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

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

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 AS Monaco’s Layvin Kurzawa was on the brink of joining the capital club. L'accord définitif…

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In Defence of Stephane Guivarc’h

In Defence of Stephane Guivarc’h

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 flash Guivarc’h turns the defender, bursts into the area and, as the ball drops, hits…

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France Weather Moroccan Storm to Lift the Toulon trophy

France Weather Moroccan Storm to Lift the Toulon trophy

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 cabinet, as his team came from behind to beat Morocco 3-1 and win the Tournoi de…

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Payet Masterclass Leads Marseille to Lille Victory #FFWTOTW

Payet Masterclass Leads Marseille to Lille Victory #FFWTOTW

37 down, 1 to go. And at the end of the penultimate week, almost all outstanding issues look like having been resolved a week early. After a 2-1 win at Montpellier, PSG have sealed their third straight Ligue 1 title. The reigning champions had all but mathematically sewn it up in any case, but those three points, allied to Lyon’s 1-1 draw at home to Bordeaux, sealed the deal. At the bottom of the table, Evian’s…

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Liverpool Flop N’Gog Guides Reims Towards Safety #FFWTOTW

Liverpool Flop N’Gog Guides Reims Towards Safety #FFWTOTW

As Flight of the Conchords would say, it’s Business Time! In the antepenultimate weekend of the season, every match seemed to have something major at stake. Some teams responded well to the challenge, some less so, leading to some great entertainment, lots of goals – and actually a lot of issues seemingly decided earlier than expected. One of the big two matches of the weekend was the basement clash between Evian and Reims, which may…

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Sofiane Boufal: King of the Nord for Lille again #FFWTOTW

Sofiane Boufal: King of the Nord for Lille again #FFWTOTW

We’re now into the final month of the season and things are becoming increasingly tense at both ends of the table, which perhaps explains the drop-off in goals from last week’s bonanza. The big match of the weekend was the first Derby du Nord to take place at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. Lille had been hoping to relegate their rivals but results elsewhere meant that Lens were already officially doomed before kick-off. Perhaps freed from…

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Javier Pastore Dazzles for PSG in the Parc #FFWTOTW

Javier Pastore Dazzles for PSG in the Parc #FFWTOTW

A goaltastic weekend, as things become increasingly interesting at both ends of the table. At the top end, Lille were the victims of PSG’s post-Barcelona-humiliation backlash, as the Parisians won 6-1. Lavezzi, who scored three, and Cavani, who notched a brace, have found their level, it seems. Lyon remain level on points with PSG after winning a relatively miserly six-goal match, overcoming Reims 4-2. A great first half followed by a relatively poor second from…

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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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