Foot Feminin – Lyon win the Cup, Paris look to Berlin

Foot Feminin – Lyon win the Cup, Paris look to Berlin

It was a big weekend in women’s football, as Lyon faced Montpellier in the final of the Coupe de France, and PSG travelled to Wolfsburg for the first leg of their WCL semi-final. Women’s Champions League PSG ran out 2-0 winners in the first leg against a Wolfsburg team with some key absences in midfield (Kessler, Goessling) and whose defence did not live up to its usual high standards. Sabrina Delannoy scored from the spot…

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Champions League Preview: Juventus v AS Monaco

Champions League Preview: Juventus v AS Monaco

The quarter-finals of the Champions League are upon us, and two French teams are involved. While the PSG project is the best-known big-money outfit representing Ligue 1, Monaco are perhaps the more interesting team. After a boatload of investment having won promotion for the 2013/14 season, issues chez Rybolovlev have led to cutbacks, and the departure of many of the big-name stars who helped them to a second-place finish – James Rodriguez to Real Madrid, Radamel Falcao…

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Coupe de la Ligue : Could Bastia Beat PSG – Again?

Coupe de la Ligue : Could Bastia Beat PSG – Again?

At the time of our first round-up of the season, SC Bastia were in the relegation zone, having just dispensed with the services of Claude Makelele as manager, and brought in the head of their youth programme, Ghislain Printant, as interim replacement. In their third season back in the top flight they were struggling to pass, hold onto the ball, shoot, stop their opponents shooting, and keep their players out of the referee’s notebook. Now, they…

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France Warm-Up for World Cup with 1-0 win over Canada

France Warm-Up for World Cup with 1-0 win over Canada

Having solidified their third place in the FIFA rankings after a good debut performance at the Algarve Cup, France took on the hosts of this summer’s World Cup, Canada, winning 1-0 through a goal from Eugenie Le Sommer. It was a slightly difficult match for les Bleues who, still without Louisa Necib, failed to develop much rhythm. Canada’s physical approach and solid organisation frustrated France’s attempts to create chances after an early move when Amel Majri…

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Approaching the Final Straight – Stat-Attack

Approaching the Final Straight – Stat-Attack

With 30 rounds of games played (almost – the rain-affected Monaco v Montpellier from round 25 will be played on Tuesday), it’s a good time to have a look at how things are going further to our our round-up after game 13. The Title Race The top three have remained the same since game 11, when Bordeaux dropped out, and barring St Etienne’s brief hop up to third just after the winter break (see tab 3 of…

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Les Espoirs: Refitted and Firing Into a Bright Future

Les Espoirs: Refitted and Firing Into a Bright Future

The senior team haven’t been the only ones playing friendlies over the recent interlull, and while their displays give some interesting clues as to how Didier Deschamps will be setting things up for France 2016, the performances of les Espoirs have also been very promising. France 6 – 0 Estonia The opening encounter couldn’t have gone better for a team introducing some new blood after the ultimately disappointing Euro qualifying campaign, losing to Sweden in the play-offs….

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Women’s Champions League : PSG in the Semi-Finals

Women’s Champions League : PSG in the Semi-Finals

PSG have sealed their spot in the semi-finals of the WCL with a comfortable 7-0 aggregate win over Glasgow City. Having never previously been past the last 16, the capital club is building up a head of steam in European competition as well as domestically. Although Lyon have now sewn up a ninth straight Division 1 title, PSG put a real challenge together, and will relish their chances of breaking through on the continental stage…

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Nimes Face Relegation After LFP Decision on Match-Fixing

Nimes Face Relegation After LFP Decision on Match-Fixing

On 17th March, the LFP Disciplinary Commission gave its decision after the investigation of several matches played by Nimes Olympique last season. They found that the club tried to arrange four matches, by the actions of two of their officers, majority shareholder Serge Kasparian and former president Jean-Marc Conrad, both of whom have been banned from football for considerable periods. As a result, Nimes will be administratively relegated one division at the end of this season…

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