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

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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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UNFP French Football Award Nominations Announced

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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?

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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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