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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud stars as Green Goblin in new Spider Man animation

Olivier Giroud plays the Green Goblin in the French-dubbed version of upcoming animation 'Spider-Man: New Generation'
Giroud's voice can be heard in the French-dubbed version of upcoming animation 'Spider-Man: New Generation'.

In a somewhat unlikely turn of events, World Cup winners Olivier Giroud and Presnel Kimpembe have made their acting debuts.

The two France internationals have provided voices for fairly major characters in a new Spider-Man animation that is set to air next month.

The duo have laid down their vocal talents alongside French actor Stephane Bak and singer Camelia Jordana.

Giroud plays the Green Goblin ("Bouffon Vert") in the French-dubbed version of "Spider-Man: New Generation," while Kimpembe fills...

Paris Saint-Germain extend Presnel Kimpembe's contract until 2023

Paris Saint-Germain have secured the services of defender Presnel Kimpembe for the next five years with a new contract until 2023.

The 23-year-old was rewarded with the new deal on his birthday and a month after he helped France to World Cup success in Russia.

Kimpembe, a youth academy graduate, was already under contract until 2021, but was delighted to add two more years to his deal.

"I am incredibly fortunate to be able to wear my club's shirt," Kimpembe said. "This contract extension is proof...

Presnel Kimpembe's rise hastens changing of the guard in PSG's central defence

It's less a matter of if and more a matter of when Presnel Kimpembe becomes an undisputed starter for PSG

PARIS -- The selection of Presnel Kimpembe over captain Thiago Silva for Paris Saint-Germain's 3-1 Champions League round-of-16 first-leg defeat away at Real Madrid felt like a changing of the guard at the time.

The Frenchman's mature performance at Santiago Bernabeu, despite the result, suggests that the Brazil international is no longer an undisputed starter.

Overseeing the unification of Kimpembe and Marquinhos as the French capital outfit's go-to central defensive pairing may prove to be one...

Cavani, Kimpembe, Neymar lead PSG to easy win vs. Saint-Etienne

PARIS -- Paris Saint-Germain enjoyed a straightforward 3-0 win over AS Saint-Etienne at Parc des Princes on Friday, thanks to an Edinson Cavani strike in either half and a well-worked effort from Thiago Motta.

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Alphonse Areola: After a shaky performance in the 6-2 thrashing of Toulouse last weekend, the French shot stopper will have boosted his confidence by keeping a clean sheet and silenced some of his hasty critics ... for now. More than that, the youth academy graduate had to make...

France's "Next XI" boasts A+ depth beyond Kylian Mbappe, Adrien Rabiot

In the France squad that faced Spain on Tuesday evening at the Stade de France, 15 players are currently playing in Ligue 1, the most Didier Deschamps has ever picked. Fifteen of them are 25 or younger. It is the youngest squad called up by the manager since he took charge of the team in the summer of 2012. At an average age of 24, it's also one of the youngest squads in the country's long history.

The future is certainly very bright for France. Who else is set to break through in the coming years?

Cavani's late penalty helps PSG escape at home vs. lowly Nancy

Paris Saint-Germain kept the pressure on AS Monaco at the Ligue 1 summit after Edinson Cavani's late penalty secured a flattering 1-0 win over a resolute AS Nancy Lorraine at Parc des Princes. 

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The result. Although the French champions were unimpressive and would arguably have been lucky to draw, let alone win, getting the three points was the most important thing for Unai Emery's men. They did that and they move on to Barcelona.

As well as keeping the pressure on Monaco at the top...