Europa League Play-Off : NK Domzale v Olympique Marseille

Germain hatttick v Oostende

Marseille continue their European campaign with a 1,000km trip* to Ljubljana to face Slovenian cup-winners NK Domzale in the first leg of the play-offs, in fairly sprightly mood. Beating Belgium’s Oostende 4-2 on aggregate in the 3rd qualifying round was pleasing enough, but seeing new acquisition Valere Germain score a hat-trick on his debut in the home tie was even more […]

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Champions League Play-Off : Napoli v Nice

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Nice, after a fine start to their competitive campaign in defeating Ajax, are now faced with an even more difficult task against Italian giants Napoli. No one had given Les Aiglons much of a chance against the Dutch side, but that was before Nice had lost twice in the league, and in rather embarrassing fashion to a less-than-potent Saint-Étienne and […]

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Right Place, Wrong Time: A Tribute to Bafetimbi Gomis

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Watching Galatasaray’s humiliating Europa Cup elimination to Ostersunds last month, it struck me that Bafetimibi Gomis has a remarkable knack of being in the right place at the wrong time. Now 31, the French striker finds himself in Istanbul as part of a squad overhaul prompted by Gala’s wretched fourth place finish in last year’s Super Lig. There is little doubt […]

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Champions League Qualification Preview: OGC Nice vs Ajax Amsterdam

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We’ve barely put the Confederations Cup in the rear-view mirror, but already football is upon us once again, as Nice seek to reap the rewards of their impressive 2016/17 season. Les Aiglons‘ third place finish earned them a place in the third round of the Champions’ League qualifiers, and this evening they host an Ajax side which, less than three […]

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Lyon V2.0 – a football reboot

OL preseason Gouiri Maolida

Three seasons ago a young, exciting Olympique Lyonnais team filled with homegrown talent and coached by Hubert Fournier threatened to upset the PSG juggernaut and knock the Parisians off their perch as champions. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Les Gones but there was a genuine sense of excitement at what a side featuring the likes Anthony Lopes, Alexandre Lacazette, […]

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Le50 2017 – Nicolas Pépé

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Now part of Gerard Lopez’s “LOSCUnlimited” project at Lille, Nicolas Pépé’s rise seems set to continue unabated. Born in the western Paris suburb of Mantes-la-Jolie, the young winger, late of Angers, has moved to the north of France for a sum rumoured to be in the order of €10m. His move is one of a host of acquisitions made by […]

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Le50 2017 – Thomas Didillon

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Undoubtedly talented, Metz’s young goalkeeper Thomas Didillon has endured a rather savage season in terms of his confidence. Still just 21, the big youngster had been a regular for France’s various youth sides, and been integral to the club’s promotion in the previous season, conceding just two goals in the team’s first seven matches before a broken finger sidelined him […]

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