibet promotional code.

However there is another club that draws the attention of the media lately – it’s AS Monaco. Owned by Dmitry Rybolovlev, a rich Russian businessmen, the club is going for top players this transfer window. Despite strong interest from Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid Rybolovlev managed to get the Columbian striker Radamel Falcao for over £50 million. Altogether the Russian billionaire has already spent £100 million to reach his goal to build a new football empire and has also signed other players like Ricardo Carvalho, Jeremy Toulalan and the Porto duo Joao Moutinho and James Rodrigue.. Taking into account these facts AS Monaco might be an equal competitor of Paris Saint-Germain next season.

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As we look ahead to July’s Copa America, here’s the first of our three-part preview by the wonderful Ed Malyon, looking at Group A.

Looking at group A, you’d be forgiven for thinking it a forgone conclusion, and it’s hard to disagree that hosts Argentina are the only side that look like winning this. read more »

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In my regular column on World Football Columns I wrote down my thoughts on the Europa League final. Not the best final you’ll ever watch but the right team won in the end.

http://worldfootballcolumns.com/2011/05/21/european-lights-falcao-does-a-forlan-for-porto/

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After recording for 38 minutes there was a technical hitch and some of the greatest football analysis ever spoken was lost forever.

Being the consumate professionals that we are at the gibfootballshow we carried on.

Enjoy Rocco Cammisola, Chris Mayer and Ben Shave talking about Lazio and Serie A, the Belgian League playoffs, Eden Hazard staying at Lille and a preview of the Europa League games. Ben also answers some questions on Portuguese football.

As an extra bonus Andy Hudson brings us a report from Socrates Ryton as a whole host of bloggers travelled north for Northern League Day, not to be missed.

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