UNFP French Football Award Nominations Announced


The nominations for the 2013 UNFP awards have been announced today. Awards will be handed to the best player, young player, goalkeeper and manager in Ligue 1 and also the best player and manager of Ligue 2. Here are the nominees: PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG: AS Saint-Etienne, Gabones, 23-years-old, Forward ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC: Paris Saint-Germain FC, Swedish, 31-years-old, Forward BLAISE MATUIDI: Paris Saint-Germain FC, French, 26-years-old, Midfielder THIAGO SILVA: Paris Saint-Germain FC, Brazilian, 28-years-old, Defender FFW Prediction: Blaise Matuidi […]

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Les Bleues against Brazil: A Pale Imitation?


With the European Championships not far away, France are testing themselves against some quality opposition in the build-up.   After comfortably securing qualification, topping their group with eight wins out of eight, they lined up friendly matches against England, and Germany home and away.  This week, while the other national teams who will contest the European Championships are testing themselves at […]

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OL v PSG continues Le Feminisation du Football

Last week, representatives of the twelve Division 1 Feminine clubs met for two days of discussion of the challenges facing women’s football in France, with the intention that the FFF publishes a full policy paper in June in collaboration with the Institut de Formation du Football. This was “un état des lieux“, according to executive committee member Brigitte Henriques, looking at […]

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OL Féminin: The Pride of Lyon

This weekend, Olympique Lyonnais’ women’s team defeated rivals Juvisy at the Stade de Gerland. Theo Benneworth was there to watch this latest success for the defending French and European Champions. The OL Men’s team may be flying high in Ligue 1 this season, and its success since the turn of the century has contributed enormously to putting French football on […]

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PSG, doing their bit for sex equality.

PSG Last-Minute Penalty v MHSC

Mosson plays host to the Montpellier women’s team for the first time in over two years. God bless the new TV deal. A rainy weekend turns sunny for the match, and free admission encourages a wide range of support – grizzled old men smoke, young guys tweet, children play, babies cry.  Two little girls have matching ‘Lattaf 18’ shirts, others […]

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Les Bleues: KO’d at the JO – The Road to the Olympics

France's penalty miss against Japan in the Olympic semi-final. Fukumoto goes the wrong way, but Bussaglia puts it wide. Photo by Danny Myers.

Playing the reigning world champions in the semi-final of a knock-out tournament is always going to be a big ask, and when those champions play a patient possession game, have a doughty defence, and go 2-0 up just after half-time, the challenge becomes almost impossible.  Japan beat France 2-1 at Wembley on Monday night to set up a replay of […]

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Here Come the Girls – Div 1 Féminine Preview


Gareth Llewellyn-Stevens is a keen follower of Women’s football around the world. So who better to bring us an excellent preview into the start of the Women’s French Division 1 Féminine. It seems like an eternity since Lyon won their ninth Division 1 Féminine title at the end of the 2010/2011 season, finishing unbeaten in Division 1, just three days […]

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