Coupe de la Ligue Quarter Finals

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2018 got under way at the weekend with the round of 64 of the Coupe de France, with the Ligue 1 teams joining the fray, more or less successfully. Now with slightly less magic and a different take on what constitutes an upset, the junior cup competition is here as an amuse-bouche before the first round of 2018 Ligue 1 fixtures. OGC […]

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Coupe de France 32emes : Angers SCO v FCL Lorient

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Firmly in the ‘need this fixture like a hole in the head’ category are Angers, 19th in Ligue 1 – the lanterne ambre? – and yet to win a home game in the league. What looked at the start of the season like a more positive and creative approach from manager Stephane Moulins has turned out to be not so […]

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Coupe de la Ligue 8emes – goalkeeping heroics and officiating fails

Rennes v OM CDL

This midweek saw the Coupe de la Ligue huitiemes (round of 16) as the European teams joined in with a schedule featuring only one survivor from Ligue 2, lanterne rouge Tours. The junior cup competition in France may not be the most intriguing, and with the European teams having played twice a week since the international break, and two Ligue […]

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FFW Podcast : Entertaining Rubbish

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It’s a bumper pod this week as the gang’s back together – Kris is nursing a back injury but is ploughing through with Jez, Rich and Phil to discuss all the Ligue 1 happenings, PSG squad choice, Monaco jitters, whether Ligue 1 is crap, France, Didier Deschamps, the Women’s Champions League, and why we are all here in the first place. Send […]

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Le50 2017 – Nicolas Pépé

Pepe ASCO

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 – Baptiste Santamaría

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Baptiste Santamaría’s rise has been one of the more surprising in Ligue 1 this season. Signed by Angers from Tours in the summer, he was nominally bought to replace Romain Saiss, who was sold to Wolves, at the base of midfield. While he has performed that role with aplomb, he has also shown considerable signs of being more than the […]

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FFW Podcast : PSG win the Cup

PSG CDF 2017

Phil, Jeremy and Rich round up some end-of-season events including the Coupe de France and Gambardella finals, and international tournaments currently underway, before getting on to the serious business of exactly what type of midfielder Jean Michaël Seri is as they pick a team of the season. The podcast is available on… SOUNDCLOUD …and after much to-ing-and-fro-ing, the Team of the […]

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Coupe de France Semi-Final Preview : Angers SCO v EA Guingamp

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It’s the business end of the season and as well as a title race, that also means the prospect of Cup Glory. While many eyes will turn to the other semi-final, PSG v Monaco, as an adjunct to the title race (Monaco still edging that), League Cup (PSG surprisingly comprehensive victors) and relative success in European competition (Monaco definitely edging that), […]

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