Archive for category: Frenchman Abroad

Les Espoirs: It’s Sanogo-go-go for the Euro play-offs

Les Espoirs: It’s Sanogo-go-go for the Euro play-offs

On Monday evening, les Espoirs played their last group match in qualifying for the U21 European Championships next summer, and having won all seven of their previous matches, the hope was that they could finish on a perfect score. However, qualification had already been assured, and their opponents Iceland were the […]

Antoine Griezmann: From Rebel to Real Superstar

Antoine Griezmann: From Rebel to Real Superstar

Rarely does a forbidden venture to a nightclub, on the eve of a crucial game, lead a football player to his most prolific season. And yet, this is exactly what has happened to Antoine Griezmann this year. The Real Sociedad striker this month made his national team debut against the […]

Les Bleus : France v Holland

Les Bleus : France v Holland

On Thursday, Didier Deschamps announced his squad for tonight’s friendly against Holland. This has been seen as the final opportunity for players seeking a first call-up to have a chance to play in Brazil, as the May friendlies (against Norway, Paraguay and Jamaica) will no doubt be used to sort […]

Interview: Arsenal’s Robert Pires – The Early Years

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 […]

Southampton’s Schneiderlin could be Deschamps’ Brazil wildcard

Southampton’s Schneiderlin could be Deschamps’ Brazil wildcard

Recently we were lucky enough to publish an interview that our friends over at French Radio London conducted with French national team boss Didier Deschamps. During the interview Deschamps was asked about the prospect of players outside the current national set-up being called up to his World Cup squad. Of […]

Newcastle United’s French Connection

Newcastle United’s French Connection

It’s fair to say that Newcastle United have become the Arsenal of the early 2000s. Whilst of course they are unlikely to have the same success, after all Alan Pardew’s squad doesn’t contain Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and Patrick Vieira, they do have a lot of Frenchmen. The Magpies have […]

Goodbye Kevin Gomis – from Nice to Nottingham Forest

Goodbye Kevin Gomis – from Nice to Nottingham Forest

The fact that Kévin Gomis started 11 matches for Nice this season (nine of them in Ligue 1) speaks perhaps more to the fragility of the club’s first-choice central defenders than it does Claude Puel’s faith in Gomis. In fact, Gomis sat fourth in the club’s centre-back pecking order, behind […]

Bryan Dabo: Going Rover to Blackburn

Bryan Dabo: Going Rover to Blackburn

While most of the transfer window talk re: Montpellier has been about the arrival of M’Baye Niang on loan, and the potential exit of Remy Cabella, one move that has gone slightly under the radar (in that it is not up on the MHSC site as yet) is Bryan Dabo […]