Interview: Chelsea’s Goalkeeping Coach Christophe Lollichon

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Christophe Lollichon knows Chelsea FC off by heart – so well that he has served under eight managers in eight years. In a recent interview with our friends at Offside.fr (FFW’s mirror image – covering English football in French!) he looked back on his past, his relationship with Petr Cech, that text message received one Saturday at Rennes, Kurt Zouma and […]

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Interview: Arsenal legend Robert Pires – The International Years

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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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An Audience with… Didier Deschamps

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This coming Monday 20 January, tune into our good friends at Sports FRL on French Radio London. The programme’s special guest will be Didier Deschamps, the manager of France’s national team. Samir Nasri’s injury, Franck Ribéry and the Ballon d’or, the responsibilities of a coach, his objectives for the World Cup, his relationship with France’s next generation, Didier Deschamps’ London… […]

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Career Crossroads for Valenciennes’ Gary Kagelmacher

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“Now we start the story, the real story, because we have six hard months to play and we are only three points off Montpellier.” Days before Valenciennes would record only their fourth victory of the season, a 3-2 win at home to Bastia, Uruguayan defender Gary Kagelmacher sat down for coffee with French Football Weekly. In a very open and […]

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The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part III – The Future of Ligue 1

In the third and final part of the interview, Philippe and Jeremy talk about Arsenal’s current contingent of Wenger, Koscielny, Giroud, Diaby and Sanogo, about the France Under-20s’ World Cup victory and les Bleus’ future prospects, and about his expectations for the coming Ligue 1 season. JS: Wenger for PSG? PA: I don’t believe in this PSG thing at all. I can’t see […]

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The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part II – Thierry Henry and France

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In this part, Philippe and Jeremy talk about Henry’s controversial history with Les Bleus, including the Hand of Gaul and Knysna. JS: Why is he loved in England and, maybe, reviled in France? PA: The funny thing is that, in France, outside the football world, he still has a positive image, judging by polls and studies for the most popular […]

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