Articles by: Philippa Booth

Ibra-less Paris Saint-Germain face huge Barcelona test

Ibra-less Paris Saint-Germain face huge Barcelona test

Tuesday 19.45 BST / 20.45 CEST – Paris St-Germain v Barcelona In game 1 : PSG drew 1-1 at Ajax (Pastore’s opener cancelled out by Schone), and Barca beat Apoel 1-0 at home (Pique). PSG’s league form continues to raise some eyebrows, as they drew 1-1 (again) away at Toulouse […]

Monaco start France’s European adventure with Leverkusen in Monte Carlo

Monaco start France’s European adventure with Leverkusen in Monte Carlo

This midweek sees the first group stage games for the five French teams involved in European competition this season. This followed a not-very-successful-overall set of results in the qualifying play-offs, which saw Lille drop down to the Europa League after being beaten 3-0 on aggregate by Porto, Saint-Etienne needing penalties […]

Les Espoirs: It’s Sanogo-go-go for the Euro play-offs

Les Espoirs: It’s Sanogo-go-go for the Euro play-offs

On Monday evening, les Espoirs played their last group match in qualifying for the U21 European Championships next summer, and having won all seven of their previous matches, the hope was that they could finish on a perfect score. However, qualification had already been assured, and their opponents Iceland were the […]

Coupe de la Ligue : Second Round Preview

Coupe de la Ligue : Second Round Preview

First round round-up – 29 goals in the ten games, four of which went to extra time, three of which to penalties, and four red cards were brandished. Both of the National sides are out: Istres were seen off by an early goal from Clermont‘s Pierrick Capelle in a match which […]

Qualifying for Europe: French clubs set for play-off tests

Qualifying for Europe: French clubs set for play-off tests

Champions League Lille have a big task ahead of them as they prepare to meet Porto on Wednesday evening (19.45 / 20.45 CEST on Bein 1). Having beaten Grasshopper of Zurich, making less of an impact than at the recent World Cup, 2-0 (Sebastien Corchia 30′, Ryan Mendes 49′) in Zurich, they […]

U20 Women’s World Cup : Semi-Finals here we come

U20 Women’s World Cup : Semi-Finals here we come

The U20 Women’s World Cup is currently taking place in Canada, and France are through to the semi-finals where they will face (melodramatic music) Germany. Les Bleuettes motored through the group stage, with wins over Costa Rica (5-1), New Zealand (4-0) and Paraguay (3-0), making them the only team to go […]

Brandao’d for life! PSG seek life sentence for headbutt on Motta

Brandao’d for life! PSG seek life sentence for headbutt on Motta

  We’ve all seen the footage by now. After PSG’s 2-0 win over SC Bastia in the 2eme Journée, in which Ibrahimovic struggled off early with a muscle injury, Brandao hovered in the players’ tunnel until he saw Thiago Motta, went over, headbutted him, and then scampered away ‘like a […]

Coupe de la Ligue: First Round

Coupe de la Ligue: First Round

Well, the football is coming thick and fast now – Ligue 2, the Trophee des Champions, National, Ligue 1, that weirdly-arranged friendly between Napoli and PSG, and now…the cup! The league cup, that is (the Coupe de France is currently in regional preliminary mode before the 3rd round proper in mid-September) […]