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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Monaco v Marseille: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 34

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Sunday evening’s headline match is a south-coast derby between two of Ligue 1’s big guns. And as we enter full squeaky-bum time, both Monaco and Marseille could really do with a win. Having been PSG’s dauphin for 12 straight weeks, at one point with a double-figure lead over their rivals, recent poor form has dropped Monaco to third place (behind […]

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Montpellier v Lyon: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 33

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This weekend’s fixtures open with a match between Montpellier and Lyon at the Stade de la Mosson. It’s a capital match for both teams for differing reasons and has the added attraction that they both welcome back returning heroes. Montpellier have been battling around the bottom quarter of the table all season and – despite only three defeats in 10 matches […]

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Freed Willy: What Went Wrong for Sagnol at Bordeaux

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At half-time of Willy Sagnol’s second match in charge of Bordeaux, at home to Monaco, his team were trailing 1-0 and fortunate to be only a goal down after a poor display. A technical switch after the break transformed the match and Bordeaux ran out 4-1 winners. Sagnol was lauded for his tactical nous and flexibility, but amidst the euphoria […]

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Rennes v FC Nantes: Ligue 1 – Week 29 Preview

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Another week, another Breton(-ish) derby. But this is the biggest one – Rennes vs Nantes – and is arguably the biggest match between the two in a while, the winner having the chance to steal a march on the loser in the fight for European places. Heading into injury time last weekend, Rennes were on the way to a poor […]

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Granville v Marseille: Coupe de France Preview

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Although at first glance Saint-Etienne vs PSG looked like the stand-out quarter-final of this year’s Coupe de France, it is Granville vs Marseille which has been given top billing. The match-up between the fifth tier minnows and France’s favourite club is really catching the nation’s imagination, as indicated by the fact that the match, to be held at the Stade […]

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Preview: Sarre-Union vs Lorient – Coupe de France

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With big names such as Metz, Nancy and Strasbourg already out, lowly Sarre-Union are left to represent the Alsace-Lorraine region in the Round of 16 of the Coupe de France, as they host Ligue 1’s Lorient. One of three fourth-tier CFA teams remaining in the competition, Sarre-Union reached this stage with an impressive win over Ligue 2 side Chamois Niortais […]

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Preview: Granville vs Bourg-en-Bresse – Coupe de France

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Fifth tier Granville will fly the flag for the CFA2 this week as they host Ligue 2 Bourg-en-Bresse as the lowest-ranked team remaining in the Coupe de France. In the previous round their Stade Louis-Dior was full as they beat their CFA2 peers Sarreguemines 3-1 thanks to two goals in the final six minutes. Top scorer Thomas Vauvy was the […]

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