Toulouse & Casanova: You’ve lost that loving feeling


As Stade de Reims’ Gaëtan Courtet fired home his side’s second and decisive goal on Saturday, it signalled the end to a miserable evening for Alain Casanova’s men. Five games down and Toulouse hold an inconsistent record of LWLWL which, in fairness, is not exactly damning for a side expected to finish mid-table, yet there still seems something amiss at […]

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2013/14 Preview: Ligue 2 Kick-off

It’s that time of year again when the dust begins to settle, the smell of fresh grass wafts through the corridors to the changing rooms and a sense of optimism swells inside every supporter. There really is nothing better than the beginning of the football season. As Paris and Monaco splash their cash in Ligue 1 in preparation for world-wide […]

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La Maison Jaune: Home Is Where the Heart Is


At the risk of sounding deeply philosophical, what is ‘the soul’? Wikipedia tells us that ‘in many mythological, religious, philosophical, and psychological traditions, is the incorporeal and, in many conceptions, immortal essence of a person, living thing, or object.’ My record collection tells me it’s Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye. My head tells me that it’s a four letter word used to describe something […]

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This Charming Man: Yoann Gourcuff

The tortured artist of the number 10 shirt is a so-what tired cliché at this point in the 21st century. The image projected by these magical players has changed dramatically since the days of the solitary artists of bygone years. The likes of Iniesta, Ozil and David Silva are no doubt the playmakers of their sides but the idea of […]

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Dynamo Kiev 1 Bordeaux 1 – Europa League Report

It was certainly unglamourous, but mission accomplished as Bordeaux grabbed an away goal and take Dynamo Kiev back to France with a 1-1 draw. Although my prediction was correct, it was touch-and-go for a long time as lady luck certainly aided the visitors in this game. Gusev, Yarmolenko and Haruna all had chances to win it for the Ukrainians but […]

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Dynamo Kiev v Bordeaux – Europa League Preview

Europa League football is back this midweek, and Matthew Richards looks ahead to the Franco-Ukrainian clash between Dynamo Kiev and Bordeaux. As the round of 32 of the Europa League rolls into town, Ligue 1 finds itself with two representatives still in contention. No doubt the ‘glamour tie’ of the two sees Olympique Lyonnais face the Premier League’s Tottenham Hotspur, although such […]

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