Poteaux Carrés: Saint-Etienne and the curse of the square crossbar


Some sporting events become so ingrained in the public consciousness that a shorthand has developed, whereby a two- or three-word phrase immediately conjures up a wealth of images. For American football fans, The Catch will forever mean Montana to Clark for the San Francisco 49ers in 1982. For cricket fans, The Headingley Test will always mean Botham and Willis bringing […]

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Coupe de la Ligue: Saint-Etienne v Lille OSC

Road to the semi-finals: Saint Etienne’s run to the semi-finals has not been pretty: four goals in three games with two penalty shootout victories. They started the competition with a tough away game to Lorient — in the middle of their great start to the season — and prevailed in a shootout after a 1-1 score line. They were rewarded […]

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Coupe de la Ligue: Rennes v Montpellier

Road to the Semi-Final: Back in September, the third round-success against Nancy (3-2) was the trigger to a spectacular return to form for Stade Rennais after their difficult start of the season. It also was the epiphany for Romain Alessandrini, whose flying backheel flick remains one of the goals of this season so far. Two goals by Erding completed the […]

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Episode 20 – Lille v Marseille – The Battle Begins

Welcome to the French Football Weekly podcast. This week Jonathan and Andrew discuss the latest transfers and rumours around Ligue 1 this week. Andrew goes through the recent friendlies and Jon catches up on the 1st round of the Coupe de Ligue. They then preview this weeks Trophee des Champions match between Lille and Marseille in Tangiers. Who has done the better […]

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