The Effect the CAN Could Have

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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

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  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?

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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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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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