Preview : Saint-Etienne v Beitar Jerusalem – Europa League Qualifying

Beitar v ASSE

Saint-Etienne are in a strong position going into the second leg of the play-off as they welcome Beitar Jerusalem to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. After conceding inside ten minutes in the first leg, goals from Fabien Lemoine and Florentin Pogba put them ahead by half-time, and that was how it stayed. It was a slightly shaky start for Les Verts as […]

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Preview : Beitar Jerusalem v Saint-Etienne – Europa League Qualifying

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Tonight sees Saint-Etienne in action in the Europa league play-offs, with a potentially tricky trip away to Beitar Jerusalem, third in last season’s Israeli Premier League. After a grand total of one goal was scored in ASSE’s third round qualifying ties against AEK Athens (Robert Beric), the usual binary results seemed to be back, but then the first game of the new Ligue […]

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Rio2016 : France knocked out by Canada in Olympic quarter-final

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On Friday night, moving into the early hours of Saturday morning, les Bleues lost 1-0 in their Olympic quarter-final against Canada. They had gone through second in their group after wins over Colombia (4-0) and New Zealand (3-0), but it was their 1-0 loss against the USA that was characteristic and presaged the knock-out round knock-out. That, the second group […]

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Preview: Qabala v Lille – Europa League Qualifying

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The first leg of the third qualifying round for the Europa League (where, apart from anything else, you can find your Game of Thrones name by just sticking a pin in the schedule) was as underwhelming as we’d feared – two home draws. Lille and Saint Etienne both head off on tricky away trips with a deal left to do. […]

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Preview: AEK Athens v Saint-Etienne – Europa League Qualifying

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Europa League third round qualifying hits its second marker with the French teams, Lille and Saint-Etienne, not in the best of shape. Their matches this time will overlap, as the chaotic nature of the early rounds means that there are *twelve* different kick-off times this Thursday, which is probably some form of record. On the actual pitch, a goalless first leg was underwhelming, […]

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Preview: AS Saint-Etienne v AEK Athens – Europa League Qualifying

ASSE Hamouma

Saint-Etienne get back into the competitive swing of things with a third-round qualifying home tie against Greek Superleague side AEK Athens, who are making their first European appearance since 2011/12. ASSE will be hoping that this campaign is more like last year’s creditable round of 32 appearance than their two previous efforts, coming bottom of their group in 2014/15 and failing to qualify […]

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Pour faire progresser le football francais

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The post-mortems have started after France’s defeat in the final of Euro 2016. In the semi-final, they beat Germany in a competitive match for the first time since 1958, before going on to lose for the first time ever in a competitive fixture to Portugal, in a tournament arguably featuring more karma than quality. So, what is to be done? I […]

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Bureaucracy Round-Up : Evian – it’s a waterfall

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The summer ‘break’ in football is a time for many things – international tournaments, transfer rumours, ill-advised posts on instagram from your favourite players, confusing pre-season matches against Austrian amateur sides that somehow end up on TV anyway, and – in France at least – admin, which is definitely in the top five national sports. The DNCG (financial overseer of French […]

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