A Weekend in Marseille: Tear Gas, Culture, Russians and…Football

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I was in Marseille from Friday to Monday with Andrew Gibney and my friend Lawrence, to see England v Russia and soak up the France 2016 atmosphere. We got rather more than we bargained for…  On Friday morning my biggest worries about going to Marseille were if my train would actually show up and whether the meteo would stay at ‘bit cloudy’ or revert to […]

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Toulon 2016 – France, England, Hotel loyalty cards

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The Toulon tournament is a great way to see stars of the future but has a slightly Acorn Antiques approach to overall organisation, which can make it difficult to plan trips even if you aren’t heading here from abroad. In 2014, for example, they posted two different sets of match timings for the final day which meant a lot of […]

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France 2 – 1 Mali: Toulon 2016 – Bamba makes the difference

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France went into their third game of the tournament with two wins out of two, needing a point to guarantee a top two spot in Group A, and therefore a place on the final day. Mali had a mountain to climb with only one point after losing to the Czech Republic and then playing out a chaotic 3-3 draw against Mexico in the […]

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Preview: Coupe de France Final – Marseille v PSG

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This is it. The last game of the French football season, the last chance for silverware; PSG aiming for a second consecutive domestic quadruple, Marseille looking to defend their status as record cup-winners. Ooh. Marseille may not have had the most successful or stress-free league season but their cup run has been a bright note, featuring six different scorers (admittedly one […]

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Season Review – Winning is a State of Mind

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PSG may have taken the title and the Coupe de la Ligue, and will play Marseille for the Coupe de France next weekend, but there are other winners in this Ligue 1 season, maybe not as showy or shiny, but worthy of recognition. Nice came fourth on 63 points, which if PSG win the cup will mean automatic group stage qualification for […]

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Ligue 1 PREVIEW: Nice v Saint-Etienne – Week 37

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In a crucial tie to determine the Europa League places, fourth-place Saint-Etienne travel to fifth-place Nice, with only a point between them. With ASSE then facing Lille (sixth, only one point further back) in the final game, holding onto their current ranking could be a difficult proposition; LOSC play Guingamp this round, and in a neat coincidence EAG host Nice in the final […]

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Ligue 1 PREVIEW: OM v Stade de Reims and Reims v Relegation – Week 37

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To say Marseille have had a difficult season is not so much an understatement as, well, something else entirely. L’Equipe headlined their last match, a 1-0 win away at Angers, after eleven matches without a victory, with ‘Marseille tient son maintien‘ (roughly, ‘Marseille are staying up’) – and this was of a very different mood than those Leicester fans waving a […]

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Ligue 1: The Battle for Europe

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PSG secured their fourth consecutive title last month, so as they motor gently onwards, unencumbered by any distractions, focus turns to the battle for who will join them in Europe next season. This is slightly complicated by the fact that PSG could also win the Coupe de France, so at this point it’s not clear if sixth in the league […]

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