French soccer champion Paris Saint- Germain signed Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye in an effort to boost the club’s Champions League challenge and cement its position atop the domestic league.
New France soccer coach Laurent Blanc said players will have to “be disciplined” and behave “impeccably” if they want to remain on the team after squad members went on strike under Raymond Domenech at the World Cup.
Patrick Vieira , a member of France’s 1998 World Cup-winning soccer squad, said his former teammate Laurent Blanc should resign as French coach after revelations of discussions to impose quotas on players with foreign roots.
Laurent Blanc, who guided Bordeaux to sixth in French soccer’s Ligue 1 this season, has been appointed coach of France’s national team, the country’s soccer federation said in a statement. Blanc is set to take over after the soccer World Cup in South Africa this year.