Three January Transfers to Change Three Teams’ Seasons

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Guest poster Stefan Robert look at three clubs who could be eyeing January reinforcements and considers a player who would be an ideal addition for each.   Marseille – Thiago Mendes (Lille) Despite all the talk of ‘OM champions Project’, Marseille have been largely underwhelming on the pitch this season. Whilst they have improved their league position (note that they […]

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Lyon 2.0: Is The Reboot Turning Into An Upgrade?

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“The times they are a-changin’,” a wise, well-known musician once mused, and in the case of Olympique Lyonnais perhaps things are “changin’” for the better. The Great OL Turnover This time last season Lyon’s starting eleven against Angers going into the winter break lined up like this: Lopes, Yanga-Mbiwa, Diakhaby, Jallet, Morel, Gonalons, Tousart, Lacazette, Ghezzal, Fekir and Valbuena. 12 […]

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FFW Podcast : Entertaining Rubbish

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It’s a bumper pod this week as the gang’s back together – Kris is nursing a back injury but is ploughing through with Jez, Rich and Phil to discuss all the Ligue 1 happenings, PSG squad choice, Monaco jitters, whether Ligue 1 is crap, France, Didier Deschamps, the Women’s Champions League, and why we are all here in the first place. Send […]

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Olympique Lyonnais: Genesio’s Achilles Heel

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Leads and Olympique Lyonnais don’t seem to sit well together these days. Playing at home against Dijon, Bruno Génésio’s troops couldn’t cut the mustard and ended up sharing the points in a 3-3 draw. Les Gones surrendered the lead not just once but twice against the visitors. Former OL left back Jérémy Berthod zeroed in on the problem. “Sometimes you have to […]

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Europa Preview : Marseille, Lyon and Nice

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After Monaco messed up their home tie against Porto losing 3-0 and PSG Mbappe’d all over Bayern Munich winning by the same margin, we’re onto the real competition as the three Europa teams go into their second match. Lyon – Atalanta After a slightly awkward first group match that saw OL concede an injury-time equaliser away against Apollon Limassol after Memphis’ […]

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FFW Podcast : Dinner with Dani Alves

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In this week’s podcast, Kris is joined by Jez and Phil to round up a weekend of Ligue 1 action where PSG dropped points for the first time this season in a goalless draw away at Montpellier. Elsewhere, the Lille experiment continued to struggle on peer review with a 4-0 defeat at home to Monaco, Lyon had another 3-3 draw at […]

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FFW Podcast : Leadership, Discipline and Tricky Away Trips

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Kris, Phil, Jeremy and Rich are back to round up all the happenings in game 5, the upcoming European fixtures, red cards, leadership, and when Jez was born. Game 5 saw 24 goals and a massive seven red cards – last season’s high was six and to beat that means going back to February 2016 (game 25 of the 2015/16 season) which […]

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France in Europe – Group Round-Up

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After the international break, this week sees the start of the group stages of the Champions and Europa Leagues. As ever, the draw is the time for fans to start planning tricky mid-week away trips and panicking about squad-depth after the close of the transfer window. Also, as is traditional for the French teams, qualifying saw mixed results as Nice failed to […]

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