Coupe de la Ligue: First Round

PSG CdlL 2014

Well, the football is coming thick and fast now – Ligue 2, the Trophee des Champions, National, Ligue 1, that weirdly-arranged friendly between Napoli and PSG, and now…the cup! The league cup, that is (the Coupe de France is currently in regional preliminary mode before the 3rd round proper in mid-September) and it’s as confusingly organised as ever. As professional status […]

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Bureaucracy Round-Up – Winners and Luzenac

Following a summer that much of French football spent busy with tribunal hearings rather than transfer dealings, three lengthy administrative sagas look – look – to have been sorted out. We’d say ‘and not a moment too soon’ but things actually kicked off last week, causing something of a headache for Steve Wyss trying to get Ligue 2 previews together while not sure a) […]

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Ligue 2 Preview: 2014/15


Ligue 2 kicks off on Friday night and it is set to be a very exciting and unpredictable season. Our resident Ligue 2 expert Steve Wyss brings you up to date with all the summer goings on, and looks at the contenders up and down the table. Promotion contenders When mentioning promotion contenders, the first place to start has to […]

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Valenciennes Relegated Again: VAFC v DNCG


Last season was not a happy one for Valenciennes, who hit the relegation zone after five games and never dragged themselves out of it. They changed managers, bringing in Ariel Jacobs for Daniel Sanchez, they got in Abdul Majeed Waris on loan in January, but it didn’t work. Their season featured not one, but two seven-game losing streaks, at the beginning of […]

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Five Worried Candidates in the Ligue 2 Relegation Battle

relegation battle

With just three games left to play, the Ligue 2 relegation battle is really tight. Here is an analysis of all the teams in the mixer at the bottom, and what their respective chances of beating the drop are. The only certainty is that CA Bastia have already been relegated back to the National division following a really poor campaign, […]

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Coupe de France: Previews Seiziemes de Finale


Reset your magie de la coupe levels, it’s the round of 32 – while top-billing in the timetable and TV schedules has been given to the two all-Ligue 1 clashes, OM v Nice and PSG v Montpellier, we are assured some minnow-progression with matches between Sete and Jura Sud, and Cannes and Plabennec. Add to that a couple of ‘too […]

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Coupe de France: Boulogne v Rennes

At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much in common between Rennes – a Ligue 1 patron since 1994 – and Boulogne, now in National four years after their only season in the top flight. If you take a closer look however, there is a little bit more to it: both teams are recovering from a difficult 2012/2013 season, […]

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Preview: Coupe de France 32es de finale

Get set for some Magie de la Coupe as things kick off after the winter break with the Ligue 1 teams joining the fray. There are four all-Ligue 1 clashes, some familiar names from previous cupsets, and some minnows looking to overturn the big fish. Below is the full list of fixtures, all times local CET, with French TV coverage […]

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