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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Les Bleues: KO’d at the JO – The Road to the Olympics

France's penalty miss against Japan in the Olympic semi-final. Fukumoto goes the wrong way, but Bussaglia puts it wide. Photo by Danny Myers.

Playing the reigning world champions in the semi-final of a knock-out tournament is always going to be a big ask, and when those champions play a patient possession game, have a doughty defence, and go 2-0 up just after half-time, the challenge becomes almost impossible.  Japan beat France 2-1 at Wembley on Monday night to set up a replay of […]

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