Coupe de France Quarter Finals – Tilting at Windmills…

The magic’s back. Eight teams, including two from the fourth tier of French football, will be fighting it out for a place in the semi-final, hoping for an iconic piece of silverware and a place in Europe next season. No replays. No names on shirts. No messing. Tuesday 25 March 19.45 GMT – Moulins (CFA) 0-0 (2-4 on penalties) Angers (Ligue 2) […]

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Coupe de France: Angers SCO v CA Bastia

This last 16 tie between Angers and the CA Bastia will be the only all-Ligue 2 match at this stage of the competition, yet it could be seen as one of the most uneven contests around, looking at the two teams’ respective experiences in the current season. While Angers are looking up, with promotion to the top flight now a real prospect, […]

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Coupe de France: Angers SCO v FC Sochaux

Tuesday night will see Ligue 1 strugglers Sochaux travelling across France to Angers, the city of Cointreau and the Doomsday tapestry. Both sides overcame lower league teams with varying amounts of ease in the last round, Angers beating CFA side FC Chambly in a sudden death penalty shootout after a hard-fought 1-1 stalemate, and Sochaux having no such trouble playing […]

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2013/14 Preview: Ligue 2 Kick-off

It’s that time of year again when the dust begins to settle, the smell of fresh grass wafts through the corridors to the changing rooms and a sense of optimism swells inside every supporter. There really is nothing better than the beginning of the football season. As Paris and Monaco splash their cash in Ligue 1 in preparation for world-wide […]

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UNFP French Football Award Nominations Announced

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The nominations for the 2013 UNFP awards have been announced today. Awards will be handed to the best player, young player, goalkeeper and manager in Ligue 1 and also the best player and manager of Ligue 2. Here are the nominees: PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG: AS Saint-Etienne, Gabones, 23-years-old, Forward ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC: Paris Saint-Germain FC, Swedish, 31-years-old, Forward BLAISE MATUIDI: Paris Saint-Germain FC, French, 26-years-old, Midfielder THIAGO SILVA: Paris Saint-Germain FC, Brazilian, 28-years-old, Defender FFW Prediction: Blaise Matuidi […]

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Guingamp charge towards Ligue 1 as the promotion race heats up

With the race for promotion to France’s top tier entering the final straight it seems as good a time as any to assess the runners and riders at the top of Ligue 2. With 4 games remaining for all teams (no pesky games in hand muddying the waters) it appears to be a straightforward equation.  3 teams will be promoted, […]

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Not so second rate: Ligue 2 set for thrilling finale

The Ligue 1 title race is one of, if not the, closest in European football this season, but perhaps more thrilling is the battle for promotion in France’s second tier. As many as 10 teams can at least be considered as harbouring hopes of earning a place in the top flight, as Ligue 2 once again showcases just why it […]

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FC Nantes: Resurrecting The Grateful Dead

Englishman Simon Scutt, a self-confessed “Football Tragic” is based in beautiful Nantes, so who better to bring us the latest from one French football’s fallen giants. When I mention FC Nantes to friends the reactions usually vary from pure indifference to something along the lines of “oh they used to be good, right?” This is somewhere near true,  FC Nantes […]

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