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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France World Cup Warm-Up: Les Bleues impress but fall to USA

France World Cup Warm-Up: Les Bleues impress but fall to USA

On Wednesday, France played the USA in the final of the Algarve Cup, one of the annual spring-time tournaments that often serve to prepare teams for bigger things in the summer. Having won a friendly against USWNT 2-0 in February, les Bleues went down by the same scoreline in a match that saw them suffer from a long-standing problem. Despite having some key absences, particularly at the back, the attack was blunt and they failed to…

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Europa Euround-up: Guingamp Go Out, Kiev Carry On

Europa Euround-up: Guingamp Go Out, Kiev Carry On

When Guingamp could only manage a slender 2-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of this tie, there were concerns that that would not be enough to progress against the team top of the Ukrainian league, who had a precious away goal, and had displayed great defensive fortitude playing over half the match with nine men. So it proved. Kiev won 3-1 to go through 4-3 on aggregate. The hosts were missing some key…

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Europa League – Guingamp go to Kiev

Europa League – Guingamp go to Kiev

After last week’s chaotic 2-1 win over 9-man Dynamo Kiev at the Roudourou, Guingamp have no key injuries as they travel for the second leg. Jocelyn Gourvennec put the weekend’s defeat at home to Montpellier down to tiredness, but stressed that his team has now recovered and is in good shape for the match in Kiev. The squad: Lössl, Samassa, Guichard – Jacobsen, Baca, Angoua, Kerbrat, Sorbon, Dos Santos, Lévêque – Pied, Diallo, Mathis, Cardy, Sankharé,…

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Le Grand Choc Féminin : PSG v OL

Le Grand Choc Féminin : PSG v OL

Tonight sees a match that could decide the Division 1 title and see it go somewhere other than Lyon for the first time since… (reaches for archive folder) 2006 when Juvisy took the honours. PSG welcome OL to Charlety and the situation could not be closer. PSG currently top the table with 73 points, but given their continuing involvement in the WCL, are actually ahead of schedule, having played 19 games – two more than Lyon…

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Europa Euround-up – Guingamp 2 – 1 Dynamo Kiev

Europa Euround-up – Guingamp 2 – 1 Dynamo Kiev

French representation in the Europa League now rests with Guingamp, and they faced tricky opposition on Thursday night in the form of Ukrainian league leaders Dynamo Kiev, who topped their group over Aalborg, Steaua Bucharest and Rio Ave. It was a chaotic game which saw an early injury, three goals, two red cards, a lot of needle, and possibly record-breaking crossing stats. Things were shaping up not to be Kiev’s night when Jeremain Lens took a…

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Debut Goal for Lucas Ocampos Marseille’s Last Gasp Transfer

Debut Goal for Lucas Ocampos Marseille’s Last Gasp Transfer

One of the most interesting moves of the January transfer window was the loan of Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos from Monaco to Marseille – particularly when it looked like it might not happen. How ironic that he would go on to save Marseille’s blushes this weekend. With the clubs in agreement, somebody pointed out that Monaco had made too many loans already. According to LFP Regulations (article 266), teams can only have seven players out on…

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Mercato: Danic left Lyon, Lacazette didn’t, Liverpool sad.

Mercato: Danic left Lyon, Lacazette didn’t, Liverpool sad.

So, not a great deal happened in headline terms, apart from the intriguing possibility of Hatem Ben Arfa playing in the Arctic circle and Doria eventually getting to play some actual top-tier football (to clarify – Doria unlikely to play some actual top-tier football). But there has been a lot of movement in and around the Ligue, and it’s worth taking a moment to look at how that pans out on a club-by-club basis. Bastia…

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