Ladies Relaunch – Division 1


Division 1 kicks off this weekend, and with yet more overseas internationals joining the league, and QSI also investing in their women’s team, it looks set to be more exciting than ever. While Lyon remain the team to beat, PSG have continued the investment that we noted last season, when they brought in a swathe of international stars as well […]

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Women’s Euros – Le Bilan des Bleues

The morning after the night before, and having reached the status of favourites with three wins in the group stage, and eight out of eight in qualifiers, France are out after losing to Denmark, who were there thanks to a hat, on penalties. «C’est ce sport : il faut savoir être efficace, dominer ne suffit pas.» Sandrine Soubeyrand As ever, […]

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Report: France 1 Denmark 1 – Women’s Euros


A worrying note before the match – Marie-Laure Delie, absent in the last group game after picking up a knock in the warm-up, listed as ‘très incertaine’. Another, Bruno Bini absent from the press conference on Sunday for a ‘family problem’. So, in the absence of your regular striker, and your back-up having played a good match against England? Play […]

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Report: France 1 – 0 Spain, Women’s Euros

Renard v Spain

Well, that was a game of football. Unlike the frantic shot-frenzy of the first game against Russia, this was a much more balanced and considered encounter. France could afford to be less frantic, perhaps, after going ahead so early. Louisa Necib put in a corner, and Wendie Renard was there in the area to score with a towering header. After […]

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Report: France 3 – 1 Russia, Women’s Euros

So, it was a comfortable victory for Les Bleues, and the first of the tournament after Groups A and B drew everything, so that’s nice. But while at this stage, and this level of opponent, that’s fine, there are some issues that have been bubbling under for a while which are still noticeable now and could become problematic later on […]

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Les Bleues, Destination Sweden!

Bruno Bini has announced his 23-woman squad for the 2013 European Championships in Sweden, kicking off mid-July.  After several squads featuring 11 OL players, but including two goalkeepers, this time they are sending a dozen! While highly unlikely (three at the back would be a bit of a risk), it would therefore be possible for France to field a national […]

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Preview: Women’s Champions League Final – Lionesses v She-Wolves


The 2013 Women’s Champions League Final will take place this Thursday at Stamford Bridge, at 19.30 BST, 20.30 CEST. The match will be carried live by Direct 8 in France.  Tickets are on sale for a bargain price of £10, with concessions (under 18, over 65) at £5. Go go go, people. Olympique Lyonnais are the French champions (ten points […]

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Les Bleues against Brazil: A Pale Imitation?


With the European Championships not far away, France are testing themselves against some quality opposition in the build-up.   After comfortably securing qualification, topping their group with eight wins out of eight, they lined up friendly matches against England, and Germany home and away.  This week, while the other national teams who will contest the European Championships are testing themselves at […]

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