Right Place, Wrong Time: A Tribute to Bafetimbi Gomis

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Watching Galatasaray’s humiliating Europa Cup elimination to Ostersunds last month, it struck me that Bafetimibi Gomis has a remarkable knack of being in the right place at the wrong time. Now 31, the French striker finds himself in Istanbul as part of a squad overhaul prompted by Gala’s wretched fourth place finish in last year’s Super Lig. There is little doubt […]

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Louis Nicollin : lived 1943 – 2017; reigned 1974 – 2017

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Montpellier’s larger-than-life President, Louis Nicollin, has died. LouLou was one of the great characters in football and seemed indestructible. I thought he’d go on for ever, hugging his players, snaffling shirts from the best of the opposition, giving interviews that you knew had the rest of the MHSC staff with their heads in their hands and/or swearing loudly in the office…but […]

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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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Film Bleu – Three French Football Stories They Should Turn Into Films

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The French are renowned for bringing class, finesse and passion to the game of football. Manufacturing icons throughout the years such as Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane, David Ginola, Eric Cantona and so many more, we remember legendary moments of football that will stay with the sport for as long as it lives. Throughout the development of French football, there have […]

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Laurent Pokou – the African Pele

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It was with sadness yesterday that the passing of former Rennes and Ivory Coast striker Laurent Pokou was announced. Whilst not necessarily recognisable by name, his impact at both club and country level are still felt today and in the footballing world he will be greatly missed. After shining for his first club, ASEC Abidjan, in the Ivory Coast, Pokou […]

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Pour faire progresser le football francais

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The post-mortems have started after France’s defeat in the final of Euro 2016. In the semi-final, they beat Germany in a competitive match for the first time since 1958, before going on to lose for the first time ever in a competitive fixture to Portugal, in a tournament arguably featuring more karma than quality. So, what is to be done? I […]

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Ludovic Giuly: The “Magic Elf” continues to cast his spell

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Nick Roberts looks at the career of Ludovic Giuly – one which has gone full circle – never forget where you come from. In 2013, Ludovic Giuly finally returned to the club that he had left 19 years before – it may not echo the historic arches of the two virages behind the goals at the Gerland nor the colossal […]

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Steve Savidan: The Man Who Brought Joy Back to Valenciennes

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The annals of football are littered with late bloomers.  Toto Schillaci went from Serie B to World Cup Golden Boot in one year, while Ian Wright, signed by Arsenal at the age of 28, somehow still managed to become their highest ever scorer. And of course, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you can […]

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