So Long, Gerland!

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On Saturday evening, after 65 years and 1,201 league matches, the Stade de Gerland saw its final Ligue 1 match as Lyon played host to SCO Angers. When Lyon comfortably beat Saint-Etienne 3-0 in early November, it would have been hard to believe that les Gônes would come into the Angers match off the back of three straight home defeats. A […]

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Gazelec Minnows Keeping the Ligue 1 Fairytale Alive

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To paraphrase an old cliché, Ligue 1 victories are like London buses – you wait 105 years for one, and then four come along at once! OK, perhaps stretching as far back as GFC Ajaccio’s formation is a little extreme. However, heading into their home match against in-form Nice on 24 October, two and a half months into their inaugural […]

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Anthony Martial the Man as France Look United in Attack

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While teams such as Northern Ireland, Wales and Albania were experiencing euphoric highs of Euro 2016 qualification, France had to make do with two more low-octane friendlies. But two more positive victories – making it four in a row for the first time under Didier Deschamps’ reign – ensure that the dynamic remains positive at Clairefontaine. Defence Frankly, nothing worth […]

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Will the Real Karim Benzema Please Stand Up

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One of the recurring themes of recent years for followers of les Bleus – including this site – has been the enigma that is Karim Benzema. Consistently excellent for Real Madrid, the ex-Lyon frontman has consistently failed to come close to reaching those heights for his national team. Benzema – perhaps empowered by his six goals in six matches thus […]

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Positives as Matuidi and Valbuena give France reasons to be cheerful

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After three defeats in four matches at the tail-end of last season, this international break took on extra importance for France as they enter Euro 2016 season. Following a 1-0 win in Portugal and a 2-1 victory over Serbia in Bordeaux, Didier Deschamps and les Bleus’ fans will be feeling a lot more positive. Not everything went perfectly and there […]

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Layvin Kurzawa to PSG: A Killer Blow to Ligue 1?

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Laurent Blanc stated earlier in the summer that any future departures from Paris would be replaced. With the news that Lucas Digne has moved closer to joining AS Roma on loan, it’s no surprise that the Ligue 1 champions have been rumoured to be interested in an array of left-backs. One surprise, on Wednesday afternoon, was the breaking rumour that […]

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In Defence of Stephane Guivarc’h

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In a parallel universe somewhere, Stéphane Guivarc’h is a French national hero. After terrorising the Brazilian defence for the first 45 minutes of the 1998 World Cup final with his high-intensity, high-pressing game, the Auxerre striker is rewarded as a long ball from Lilian Thuram in the closing seconds of the half is misjudged by Junior Baiano. Quick as a […]

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France Weather Moroccan Storm to Lift the Toulon trophy

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At around the time that Hugo Lloris was picking the ball out of net in the Stade de France for the first time last night, France’s under-20 team were picking up their winners’ medals down in the Stade Mayol. Following the France Under-17 team’s European championship win last month, Francis Smerecki’s under-20 side added another piece of silverware to the Clairefontaine trophy […]

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