Archive for category: Ligue 1

Emmanuel has many Rivières to cross to succeed at Newcastle United

Emmanuel has many Rivières to cross to succeed at Newcastle United

It would be quite easy to label Emmanuel Rivière as one of Ligue 1’s most frustrating talents, but at 24 years old, it is far too early to rule him out of future greatness. The AS Monaco striker is on the verge of sealing a reported €8 million move to […]

May you live in Adminteresting Times – Bureaucracy Round-Up

May you live in Adminteresting Times – Bureaucracy Round-Up

Lens‘ appeal to the DNCG over their promotion being blocked resulted in a less-than-positive decision on Tuesday, with the appeal body confirming that insufficient financial guarantees for the proposed budget have been given. Initially the shortfall was explained as being due to a bank transfer being late due to a public […]

The Marseille Stadium Mystery

The Marseille Stadium Mystery

So, Ligue 1 kicks off again in a month’s time on Saturday 9th August, with one of those chaotic season-opening multiplexes where the TV coverage is a frantic mix of that bingity bing-bing, bing-bing bing noise that tells you the coverage is moving, just as a man desperately yells “But à Gerland!” (just an […]

Valenciennes Relegated Again: VAFC v DNCG

Valenciennes Relegated Again: VAFC v DNCG

Last season was not a happy one for Valenciennes, who hit the relegation zone after five games and never dragged themselves out of it. They changed managers, bringing in Ariel Jacobs for Daniel Sanchez, they got in Abdul Majeed Waris on loan in January, but it didn’t work. Their season featured not […]

Liverpool bound Divock Origi has the world at his feet

Liverpool bound Divock Origi has the world at his feet

Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have all been linked with a move for Lille’s Divock Origi in recent weeks, and on Wednesday evening it was reported that Liverpool had stolen a march on the other Premier League suitors and were close to completing a deal worth around €10 million for […]

World Cup Player Preview: Abdul Majeed Waris

World Cup Player Preview: Abdul Majeed Waris

Heading to their third World Cup, and looking to build on their previous achievements reaching the last 16 on their debut in Germany, and that quarter-final against Uruguay in South Africa in 2010, Ghana have been handed a place in a very tricky group along with Germany, Portugal and the […]

Aissa Mandi: Algeria’s defender is the Right Mandi for the Job

Aissa Mandi: Algeria’s defender is the Right Mandi for the Job

“I ask you to comply with the norms of civility” came the patient but tired voice of the announcer at the Stade de Geneve. He was pleading with the hordes of Algerian supporters who had spilled onto the pitch following a 2-1 victory against Romania in Algeria’s final pre-World Cup friendly. A […]

Vincent Enyeama: Helping the Super Eagles to soar

Vincent Enyeama: Helping the Super Eagles to soar

It seems strange to say it about a 31-year old, but 2013-2014 has been something of a breakout season for Vincent Enyeama – at least in terms of the big European leagues. The Nigerian goalkeeper will take the field against Iran for his country’s World Cup opener this Monday full […]