Articles by: Philippa Booth

May you live in Adminteresting Times – Bureaucracy Round-Up

May you live in Adminteresting Times – Bureaucracy Round-Up

Lens‘ appeal to the DNCG over their promotion being blocked resulted in a less-than-positive decision on Tuesday, with the appeal body confirming that insufficient financial guarantees for the proposed budget have been given. Initially the shortfall was explained as being due to a bank transfer being late due to a public […]

The Marseille Stadium Mystery

The Marseille Stadium Mystery

So, Ligue 1 kicks off again in a month’s time on Saturday 9th August, with one of those chaotic season-opening multiplexes where the TV coverage is a frantic mix of that bingity bing-bing, bing-bing bing noise that tells you the coverage is moving, just as a man desperately yells “But à Gerland!” (just an […]

Valenciennes Relegated Again: VAFC v DNCG

Valenciennes Relegated Again: VAFC v DNCG

Last season was not a happy one for Valenciennes, who hit the relegation zone after five games and never dragged themselves out of it. They changed managers, bringing in Ariel Jacobs for Daniel Sanchez, they got in Abdul Majeed Waris on loan in January, but it didn’t work. Their season featured not […]

Clermont Foot appoint Corinne Diacre

Clermont Foot appoint Corinne Diacre

So… After the Helena Costa debacle, it’s difficult to know whether Claude Michy’s latest managerial appointment is a clumsy mea culpa, a desperate attempt to save face, or simply confirmation that he’s a man who doesn’t know when to stop digging. Whatever his thinking, one has to assume that after the litany of criticisms […]

Helena Costa steps away from Clermont Foot

Helena Costa steps away from Clermont Foot

Monday. A brief, brusque, and unexpected communique from Claude Michy, President of Clermont Foot : Helena Costa has decided not to honour her commitments to Clermont Foot. Helena Costa will therefore not take up the position of manager for the coming season. This decision is sudden and surprising. Tuesday morning. […]

World Cup Player Preview: Abdul Majeed Waris

World Cup Player Preview: Abdul Majeed Waris

Heading to their third World Cup, and looking to build on their previous achievements reaching the last 16 on their debut in Germany, and that quarter-final against Uruguay in South Africa in 2010, Ghana have been handed a place in a very tricky group along with Germany, Portugal and the […]

Henri Bedimo: The Lyon Lion that’s Deadly on the Left

Henri Bedimo: The Lyon Lion that’s Deadly on the Left

Cameroon are heading to their seventh World Cup this summer, since making their debut in 1982 – and this time they will be playing the hosts as they attempt to get out of their group for only the second time. In 1990, they beat Argentina and Romania in the group, […]

Les Bleuets reach final of Toulon Tournament

Les Bleuets reach final of Toulon Tournament

France rounded off the group stages of the Toulon Tournoi with a 2-1 win against Portugal, to win a place in the final against Brazil. Their first match, against Chile, was the traditional game of two halves. While pressing well without the ball, France’s longer-ball tactics weren’t working in the […]