Can Bordeaux become Ligue 1 ‘Champions’?

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To Stéphane Martin, the idea of success was plain and specific. At the beginning of the new season  the former trader, now president of Bordeaux, was questioned on what his hopes were for the new campaign. “To be ‘Champions’,” he told L’Equipe. It was not, though, winning Ligue 1 that he making reference to. No, he knows that that spot […]

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Europa Preview : Nice, Marseille and Lyon in action

Nice v Vitesse

On to game three of the Europa League group stage, and the back-to-back games that will have a big bearing on the final standings. So far things are going per the form book results-wise for Marseille and Nice, but Lyon have looked a little shaky with two draws against the lower-ranked teams in group E. Nice v Lazio Nice have two wins […]

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FFW Podcast : If not now, Rennes?

Fekir v ASM

The gang’s all here as Kris is joined by Jez, Phil and Rich to look back over round 9 of Ligue 1, featuring Nabil Fekir sparkling in OL’s 3-2 win over Monaco, Dijon being denied at the last by PSG, Lille screwing up again, and Marseille continuing to be highly entertaining for the neutrals. Also features a round-up of the Women’s Champions […]

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Women’s Champions League : Lyon flying, Montpellier in a fix

Ada Hegerberg v Medyk Konin

The first legs of the round of 32 were a good news/bad news situation for the French teams. Lyon, as predicted, won 5-0 away at Medyk Konin, in a characteristic walkover where they had almost all of the ball, and 19 shots to 1. Montpellier, on the other hand, failed to make their dominance at the Mosson count, losing to […]

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FFW Podcast : A Qualified Success

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Kris, Phil, Jez and Rich get together on the final whistle of France’s victory over Belarus, which ensured World Cup qualification for les Bleus, to review the team’s performance, Deschamps’ selection, and how things look for Russia 2018. There’s also a look at the U21s, making slightly heavy weather of qualifying for the 2019 Euros, and the Women’s Champions League, where Montpellier […]

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Women’s Champions League : Lyon and Montpellier start their campaigns

OL WCL 2017

This will be the ninth Women’s Champions League competition, after the earlier UEFA Cup, and the French participants will be hoping to continue their dominance alongside the Bundesliga teams. In the eight editions so far, OL have won four, with another two final appearances, and after the QSI takeover of PSG saw money also being injected into the women’s team, the capital club have […]

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FFW Podcast : Entertaining Rubbish

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It’s a bumper pod this week as the gang’s back together – Kris is nursing a back injury but is ploughing through with Jez, Rich and Phil to discuss all the Ligue 1 happenings, PSG squad choice, Monaco jitters, whether Ligue 1 is crap, France, Didier Deschamps, the Women’s Champions League, and why we are all here in the first place. Send […]

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Olympique Lyonnais: Genesio’s Achilles Heel

Lopes Morel OL v Atalanta

Leads and Olympique Lyonnais don’t seem to sit well together these days. Playing at home against Dijon, Bruno Génésio’s troops couldn’t cut the mustard and ended up sharing the points in a 3-3 draw. Les Gones surrendered the lead not just once but twice against the visitors. Former OL left back Jérémy Berthod zeroed in on the problem. “Sometimes you have to […]

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