In Rennes, crisis swirls

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A couple of weeks ago, the morning after Stade Rennais’s 2–0 loss to Breton rivals Guingamp, a few members of the Roazhon Celtic Kop, the club’s premier ultra group, entered the Henri Guérin training centre  to manifest their anger at the team’s recent form. All around the ground, a series of banners were posted. Each was aimed at someone at the […]

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Can Bordeaux become Ligue 1 ‘Champions’?

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To Stéphane Martin, the idea of success was plain and specific. At the beginning of the new season  the former trader, now president of Bordeaux, was questioned on what his hopes were for the new campaign. “To be ‘Champions’,” he told L’Equipe. It was not, though, winning Ligue 1 that he making reference to. No, he knows that that spot […]

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Right Place, Wrong Time: A Tribute to Bafetimbi Gomis

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Watching Galatasaray’s humiliating Europa Cup elimination to Ostersunds last month, it struck me that Bafetimibi Gomis has a remarkable knack of being in the right place at the wrong time. Now 31, the French striker finds himself in Istanbul as part of a squad overhaul prompted by Gala’s wretched fourth place finish in last year’s Super Lig. There is little doubt […]

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French Strikers Set to Dominate Summer Transfer Market

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The summer transfer market is just around the corner, and it’s looking as though expensive young strikers will be in high demand. There’s no shortage of fledgling talent that has been making waves in the world of international football, and many of them just so happen to hail from France in one way or another. The window is set to […]

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Paris FC and Red Star mean Paris is more than PSG

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Unlike many other major capital cities in Europe, Paris has only one top division football team. Paris Saint-Germain has taken major strides towards building its profile on an international level in recent years through its recruitment of major international stars such as Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani, but the capital city’s other clubs have continued to struggle. In episode […]

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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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Film Bleu – Three French Football Stories They Should Turn Into Films

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The French are renowned for bringing class, finesse and passion to the game of football. Manufacturing icons throughout the years such as Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane, David Ginola, Eric Cantona and so many more, we remember legendary moments of football that will stay with the sport for as long as it lives. Throughout the development of French football, there have […]

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The Thing About French Players and English Clubs

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Some of the greatest players to have graced the Premier League have been French imports. When Arsenal FC appointed a relatively unknown manager by the name of Arsene Wenger from Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan, nobody could have imagined that one man would build such a legacy. Arsene Wenger, the economist from France, not only managed to turn the fortunes […]

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