Ligue 1: The Battle for Europe

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PSG secured their fourth consecutive title last month, so as they motor gently onwards, unencumbered by any distractions, focus turns to the battle for who will join them in Europe next season. This is slightly complicated by the fact that PSG could also win the Coupe de France, so at this point it’s not clear if sixth in the league […]

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FC Basel v Saint-Etienne: Europa League Preview

ASSEBasel

After the first leg of the first knock-out round, despite very different home results, both French teams have managed to set up tricky propositions for themselves in their respective away trips. While Saint-Etienne only need a draw, it looks like they will have to score against Basel after winning 3-2 in a fairly chaotic match at the Geoffroy-Guichard. They come into […]

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Athletic Bilbao v Marseille: Europa League Preview

OMBilbao

After the first leg of the first knock-out round, despite very different home results, both French teams have managed to set up tricky propositions for themselves in their respective away trips. OM have to win in Bilbao after losing 1-0 at the Velodrome. Marseille come into this game off the back of a 1-1 draw in the league in which they […]

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Europa Preview – Flying the Other Flags

GKN Europa

Thursday sees two French teams competing for European success and to help out on the coefficient front. In a neat twist, they will also play each other in Ligue 1 on Sunday, as Marseille try to do something – again – about their home form, with no league wins at the Velodrome since September, and Saint-Etienne look to keep challenging for a podium finish. […]

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EUROUNDUP: Zlatan Breaks Another Record as Group Stages End

Ibra v Shakhtar

Going into this round, two teams were already sure of progressing (Paris Saint-Germain and St Etienne) and two had their calendars marked ‘available’ (Lyon and Bordeaux), so most of the interest was split over the two Europa League shifts on Thursday as Marseille looked for a point against Slovan Liberec, and Monaco went to Spurs looking for a win and the other […]

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Euro-Connotations – The Final Group Games

Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores past Malmo's goalkeeper Johan Wiland during the UEFA Champions League Group A, second-leg football match Malmo FF vs Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in Malmo, Sweden on November 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY / ANDREAS HILLERGREN   +++ SWEDEN OUT +++ / AFP / TT NEWS AGENCY / ANDREAS HILLERGREN        (Photo credit should read ANDREAS HILLERGREN/AFP/Getty Images)

Another midweek round, this time for the last group games in the European competitions, and some of this is a bit involved, so here’s your handy cut-out-and-keep guide to the situation as it stands… Tuesday 19.45 GMT – PSG v Shakhtar Donetsk PSG are through in second and nothing is going to change that given their head-to-head record against Real […]

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Euroundup 5 : Two In, Two Out, Two Shaken All About

ASSE Qualify Galtier

It’s the business end of the European competitions, and some places, for good and bad, are already confirmed. The French teams’ bilan is now two through, two out, and two TBC, with one looking slightly more likely than the other. Champions League PSG are through after a 5-0 trouncing of Malmo, led by supply captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic, returning to where it […]

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Europa Euround-Up – wins for OM and ASSE, and bicycle kicks are over-rated

Hamouma v Dnipro

Matchday four, which already felt a bit ‘knock-out’ as it was the return leg of last time, and this time there was a reasonably positive set of results as, like in round one, nobody lost and everybody scored. Qarabag 1 – 1 Monaco After a narrow 1-0 win for Monaco last time out, the away trip was, as predicted, a bit […]

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