Articles by: Bastien Leclair

The six-way race for Europe is coming to the boil

The six-way race for Europe is coming to the boil

With 11 rounds left to play until the curtain falls on the 2013-2014 season, the race for Le Championnat is pretty much over. Except for a major cataclysm at the Camp des Loges, Paris will secure back-to-back Ligue 1 victories, as AS Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri himself admitted before facing […]

Coupe de France: Angers SCO v CA Bastia

Coupe de France: Angers SCO v CA Bastia

This last 16 tie between Angers and the CA Bastia will be the only all-Ligue 2 match at this stage of the competition, yet it could be seen as one of the most uneven contests around, looking at the two teams’ respective experiences in the current season. While Angers are […]

Coupe de France: AC Ajaccio v SM Caen

Coupe de France: AC Ajaccio v SM Caen

Here is the tale of two teams who could very well meet up this summer on their transition between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. While top-flight strugglers Ajaccio stand at the bottom of Ligue 1 with only nine points in 21 games, Caen remain well positioned in the race for […]

Coupe de France: Concarneau v Guingamp

Coupe de France: Concarneau v Guingamp

Football is a serious business in Brittany. With four teams in the top flight and numerous sides hovering close to the professional leagues, the westernmost region of France is home to more bitter rivalries, unlikely unions and flaming passions than a whole week of Eastenders. So when the “Tuna fishermen” […]

Coupe de France: Boulogne v Rennes

Coupe de France: Boulogne v Rennes

At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much in common between Rennes – a Ligue 1 patron since 1994 – and Boulogne, now in National four years after their only season in the top flight. If you take a closer look however, there is a little bit more to […]

Coupe de France: Rennes v Valenciennes

There is no question about it: 2013 has been a bad year for both Rennes and Valenciennes, and one statistic gives you a pretty clear idea of the situation; of the seventeen teams involved in Ligue 1 during the whole of 2013, only Ajaccio (30 points) has a track record […]

Coupe de France: Vannes v Monaco

Coupe de France: Vannes v Monaco

May 2011: a final victory in Troyes was not enough and Vannes were relegated to National after three seasons in Ligue 2. It was close; but for one little point, the Bretons missed the opportunity of a first ever match against Monaco in the following league season. At the same […]

Les Verts are go! Les Rouges et Noirs have stalled

Les Verts are go! Les Rouges et Noirs have stalled

16th January 2013: as referee Stéphane Lannoy signalled the end of the League Cup semi-final between Rennes and Montpellier, the Stade de la Route de Lorient exploded. The Rouge et Noir fans jumped over the barriers and rushed towards the centre of the pitch to congratulate their players. Four days […]