Lyon leap past Swiss side Grasshoppers into the playoffs

Grenier v Gresshoppers

Lyon’s financial situation is getting a lot of press at the moment as they were forced into selling hot prospect Anthony Martial to Monaco and sending last season’s top-scorer Bafetimbi Gomis to Coventry as they play high-stakes poker with Alan Pardew, but if they fail to qualify for the Champions League group stage, things are going to get even worse. […]

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Philippe Montanier, Real Sociedad and their French connection

While Monaco were busy announcing their massive coup in luring Porto duo Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez to the Principality, having bounced back to the French top-flight after a two-year exile, another Ligue 1 club were securing their own coup. More understated than that of the Portuguese international or the Colombian wizard, but equally as impressive, Rennes have secured the […]

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Saint-Etienne seek an upgrade on their ticket to Europe

PEA Brandao

Welcome Chris Luxford-Noyes to French Football Weekly – he looks at what the final day of fixtures means to Saint-Etienne and their future. Follow him on twitter @Bust_of_Chapman As we approach the final day of the Ligue 1 season, PSG have already been crowned champions with Olympique Marseille as runners-up, but from Lyon in third down to OGC Nice in sixth, the […]

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OL Féminin Says ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to Historic European Treble Opportunity

Under-par Lyonnaises can’t keep the Wolves from the door at Stamford Bridge To paraphrase Gary Lineker, “Football is a simple game; 22 women chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.” In recent years, Olympique Lyonnais Féminin have made a mockery of this stereotype, winning Franco-German UEFA Women’s Champions League finals against both Turbine […]

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Preview: Women’s Champions League Final – Lionesses v She-Wolves


The 2013 Women’s Champions League Final will take place this Thursday at Stamford Bridge, at 19.30 BST, 20.30 CEST. The match will be carried live by Direct 8 in France.  Tickets are on sale for a bargain price of £10, with concessions (under 18, over 65) at £5. Go go go, people. Olympique Lyonnais are the French champions (ten points […]

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Barcelona v PSG: A Tale of Two Goals

Through the eye of the needle

Harvey Kelly takes a look at the key moments in the Champions League semi-final second leg in Barcelona. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. A wonderful game, which probably would have been the pick of the quarter-finals if Dortmund hadn’t beaten Malaga with two goals in the 91st and 93rd minutes, but Paris Saint-Germain […]

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PSG v Barca / Barca v PSG – How to Beat the Best Team in the World?


Harvey Kelly turns his eye to the Champions League Quarter Final first leg clash between PSG and Barcelona, and what we can expect from the game at the Camp Nou. Barcelona threw a slight surprise with David Villa on the right of the attacking trident, and with Pedro struggling with a calf injury, Sanchez was the left-forward, with Messi in […]

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PSG v Valencia: Pedestrian at the Parc des Princes

PSG are top of Ligue 1, in the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France, and now in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, 18 years after their last appearance in the knock-out stage of this competition. On the face of it, everything looks very positive, but in each competition there have been weird stutters between the comprehensive victories that don’t […]

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