Articles by: Philippa Booth

Europa Euround-up: Don’t Roux Missed Chances

Europa Euround-up: Don’t Roux Missed Chances

Another midweek European round, with the Champions League serving as an amuse-bouche for the serious business of the Europa League on Thursday. In group F, PSG stay top, a point ahead of Barcelona, after their 3-1 win over Ajax. Cavani opened the scoring around the half-hour mark, Ajax pulled it back […]

L’Affaire Crocodile – Investigation into Ligue 2

L’Affaire Crocodile – Investigation into Ligue 2

On Tuesday morning, news broke of multiple arrests in the world of French football. Confusingly, there seemed to be two different inquiries going on – one into transfer dealings relating to OM, and one into match-fixing, involving several Ligue 2 teams but pivoting around Nimes, who were battling relegation last […]

Euro Mascot to be Joking…

Euro Mascot to be Joking…

So, the less said about the newly announced France 2016 mascot the better. After the design masterpieces that were Peno and Footix, the new representative of la belle France (a slightly creepy kid with a red cape) is yet to be named, which is open to a public vote – […]

Unlucky For Some – Ligue 1 Stat-Attack After 13 Games

Unlucky For Some – Ligue 1 Stat-Attack After 13 Games

A third of the way through the season (ish) and things are getting tight at the top of Ligue 1, with leaders Marseille only a point ahead of PSG in second, and another point ahead of Lyon in third. The Bielsa effect looks to be well in place for OM’s attacking […]

Europa Euround-up – Beauvue a Good Look for Guingamp

Europa Euround-up – Beauvue a Good Look for Guingamp

Better. Not perfect, by any stretch of the imagination, but definitely better. Firstly, the Champions League. On Tuesday, Monaco continued the not scoring thing but fell down on the not conceding thing to an 82nd minute goal from Talisca. Jardim started Lacina Traore up-front and Monaco got a decent amount of shots […]

Monaco Martial the Attack against Benfica

Monaco Martial the Attack against Benfica

OK everyone. It’s a midweek European round and we all know what the key question is. Can the French teams muster more than one goal between them this time? Don’t panic. If they don’t, it’s not the end of the world. If they again also don’t concede any goals, again, […]

OGC Nice v Olympique Lyonnais: Swifter than eagles; stronger than lions

OGC Nice v Olympique Lyonnais: Swifter than eagles; stronger than lions

So, game 12. After the Olympico last round, and looking forward to the Classico in the next, there is maybe not a stand-out match in this round. It feels a bit like everyone is waiting for the cymbals to clash and the trumpets to blare at the Parc des Princes next […]

Coupe de la Ligue Seiziemes or Thereabouts

Coupe de la Ligue Seiziemes or Thereabouts

Midweek league cup action ahoy! This round, the seiziemes are actually the dixiemes, to accommodate most of the Ligue 1 teams joining in and ensure the numbers are right when the European teams (and Lyon) get involved in the next round. All six of the Ligue 2 teams who have progressed are playing […]