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


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


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


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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