Sebastien Corchia – The Lion Cub With Everything In His Arsenal

Sochaux are not doing very well. Their last silverware was the Coupe de France in 2007, and after finishing fifth in 2010/11 and qualifying for the Europa League preliminaries, manager Francis Gillot left, Metalist Kharkiv turned them over 4-0 at home, and they spent games 19 to 35 of the 2011/12 season in the relegation zone before new new manager […]

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Les Bleues against Brazil: A Pale Imitation?


With the European Championships not far away, France are testing themselves against some quality opposition in the build-up.   After comfortably securing qualification, topping their group with eight wins out of eight, they lined up friendly matches against England, and Germany home and away.  This week, while the other national teams who will contest the European Championships are testing themselves at […]

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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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