Coupe de la Ligue Huitiemes – All In, Who’s Out?


This is the last call for the Coupe de la Ligue, will the final boarders please come to the gate… As an early Christmas present, this midweek sees a round of League Cup matches, with the ‘big six’ finally making an appearance. The idea of the staggered start is to give those teams playing in Europe a little bit of […]

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Coupe de la Ligue: Round of “32” Results

Bastia 1 – 0 Ajaccio The not-in-Corsica-Corsican derby was won with a 7th minute strike from Bastia’s veteran Brazilian Araujo Ilan as things go from bad to worse for Fabrizio Ravanelli’s men. On the upside, nobody got sent off. Lille 0 – 1 Auxerre (a.e.t) In what was described by our roving correspondent as “a bloody awful game”, Ligue 2’s […]

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The Ups and Down from all around France: 2012/13

The 2012/13 football season has just about come to a close and here are the various UPS and DOWNS from all over the country. Beware of the lower league reconstruction which sees more teams go down than go up. LIGUE 1 Champions: Paris Saint-Germain CL Group: Marseille CL Qualifier: Lyon Europa League: OGC Nice Europa League Qf: Saint-Etienne Relegation: AS […]

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Saint-Etienne seek an upgrade on their ticket to Europe

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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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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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