Marseille v Arsenal: Champions League Preview


When these two sides met in the group stage of the 2011/12 edition of the Champions League, Arsenal won the away leg with a 90th minute goal from Aaron Ramsey, and the home leg was goalless, the Londoners topping the group before being knocked out by Milan, Marseille going through on away goals against Inter before losing in the quarter-finals […]

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Olympiakos v Paris Saint-Germain: Champions League Preview


It’s finally time for the French champions PSG to get started in the competition that they were built for – “we created a team to play in the Champions League, not the championship”, as ex-Sporting Director Leonardo so famously said after their defeat to Stade de Reims last season. Now it’s time for Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the other […]

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Sleeping with the enemy: French and English clubs do battle in Europe


Entente cordiale? This week the Champions League gets into gear with the start of the group stages and match-day one sees an Anglo-French match-up in the shape of Olympique de Marseille taking on Arsenal at the Vélodrome. In this piece, we will look other similar memorable games involving sides from the EPL and Ligue 1. Now this is a very […]

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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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