Report: France 1 Denmark 1 – Women’s Euros

Bini

A worrying note before the match – Marie-Laure Delie, absent in the last group game after picking up a knock in the warm-up, listed as ‘très incertaine’. Another, Bruno Bini absent from the press conference on Sunday for a ‘family problem’. So, in the absence of your regular striker, and your back-up having played a good match against England? Play […]

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Report: France 3 – 0 England, Women’s Euros

Bleues warm up

So, having won the first two games France had already qualified, so Bruno Bini decided to try changing it up, replacing the goalkeeper, two defenders, one holder, and switching the attack around. While one appreciates that he might be trying to get his back-ups up and running in a safe environment, one does also wonder if he is not doing […]

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Report: France 1 – 0 Spain, Women’s Euros

Renard v Spain

Well, that was a game of football. Unlike the frantic shot-frenzy of the first game against Russia, this was a much more balanced and considered encounter. France could afford to be less frantic, perhaps, after going ahead so early. Louisa Necib put in a corner, and Wendie Renard was there in the area to score with a towering header. After […]

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Report: France 3 – 1 Russia, Women’s Euros

So, it was a comfortable victory for Les Bleues, and the first of the tournament after Groups A and B drew everything, so that’s nice. But while at this stage, and this level of opponent, that’s fine, there are some issues that have been bubbling under for a while which are still noticeable now and could become problematic later on […]

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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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Les Bleues, Destination Sweden!

Bruno Bini has announced his 23-woman squad for the 2013 European Championships in Sweden, kicking off mid-July.  After several squads featuring 11 OL players, but including two goalkeepers, this time they are sending a dozen! While highly unlikely (three at the back would be a bit of a risk), it would therefore be possible for France to field a national […]

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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

LyonChamps

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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