France in Europe 2017

European Destinations 2017

It’s the Champions’ League final today – which sadly will not feature a French participant. Similarly in the Europa League, a French team reached the semi-final – but went no further. However – how far did the French teams actually go, in European competition this season? Our attention was drawn to this cool infographic (see below) that rounded up the […]

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Champions League Preview : Juventus v AS Monaco

ASM lose to Juve

Monaco head to Turin seeking to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg against Juventus, to reach the Champions League final for the first time since 2004. While they rebounded nicely to win at Nancy at the weekend, keeping their sights firmly on the Ligue 1 title, the league-leaders must surely have been disappointed with their 2-0 loss at […]

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Champions League Preview : AS Monaco v Juventus

ASM beat BVB

In the opinion of many, Monaco being drawn against Juventus represented a worst-case scenario for Leonardo Jardim’s effervescent side. The Italian champions had topped a tricky group containing Sevilla and Lyon, and haven’t conceded in the competition since November, a run of nearly 500 minutes. In addition to a very solid defence, in Paulo Dybala Juventus have, like Monaco, a […]

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FFW Pod : The Ligue 1 End is Near

PSG CDF SF

Phil, Jeremy and Rich look back over a couple of interesting weeks in French football and forward to a very interesting end of the season. Can Monaco hold on, given their brutal schedule to the end of season? What are the egregious omissions in the nominations for the UNFP awards? Where’s a good place to buy furniture? And who’s getting relegated? The podcast […]

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

PSG v ASM CDF

On paper this looks to be another highly-anticipated encounter between the division’s top two sides. In reality, to be quite frank, Monaco couldn’t care less about the outcome of the Coupe de France semi-final against PSG. In his press conference on Monday, Leonardo Jardim was honest in his assessment that his side’s focus was far more on Saturday’s Ligue 1 […]

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Champions League Preview : AS Monaco v Borussia Dortmund

Mbappe v BVB

After a first leg in which the focus was hardly on football, following a nerve-shattering attack on Dortmund’s team bus, Die Schwarzgelben make the trip to Monaco ready to overcome a 3-2 deficit from the first leg. Like the Ligue 1 leaders, they won at the weekend, but it was far from a stirring performance. Unlike Monaco, however, Dortmund did […]

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Champions League Preview: Borussia Dortmund v Monaco

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“We have an incredible atmosphere here,” warned Dortmund midfielder Raphaël Guerreiro in yesterday’s press conference ahead of a visit from Monaco in the Champions’ League quarterfinal. “There will be a lot of pressure, and they will be surprised.” While it is true that the Westfalenstadion is one of Europe’s most intimidating places to play, the match will more than likely […]

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Coupe de France Quarter-Final : AS Monaco v Lille OSC

Monaco beat OM cdf

So after Saturday night’s limp Coupe de la Ligue final display, questions have finally been raised against high-flying Monaco. Leonardo Jardim takes his side into an immediate test on Tuesday night as they play host to a, whisper it, slowly improving Lille. It came as something of a surprise to see Monaco so comprehensively outplayed as PSG romped to league […]

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