Gradel At The Max for Saint-Etienne #FFWTOTW

Gradel At The Max for Saint-Etienne #FFWTOTW

Perhaps it’s a good thing that we have an international break coming up next week! After a couple of high-octane rounds of Ligue 1 football, this week was a little more subdued as some players began to look tired and the tension of the end-of-season run-in begins to affect teams at both ends of the table. PSG go into the break at the top of the table – amazingly for the first time this season. Their…

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Romain Hamouma Helps Saint-Etienne in European Race

Romain Hamouma Helps Saint-Etienne in European Race

The weekend started with the rare pleasure of two Friday fixtures, though Bastia and Nice won’t have enjoyed their evenings much. The Corsicans ended the match with nine men as Monaco eased to a 3-0 win – a perfect preparation for their midweek match against Arsenal. And Nice continued to slip closer to the relegation zone after going down 2-1 to Guingamp in a creepily empty and echoey Allianz Riviera – a first league win…

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Laurent Blanc: Hindrance, Mastermind or Just Lucky?

Laurent Blanc: Hindrance, Mastermind or Just Lucky?

In the world of modern day media, every game is analysed and over-analysed. It is easier to predict what is going to happen before a game, and then distance yourself when it doesn’t work out. When it comes to post-match analysis, hindsight is a wonderful thing and can help shape what and how you write. On Wednesday night, Paris Saint-Germain pulled off one of the greatest results in their history. Knocking Chelsea out of the…

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Nabil Fekir Picks France: Where Will Deschamps Use Him?

Nabil Fekir Picks France: Where Will Deschamps Use Him?

The front page of Tuesday’s L’Equipe featured Olympique Lyonnais forward Nabil Fekir, confirming his decision to play for the country of his birth, France, over Algeria, the country where his parents were born. Front page of L’Equipe today. Fekir has made his decision. #FRA #OL pic.twitter.com/GnS3rIsY0o — FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) March 10, 2015 It is wonderful news for France as Fekir follows in the footsteps of Zinedine Zidane and Karim Benzema in choosing Les Bleus over Les…

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Fabulous Nabil Fekir the France and Fennec Flirt #FFWTOTW

Fabulous Nabil Fekir the France and Fennec Flirt #FFWTOTW

This weekend saw the top three show the rest of Ligue 1 who is boss as they scored a spectacular 15 goals between them! Marseille started proceedings, winning on their travels for the first time since October and doing it in some style, smashing Toulouse 6-1, thanks in part to another Batshuayi double, his second in three matches. And Steve Mandanda did this post-match! PSG fell a couple short of that mark but ran out easy…

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Paris Saint-Germain v AS Monaco: Coupe de France Preview

Paris Saint-Germain v AS Monaco: Coupe de France Preview

After the “sensational” warm-up game at the Stade Louis II on Sunday, both Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco will do it all again on Wednesday night as they fight for a place in the semi-finals of the Coupe de France. It was expected that Monaco would feel the effects of a wonderful performance against Arsenal in the Champions League, but PSG seemed intent on passing the world to sleep on Sunday and their lack of…

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US Boulogne v Saint-Etienne: Coupe de France Preview

US Boulogne v Saint-Etienne: Coupe de France Preview

On Tuesday night, the first Coupe de France match-up sees US Boulogne-Sur-Mer of the third tier welcome Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne to the Stade de la Liberation. It will be a tough ask to overcome Christophe Galtier’s side to reach the semi-finals, but the northerners have overcome a lot to get to this stage, so let’s not rule them out just yet. US Boulogne – by Simon Scutt Story so far The side from the…

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US Concarneau v EA Guingamp: Coupe de France Preview

US Concarneau v EA Guingamp: Coupe de France Preview

On Thursday evening, the Coupe de France quarter-final stage ends with Ligue 1 side EA Guingamp travelling just 140 kilometres south to face CFA side US Concarneau in a Breton derby fuelled with gallons of cup magic. Guingamp has been one of the best stories in Ligue 1 this season, and they are the current cup holders. They are taking on the lowest ranked club and the only amateur side remaining in the competition. Le…

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