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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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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