Tears, Cheers, the End of Careers…?

Giuly Farewell

After David Beckham’s touching farewell to football at the Parc des Princes in game 37, and with certain games on the final day not meaning much at all, there was the opportunity to say farewell to some other players either coming to the end of their top-flight careers, or otherwise moving on. There were tears, hugs, sentimental substitutions, unexpected goals […]

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Preview: Women’s Champions League Final – Lionesses v She-Wolves


The 2013 Women’s Champions League Final will take place this Thursday at Stamford Bridge, at 19.30 BST, 20.30 CEST. The match will be carried live by Direct 8 in France.  Tickets are on sale for a bargain price of £10, with concessions (under 18, over 65) at £5. Go go go, people. Olympique Lyonnais are the French champions (ten points […]

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Coupe de France Semi-Finals Preview / Weather Round-Up

The magic of the cup is still with us, people. Two sides who could well go down to Ligue 2 at the end of the season are still in the race for silverware, and a place in the Europa League; 19th play 9th, and 18th play 8th, which has a pleasing symmetry to it, although the dreaded word ‘reporté‘ has […]

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Ligue 1’s Men in Black. And Red, and Yellow, and Purple…

Beckham Red

Oh, David. Oh, David, David, David. When the attention on the anglo-centric press on Ligue 1 is mostly focussed on comparing Bad Boy Barton with Model Professional Beckham, with much fanfare for the former’s red card against Nancy (second yellow in five minutes), getting a straight red for comportement violent after being on the pitch less than ten minutes against […]

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Montpellier take their place on the Managerial Merry-Go-Round

There are still five games to go in the Ligue 1 campaign, but a fair amount has been sorted out already: PSG are nine points clear at the top of the table; five teams are in the race for the four remaining European places*; Troyes and Brest look gone, leaving four teams battling to avoid the final relegation spot. Transfer […]

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Coupe de France Quarter-Finals: Previews

The Magic of the Cup took a bit of a knock in the last round, as only Lens remain as representatives of football outside Ligue 1. The last three amateur sides in the competition exited in the last round, so we will not see the like of last year’s final where Quevilly made Lyon sweat a little before getting their […]

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Brighter Times for the Raining Champions

The rain was already falling at 7am, and continued throughout the day, incessant, dull. Strangely familiar. The song says that “mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun”, and as those unused to heat and sun can get carried away, basting themselves to scarlet levels when the opportunity presents itself, so those unused to drizzle can, it seems, […]

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