Europa Preview : Nice, Marseille and Lyon all in second place

OL v Everton

The group stages of the European competitions are getting to the interesting bit, so while Monaco have fairly fundamentally screwed up their Champions League campaign while PSG are cheerfully laying waste to all before them so far, the Europa League teams are all sitting in second place in their groups after four games. Group K – OGC Nice v Zulte Waregem […]

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FFW Podcast : Leaves on the Line

Fekir shirt tribute crop

After a day’s delay, with Kris out injured, Phil, Jez and Rich get together to discuss Amiens, Lille, Fekir, Nice, Monaco and the upcoming Breton Derby, before a large chunk of the pod is rendered redundant as Bielsa is “momentarily suspended” shortly after we finish recording. If you have any questions for next week, send them over on Twitter @FrenchFtWeekly, or leave a comment […]

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FFW Podcast : Listeners’ Special Questions

Evra kicks someone

It’s an international week, so Kris takes the helm with Phil, Jez and Rich to answer listeners’ questions, ranging from the best players outside the top two, how the Coupe de France works, what Patrice Evra is up to, why Angers have a panda as a mascot, and how France should line up at the World Cup. If you have more […]

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FFW Podcast : Everybody wants to see that kind of thing

Fekir v ASSE

The team is back as Kris is joined by Phil, Jez and Rich to discuss the Rhone Derby, and whether we want to see that kind of thing, if PSG are the best team in Europe at the moment, Monaco’s recent form, and whether Metz are doomed. Also tops and flops, why OL are kicking off at 6am in the […]

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In Rennes, crisis swirls

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A couple of weeks ago, the morning after Stade Rennais’s 2–0 loss to Breton rivals Guingamp, a few members of the Roazhon Celtic Kop, the club’s premier ultra group, entered the Henri Guérin training centre  to manifest their anger at the team’s recent form. All around the ground, a series of banners were posted. Each was aimed at someone at the […]

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FFW Podcast: A Modern Classique

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This week’s podcast is a duet, featuring Phil and Rich, as Jez is out of the country and Kris is in a meeting. Our duo look back over the Ligue 1 action, focusing on le Classique as Marseille and PSG drew 2-2 and Neymar got sent off. They also run over the European match-ups, France friendlies, and look forward to the […]

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Coupe de la Ligue Seiziemes / Dixiemes

Gaz v Red Star CdL

The Coupe de la Ligue is back, with the 14 Ligue 1 teams un-bothered by Europe joining the fray, which combined with the limited scope of professionalism in France and a fairly rigid approach to naming things, means another set of seiziemes that involve dix matches. One National (third-tier) team remains, Paris’ Red Star, who have so far needed penalties for their […]

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