Coupe De France Seiziemes Part II – Rennes v PSG and Prix-lès-Mézières have their eyes on the prize

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The Coupe de France continues with the round of 32 featuring thirteen teams from outside the top two leagues, including three matches where those teams face each other, so we are assured some lower-league representation in the next round. After Tuesday’s Olympico, the big game of day 2 is Rennes v PSG. We’ve already had a cupset as CFA side […]

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Clement Grenier to Roma : From Lyon to i Lupi

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As far as farewell goals go, Clément Grenier’s strike against Bourg-en-Bresse Péronnas is as distant and lowkey as you’ll find.  Set against the backdrop of the French national team’s Euro 2016 campaign, the one-time international stepped up in a friendly match to caress a trademark free kick into the opponent’s net leaving the poor goalkeeper rooted to the spot. The […]

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Coupe de la Ligue Semi-Finals : Bordeaux v PSG

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When Bordeaux met Paris Saint-Germain in the league in early October, the match, a 2-0 victory for the hosts at the Parc des Princes, was a bit of a damp squib. Edinson Cavani had a brace within half an hour and the result was never in doubt. Things have changed in the intervening nearly four months, however, as PSG went […]

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Memphis Blues: Can Depay Relaunch His Career At Lyon?

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“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some become strong at the broken places.” Ernest Hemmingway There’s a Japanese art form known as kintsugi which is the reconstruction of shattered pottery with lacquer mixed with gold. The idea is to recognize the beauty in broken things and embrace the damage. If any player is in need of a footballing version of […]

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Rachid Ghezzal – Standing At A Crossroad

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Following the career of Rachid Ghezzal feels similar to watching a mystery filled with plot twists. Just when you think the story has finally settled there’s a sudden, sharp deviation that puts one’s mind in a spin; so much so that a sense of distrust builds whenever normality peeps its head over the parapet. Ghezzal’s career at Olympique Lyonnais has […]

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Game 17 : Ligue 1 v Weather

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It has been a fog-affected week. Friday night’s match between Dijon and Marseille was postponed due to the inability of anyone not to look like extras in a John Carpenter film when they stepped onto the pitch. Marseille took it upon themselves to pay for accommodation for their 160 supporters who had made the trip, which was impressive. After a clear start, however, things didn’t […]

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Preview : OGC Nice v FK Krasnodar – Europa League

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Hello and welcome to a match that means absolutely nothing as both teams are already locked into their finishing positions – FKK will come second in the group, and Nice are out. Nice are in this position because they had to go to Schalke and get a result in the last round – they lost 2-0. They key match, however, was […]

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Preview : Anderlecht v AS Saint-Etienne – Europa League

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Both teams are through, but there’s still top spot to play for as Anderlecht are on 11 points and Saint-Etienne on 9, so ASSE will go through as group winners with a win. On the face of it, this seems unlikely. Anderlecht’s home form in this season’s Europa league (including qualifying) is 3-0, 3-1, 6-1, and they are the top-scorers in the Jupiler […]

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