Articles by: Philippa Booth

Coupe de France Semi-Final : En Avant Guingamp v AS Monaco

Coupe de France Semi-Final : En Avant Guingamp v AS Monaco

While onlookers wish for magic, maybe the most important factor in cup competition, after raw ability, is motivation. The situations of the two teams facing off on Wednesday could not be more different. Monaco hit the top three almost immediately on arrival back in Ligue 1, and have been solidly second […]

Battle, what battle? Preparing for life in Ligue 2

Battle, what battle? Preparing for life in Ligue 2

With five games to go (mostly) in the Premier League, 13th to 20th are separated by 9 points and while there is a five point span between safety / not-safety, there are five games in hand and managerial moves to consider, so things are, if not still up in the […]

Europa League Last 16 : Lyon v Viktoria Plzen

Europa League Last 16 : Lyon v Viktoria Plzen

Yet again, Lyon have Thursday Night FootballTM with a key Ligue 1 match looming just behind it; yet again, Remi Garde has to try to keep several plates spinning simultaneously. As they prepare to welcome Viktoria Plzen to Gerland, with injuries to Gourcuff and Grenier ruling them out and Henri […]

Europa League: Lyon v Chernomorets Odessa

Europa League: Lyon v Chernomorets Odessa

This Thursday, Lyon welcome Chernomorets Odessa to the Stade Gerland for their seizièmes de finale second leg, after a goalless draw in Ukraine last week. There was much talk before the first leg about the squad selected by Remi Garde, with a choix entraineur list so long it didn’t fit on L’Equipe’s […]

Player of the Week…please stand up #FFWTOTW

Player of the Week…please stand up #FFWTOTW

The weekend started with a bang as Reims travelled to Monaco, came back to equalise twice, had a man sent off late on (Oh, Mandi… ed.) and then bucked the last-season Leonardo-snit-inducing script by conceding a 95th minute winner from Layvin Kurzawa (assist: Fabinho-James-post). Marseille needed a late goal from Andre-Pierre […]

Guingamp – En Avant or On the Slide?

Guingamp – En Avant or On the Slide?

At the end of October, there was a slight ‘what? really?’ feeling when looking at the Ligue 1 table. Not so much the presence of newly-promoted Monaco second only on goal difference to reigning champions PSG, but the sight of En Avant Guingamp most definitely en avant and sitting in […]

Coupe de France: Moulins v Sete

Coupe de France: Moulins v Sete

CFA side Moulins sent Toulouse spiralling out of the cup in the last round, as we warned, in one of the upsets of the competition so far. A second-half brace from Sébastien Da Silva saw them come from behind to win 2-1 after Eden Ben Basat had opened the scoring, and put the […]

Coupe de France: L’Ile Rousse v Guingamp

Coupe de France: L’Ile Rousse v Guingamp

L’Ile Rousse have already made history - the CFA2 side came into the last 32 having faced off only against teams around or below them in the league pyramid, so although they had done so with some big scorelines, it was the shock of the round when they held on obdurately […]