World Cup 2014: France v Ecuador– Preview


Many thought that the Swiss would put up the sternest test for the French in Group E. After 90 minutes that notion was well and truly blasted out of the water, and arguably the victory was actually achieved after the quickfire double before the 20-minute mark. Coach Didier Deschamps showed both tactical nous and the strength of the French squad by […]

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Stade Rennais: 2013/14 Season Review


The phrase “consistently inconsistent” can apply to so many teams in Ligue 1, but this season it seemed to perfectly sum up the performances of Stade Rennais. After a summer of cautious optimism following the surprise capture of the highly-regarded Philippe Montanier, more was expected of les Rouges et Noirs after a horror ending to the 2012/13 season.  It was […]

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Coupe de France: Stade Rennais v Lille OSC

The only all-Ligue-1 tie of the round brings third-placed Lille to the Stade de la Route de Lorient to face the often frustrating Rennes. Both have had relatively simple runs to the quarter finals with only Rennes having faced a fellow Ligue 1 team prior to this match. After a penalty shootout victory over Valenciennes in the ninth round, Rennes secured […]

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Coupe de France: Olympique de Marseille v Nice

The round of 32 draw has given us the second Derby de la Cote d’Azur of the season between Marseille and Nice.  Having both knocked out Ligue 1 opposition in the previous round, the south coast clubs will be eager to claim the win – and with both sitting outside the top 4, they will see the tournament as possibly […]

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Eight Kids-a-playing: Maxime Gonalons

8 - Maxime Gonalons

If you can imagine Lyon as the Christmas sleigh (stay with me on this), you have the likes of Yoann Gourcuff, Clement Grenier and Bafetimbi Gomis as the reindeer, erratic but for the steady leadership and direction given to them by their leader, good old Father Christmas! Step forward Santa Gonalons! Maxime Gonalons, the captain of Les Gones, has recently […]

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Have Rennes Climbed A Montanier?

Montanier at Rennes

We are now 6 games into the Phillipe Montanier era at Stade Rennais.  Have things changed?  Is it a happy camp?  Have the demons been banished?  Let’s take a look. A lot has already been said about just how woefully last season finished for Rennes.  Heads were down, confidence was low and performances on the pitch were poor.  In the […]

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France 1998, Turkey 2013 – 15 years, 2 World Cups

On Saturday evening, the French Under-20 team achieved World Cup glory in Istanbul. This victory came exactly 15 years and a day after the full squad secured France’s biggest footballing triumph at the Stade de France.  This allows us to celebrate this anniversary with a look back at a memorable 1998 World Cup. Going into the tournament, France had a […]

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