Green Shoots of Recovery – Saint-Etienne Revitalised

ASSE OM

Rewind seven weeks to Christmas and the winter break in Ligue 1 was in full swing. In a normal year, Saint-Etienne fans wouldn’t have been too disappointed sitting a point above Lille halfway through the season’s fixtures. This campaign, however, was no normal instance. Both teams were playing far below their best and Saint-Etienne, the most successful team in Ligue 1 […]

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Europa League Preview – Marseille, Lyon and Nice in action

Gustavo

The French clubs restarting their European campaigns are in very different positions, and it’s fair to say that moods will be mixed. OM are third and riding high on a ten-game unbeaten streak, OL are fourth but have lost three on the spin, most recently 2-0 at home to Rennes, and Nice are ninth but have also lost three on the spin, […]

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Champions League Preview : Real Madrid v PSG

Real v PSG

Given the ambitions of both Paris Saint-Germain and their opponents at the Bernabeu this evening, Real Madrid, there are an abundance of similarities between the two sides. Ambition, wealth and world-class players are the most readily apparent, but what this tie is likely to hinge upon may not be quite so easily discerned. Despite both being realistic contenders for the […]

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FFW Pod – Trollcams and Real Talk

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This week there’s a full complement at FFW towers as Kris is joined by Jez, Phil and Rich, which involves a level of organisation equivalent to herding cats with a stick and/or the OL defence under pressure. The team rounds up Saint-Etienne 2 – 2 Marseille, Monaco’s big win at Angers, PSG’s upcoming match against Real Madrid, and OL’s troubles against Rennes. Also, questions, […]

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Celebrity Status – The role of the Ligue 1 President

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Guest writer Stefan Robert takes a look at the unusual status that the Ligue 1 club president holds in the public sphere.   Often when I talk about French Football to other UK-based French Football fans the discussion moves on to the bizarre and yet awkwardly entertaining role that club presidents sometimes play in the public eye. The Ligue 1 […]

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Coupe de France 8emes – Grenoble v RC Strasbourg

CDF 2018

The final tie of this Round of 16 has the potential for seeing another Coupe de France upset as National high-fliers Grenoble host Ligue 1’s Strasbourg. Both teams share a similarish recent back story, having plummeted from Ligue 1 status down the French football pyramid. But both are on their way back, albeit at different stages in their resurrections, and […]

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Coupe de France 8emes – Montpellier HSC v Olympique Lyonnais

CDF 2018

Montpellier meet Lyon in the round of 16 of a domestic cup competition, why it’s déjà-vu all over again! When the pair met in the Coupe de la Ligue huitiemes at Mosson in December, the home side scampered to a comfortable 4-1 win albeit it against a relatively understrength OL side. The likelihood of lightning striking twice is an intriguing […]

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Coupe de France 8emes – RC Lens v Troyes

CDF 2018

One question when discussing cup competitions is, when is an upset not an upset? Despite being a division apart, it would not be a surprise to see Ligue 2’s RC Lens defeat Ligue 1’s Troyes in this one – which is backed up by the bookmakers. RC Lens are three-time finalists, in 1948, 1975, and 1998, which they lost 2-1 […]

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