Europa Preview : Nice, Marseille and Lyon in action

Nice v Vitesse

On to game three of the Europa League group stage, and the back-to-back games that will have a big bearing on the final standings. So far things are going per the form book results-wise for Marseille and Nice, but Lyon have looked a little shaky with two draws against the lower-ranked teams in group E. Nice v Lazio Nice have two wins […]

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Women’s Champions League : Lyon flying, Montpellier in a fix

Ada Hegerberg v Medyk Konin

The first legs of the round of 32 were a good news/bad news situation for the French teams. Lyon, as predicted, won 5-0 away at Medyk Konin, in a characteristic walkover where they had almost all of the ball, and 19 shots to 1. Montpellier, on the other hand, failed to make their dominance at the Mosson count, losing to […]

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Women’s Champions League : Lyon and Montpellier start their campaigns

OL WCL 2017

This will be the ninth Women’s Champions League competition, after the earlier UEFA Cup, and the French participants will be hoping to continue their dominance alongside the Bundesliga teams. In the eight editions so far, OL have won four, with another two final appearances, and after the QSI takeover of PSG saw money also being injected into the women’s team, the capital club have […]

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Europa Preview : Marseille, Lyon and Nice

Nice v Zulte

After Monaco messed up their home tie against Porto losing 3-0 and PSG Mbappe’d all over Bayern Munich winning by the same margin, we’re onto the real competition as the three Europa teams go into their second match. Lyon – Atalanta After a slightly awkward first group match that saw OL concede an injury-time equaliser away against Apollon Limassol after Memphis’ […]

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Europa Preview : Zulte Waregem v OGC Nice

OGCN after ASM

It has been a mixed start to the season for Nice, as they knocked Ajax out of Champions League qualifying on away goals before losing both legs of the play-off to Napoli, around which they lost to not one but two newly promoted sides in Ligue 1, and then beat Monaco 4-0 at the weekend. So, Lucien Favre and his men should […]

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Europa Preview : Apollon Limassol v Olympique Lyonnais

Diaz v EAG

It’s been a weird start to the season for OL. They sold last-season’s top-scorer Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal, but bought Mariano Diaz from Real Madrid, who has hit the ground running and has already scored four. They sold captain Maxime Gonalons to Roma and key midfielder Corentin Tolisso to Bayern but promoted Nabil Fekir to wear the armband, who has […]

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Europa Preview : Olympique Marseille v Konyaspor

Germain v Rennes

All is not well at the Velodrome, after a catastrophic 6-1 defeat away to Monaco was followed after the international break by a 3-1 defeat at home to Rennes. Sunday’s match saw the visitors score twice in the first ten minutes, the home team being whistled off the pitch by their supporters, and pointed banners in the stands aimed at […]

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France in Europe – Group Round-Up

Neymar Mbappe

After the international break, this week sees the start of the group stages of the Champions and Europa Leagues. As ever, the draw is the time for fans to start planning tricky mid-week away trips and panicking about squad-depth after the close of the transfer window. Also, as is traditional for the French teams, qualifying saw mixed results as Nice failed to […]

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