How could Brexit affect Ligue 1?

Brexit Ligue 1

Britain’s decision to leave the EU is a monumental geopolitical event. It will have far-reaching consequences in all areas of society and economics. Football is not immune from this. French football, in particular, will be watching with interest. Ligue 1 and the Premier League have become intrinsically intertwined, with England being the prime destination for France’s best talent. Could the Brexit […]

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Preview : France v Switzerland

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France will face arguably their toughest group stage match against Switzerland as the Swiss need a draw or a win to be sure of qualification. Both countries are in their discovery phase as Didier Deschamps now knows that his team is better with the likes of Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann, while Vladimir Petkovic has to decide whether to persist […]

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N’Golo Kante mixing style and steel for France

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N’Golo Kante came into the French national team squad on the back of an incredible English Premier League title-winning season with Leicester. He was the relentlessly mobile midfielder covering every blade of grass, plugging gaps in front of a resolute defence, then motoring the ball forward with intensity, playing decisive passes. An injury to Marseille’s Lassana Diarra left a space […]

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Match Report : France 2 – 0 Albania

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France are into the knock-out stages of Euro 2016 after two late goals from Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet finally broke Albania’s resistance in the Stade Velodrome in Marseille. Griezmann was dropped to the bench along with Paul Pogba following his underwhelming performance against Romania but came on as a second-half substitute to head home Adil Rami’s cross to break the […]

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Preview: France v Albania – EURO2016

France v Albania

France will be aiming to make it two wins from two against Albania tonight and put themselves in pole position to qualify for the knock-out stages. Les Bleus got off to a winning start in their opening Group A fixture against Romania, an Olivier Giroud header and a cracker from Dimitri Payet sealing a 2-1 victory in the Stade de France. Giroud […]

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Dimitri Payet: France’s Not-So Secret Weapon

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Written by Sathesh Alagappan At the beginning of the season, few would have anticipated that Payet would feature in Didier Deschamps Euro 2016 plans. The Réunion born star had found himself in the international wilderness, with only a handful of international call-ups to his name. However, the 29-year-old has been in scintillating form for West Ham, and now looks set to […]

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Le Coeur de Lyon: What Does the Future Hold for OL?

Heart of OL

Another game, another win, it’s all starting to get a bit hum-drum and predictable for Bruno Génésio’s Olympique Lyonnais, not that anyone connected with OL will mind. The defeat of Montpellier was a fifth win in six league games, a run that began by ending the unbeaten streak of the champions Paris Saint-Germain. The goals are flowing, the points are […]

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Adam Ounas: Star Taking the Bore out of Bordeaux

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In an otherwise putrid and boring season for Girondins de Bordeaux fans, Algerian youngster Adam Ounas has proven to be a glimmer of hope, a bright little fix to save les Girondins fans from falling asleep at the new Stade Matmut Atlantique. Early in December, playing against EA Guingamp, Bordeaux were limping towards another turgid performance in Ligue 1. As the referee signalled […]

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