Coupe de France 32emes : L’Entente SSG vs SAS Epinal

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Formed as recently as 1989, L’Entente Sannois Saint-Gratien have suffered their fair share of bad luck so far this century, missing out on promotion to Ligue 2 due to an FFF administrative error, then falling down the divisions and suffering bankruptcy (Vikash Dhorasoo’s stint as club chairman not succeeding in improving the situation). Things are looking a little on the […]

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Coupe de France 32emes : FC Fleury 91 vs ASC Biesheim

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National 2 club Fleury 91 will welcome National 3’s ASC Biesheim to the Stade Robert-Bobin, confident of making it through to the Round of 32. The Alsatian visitors will, however, be going all-out for a win, believing that it may finally earn them some love amongst the largely nonplussed locals. Although established in 1970, the same year as relatively close […]

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Coupe de France 32emes : Sunday Part II

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USL Dunkerque vs FC Metz After a horrific start to the season, Ligue 1’s Metz began showing some signs of life shortly before the winter break, ending 2017 with two wins and a draw. Still seven points adrift at the foot of the table and with the survival odds stacked against them, Frederic Hantz’s men will look to continue in […]

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Coupe de France 32emes : Sunday Part I

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Saint-Etienne vs Nimes Although on paper, Ligue 1 giants at home to a Ligue 2 club should point to a relatively comfortable home win, this tie has potential upset warning alarms ringing. With Saint-Etienne winless since mid-October and sitting in 16th place in the Ligue 1 table, they are only six places ahead of Nimes, who have emerged as serious […]

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Champions League and Europa League Draws: All Winnable, All Losable

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This week’s draw for the first knock-out stage of the Champions League and Europa League handed the four remaining French teams some intriguing ties. None are straightforward, all are losable, but they are all winnable too, and will provide a good challenge to PSG, Lyon, Nice and Marseille. PSG vs Real Madrid It’s probably a safe assumption that this would […]

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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

Avranche beat Strasbourg

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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