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The French season kicks off this weekend, and you have
until lunchtime on Saturday to register your Fantasy Ligue 1 side for the first
round of matches.

Although
Ligue 1 is considered the weakest of Europe's 'big
five' national leagues, it has long
been a magnificent supply line of talent.

Great
players such as Michel Platini, George
Weah, Zinedine Zidane have been followed by the more recent likes of Thierry
Henry, Patrick Vieira, Michael Essien and Franck Ribery, all of whom came to prominence in France.

The
summer transfer of Karim Benzema from Lyon to Real Madrid for £35 million shows
that France
still produces some of the world's
most coveted players.

Consequently,
scouts from every club keep a close eye on proceedings across La Manche, and this
is your chance to join them by picking a Fantasy team and testing your
knowledge against the experts.

The
2008/09 season saw Lyon's seven-year
stranglehold on the French title come to an end as Laurent Blanc's Bordeaux
romped to glory.

Les
Girondins' Yoann Gourcuff emerged as
probably the best player in the division, while his team-mate Marouane Chamakh
looks to be staying after Arsenal's
interest in the Moroccan cooled.

Bordeaux had the most potent strike force; Chamakh and
Argentine Fernando Cavenaghi both netted 13 goals apiece while Player of the Year
Gourcuff scored 12 times.

French
strikers dominated the scoring charts with Toulouse's Andre-Pierre Gignac scoring an impressive 24
goals while Lyon's
Benzema and PSG's Guillaume Hoarau
both bagged 17.

Lille's
Belgian starlet Eden Hazard is one of Europe's
hottest players and the reigning Young Player of the Year, while Lyon's Hugo
Lloris was voted best goalkeeper in the division.

Let's take a look ahead to the 2009/10 campaign and the
players to consider for your Fantasy team!

Auxerre
Cedric
Hengbart (DF) 11.73, Adama Coulibaly (DF) 9.99, Benoit Pedretti (MF) 8.90, Ireneusz
Jelen (FW) 16.37

Bordeaux
Fernando (MF) 7.91, Yoann
Gourcuff (MF) 15.35, Fernando Cavenaghi (FW) 16.07, Marouane Chamakh (FW) 9.85

Boulogne
Jean-Francois
Bedenik (GK) 7.30, Yoann Lachor (DF) 5.93, Alexandre Cuvillier (MF) 5.22, Gregory
Thil (FW) 6.67

Grenoble
Martial Robin (DF) 7.15,
Laurent Courtois (MF) 7.47, Jaques-Alaixys Romao (MF) 5.18, Nassim Akrour (FW)
7.42

Le
Mans
Gregory
Cerdan (DF) 8.05, Modibo Maiga (MF) 5.96, Anthony Le Tallec (FW) 8.71, Thorstein
Helstad (FW) 7.34

Lens
Romain
Sartre (DF) 5.93, Yohan Demont (DF) 5.90, Geoffrey Doumeng (MF) 4.97, Toifilou
Maoulida (FW) 7.25

Lille
Mikael Landreau (GK) 12.17,
Eden Hazard (MF) 7.49, Ludovic Obraniak (MF) 13.07, Gervinho (FW) 9.53

Lorient
Jeremy
Morel (DF) 10.64, Morgan Amalfitano (MF) 7.46, Yann Jouffre (MF) 6.58, Kevin
Gameiro (FW) 12.11

Lyon
Hugo
Lloris (GK) 13.64, Aly Cissokho (DF) 5.93, Michel Bastos (MF) 18.91, Lisandro
Lopez (FW) 6.67

Marseille
Steve Mandanda (GK)
12.61, Taye Taiwo (DF) 13.81, Lucho Gonzalez (MF) 5.22, Mamadou Niang (FW)
17.61

Monaco
Patrick
Muller (DF) 5.93, Dario Simic (DF) 7.72, Jerko Leko (MF) 3.68, Chu Young
Park (FW) 8.03

Montpellier
Mapou
Yanga-Mbiwa (DF) 5.93, Gregory Lacombe (MF) 5.22, Romain Pitau (MF) 4.36, Victor
Hugo Montano (FW) 6.67

Nancy
Andre
Luiz (DF) 7.93, Michael Chretien (DF) 11.56, Bakaye Traore (MF) 5.22, Youssouf
Hadji (FW) 13.01

Nice
Onyekachi
Apam (DF) 8.32, David Hellebuyck (MF) 12.87, Olivier Echouafni (MF) 6.70, Loic
Remy (FW) 12.16

Paris
Saint-Germain
Gregory
Coupet (GK) 8.18, Claude Makelele (MF) 4.85, Ludovic Giuly (FW) 10.58, Guillame
Hoarau (FW) 13.95

Rennes
Rod Fanni (DF) 10.91, Romain
Danze (MF) 6.13, Jimmy Briand (FW) 12.71, Ismael Bangoura (FW) 6.67

Saint-Etienne
Efstathios Tavlaridis
(DF) 3.63, Bakary Sako (MF) 5.22, Gelson Fernandes (MF) 5.22, Kevin Mirallas
(FW) 7.59

Sochaux
Jacques Faty (DF) 5.73, Damien
Perquis (DF) 7.70, Stephane Dalmat (MF) 9.37, Vaclav Sverkos (FW) 11.18

Toulouse
Yohann Pele (GK) 5.92, Moussa
Sissoko (MF) 6.04, Etienne Capoue (MF) 4.08, Andre-Pierre Gignac (FW) 17.60

Valenciennes
Nicolas Penneteau (GK)
10.90, Milan Bisevac (DF) 8.21, Gael Danic (MF) 10.67, Gregory Pujol (FW) 10.62

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Time
for a quick Fantasy Premier League update.

So,
Xabi Alonso is a goner, and is set to be replaced by Alberto Aquilani. The
Fantasist isn't convinced he will be
an instant hit but he looks sure to play and, for an introductory price of
around 6, he is well worth a punt.

Scott
Sinclair
(MF, 5.56) looks like a possible star for Wigan.
He is listed as a midfielder but plays like an out-and-out winger. If he steps
into the vacant role left by Antonio Valencia, he could be dynamite.

Given
the rate players are leaving Portsmouth,
their  loan signing Frederic Piquionne
has every chance of playing. Problem is, he's
not much good.

It is
difficult to predict the impact of Fernando Guerrero at Burnley or Jozy
Altidore
at Hull City, and it would be surprising to see either
player start for their new club next weekend. Sit tight and see how things play
out.

Altidore
is joined at the KC Stadium by Seyi Olofinjana (MF, 5.89), but it looks like a
sideways move and The Fantasist cannot see him improving greatly.

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And
finally... thanks for your input on missing players. All the recent transfers
have been noted and will be added, so don't fret.

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