Interview: France legend Robert Pires – The Arsenal Years

Interview: France legend Robert Pires – The Arsenal Years

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 the beginning of 2001 until March 2002 are your best years – for Arsenal and…

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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 former Arsenal and France midfielder is held, not only by Keane and Vieira but also…

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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 course Deschamps played it very cool, but one name that was mentioned was Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton, a player whose continuing international exclusion seems totally…

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Didier Deschamps – Taking les Bleus to Brazil

On 20 January our friends at French Radio London aired an exclusive interview with France’s World Cup winning captain and current coach Didier Deschamps. His hopes for the upcoming World Cup, what the tournament means to him, his responsibilities as coach, his connections with English football… La Deche spoke honestly, openly and with good humour about a range of subjects, giving us an insight into the most decorated player in French football history. You can listen…

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An Audience with… Didier Deschamps

An Audience with… Didier Deschamps

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… the ex-captain of les Bleus replied in depth to the Sports FRL team’s questions. Tune…

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France handed generous draw: Worth getting off the bus for?

I love World Cup draws.  It’s my favourite part of the tournament (seriously!).  If you’re a romantic like me then there’s just something magical about the draw – the geeky geographical match-ups, the thrill of the unknown combined with the exotic nature (literally) of a place like Brazil, the anticipation of not knowing whether your team’s fate will be sealed before a ball is kicked… I even chuckle at the way FIFA rig the pots…

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Preview: France v Ukraine – For Whom The Bell Tolls

Preview: France v Ukraine – For Whom The Bell Tolls

*Doooooooooooooong*  *Doooooooooooooong* Brave? Clever? Too little too late? They can all be used described to Didier Deschamps’s team selection ahead of tonight’s do or die second leg vs Ukraine. I’ll tell you one thing though: he has tied his own noose with this team choice. Of course some changes had to be made…but basically half the team? This smacks of desperation, of a man gasping for air, grasping for anything that can jolt this team…

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CIF Futsal Tour 2013 – Zidane hits Montpellier

CIF Futsal Tour 2013 – Zidane hits Montpellier

Something was needed to make up for the disappointment of Friday night. Reviewing the performance of the U21s in their Euro 2015 qualifying campaign cheered me slightly, but there was still something missing. Fortunately, international breaks are a perfect time to have a football-based charity event, and CIF (Club des Internationaux de Football) chose this weekend to bring their magic to the Park&Suites Arena in Montpellier. The first match was the amuse-bouche – a team…

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