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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Raymond Kopa: The First Modern Footballer

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Ask any French football fan to name the three best players in France’s history and they should all provide you with the same three names, the only issue up for debate being their ranking. Answers given will likely fall into generational categories: while the younger respondents may place Zinedine Zidane as the best, with the next age-group up preferring Michel Platini, […]

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Toulouse Le Trek: One Year Under Pascal Dupraz

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For Toulouse Football Club, 1st March 2017 was marked by fanfare on the club’s official website, fansites, social media, and a hashtag trending on twitter: it had been exactly one year since Pascal Dupraz arrived at the Stadium Municipal and set about transforming the club. The TFC side of March 2017 is markedly different from its incarnation of twelve months […]

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Relegation Summation

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Whilst most of the recent Ligue 1 talk has been about the exciting battle at the top of the table, itself something of a welcome and long overdue return, an equally exciting scrap is developing towards the danger end of le classement. With the bottom two facing automatic relegation, the team finishing in 18th place will go into a play-off against […]

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Montpellier – after the storm

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Claudio Ranieri was sacked as Leicester Manager on Thursday – and on Friday, his statement was widely shared, starting “yesterday, my dream died”. As Leicester headed for the title last season, parallels were drawn with Montpellier’s win in 2011/12, which we addressed. Now, with Leicester still in the Champions League but in big trouble in the Premier League, it seems a good […]

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Europa League Preview : Lyon v AZ

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Lyon’s occasionally confusing season continues with a home return tie into which they bring a 4-1 lead after a reasonably comprehensive battering of AZ in Alkmaar last week. Even the ‘1’ was described by L’Equipe as “un penalty inexistant” after Levi Garcia fell over but Emanuel Mammana got the blame. At that point Lyon were 3-0 up through Lucas Tousart’s first senior […]

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