Coupe de France Preview: GS Consolat Marseille v AC Ajaccio

AC Ajaccio will be looking to put their Ligue 2 struggles and recent Coupe de la Ligue disappointment behind them when they travel to Group Sportif Consolat’s Stade de la Martine on Sunday afternoon. The Corsicans were beaten 3-1 at home by Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain in the League Cup towards the end of 2014 and are currently 12th in the second tier, just six points above the bottom three, after last season’s relegation from…

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PREVIEW – Lyon v Monaco: Coupe de la Ligue Huitiemes

PREVIEW – Lyon v Monaco: Coupe de la Ligue Huitiemes

As an aperitif before the last game of the year and the Christmas break, we have the last sixteen round of the Coupe de la Ligue, with the European teams joining in the fun. Last Round Round-Up Three Ligue 2 teams made it through, and all played Ligue 1 opposition away from home, with varying degrees of difficulty. Arles-Avignon needed extra time to beat Reims 3-2 in a match where they showed much character. Nicolas…

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Ligue 2 Preview: 2014/15

Ligue 2 Preview: 2014/15

Ligue 2 kicks off on Friday night and it is set to be a very exciting and unpredictable season. Our resident Ligue 2 expert Steve Wyss brings you up to date with all the summer goings on, and looks at the contenders up and down the table. Promotion contenders When mentioning promotion contenders, the first place to start has to be Troyes. Arguably, the club managed by Jean Marc Furlan have the strongest looking squad…

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Guillermo Ochoa: Hoping for that one chance at glory

Guillermo Ochoa: Hoping for that one chance at glory

When an injury to Club América’s veteran goalkeeper Adolfo Ríos allowed him his professional debut in the 2004 Mexican Clausura tournament, 18-year old goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa didn’t think twice. Within weeks, he had shown he was up for the challenge. Within months, he had proved he was something much more special than just another young goalkeeper. Within two years, in fact, ‘Memo’ Ochoa was part of Ricardo LaVolpe’s squad for the World Cup in Germany! The…

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AC Ajaccio: 2013/14 Season Review

AC Ajaccio: 2013/14 Season Review

Looking back at the 2013-2014 Ligue 1 season, it will be difficult for Ajaccio fans to find too many positives. The plucky Corsicans were always going to have a struggle on their hands to remain in the top flight, just as they did last year. However, the average supporter would probably have expected a little more fight than the team showed. The season began in classic Corsican style, with a statement that if they were…

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The Best of the Worst: Ligue 1 Relegation Bound XI

The Best of the Worst: Ligue 1 Relegation Bound XI

It’s around this point in the season when people start prepping their Team of the Season articles, and hoping that nobody has a calamitous crash in form or unexpectedly starts knocking in hat-tricks as part of a late surge for the European places. Not here. Oh no (OK, we will almost certainly put one together, we just haven’t been that organised yet). Instead, inspired by the Premier League Owl, we have put together a Team…

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Battle, what battle? Preparing for life in Ligue 2

Battle, what battle? Preparing for life in Ligue 2

With five games to go (mostly) in the Premier League, 13th to 20th are separated by 9 points and while there is a five point span between safety / not-safety, there are five games in hand and managerial moves to consider, so things are, if not still up in the air, at least hovering gently. Contrast this with France, where solid admin means everyone has played their allotted 32 games, and nobody’s been fired since…

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Coupe de France: AC Ajaccio v SM Caen

Here is the tale of two teams who could very well meet up this summer on their transition between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. While top-flight strugglers Ajaccio stand at the bottom of Ligue 1 with only nine points in 21 games, Caen remain well positioned in the race for promotion from Ligue 2, albeit six points behind Lens and Angers, respectively in second and third place. For Ajaccio, 2013 has been a nightmare year…

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