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French Ligue 2

Nimes president stands down over match-fixing charges

Nimes president Jean-Marc Conrad has stood down and Caen counterpart Jean-Francois Fortin has taken a leave of absence in order to fight match-fixing charges.

The Ligue de Football Professionnel announced on Tuesday that arrests had been made over alleged corruption in Ligue 2 last season.

No clubs or individuals were officially named in connection with the allegations, but Conrad has now announced his departure from Nimes -- though he denies any involvement in match-fixing.

"I have taken the decision...

 By Ian Holyman

Adriano close to completing Le Havre move, hoping to regain Brazil spot

Brazil's Adriano, left, celebrates with teammate Roberto Carlos after scoring his side's opening goal during the Brazil v Australia Group F match at the World Cup stadium in Munich, Germany, Sunday, June 18, 2006.
Adriano last featured for his nation in a major tournament at the 2006 World Cup.

Adriano has told BeIN SPORTS he is "99 percent" certain to sign for Ligue 2 side Le Havre, and hopes his displays will earn him a recall to the Brazil squad.

Adriano, 32, visited the club's stadium and infrastructure on Oct. 31, performed the ceremonial kick-off ahead of the win over Arles-Avignon, and also opened contract negotiations with the Normandy outfit.

"We're halfway there. We are just sorting out certain points of the contract. Some details need to be defined, on my side and that of the...

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

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,"...

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...