In Defence of Stephane Guivarc’h

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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

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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: 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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Soviet stars struggle to shine under the Red Star

Soviet Football has produced a lot of well-known names over the years, Ballon d’Or winners Lev Yashin, Oleg Blokhin and Igor Belanov to name but a few. When the Soviet Union was on the edge of collapse in late the 1980s, many Soviet footballers were looking for the opportunity to finally get abroad and play for professional football clubs. Some […]

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Goalkeeper, Philosopher, Outsider: Albert Camus

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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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20 years later: In Bastia, high up…

A reporter at l’Equipe at the time, Jean-Marie Lanoë was one of the sports daily’s special correspondents at Furiani, on 5 May 1992. Sat on the very back row of the North Stand… Last year, to mark the twentieth anniversary of the disaster, he returned to the scene, for France Football. Ahead of this weekend’s Bastia-Marseille, M. Lanoë has kindly […]

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You’ve got no history: The genesis of AS Monaco

There was more than meets the eye in AS Monaco’s promotion back to Ligue 1 back in June after two seasons in the French second division, a promotion widely perceived as the upshot of the money poured into the club by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev who took over two thirds of the shareholding on the eve of Christmas 2011. The […]

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