Former Arsenal Star: I Can Be a Bit of a Dick Sometimes

Former Arsenal Star: I Can Be a Bit of a Dick Sometimes

There are few players in French football today who are able to divide opinion like Samir Nasri. A misunderstood genius to some; a trouble-maker, incapable of showing accountability for his actions to others. Loved then hated by Arsenal fans; from great white hope to great white elephant for France fans. Performing (intermittently) well enough for Manchester City to earn another France call up, only to disappoint when swapping sky blue for Bleu. Nasri’s international career now…

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Manchester United and Real Madrid in transfer battle for Aymeric Laporte

Manchester United and Real Madrid in transfer battle for Aymeric Laporte

Aymeric Laporte, one of Europe’s most promising young defenders, is set to become the focus of a bidding war between Manchester United and Real Madrid, if both Marca and Guillem Balague are to be believed. Laporte is only the second Frenchman to represent Athletic Bilbao (qualifying thanks to his Basque great-grandparents), and he is already showing the potential to match the great career of his illustrious predecessor, Bixente Lizarazu. Laporte broke into the Bilbao first…

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From Marseille to Moscow: The success of Mathieu Valbuena

From Marseille to Moscow: The success of Mathieu Valbuena

When Mathieu Valbuena left Ligue 1 for Russian side Dynamo Moscow, there was a worry that it was a bad move for the 29-year-old midfielder. He had just come off the back of a wonderful World Cup campaign in Brazil, the football world was left baffled as to why no bigger clubs had made a move. There is always the worry that his career would take a dive and he’d end up back in France…

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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 strongest of their group rivals. As Iceland still had something to play for as they sought to be one of four strongest runners-up, there was a sneaking…

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World Cup 2014: France v Germany – Quarter-Final Preview

This is the big one. France versus Germany for a place in the semi-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Before the tournament kicked off, France would have taken a quarter-final place and thanked you for the opportunity to banish the memories of four years ago. Now, with only 180 minutes potentially separating you from a place in the final, it’s hard to expect elimination now. All of the round of 16 ties were tight…

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Relive the France glory days with Campo Retro

Relive the France glory days with Campo Retro

After the success of our competition with Campo Retro, they have kindly offered to try and soften the blow of France’s 1-0 defeat to Germany and subsequent elimination from the World Cup in Brazil. Until the end of the World Cup they are offering 10% off all their clothing to FFW readers. Wipe away those tears and get yourself something nice. Use Promo Code FFW10 when ordering to get your discount. Click here for their…

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Griez-the-mann as France set up showdown with Germany

Griez-the-mann as France set up showdown with Germany

Before this crunch match France manager Didier Deschamps was facing what one might call “a selection headache”. As is so often the way the majority of international coaches would jump at the opportunity to have the sort of dilemma that faced Deschamps but this was no laughing matter for the former World Cup-winning captain. The agonising decision he had to make was whether to start with Olivier Giroud of Arsenal or Real Sociedad’s Antoine Griezmann…

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World Cup 2014: France v Nigeria – Preview

World Cup 2014: France v Nigeria – Preview

France enter the knock-out phase well aware of the threat of the underdog after seeing both Brazil and the Netherlands struggle to make it through to the quarter-finals. Like both of those sides, France won their group and now face a runner-up but that doesn’t mean that the French should enter this match expecting an easy victory. Luckily for Didier Deschamps and his men, France’s last group match against Ecuador was the perfect example of…

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