In Defence of Stephane Guivarc’h


In a parallel universe somewhere, Stéphane Guivarc’h is a French national hero. After terrorising the Brazilian defence for the first 45 minutes of the 1998 World Cup final with his high-intensity, high-pressing game, the Auxerre striker is rewarded as a long ball from Lilian Thuram in the closing seconds of the half is misjudged by Junior Baiano. Quick as a […]

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Metz Que Un Club: The night Metz humbled Barcelona


Earlier this week Paris Saint-Germain impressively beat Barcelona at the Parc des Princes, repeating their feat of 1995. However, only one French club has succeeded in beating the Catalan giants in their own back yard. This Friday, 3 October, sees the thirtieth anniversary of one of French football’s greatest European club results, and one of Barcelona’s biggest humiliations. Following their […]

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Interview: Arsenal legend Robert Pires – The International Years


In Part III, Robert talks about the controversial end to his international career, his thoughts on the current Arsenal and France teams, his opinions on Ligue 1 and his post-professional career. Speaking of coaches… we have to go two years back in time from 2006… to 2004 and the French national side… Right, everyone says to me “Robert Pirès is […]

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Interview: France legend Robert Pires – The Arsenal Years

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In this second part of our three part series, Robert talks about the peak of his career, for club and country, the twin disappointments of missing the 2002 World Cup and his 2006 Champions League final substitution, and that penalty for Arsenal… So after, let’s say six months, there’s the explosion, especially with Vieira, with Henry, with Wiltord. And I’d say that from […]

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Interview: Arsenal’s Robert Pires – The Early Years

In the recent ITV4 show Keane & Vieira: Best of Enemies, the two great midfielders attempted to agree on their era’s combined Arsenal-Manchester United dream team. Some proposed players were the subject of heated debate, but one player who was included with no argument was Robert Pirès. His inclusion in the team is an indication of the respect in which the […]

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Didier Deschamps – Taking les Bleus to Brazil

On 20 January our friends at French Radio London aired an exclusive interview with France’s World Cup winning captain and current coach Didier Deschamps. His hopes for the upcoming World Cup, what the tournament means to him, his responsibilities as coach, his connections with English football… La Deche spoke honestly, openly and with good humour about a range of subjects, giving […]

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CIF Futsal Tour 2013 – Zidane hits Montpellier


Something was needed to make up for the disappointment of Friday night. Reviewing the performance of the U21s in their Euro 2015 qualifying campaign cheered me slightly, but there was still something missing. Fortunately, international breaks are a perfect time to have a football-based charity event, and CIF (Club des Internationaux de Football) chose this weekend to bring their magic […]

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Goalkeeper, Philosopher, Outsider: Albert Camus


It’s the centenary of Nobel Prize winning writer, journalist and philosopher Albert Camus, so it seemed the perfect time to add him to our list of FFW heroes.  « What I know most surely about morality and the duty of man, I owe to football. » What Albert Camus meant when he gave an interview to the sports magazine of his university […]

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