Toulouse Le Trek: One Year Under Pascal Dupraz

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For Toulouse Football Club, 1st March 2017 was marked by fanfare on the club’s official website, fansites, social media, and a hashtag trending on twitter: it had been exactly one year since Pascal Dupraz arrived at the Stadium Municipal and set about transforming the club. The TFC side of March 2017 is markedly different from its incarnation of twelve months […]

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Coupe De France 8emes – Wednesday – Marseille v Monaco

CDF 8emes Wednesday

Day 2 of the Coupe de France round of 16 is here, and we have already had one cupset with CFA side Frejus Saint-Raphael beating Ligue 2’s Auxerre 2-0, with first-half goals from Neupoc Mendy and Karim Tlili. Will another underdog join them in the quarter-finals? Today’s big match is Marseille v Monaco (insert joke here – ed.). Niort (Ligue […]

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Coupe De France 8emes – Tuesday – CA Bastia v Angers, Frejus v Auxerre, Bordeaux v Lorient

Tuesday CDF

The round of sixteen crashes into view with some interesting fixtures but also not the draw we might have hoped for, as the minnows are all at home against higher opposition. However, with several of the higher-ups in a slightly awkward situation league-wise, there could still be some upsets in store. Today there are three fixtures, including a couple of minnows facing […]

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Coupe De France 8emes – Thursday – Bergerac v Lille

Bergerac v Lille CDF

So far, there’s been a big cupset as CFA side Frejus Saint-Raphael beat Ligue 2’s Auxerre 2-0 with goals from Neupoc Mendy and Karim Tlili; also, National side Avranches beat Ligue 2’s Strasbourg on penalties. It looked like Strasbourg would prevail after an injury time equaliser from Vincent Gragnic cancelled out Christopher Mayulu’s opener, but the home side held out, eventually […]

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Relegation Summation

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Whilst most of the recent Ligue 1 talk has been about the exciting battle at the top of the table, itself something of a welcome and long overdue return, an equally exciting scrap is developing towards the danger end of le classement. With the bottom two facing automatic relegation, the team finishing in 18th place will go into a play-off against […]

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Montpellier – after the storm

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Claudio Ranieri was sacked as Leicester Manager on Thursday – and on Friday, his statement was widely shared, starting “yesterday, my dream died”. As Leicester headed for the title last season, parallels were drawn with Montpellier’s win in 2011/12, which we addressed. Now, with Leicester still in the Champions League but in big trouble in the Premier League, it seems a good […]

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Europa League Preview : Lyon v AZ

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Lyon’s occasionally confusing season continues with a home return tie into which they bring a 4-1 lead after a reasonably comprehensive battering of AZ in Alkmaar last week. Even the ‘1’ was described by L’Equipe as “un penalty inexistant” after Levi Garcia fell over but Emanuel Mammana got the blame. At that point Lyon were 3-0 up through Lucas Tousart’s first senior […]

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Europa League Preview : Saint-Etienne v Manchester United

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Sadly, there isn’t that much to play for in this weirdly-scheduled return leg of the Europa League round of 32, as Manchester United take a 3-0 lead to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. Almost inevitably, this was from a Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick as he continues to consider les Verts his personal scoring challenge. It all started 15 minutes in, when Ibrahimovic’s low […]

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