Festival International Espoirs Final Day – England win, Scotland third

England CIV anthems crop

After three trips to the final day of what used to be called the Toulon Tournament which featured France playing in the final (losing to Brazil in 2014, beating Morocco in 2015, and losing to England in 2016), in this year’s expanded edition they didn’t even make it out of the group. This left a final day line-up of Scotland v Czech Republic […]

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France in Europe 2017

European Destinations 2017

It’s the Champions’ League final today – which sadly will not feature a French participant. Similarly in the Europa League, a French team reached the semi-final – but went no further. However – how far did the French teams actually go, in European competition this season? Our attention was drawn to this cool infographic (see below) that rounded up the […]

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Europa League Preview : Olympique Lyonnais v Ajax

OL fail v Ajax

OL. Oh dear. Oh well. A 4-1 defeat in their semi-final first leg against Ajax gives les Gones a mountain to climb when they still seem a decent bet to trip over their own feet if the opportunity presents itself. It was a heavy defeat, despite the best efforts of Anthony Lopes, who made 12 (twelve) saves, the most in any […]

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Europa League Preview : Ajax v Olympique Lyonnais

OL beat Besiktas

Given everything Lyon have been through recently, it seems slightly ironic – if not portentous – that their next game is against a character from the Iliad. Fourth in Ligue 1, the last couple of weeks for OL have seen them losing 4-1 at home to Lorient, losing any chance of the Champions League next season, their fans taking to […]

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Coupe de France Semi-Final Preview : Angers SCO v EA Guingamp

ASCO v EAG CDF banner

It’s the business end of the season and as well as a title race, that also means the prospect of Cup Glory. While many eyes will turn to the other semi-final, PSG v Monaco, as an adjunct to the title race (Monaco still edging that), League Cup (PSG surprisingly comprehensive victors) and relative success in European competition (Monaco definitely edging that), […]

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Europa League Preview : Besiktas v Olympique Lyonnais

Morel v Besiktas

It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for Lyon. First they contrived to lose 4-1 at home to Lorient, who had only just managed to drag themselves off the bottom of the table, with a series of defensive screw-ups, and after an ill-judged-in-retrospect Lions v Fish tweet from Memphis. Then the first leg against Besiktas saw kick-off delayed by 45 […]

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Coupe de France Quarter-Final : Angers SCO v GD Bordeaux

Laborde CDF

While the other quarter-finals involve combinations of minnows and the top two, this rerun of last year’s round of 32 match which Bordeaux won 2-1 should be one of the closer encounters of the round. The league fixtures have been pretty tight, Angers winning 1-0 in Bordeaux in game 5, and getting a 1-1 draw at home, while in the […]

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l’Euphorie Pure: Coupe de France Quarter-Final – Etoile FC Fréjus-Saint-Raphaël v EA Guingamp

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Quarter-final stage of the Coupe de France, possibly the world’s largest cup competition, and two amateur sides are still in it. One is Etoile FC Fréjus-Saint Raphaël, of fourth-tier CFA, who have already made club history but want to make a little bit more. They face En Avant Guingamp, eighth in Ligue 1, and a tricky prospect for teams much […]

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