DNCG Strike Again As SC Bastia Face Ridiculous Relegation to Ligue 2

DNCG Strike Again As SC Bastia Face Ridiculous Relegation to Ligue 2

While most football sites are currently focussing on the transfer window and various international tournaments going on, French football has another traditional subject to factor in – admin. Every summer, the DNCG (Direction Nationale du Controle de Gestion – responsible for oversight of rules, budgets, etc) gets through a frankly ludicrous amount of bureaucratic to-ing and fro-ing, which can also involve appeals, magistrates courts, the Olympic Committe, local politicians, et une perdrix dans un poirier….

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Les Bleues say Au Revoir to the Women’s World Cup

Les Bleues say Au Revoir to the Women’s World Cup

After 120 scintillating minutes of football, in what was an exhilarating quarter-final match, France are coming home after drawing 1-1 with Germany, then losing 5-4 in the penalty shoot-out. It was an odd match-up to happen in a quarter-final, with the teams ranked 1st and 3rd in the world facing off. This article from Grant Wahl helps to explain why it happened, and why the teams ranked 1st and 2nd (USA) will now meet in the semi-final. Camille…

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Success for France as Les Bleues reach last 16 of World Cup

Success for France as Les Bleues reach last 16 of World Cup

France are through to the knock-out stages of the Women’s World Cup in Canada, as winners of Group F, and will play South Korea in the round of 16. A comprehensive 5-0 win over Mexico in their final game sealed their spot, but things haven’t all been plain sailing, and some worries remain. First, that they are on the awkward side of the draw, with Germany and the USA, and second, some of the traditional issues…

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Gradel at the Double to Cap Off Superb Season #FFWTOTW

Gradel at the Double to Cap Off Superb Season #FFWTOTW

That’s it. All done. All sorted. 38 rounds finish with the traditionally chaotic multiplex; ten simultaneous games, 32 goals, one new stadium being opened, one match stoppage, multiple fireworks and a trophy presentation. It’s a lot to keep up with, and that’s before our correspondent on Twitter realised that the multiplex they were watching didn’t include two of the games. Lens got the ball rolling with the first goal of the evening as Pablo Chavarria…

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Situation Report: Ligue 1, Ligue 2, Championnat National

Situation Report: Ligue 1, Ligue 2, Championnat National

So – many things sewn up, but many things to play for. Ligue 1 PSG are champions after winning 2-1 at Montpellier – they only needed a point to confirm their third consecutive title but Lyon made that academic by drawing 1-1 at Bordeaux anyway, confirming they will come second. That also means that the race for sixth is over, with Bordeaux winning that and thus taking the final Europa League spot (unless Auxerre usurps it…

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Women’s Champions League Final : Frankfurt 2 – 1 PSG

Women’s Champions League Final : Frankfurt 2 – 1 PSG

PSG headed for Berlin on Thursday for their first ever appearance in the Champions League final. After a nervy semi-final second leg against Wolfsburg, PSG had held on to win 3-2 on aggregate. Three-time winners Frankfurt, meanwhile, had coasted in on a 13-0 aggregate win over Brondby, the second game featuring hat-tricks from Veronica Boquete and Celia Sasic, getting the German striker to 13 goals in 7 matches, only one away from the competition record. Frankfurt’s…

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The Calm Before the Transfer Window Storm

The Calm Before the Transfer Window Storm

Windows sound like a simple concept. They’re open, or closed. Anyone with experience of the Microsoft operating system will know it isn’t always that simple, however. There’s still a month left of the season left to play, but the statements, intentions, reassurances, come-and-get-me pleas, come-and-get-him pleas, etc. have started already. It’s like the sash window that rattles interminably even though you’ve wedged a folded-up pizza leaflet into the frame. Lots of the talk now relates to…

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Foot Feminin : PSG to face Frankfurt in the WCL Final

Foot Feminin : PSG to face Frankfurt in the WCL Final

After PSG went out of the Champions League to Barcelona last week, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi was talking up the possibility of the Parisiens pulling off an unprecedented domestic triple. On Sunday night, he was at Charlety to witness the Parisiennes booking a trip to Berlin and the possibility that there will indeed be European silverware in the trophy cabinet this season, as PSG’s women’s team beat VFL Wolfsburg 3-2 on aggregate. It was nervier than it…

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