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Marseille Leading the Way to the Top of Ligue 1

Marseille's home form this season has put the reignning Ligue 1 champions just one point behind leaders Stade Rennes. Courtesy fredGLLS

By Ryan Fleming

Parity in certain leagues, at least so far, is becoming more apparent. In the Bundesliga, German giants Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen are struggling while Mainz and Borussia Dortmund sit at the top of the table.

In Ligue 1, much is the same … for now. St. Etienne is only one point off the leader, Stade Rennes, while Lyon finds itself in the bottom half of the table. Last year’s Ligue 1 champs, Olympique Marseille, find itself back on the path to success; on itself way to finding their rightful place at the top of their table.

Starting off the season with two-straight losses to a little know club, Caen at the Stade Velodrome and away at Valenciennes, immediately signaled the start of perhaps the falling of the typical French giants.

Bordeaux and Lyon have started off the new season in a similar, inconsistent and underachieving fashion – both finding themselves at the bottom of the table early on. Bordeaux, losing their star forward, Marouane Chamakh, midfield star, Yoann Gourcuff and its manager Laurent Blanc to manage the French national team, has its obvious reasons for struggling.

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What The Soccer Guys Are Reading — Sept. 9, 2010

Didier Drogba was snapped up by Chelsea from Marseilles in 2004 when Jose Mourinho took over as manager for his brief spell in charge at Stamford Bridge. Marseilles will have t pay a hefty price if they want to bring the striker back to France. Courtesy United Nations Development Programme

FIFA.com —  Blatter: Encourage free-flowing football

President of FIFA, Sepp Blatter sits down and talks about this summer’s World Cup in South Africa and what changes could be made to how games are played. Blatter says rules for extra-time could be changed before the next World Cup to either include a shoot-out without any extra-time played or the the golden goal could return to encourage teams to play to win rather than draw during the earlier stages of the World Cup. Too bad the interview doesn’t mention anything about the use of technology in the future or the missed calls by some of the referees.

Sky Sports — Marseille reveal Drogba bid

Marseilles will try to defend its top-spot in Ligue 1 this summer the club’s manager Didier Deschamps had some disagreements with sporting director Jose Anigo over signings and transfers, but there was one move the two agreed on: An attempted signing of Chelsea’s prized striker, Didier Drogba. Drogba was sold by Marseilles to Chelsea in 2004 for £24 million and the club looked to bring their former ace after selling last season’s top scorer, Mamadou Niang, to Fenerbahce. The club’s bid for Drogba fell through as Chelsea values the player too much to let him leave without a suitable replacement.

The Guardian — John Toshack resigns as Wales manager

Wales hasn’t had the best start to its Euro 2012 qualifying campaign and the Welsh FA and manager, John Toshack, have agreed its in the best interest of the national team if Toshack resigned after six years in charge. Wales lost to Montenegro on Friday in a Euro 2012 qualifier and after the game Toshack and the Wales FA board met and decided on the fate of the manager. Toshack has been in charge of the national team since 2004 and had previously manager Real Madrid. Stoke City manager Tony Pulis looked to be the front runner to take over the spot as Wales’ manager, but he has already stated it is too soon for him to take over.

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