Preview: Girondins de Bordeaux vs FC Nantes – Coupe de France

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We have a Derby de l’Atlantique on our hands on Wednesday evening as the last sixteen sees Bordeaux hosting Nantes. Bordeaux especially will be looking at this fixture as a welcome distraction from recent results. After an impressive, if rarely scintillating, unbeaten run came to a shuddering end with a 5-1 Coupe de la Ligue semi-final mauling at the hands of […]

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Preview: Saint-Malo vs GFC Ajaccio – Coupe de France

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As we get towards the business end of the tournament, just one round from the quarter finals, there still remains an impressive contingent from the 4th and 5th tiers. One of those is Saint-Malo who have had a strong run so far and now come up against top-flight opposition in the shape of Gazelec Ajaccio. After seeing off sides from […]

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What to Expect from Watford New Boy Abdoulaye Doucouré

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With the news that Watford have completed the signing of young Rennes midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré, albeit then sending him out on loan to Granada, what can the Hornets fans expect from their record signing? Doucouré joined Rennes as a 14-year-old in 2007 and was moulded into a central midfielder. As he progressed through the academy ranks, he finally made his […]

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Montanier Rolls Out of Rennes – Rolland Courbis Fills in

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The stadium may have been renamed and had a lick of paint but there’s been very little fresh about the performances Rennes have been putting in this season. Yet another tame, limp and disappointing defeat at home, this time to Ligue 2 Bourg en Bresse in the Coupe de France, resulted in club President Rene Ruello finally putting under-pressure coach […]

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Patrice Garande Caen Continue the Normand Conquest

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Stade Malherbe Caen, just that quiet, little club from Normandy right? Whilst that may be, it is time credit was given to this hard-working team led by coach Patrice Garande. Whilst Friday evening’s surprise home defeat to Nantes will have dampened spirits, it will only be momentary as by and large it has been a very successful start to the […]

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Blow for Nice as Alassane Plea Ruled Out for Four Months

Nice's French forward Alassa Plea celebrates after scoring during the French L1 football match Guingamp vs Nice on October 26, 2014 at the Roudourou stadium in Guingamp, western of France.  AFP PHOTO FRED TANNEAU        (Photo credit should read FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s no secret that Nice have played some of the most entertaining football in Ligue 1 this season. Claude Puel seems to have found the right blend of experienced heads and exciting youthful talent. At the time of publication, only Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund had scored more goals across the top five European leagues then les Aiglons With a […]

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Ola Toivonen: What can Sunderland expect from the Rennes flop

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On Thursday morning it was confirmed that Sunderland had secured the signing of Rennes’ striker-come-attacking midfielder Ola Toivonen on a season long loan deal. The Swedish forward has ended what has mostly been a frustrating spell in Ligue 1 by joining up with his former PSV Eindhoven coach Dick Advocaat. It was in the Eredivisie that Toivonen probably played his best football […]

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Belgium Defeat Raises More French Questions Than Answers

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Another les Bleus game, another pointless friendly you might say. Well Sunday night’s Stade de France encounter with Belgium proved just how entertaining an end of season friendly can be (Ireland and England take note!!). The Red Devils demonstrated just why they are now ranked second in the world with a comfortable display, despite what the 3-4 scoreline will show. The […]

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