Fury at Furiani – Bastia banned from their own stadium


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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Stat-Attack: How Ligue 1 is performing so far this season


Thirteen rounds have been played, give or take (see below), so it is a good time to have a look at the trends emerging in Ligue 1 this season.  For context, this includes some comparisons against the Premiership and last season’s results, and some visuals of each team’s changing position and the spread throughout the table can be found in […]

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CAN 2013: Qualification Implications


After an occasionally frantic round of qualifying play-offs, the fifteen teams which will join hosts South Africa for CAN 2012 have been confirmed. They are Ghana, Mali, defending champions Zambia (just – it took a 9-8 victory in a penalty shootout to get past Uganda), Nigeria, Tunisia, Cote D’Ivoire, Morocco, Ethiopia, Cape Verde, Niger, Angola, Togo, RD Congo, Burkina Faso […]

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The Effect the CAN Could Have


The helter-skelter nature of qualifying for CAN 2013 in South Africa, as the tournament is moving from even to odd years, means this weekend will see fifteen head-to-head second-leg play-offs, some of which look fit to grace the later stages of the tournament itself. Ligue 1 fans might like to pay attention to these to see what state their clubs […]

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A New Star is Shining in the Violet City


  While former Toulouse player André Pierre-Gignac is rediscovering the form at Marseille that made him a hero in his time at the Stade Municipal, TFC fans have a new star to cherish… Anyone who watched Toulouse FC more than a few times last season would have guessed that they would never keep up the form that saw them flirting […]

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PSG, doing their bit for sex equality.

PSG Last-Minute Penalty v MHSC

Mosson plays host to the Montpellier women’s team for the first time in over two years. God bless the new TV deal. A rainy weekend turns sunny for the match, and free admission encourages a wide range of support – grizzled old men smoke, young guys tweet, children play, babies cry.  Two little girls have matching ‘Lattaf 18’ shirts, others […]

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Mercato Summer 2012 – They’ve spent how much?

Ligue 1 Scatter

The transfer window has (as is traditional) slammed shut – sort of. Possibly there are still some frees / late release deals to be done, but for now, we’re putting a pin in it and sending up the dashboard.  This takes the details of all the deals done by Ligue 1 and Premiership clubs this window, and visualises the results […]

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Welcome to the Uphill Struggle

10.8.12 MHSC v TFC

So, that happened. The first match of the 2012/13 Ligue 1 season, the grand event, reigning champions Montpellier at home to Toulouse, was a strange affair. Outside the ground, there was the usual hustle, people eating and drinking in the fanzone, a trail of blue and orange shirts making their way to the ground, a banner, hung on some railings, […]

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