Corentin Tolisso: Heir to the Lyon Fortune

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In a parallel football universe there may well be a version of Corentin Tolisso plying his trade in Serie A wearing the famous sky blue shirt of Napoli. Maybe he’s reveling in the new climes of Italy’s top flight; conversely the midfielder could be kicking his heels on the bench pondering the merits of his move to Naples. It’s actually […]

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Why Rene Girard is not the right guy for FC Nantes

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Where did the magic go? After 7 games in this season, Nantes are camped in 18th in the Ligue 1 table. The “Canaris” were prepared to have a difficult kick-off this season, but did not anticipate being in such dreadful position early on. You have to admit, the Atlantic coastal club has had some up and downs in the last ten years: relegation to […]

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Can 2016 Finally Prove a Vintage Year for Bordeaux?

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Antony Carey is a long-suffering fan of Girondins de Bordeaux, but this season, after their early displays, it seems this new-look team has got him and the Bordelais a little bit excited. It’s been a rough few seasons for fans of Les Girondins but after watching the 3-1 demolition of Lyon at Parc OL, a little voice in the back […]

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How could Brexit affect Ligue 1?

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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

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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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