Articles by: Bastien Leclair

Yohan Cabaye the architect in France’s 3-0 win over Honduras

Yohan Cabaye the architect in France’s 3-0 win over Honduras

It can be said now: the big question about France’s opening game in the 2014 World Cup was never really about winning or losing, but rather how convincingly Les Bleus could play and triumph against Group E’s clear underdogs, Honduras. And it is fair to say that although the difference […]

Guillermo Ochoa: Hoping for that one chance at glory

Guillermo Ochoa: Hoping for that one chance at glory

When an injury to Club América’s veteran goalkeeper Adolfo Ríos allowed him his professional debut in the 2004 Mexican Clausura tournament, 18-year old goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa didn’t think twice. Within weeks, he had shown he was up for the challenge. Within months, he had proved he was something much more special […]

The Black Star Who’s More Than Just a John Boye

The Black Star Who’s More Than Just a John Boye

At 27, John Boye has reached a critical point of his career, both for club and country. A few weeks after his contract with Rennes expired, putting an end to a six year-stint at the Breton club, the Ghanaian centre-back was included in James Appiah’s 23-man squad for the World […]

Stade de Reims: 2013/14 Season Review

Stade de Reims: 2013/14 Season Review

Despite a convincing first season back in the top flight, Reims returned for their second year in Ligue 1 with few certainties, and considered by many as one of the teams to watch in the relegation race. With one of the smallest budgets in the league, and a squad without […]

EA Guingamp:2013/14 Season Review

EA Guingamp:2013/14 Season Review

As they returned to Ligue 1 last season, nearly a decade after their relegation to the second tier, to say that Guingamp weren’t favourites to remain in the top flight would have been an understatement. With the smallest budget of all clubs involved in the division and a squad similar […]

Coupe de France: Rennes v EA Guingamp – Voice of the Fans

Coupe de France: Rennes v EA Guingamp – Voice of the Fans

As Rennes and Guingamp prepare for their final-showdown at the Stade de France, Bastien Leclair has asked a few questions to Régis Delanoë, journalist for French magazine So Foot and Guingamp fan, and to Nils Talibart, founder, administrator and webmaster of Stade Rennais Online and Stade Rennais supporter. 1 – […]

Preview: Coupe de France – Rennes v EA Guingamp

Preview: Coupe de France – Rennes v EA Guingamp

As Rennes and Guingamp prepare for their second Coupe de France final in five years, the build-up will be completely different to what it was in 2009. Guingamp aren’t travelling to Paris as lower-league outsiders anymore, as they face their Rennes neighbours as equals. And this isn’t only a matter […]

Coupe de France: Rennes v EA Guingamp – Return Of The Breton Roar

Coupe de France: Rennes v EA Guingamp – Return Of The Breton Roar

Five years on and the memory remains vivid and beautiful in the hearts of all Rennes and Guingamp supporters alike. From the Gare Montparnasse to the Stade de France, a joyful and noisy Breton crowd had taken over the capital for a weekend. The Red and Black colours shared by […]