PSG v Valencia: Pedestrian at the Parc des Princes

PSG are top of Ligue 1, in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France, and now in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, 18 years after their last appearance in the knock-out stage of this competition. On the face of it, everything looks very positive, but in each competition there have been weird stutters between the comprehensive victories that don’t […]

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OL v PSG continues Le Feminisation du Football

Last week, representatives of the twelve Division 1 Feminine clubs met for two days of discussion of the challenges facing women’s football in France, with the intention that the FFF publishes a full policy paper in June in collaboration with the Institut de Formation du Football. This was “un état des lieux“, according to executive committee member Brigitte Henriques, looking at […]

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Africa Cup of Nations: Semi-Final Round-up

Mali 1 -4 Nigeria and Ghana 1 – 1 Burkina Faso, Burkina Faso win 3-2 on penalties So – we said that Mali v Nigeria would be a tight match. And…not really. The Malian defence had looked solid, keeping their previous matches close affair, but they got simply battered here. Nigeria had lurked through the group stage, drawing with Burkina […]

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Africa Cup of Nations: Round 2 Round-Up

Group A – South Africa 2 – 0 Angola; Morocco 1 – 1 Cape Verde They key thing is that Group A have started scoring goals, and long may it continue. After a difficult tournament opener against Cape Verde, South Africa prevailed with goals from Siyabonga Sangweni  (30.) and Lehlohonolo Majoro (62.) against an Angolan side that never really looked threatening. […]

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Africa Cup of Nations 2013 Preview

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The Cup of Nations kicks off today in South Africa, and the opening match sees the hosts face Cape Verde (full fixture list – all times local, i.e. GMT+2). France is the best represented club country at the tournament, with 57 of the participants playing here (full squad list), so we thought we should pick out some of the key players, […]

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FOR SALE: Younes Belhanda of Montpellier – Only One Owner

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So, Louis Nicollin has pulled the 2CV up at the car-boot sale and has started arranging his trestle table; Tinhan has been put on the train to Arles-Avignon on loan, Utaka is rumoured to be off to Qatar for a million or so, and then there’s Belhanda.  Montpellier’s number 10 is usually the central creative talent in the 3 in […]

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Fury at Furiani – Bastia banned from their own stadium

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Watching Bastia v Marseille on TV on Wednesday night was a strange experience; switching on for the 9pm KO, I wasn’t sure if I was watching the game live, or footage of a previous game, one of several, per L’Equipe, that have brought things to a head. There was the constant sound of explosions, and a swelling bank of fog […]

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