Archive for category: Ligue 1

L’Affaire Crocodile – Investigation into Ligue 2

L’Affaire Crocodile – Investigation into Ligue 2

On Tuesday morning, news broke of multiple arrests in the world of French football. Confusingly, there seemed to be two different inquiries going on – one into transfer dealings relating to OM, and one into match-fixing, involving several Ligue 2 teams but pivoting around Nimes, who were battling relegation last […]

Euro Mascot to be Joking…

Euro Mascot to be Joking…

So, the less said about the newly announced France 2016 mascot the better. After the design masterpieces that were Peno and Footix, the new representative of la belle France (a slightly creepy kid with a red cape) is yet to be named, which is open to a public vote – […]

Liverpool’s Divock Origi Pursuit Gives Lille a Massive Dilemma in January

Liverpool’s Divock Origi Pursuit Gives Lille a Massive Dilemma in January

The future of Divock Origi is a debate that is set to run all the way up until the transfer window finally closes at the end of January. The only way it will stop before then is if Liverpool get their man ahead of schedule. Part of his £10 million […]

Too Much Too Soon As Bastia’s Makelele Gamble Backfires

Too Much Too Soon As Bastia’s Makelele Gamble Backfires

“It’s opened my eyes to certain problems of a coach. I have worked with quite a few coaches – I see Laurent Blanc, I have seen (Jose) Mourinho. They tell me I was born for this, and I remain convinced I am going to succeed in this job.” That was […]

Unlucky For Some – Ligue 1 Stat-Attack After 13 Games

Unlucky For Some – Ligue 1 Stat-Attack After 13 Games

A third of the way through the season (ish) and things are getting tight at the top of Ligue 1, with leaders Marseille only a point ahead of PSG in second, and another point ahead of Lyon in third. The Bielsa effect looks to be well in place for OM’s attacking […]

Is Paul-Georges Ntep On The Cusp of Greatness?

Is Paul-Georges Ntep On The Cusp of Greatness?

Towards the end of October there was a sharp intake of breath from all Rennes supporters when reports suggested that Newcastle United were interested in signing Paul-Georges Ntep in the January transfer window. The reports may have been fanciful but it showed just how highly Ntep is rated by fans […]

Fekir The Reaper As Midfielder Kills Off Guingamp #FFWTOTW

Fekir The Reaper As Midfielder Kills Off Guingamp #FFWTOTW

Well, it wasn’t a real classic, but Le Classique could nevertheless turn out to be a turning point in this Ligue 1 season. As expected, Marseille roared out of the gates but were this time unable to score early, Gignac hitting the woodwork and continuing his goalless record at the […]

The Mounting Troubles Facing FC Lorient This Season

The Mounting Troubles Facing FC Lorient This Season

The end of the 2013-14 season saw another successful campaign for FC Lorient. It was another top 10 finish under long time manager Christian Gourcuff. Using a fluid 4-4-2 formation they finished with the seventh best goal scoring record in Ligue 1, which was made possible by the wonderful form […]