Please Didier – let them off the leash

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The end-of-season tournament-less internationals, traditionally a less than successful time for France, are over for another year or two with some highs and lows to look back on and lessons to be learned. France’s three-match schedule comprised two home friendlies against Paraguay and England, with a World Cup qualifier in Sweden sandwiched between the two. Of the first match of […]

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Une Logique de Rêves: Coupe de France Quarter-Final – US Avranches v PSG

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The last remaining non-Ligue 1 representative in this year’s Coupe de France has the biggest tie available, as they host moneybags and two-time defending Coupe holders PSG. National side Avranches won the opportunity to test themselves against the best in their first ever Coupe de France quarter final after seeing off Ligue 2 Strasbourg in the last round. Having taken […]

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Raymond Kopa: The First Modern Footballer

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Ask any French football fan to name the three best players in France’s history and they should all provide you with the same three names, the only issue up for debate being their ranking. Answers given will likely fall into generational categories: while the younger respondents may place Zinedine Zidane as the best, with the next age-group up preferring Michel Platini, […]

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France Review: Rabiot Shows The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Bleu

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Doucement, doucement, attrape le singe? I’m not convinced softly softly catchee monkey translates well into French, but in trying to find something to take away from France’s latest international double-header, the best I can come up with is that perhaps the benefits of two turgid matches will turn out to be slow-burners and good investment for the future. Les Bleus […]

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FC Metz Need to Cohade or Go Home

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As promotion celebrations go, you’d be hard-pushed to find more muted: Metz had secured the final promotion slot to return to Ligue 1, but only after a disastrous night during which Le Havre overhauled a three point and six goal deficit, beating Bourg-en-Bresse 5-0, leaving Metz hanging on to a flattering 1-0 loss at Lens. Philippe Hischberger’s men were going […]

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Paris Saint Germain appoint Unai Emery as new coach

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PSG have begun what is expected to be a summer of sweeping changes by appointing Sevilla coach Unai Emery to replace Laurent Blanc. Although Blanc won back-to-back domestic trebles with the Ligue 1 champions, he pays the price for a disappointing Champions League exit at the quarter-final stage to Manchester City. Blanc’s sacking seemed inevitable after PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi […]

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Preview: France vs Ireland – Euro 2016

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Well, if France are going to win their home Euros, they’re going to have to do it the hard way. After a workmanlike, unspectacular, but efficient group stage, Didier Deschamps’ men turn to the business of the knock-out rounds with, perhaps, a little regret that Bacary Sagna’s injury-time shirt-pull against Switzerland was not spotted; the 0-0 draw with the Swiss ensured […]

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Michel removed as head coach of Olympique de Marseille

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Olympique Marseille’s already awful season fell into further disarray this morning as it was reported that coach Michel had been relieved of his duties as Marseille coach. The writing had been on the wall for a while for the ex-Spain international, who has presided over a calamitous tenure, which sees Marseille currently sitting only six points and two places above […]

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