Archive for category: Europa League

Europa Euround-up: three teams, two points, one goal

Europa Euround-up: three teams, two points, one goal

Group F: Qarabag 0 – 0 Saint Etienne While bigger names Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Inter Milan faced off (Inter winning 0-1 with a goal from D’Ambrosio, and Dnipro captain Ruslan Rotan sent off), Christophe Galtier’s men must have been looking at their Azerbaijaini opponents and thinking, “well, how hard can […]

Monaco start France’s European adventure with Leverkusen in Monte Carlo

Monaco start France’s European adventure with Leverkusen in Monte Carlo

This midweek sees the first group stage games for the five French teams involved in European competition this season. This followed a not-very-successful-overall set of results in the qualifying play-offs, which saw Lille drop down to the Europa League after being beaten 3-0 on aggregate by Porto, Saint-Etienne needing penalties […]

Saint-Etienne and Lyon flying the flag for the Rhone valley

Saint-Etienne and Lyon flying the flag for the Rhone valley

The headline team in France at the moment are most definitely Bordeaux after their astonishing defeat of noveau-riche Monaco on Sunday, after an away victory at Montpellier in week one. New Bordeaux manager Willy Sagnol’s tweaks at half time turned the match around completely and it meant that after two matches Bordeaux […]

Qualifying for Europe: French clubs set for play-off tests

Qualifying for Europe: French clubs set for play-off tests

Champions League Lille have a big task ahead of them as they prepare to meet Porto on Wednesday evening (19.45 / 20.45 CEST on Bein 1). Having beaten Grasshopper of Zurich, making less of an impact than at the recent World Cup, 2-0 (Sebastien Corchia 30′, Ryan Mendes 49′) in Zurich, they […]

Europa League Last 16 : Lyon v Viktoria Plzen

Europa League Last 16 : Lyon v Viktoria Plzen

Yet again, Lyon have Thursday Night FootballTM with a key Ligue 1 match looming just behind it; yet again, Remi Garde has to try to keep several plates spinning simultaneously. As they prepare to welcome Viktoria Plzen to Gerland, with injuries to Gourcuff and Grenier ruling them out and Henri […]

The six-way race for Europe is coming to the boil

The six-way race for Europe is coming to the boil

With 11 rounds left to play until the curtain falls on the 2013-2014 season, the race for Le Championnat is pretty much over. Except for a major cataclysm at the Camp des Loges, Paris will secure back-to-back Ligue 1 victories, as AS Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri himself admitted before facing […]

Europa League: Lyon v Chernomorets Odessa

Europa League: Lyon v Chernomorets Odessa

This Thursday, Lyon welcome Chernomorets Odessa to the Stade Gerland for their seizièmes de finale second leg, after a goalless draw in Ukraine last week. There was much talk before the first leg about the squad selected by Remi Garde, with a choix entraineur list so long it didn’t fit on L’Equipe’s […]

Bordeaux v Maccabi Tel-Aviv: Europa League Preview

Bordeaux v Maccabi Tel-Aviv: Europa League Preview

Perhaps the only comforting thought for Francis Gillot regarding Thursday night’s match is that he doesn’t have to face Frankfurt again for a few weeks. Next up are the Israeli champions and league leaders Maccabi Tel-Avi. With the hosts languishing just outside the relegation places in Ligue 1, it should […]