Please Didier – let them off the leash

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The end-of-season tournament-less internationals, traditionally a less than successful time for France, are over for another year or two with some highs and lows to look back on and lessons to be learned. France’s three-match schedule comprised two home friendlies against Paraguay and England, with a World Cup qualifier in Sweden sandwiched between the two. Of the first match of […]

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Paris FC and Red Star mean Paris is more than PSG

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Unlike many other major capital cities in Europe, Paris has only one top division football team. Paris Saint-Germain has taken major strides towards building its profile on an international level in recent years through its recruitment of major international stars such as Thiago Silva, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani, but the capital city’s other clubs have continued to struggle. In episode […]

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Champions League Preview: Borussia Dortmund v Monaco

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“We have an incredible atmosphere here,” warned Dortmund midfielder Raphaël Guerreiro in yesterday’s press conference ahead of a visit from Monaco in the Champions’ League quarterfinal. “There will be a lot of pressure, and they will be surprised.” While it is true that the Westfalenstadion is one of Europe’s most intimidating places to play, the match will more than likely […]

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FFW Pod : International Break, Europe, Cups

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Phil, Jeremy and Rich look back on a busy couple of weeks featuring Ligue 1, multiple European competitions, and various international fixtures, and forward to a couple of cup competitions including the Coupe de la Ligue final and Coupe de France quarter-finals. Congratulations to the men of Monaco and Lyon, and the women of Lyon and PSG; basically Lyon. All of Lyon. The podcast […]

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Europa League Preview : Roma v Lyon

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The first leg of this clash ended 4-2 to Lyon, but there were some nervy moments as Roma went in at half-time 2-1 up, and let’s face it, nobody in France right now is looking at first-leg scorelines and going “ooh, comfortable“. Things started well at the Parc OL as break-out centre back Mouctar Diakhaby opened the scoring inside ten minutes […]

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Champions League Preview : Monaco v Manchester City

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After a 5-3 thriller in the first leg at the Etihad three weeks ago, there is no doubt that Manchester City’s trip to the Stade Louis II is the most anticipated of all of the Champions League Round of 16 second legs. Needing at least two goals to progress, Monaco will be forced to go on the attack, something that […]

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History Corner : Parking the bus 1950s-style ?

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After picking up some helpful tips about how to improve French football from the 1920s, a couple of further forays to Montpellier’s book market (every Saturday on the Esplanade, also Peyrou Sundays – if it isn’t raining) produced ten copies of the periodicals Mirroir Sprint* and But Club – Miroir des Sports, dated between 1950 and 1955. These trace an interesting series […]

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