Situation Report: Ligue 1, Ligue 2, Championnat National

Situation Report: Ligue 1, Ligue 2, Championnat National

So – many things sewn up, but many things to play for. Ligue 1 PSG are champions after winning 2-1 at Montpellier – they only needed a point to confirm their third consecutive title but Lyon made that academic by drawing 1-1 at Bordeaux anyway, confirming they will come second. That also means that the race for sixth is over, with Bordeaux winning that and thus taking the final Europa League spot (unless Auxerre usurps it…

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Women’s Champions League Final : Frankfurt 2 – 1 PSG

Women’s Champions League Final : Frankfurt 2 – 1 PSG

PSG headed for Berlin on Thursday for their first ever appearance in the Champions League final. After a nervy semi-final second leg against Wolfsburg, PSG had held on to win 3-2 on aggregate. Three-time winners Frankfurt, meanwhile, had coasted in on a 13-0 aggregate win over Brondby, the second game featuring hat-tricks from Veronica Boquete and Celia Sasic, getting the German striker to 13 goals in 7 matches, only one away from the competition record. Frankfurt’s…

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The Calm Before the Transfer Window Storm

The Calm Before the Transfer Window Storm

Windows sound like a simple concept. They’re open, or closed. Anyone with experience of the Microsoft operating system will know it isn’t always that simple, however. There’s still a month left of the season left to play, but the statements, intentions, reassurances, come-and-get-me pleas, come-and-get-him pleas, etc. have started already. It’s like the sash window that rattles interminably even though you’ve wedged a folded-up pizza leaflet into the frame. Lots of the talk now relates to…

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Foot Feminin : PSG to face Frankfurt in the WCL Final

Foot Feminin : PSG to face Frankfurt in the WCL Final

After PSG went out of the Champions League to Barcelona last week, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi was talking up the possibility of the Parisiens pulling off an unprecedented domestic triple. On Sunday night, he was at Charlety to witness the Parisiennes booking a trip to Berlin and the possibility that there will indeed be European silverware in the trophy cabinet this season, as PSG’s women’s team beat VFL Wolfsburg 3-2 on aggregate. It was nervier than it…

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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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