Saint-Etienne and Bordeaux Must Prove Europa Dedication

Saint-Etienne and Bordeaux Must Prove Europa Dedication

Welcome back Eric Devin to look in-depth at the Europa League challenges ahead for Saint-Etienne and Bordeaux With several notable flops in Ligue 1 sides’ recent past, the qualification stages of European competition have been something of a banana skin of late. In Europa qualifying, in 2013 Saint-Etienne stumbled against Danish minnows Esbjerg, OGC Nice exited to the Cypriot team Apollon Limassol that same year, and Lyon fell to Romanian side Astra Giurgu last season….

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Antoine Griezmann: France’s Most In-Form Striker

Antoine Griezmann: France’s Most In-Form Striker

Atlético Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann may just be the in-form player in La Liga at the moment. On Saturday, the Mâcon-born France international extended his recent run of scoring to a remarkable 8 in 7 as he netted a brace in the Vicente Calderon side’s routine 3-0 win against struggling Elche. The former Real Sociedad star now holds the record for the most goals scored by a Frenchman in a single La Liga season: Griezmann’s…

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Continuing Juventus French Connection: Clément Lenglet

Continuing Juventus French Connection: Clément Lenglet

Max Quelch-Woolls covers Ligue 2 for Football Radar – so when Juventus agreed to buy Clément Lenglet from AS Nancy we thought we’d ask him just what sort of player the Italians were signing. Juventus know a thing or two about nurturing French footballing talent and the club has boasted several of Les Bleus’ finest players over the years. Legends of yesteryear such as Michel Platini, Didier Deschamps, Zinedine Zidane, David Trezeguet and Lilian Thuram…

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Why Patrice Evra Deserves Place In Current France Squad

Why Patrice Evra Deserves Place In Current France Squad

Ever since the 2010 World Cup, Patrice Evra has divided the French public. Adam Digby, author of “Juventus: A History in Black and White” tells us why the left-back continues to deserve a place in France’s squad heading towards the 2016 European Championships. Putting aside their wonderful performance against Borussia Dortmund, the last three domestic fixtures contested by Juventus have each ended with the Bianconeri winning by a 1-0 scoreline. Sassuolo, Palermo and Genoa have…

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Marquinhos at Right Back – the Right Move for Him and PSG?

Marquinhos at Right Back – the Right Move for Him and PSG?

This is a guest article from Eric Devin – you can read his blog Eric Talks Soccer and follow him on Twitter here.   While Paris Saint-Germain’s use of Marquinhos at right back over the course of January was largely born out of necessity, as Toulouse loanee Serge Aurier’s Ivory Coast side captured the African Cup of Nations, and Gregory van der Wiel has been largely at sea thus far, his sterling performance against Lyon in the league has perhaps asked some questions about his future in the…

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Saint-Etienne v Marseille: Hope Springs Eternal For Les Stephanois

Saint-Etienne v Marseille: Hope Springs Eternal For Les Stephanois

by Chris McMullan Winters are cold in central France. The region known in the middle ages as the Forez lies miles from the sea and is stuck between the Alps and the Massif Central. There is little humidity, and, in the traditional mining town of Saint-Etienne, the dry air brings with it a bitter cold in the winter months. This particular winter has also been harsh for AS Saint-Etienne who have accrued only two points…

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RC Lens Enter a Difficult Winter of Discontent

RC Lens Enter a Difficult Winter of Discontent

by Kevin Nolan It should have been a summer of joy. After three years away from playing with the big boys you have managed to return, only for it to turn sour in the blink of an eye. Joy turns to despair as the club you love teeters on the brink of oblivion. May 14th 2014, the final day of the Ligue 2 season, and Lens have just beaten CA Bastia 2-0. Celebrations erupt as…

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The Mounting Troubles Facing FC Lorient This Season

The Mounting Troubles Facing FC Lorient This Season

The end of the 2013-14 season saw another successful campaign for FC Lorient. It was another top 10 finish under long time manager Christian Gourcuff. Using a fluid 4-4-2 formation they finished with the seventh best goal scoring record in Ligue 1, which was made possible by the wonderful form of summer signing Vincent Aboubakar. The Cameroon striker was a revived man under Gourcuff. His time at Valenciennes had ended with nothing short of a…

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