Preview: Monaco v Villareal – Champions League Qualifying

Monaco celebrate v Villareal

With just six days between matches, and seemingly no change in the fitness issues that are currently plaguing Villarreal, the overriding assumption is that today’s match between hosts Monaco and the Spanish side is all but a foregone conclusion. After all, at the weekend while Monaco were able to eke out a victory away at the always-challenging Nantes, despite using […]

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Preview: Villareal v Monaco – Champions League Qualifying

Monaco training at Villareal

The early start to Monaco’s season means that the club will have played seven competitive matches before the end of August, no easy feat given a very short summer. Many are eagerly anticipating their clash with Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1’s third matchday, but before Leonardo Jardim’s side take on the champions, a much more pressing task awaits in the form […]

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Preview : Monaco v Fenerbahce – Champions League Qualifying

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While an unfortunate injury to goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis forced youngster Loic Badiashile into action last Wednesday, Monaco looked none the worse for wear. Yes, a 2-1 loss to Fenerbahce was less than ideal, but given their away goal, the tie is far from over. Indeed, with first-choice goalkeeper Danijel Subasic back in training, as well as newly arrived centre […]

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Preview: Fenerbahce v Monaco – Champions League Qualifying

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In the last three seasons, the third-placed French team has failed to reach the group stages of the Champions’ League, most recently Monaco losing to Valencia in a somewhat unlucky fashion in the play-off round last season. Again, their season starts in late July, in the third qualifying round, and this time Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahce are their opponents. Fenerbahce have a […]

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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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