Leonardo Jardim: Monaco Mastermind Rising Above UNFP

Leonardo Jardim: Monaco Mastermind Rising Above UNFP

The National Union of Professional Football Players (UNFP) made their end of season award shortlists public earlier this week and a few surprise names featured. Paris Saint-Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic is present in the Player of the Year category, despite enduring by far his least productive season since arriving at the Parc des Princes. Olympique de Marseille’s Steve Mandanda somehow made it onto the Goalkeeper of the Year list in what has been a forgettable year for…

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Parisian Duo Head the Way in National Title Race

Parisian Duo Head the Way in National Title Race

While Paris Saint-Germain were sticking six goals past Lille OSC – to the delight of one member of the FFW team and the absolute despair of another – at the Parc des Princes on Saturday, in the north of the city, another Parisian team would go two better, outscoring the Ligue 1 leaders on the same day. Championnat National’s Red Star Football Club were thrashing Pierre Womé’s shambolic FC de Chambly Thelle 8 (eight)-0 to go top…

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Red Star FC v AS Saint-Étienne: Coupe de France Preview

Red Star FC v AS Saint-Étienne: Coupe de France Preview

Only one Ligue 1 side is in action in Tuesday’s four opening games of the Coupe de France round of 16. Six-time champions AS Saint-Étienne travel to Paris to take on Championnat National representatives Red Star at Stade Jean-Bouin after both sides successfully navigated the last round, in slightly different fashions. Les Verts were involved in arguably the clash of the round of 32; a pulsating eight-goal thriller away at Tours FC that eventually saw Christophe…

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Red Star FC v Marseille Consolat – Preview

Red Star FC v Marseille Consolat – Preview

The outstanding tie of the round of 32 is arguably Red Star FC’s clash with GS Consolat Marseille at Stade Bauer on Friday evening. A Championnat National equivalent or alternative version of Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille’s fiercely contested grudge match “Le Classique”, this one will be aiming to put its own spin on the Paris-Marseille rivalry. The hosts came from one goal down to see off Ligue 2 side AC Arles-Avignon 2-1 in…

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US Avranches v FC Metz – Preview

US Avranches v FC Metz – Preview

We check in with Championnat National outfit US Avranches for the first time since their giant-killing of Ligue 1 side FC Lorient in the round of 64. Richard Dezire’s men edged past Les Merlus 1-0 at Stade Rene Fenouillere thanks to Youssouf Niakate’s 59th minute strike, but had Ivorian defender Ali Keita receive a straight red card six minutes from the end of that one. However, Coupe de France success has not exactly impacted well upon…

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AS Monaco v Evian Thonon Gaillard – Preview

AS Monaco v Evian Thonon Gaillard – Preview

One of four all-Ligue 1 round of 32 ties, AS Monaco welcome Evian Thonon Gaillard to Stade Louis II on Wednesday. In the last round Monaco stayed calm to beat an enthusiastic but limited Nimes 2-0, going ahead after half an hour and popping in a second in injury time; meanwhile Evian downed AF Bobigny with three second-half goals after the DH side couldn’t hold out beyond 68 minutes. Judging by recent form in the league, however, Monaco…

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Coupe de France Preview: GS Consolat Marseille v AC Ajaccio

AC Ajaccio will be looking to put their Ligue 2 struggles and recent Coupe de la Ligue disappointment behind them when they travel to Group Sportif Consolat’s Stade de la Martine on Sunday afternoon. The Corsicans were beaten 3-1 at home by Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in the League Cup towards the end of 2014 and are currently 12th in the second tier, just six points above the bottom three, after last season’s relegation from…

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Coupe de France Preview: US Avranches v FC Lorient

Another potential Coupe de France shock could come on Saturday evening at Stade Rene Fenouillere where Championnat National side l’Union Sportive Avranches Mont Saint Michel welcome Ligue 1 outfit FC Lorient to Lower Normandy. The Manche-based home side made it into the round of 64 thanks to a 6-1 mauling of Jumeaux De M Zoisia, before seeing off US Matoury 1-0 on the road. Avranches are newcomers to the third tier this season, having earned…

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