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Top Stories: Issue #19

French Revolution

Kylian Mbappe was perhaps the most exciting player at the World Cup and in a team of youth and experience, France rose to the occasion and claimed the World Cup for only the second time. Mbappe has already broken records in the transfer market and after Pele is now only the second teenager to score in a World Cup Final. Mbappe possibly represents the future of the attacking game, combining speed, skill and trickery.  With a diverse youth development background at AS Bondy, Clairefontaine and AS Monaco, he is a player with football smarts and raw talent. The French team were perhaps better balanced than other sides, and whilst they never completely found form, they were clinical and effective, particularly on transition. Led by some heroic defensive performances from Raphael Varane and dominating in midfield through Pogba and Griezmann, Mbappe provided the constant threat to allow others freedom to play. Whether the French Revolution continues into Euro 2020 remains to be seen, but there is no doubt this is a country with some extremely exciting talent and potential...

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