Ranieri to Nantes – Canaries flying high

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To the surprise of many Claudio Ranieri has been appointed manager of FC Nantes.  An unorthodox choice for the 65-year-old jovial Italian or a masterstroke by the powers-that-be at FC Nantes beginning a new exciting direction for the club? After the unexpected volte-face by Sergio Conceicao, FCN were left without a manager. Having been reticent to employ non-French manager the […]

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FC Nantes: Goalless and now Coachless


You cannot spell slaughter without laughter. Both were in evidence in spades Wednesday night at the Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes. The slaughter took place on the pitch as Olympique Lyonnais inflicted a historic 6-0 defeat on their hosts. The laughter was down to the enormous amount of gallows humour on show in the stands, particularly during the second […]

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FC Nantes: Under Construction


The window of FC Nantes’ city-centre shop, situated on the edge of the old town, sees six figures in various FCN shirts looking menacingly out at shoppers. The figures in question are Vincent Bessat, Jordan Veretout, Issa Cissokho, Alejandro Bedoya, Lucas Deaux and Papy Djilobodji. Of that collection of players only Bedoya and Deaux remain at the club. Bessat opened his Ligue […]

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US Boulogne v US Quevilly: Coupe de France Preview


Quevilly are up to their old tricks in the Coupe de France once more after knocking out yet another team from a higher division to go deep into this competition. Bastia went the way of Ligue 2’s Orléans to be put to the sword by CFA’s Quevilly in the last round. For the second round in succession Quevilly needed penalty […]

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US Quevilly v SC Bastia – Preview


Bastia make the long trip to Normandy on Tuesday night to take on perennial Coupe de France upset-causers Quevilly. Bastia dispatched a somewhat rotated Lille side in the previous round thanks to Floyd Ayité’s first half brace, the first of which came from a poor backpass, before Steeve Elana’s clearance cannoned off Ayité and looped into the net. Things very […]

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Coupe de France Preview: Nimes Olympique v AS Monaco

The last time Monaco went to le Stade de Costieres they came away with a late winner and promotion back to Ligue 1 following their two seasons’ purgatory in Ligue 2, to go with their large injection of cash. Ibrahima Touré’s 94th minute header was the only goal of the game that sent the 472 away Monaco fans wild. Monaco’s […]

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Coupe de France Preview: US Quevilly v US Orléans

The Coupe de France and US Quevilly have a long history and on Saturday they will attempt to add a new chapter as they take on Orléans.  The club that has remained staunchly amateur since its formation in 1902 reached the highest level of non-professional football, the third tier Championnat National, only in 2011. The following season, 2011-2012 saw Quevilly […]

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Preview: FC Nantes v AS Monaco – Third time’s the charm


Exactly a year ago to the weekend, FC Nantes welcomed one of Ligue 1’s big-money juggernauts to le Stade de la Beaujoire. The opposition in question had began the season with two disappointing results in their opening two league games and were looking to get their season up and running. In August 2013 that was Paris Saint-Germain who rocked up […]

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