Europa Preview : Zulte Waregem v OGC Nice

OGCN after ASM

It has been a mixed start to the season for Nice, as they knocked Ajax out of Champions League qualifying on away goals before losing both legs of the play-off to Napoli, around which they lost to not one but two newly promoted sides in Ligue 1, and then beat Monaco 4-0 at the weekend. So, Lucien Favre and his men should […]

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Europa Preview : Apollon Limassol v Olympique Lyonnais

Diaz v EAG

It’s been a weird start to the season for OL. They sold last-season’s top-scorer Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal, but bought Mariano Diaz from Real Madrid, who has hit the ground running and has already scored four. They sold captain Maxime Gonalons to Roma and key midfielder Corentin Tolisso to Bayern but promoted Nabil Fekir to wear the armband, who has […]

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Europa Preview : Olympique Marseille v Konyaspor

Germain v Rennes

All is not well at the Velodrome, after a catastrophic 6-1 defeat away to Monaco was followed after the international break by a 3-1 defeat at home to Rennes. Sunday’s match saw the visitors score twice in the first ten minutes, the home team being whistled off the pitch by their supporters, and pointed banners in the stands aimed at […]

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France in Europe – Group Round-Up

Neymar Mbappe

After the international break, this week sees the start of the group stages of the Champions and Europa Leagues. As ever, the draw is the time for fans to start planning tricky mid-week away trips and panicking about squad-depth after the close of the transfer window. Also, as is traditional for the French teams, qualifying saw mixed results as Nice failed to […]

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Les Espoirs and Euro Qualifying – a short history

France U21 v Cameroon

It’s the international break, and not just for the seniors – the Under-21s are also in action, as their qualifying campaign for the 2019 Euros in Italy and San Marino kicks off. Tuesday night sees their competitive opener against Kazakhstan, who for some reason started qualifying back in March – before the 2017 tournament was played – with a 2-1 win […]

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Europa League Play-Off Second Leg: Olympique Marseille v NK Domzale

Thauvin Domzale

As can happen in the Europa league, you write a preview saying a match should be fairly straightforward and then, well, things don’t quite pan out like that. The first leg ended 1-1 in Ljubljana, as Domzale midfielder Amedej Vetrih flicked one in from a Senijad Ibričić freekick in an opening spell that saw the home side slightly put the frighteners […]

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Europa League Play-Off : NK Domzale v Olympique Marseille

Germain hatttick v Oostende

Marseille continue their European campaign with a 1,000km trip* to Ljubljana to face Slovenian cup-winners NK Domzale in the first leg of the play-offs, in fairly sprightly mood. Beating Belgium’s Oostende 4-2 on aggregate in the 3rd qualifying round was pleasing enough, but seeing new acquisition Valere Germain score a hat-trick on his debut in the home tie was even more […]

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Euro 2017 – France 1 – 0 Iceland – Les Bleues Relieved

France v Iceland Euro 2017 crop

The 2017 Euros have kicked off in the Netherlands, and France’s campaign started with an often frustrating encounter with Iceland that ended in a narrow victory as Eugenie Le Sommer converted a late penalty. France, as one would expect, had most of the ball and most of the chances, but were blocked, tackled, and frequently bundled over by opponents whose clear game-plan […]

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