Sofiane Boufal Boosts Lille’s European Bid #FFWTOTW

Sofiane Boufal Boosts Lille’s European Bid #FFWTOTW

Although at the end of this weekend Lyon sit at the top of the table, it actually feels a little like PSG are a tad closer to another title, after they were the only team in the top six to win. The Parisians, who have a game in hand at home to second-bottom Metz and so are nailed-on for the three points, are second only on goal difference after a relatively comfortable 3-1 win at Nice….

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The Melancholy of Yoann Gourcuff

The Melancholy of Yoann Gourcuff

Arguably the biggest Ligue 1 enigma of recent years is Yoann Gourcuff. Practically unplayable on his day, particularly in leading Bordeaux to the title in 2009, those days have been too few and far between during his time at Lyon. As recently as last month, matchdays 28 to 30 provided a resumé of Gourcuff’s whole Lyon career in microcosm: superb against Montpellier, laying on two great assists; missing from the squad to play Marseille with…

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Classy Zlatan Keeps Cup From Corsicans #FFWTOTW

Classy Zlatan Keeps Cup From Corsicans #FFWTOTW

The main match of the weekend was of course the Coupe de la Ligue final. A romantic, heart-rending match between those two terribly hard-done-by teams who have been so badly treated in recent weeks by the LFP (let’s not shed too many tears for PSG who, along with the equally indignant Marseille, are boycotting Canal + because of their broadcast of Zlatan’s and Payet’s rants, which resulted in four- and two-game bans respectively. The two…

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From West Ham Flop to Metz Maiga Messiah #FFWTOTW

From West Ham Flop to Metz Maiga Messiah #FFWTOTW

Ligue 1 returned from international break to another goal-fest, with 37 goals scored across the 10 matches, the highest total so far. Five of those goals were scored at the Vélodrome where, in front of a fantastic crowd, Marseille and PSG played out a classic Classique. Marseille led 2-1 into the break thanks to a Gignac double but PSG eventually prevailed, winning 3-2 to maintain their place at the top of the table and relegating…

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Interview: Chelsea’s Goalkeeping Coach Christophe Lollichon

Interview: Chelsea’s Goalkeeping Coach Christophe Lollichon

Christophe Lollichon knows Chelsea FC off by heart – so well that he has served under eight managers in eight years. In a recent interview with our friends at Offside.fr (FFW’s mirror image – covering English football in French!) he looked back on his past, his relationship with Petr Cech, that text message received one Saturday at Rennes, Kurt Zouma and the role of the goalkeeper. In a no holds barred interview! (translation by @jeremysmith98) Offside!…

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Gradel At The Max for Saint-Etienne #FFWTOTW

Gradel At The Max for Saint-Etienne #FFWTOTW

Perhaps it’s a good thing that we have an international break coming up next week! After a couple of high-octane rounds of Ligue 1 football, this week was a little more subdued as some players began to look tired and the tension of the end-of-season run-in begins to affect teams at both ends of the table. PSG go into the break at the top of the table – amazingly for the first time this season. Their…

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Romain Hamouma Helps Saint-Etienne in European Race

Romain Hamouma Helps Saint-Etienne in European Race

The weekend started with the rare pleasure of two Friday fixtures, though Bastia and Nice won’t have enjoyed their evenings much. The Corsicans ended the match with nine men as Monaco eased to a 3-0 win – a perfect preparation for their midweek match against Arsenal. And Nice continued to slip closer to the relegation zone after going down 2-1 to Guingamp in a creepily empty and echoey Allianz Riviera – a first league win…

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Fabulous Nabil Fekir the France and Fennec Flirt #FFWTOTW

Fabulous Nabil Fekir the France and Fennec Flirt #FFWTOTW

This weekend saw the top three show the rest of Ligue 1 who is boss as they scored a spectacular 15 goals between them! Marseille started proceedings, winning on their travels for the first time since October and doing it in some style, smashing Toulouse 6-1, thanks in part to another Batshuayi double, his second in three matches. And Steve Mandanda did this post-match! PSG fell a couple short of that mark but ran out easy…

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