Saint-Etienne v Marseille: Hope Springs Eternal For Les Stephanois


by Chris McMullan Winters are cold in central France. The region known in the middle ages as the Forez lies miles from the sea and is stuck between the Alps and the Massif Central. There is little humidity, and, in the traditional mining town of Saint-Etienne, the dry air brings with it a bitter cold in the winter months. This […]

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Europa Euround-up – Guingamp 2 – 1 Dynamo Kiev

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French representation in the Europa League now rests with Guingamp, and they faced tricky opposition on Thursday night in the form of Ukrainian league leaders Dynamo Kiev, who topped their group over Aalborg, Steaua Bucharest and Rio Ave. It was a chaotic game which saw an early injury, three goals, two red cards, a lot of needle, and possibly record-breaking crossing […]

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One Year On: Chelsea Heavy Favourites Against Weakened PSG


When both Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea walk out onto the Parc des Princes pitch on Tuesday evening, both sides know they will have to be at their best to pick up a positive first leg result. Chelsea will only play six of the eleven that started the first leg last season, and due to injuries, Laurent Blanc will have to […]

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Jeannot helps Lorient Keep Lyon In Check

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So it’s as you were at the top of the table, after all three of the teams at the top could only draw. Of the three, Lyon will probably be the most satisfied with their point, despite squandering the opportunity to go four points clear on Sunday night. They were outplayed by an excellent Lorient for the majority of the […]

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Former Arsenal Star: I Can Be a Bit of a Dick Sometimes


There are few players in French football today who are able to divide opinion like Samir Nasri. A misunderstood genius to some; a trouble-maker, incapable of showing accountability for his actions to others. Loved then hated by Arsenal fans; from great white hope to great white elephant for France fans. Performing (intermittently) well enough for Manchester City to earn another France […]

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Former Newcastle United Winger: Bobby Robson Was A Second Father


From 2001 to 2005, Laurent Robert lit up the left wing of St James’ Park, putting in several memorable displays for Newcastle United and scoring 32 goals, many of which were spectacular and fully deserving of their own youtube compliation. After falling out with Graham Souness, the Réunion-born winger moved on to pastures new, but in extracts from an interview […]

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Preview: Coupe de France 1/8 èmes


Welcome to the 1/8 èmes of the Coupe de France. We are down to the last 16 teams and any one of the remaining clubs is only three victories away from a magical day at the Stade de France. Please enjoy our previews of all eight games. You won’t find a more comprehensive guide anywhere else. This round has two all Ligue 1 […]

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Lopes Masterclass Helps Keep Lyon Top #FFWTOTW


So often in recent weeks, the headline match of the weekend has disappointed. Not so this week. Lyon vs PSG on Sunday night matched all expectations, with practically everyone on the pitch in good form and contributing to an excellent match. In the first half PSG had most of the ball but Lyon looked the more dangerous and took the […]

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