Super Sala Sends SM Caen Towards Safety #FFWTOTW

Super Sala Sends SM Caen Towards Safety #FFWTOTW

Lyon remain two points clear at the top of the table after a 1-0 win at home to Nantes. Despite the return of Alexandre Lacazette, it was a far from straightforward win for Hubert Fournier’s men, who struggled to break down a resolute Canari defence, and were lucky that Nantes were not a little more clinical on the break, certainly in the first half. But a very scrappy goal was enough for les Gônes to…

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Jeannot helps Lorient Keep Lyon In Check

Jeannot helps Lorient Keep Lyon In Check

So it’s as you were at the top of the table, after all three of the teams at the top could only draw. Of the three, Lyon will probably be the most satisfied with their point, despite squandering the opportunity to go four points clear on Sunday night. They were outplayed by an excellent Lorient for the majority of the match and it looked like Hubert Fournier’s decision to start with Ferri and Gourcuff on…

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Former Arsenal Star: I Can Be a Bit of a Dick Sometimes

Former Arsenal Star: I Can Be a Bit of a Dick Sometimes

There are few players in French football today who are able to divide opinion like Samir Nasri. A misunderstood genius to some; a trouble-maker, incapable of showing accountability for his actions to others. Loved then hated by Arsenal fans; from great white hope to great white elephant for France fans. Performing (intermittently) well enough for Manchester City to earn another France call up, only to disappoint when swapping sky blue for Bleu. Nasri’s international career now…

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Former Newcastle United Winger: Bobby Robson Was A Second Father

Former Newcastle United Winger: Bobby Robson Was A Second Father

From 2001 to 2005, Laurent Robert lit up the left wing of St James’ Park, putting in several memorable displays for Newcastle United and scoring 32 goals, many of which were spectacular and fully deserving of their own youtube compliation. After falling out with Graham Souness, the Réunion-born winger moved on to pastures new, but in extracts from an interview this week with L’Equipe, it is clear that he still has strong memories of the…

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AS Yzeure vs EA Guingamp: Coupe de France Preview

AS Yzeure vs EA Guingamp: Coupe de France Preview

CFA club Yzeure were one of the heroes of the last round, defeating Ligue 2’s Valenciennes 2-0 in order to reach the Round of 16 for the first time in their history. A penalty from star playmaker Rémy Jous and a composed finish from Marvin Rousseau did for Bernard Casoni’s VAFC, whilst goalkeeper Jean-Christophe Colard did his bit, saving a penalty to prevent the Nordistes from getting back into the match. Coach Nicolas Dupuis, speaking…

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Iris Club de Croix vs US Concarneau: Coupe de France Preview

Iris Club de Croix vs US Concarneau: Coupe de France Preview

Whatever else happens during this Round of 16, there will be at least one club flying the flag for France’s amateurs in this season’s Coupe de France quarter finals, as Croix host Concarneau in a battle between two teams from the fourth tier of the league pyramid. The appearance of Croix at this stage of the competition is the latest achievement for a club that has continued breaking new ground over the last 18 months. Promoted…

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Lopes Masterclass Helps Keep Lyon Top #FFWTOTW

Lopes Masterclass Helps Keep Lyon Top #FFWTOTW

So often in recent weeks, the headline match of the weekend has disappointed. Not so this week. Lyon vs PSG on Sunday night matched all expectations, with practically everyone on the pitch in good form and contributing to an excellent match. In the first half PSG had most of the ball but Lyon looked the more dangerous and took the lead. PSG dominated possession more productively in the second half and certainly deserved something from…

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Corentin Tolisso: Perfect Symbol of Lyon’s Resurrection

Corentin Tolisso: Perfect Symbol of Lyon’s Resurrection

One of the big stars of this Ligue 1 season is Lyon’s Corentin Tolisso. The 20-year old midfielder has become a first team regular, valued for his versatility, his workrate and his ability to contribute to both defensive and attacking play. For the first six months of last season, he was mostly seen by watchers of Lyon’s Europa League campaign, where he impressed so much that from March he was a regular starter in the league,…

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