Please Didier – let them off the leash

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The end-of-season tournament-less internationals, traditionally a less than successful time for France, are over for another year or two with some highs and lows to look back on and lessons to be learned. France’s three-match schedule comprised two home friendlies against Paraguay and England, with a World Cup qualifier in Sweden sandwiched between the two. Of the first match of […]

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French Strikers Set to Dominate Summer Transfer Market

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The summer transfer market is just around the corner, and it’s looking as though expensive young strikers will be in high demand. There’s no shortage of fledgling talent that has been making waves in the world of international football, and many of them just so happen to hail from France in one way or another. The window is set to […]

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FFW Pod : International Break, Europe, Cups

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Phil, Jeremy and Rich look back on a busy couple of weeks featuring Ligue 1, multiple European competitions, and various international fixtures, and forward to a couple of cup competitions including the Coupe de la Ligue final and Coupe de France quarter-finals. Congratulations to the men of Monaco and Lyon, and the women of Lyon and PSG; basically Lyon. All of Lyon. The podcast […]

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2013 Under 20 World Cup Winners – Where are they now?

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France has been a well-documented producer of great young players for a number of years now and with the FIFA Under-20 World Cup only a couple of months away, it seems a good time to reflect on how the successful side from 2013 have developed. The 2013 edition of the tournament was held in Turkey and heralded the launching of […]

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History Corner : Parking the bus 1950s-style ?

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After picking up some helpful tips about how to improve French football from the 1920s, a couple of further forays to Montpellier’s book market (every Saturday on the Esplanade, also Peyrou Sundays – if it isn’t raining) produced ten copies of the periodicals Mirroir Sprint* and But Club – Miroir des Sports, dated between 1950 and 1955. These trace an interesting series […]

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Film Bleu – Three French Football Stories They Should Turn Into Films

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The French are renowned for bringing class, finesse and passion to the game of football. Manufacturing icons throughout the years such as Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane, David Ginola, Eric Cantona and so many more, we remember legendary moments of football that will stay with the sport for as long as it lives. Throughout the development of French football, there have […]

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