Articles by: Philippa Booth

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 […]

Gour-Woof! Lyon stop Marseille winning streak #FFWTOTW

Gour-Woof! Lyon stop Marseille winning streak #FFWTOTW

Game 11, sandwiched between two midweek rounds in Europe and the League Cup, promised much. We were not disappointed. Lens travelled to Toulouse on Friday night as the lanterne rouge and with a squad full of youngsters including 19-year-old reserve goalkeeper Valentin Belon and a couple of defenders without shirt […]

Europa Euround-up : Panning for Goals

Europa Euround-up : Panning for Goals

Well. First there was the Champions League, where on Tuesday the participants collectively hit the giddy heights of 5 goals per game, but PSG took until the 87th minute to get one past APOEL Nicosia, and on Wednesday a more restrained set of fixtures featuring the only 0-0 of the […]

Can Liverpool’s Loanee Down Everton in the Europa League?

Can Liverpool’s Loanee Down Everton in the Europa League?

Round three is here, roll up roll up. The midpoint of European competition with its back-to-back fixtures approaches; for the Champions League teams, these look do-able – for two of the Europa contingent, less so. Tuesday 21 October 19.45 BST – APOEL Nicosia v Paris Saint Germain PSG are in […]

Gourcuff turns back the years as Lyon demolish Montpellier #FFWTOTW

Gourcuff turns back the years as Lyon demolish Montpellier #FFWTOTW

Journée 10 started with a bang, continued with a bagarre, and the worked its way gently up to a shellacking on Sunday night. Something for everyone. Friday night saw PSG travel…sort of, to Lens, where a 3-1 win was garnished with three red cards including one for Edinson Cavani for inappropriate […]

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 […]