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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Sensible moves within Ligue 1 the way forward

Now that the transfer window has finally slammed shut and we can concentrate on matters on the pitch, Matthew Richards looks at the business done within Ligue 1 in the last month, and it’s not all doom and gloom. The January transfer window was its usual manic self; rumours, agents, ‘Arry in a Land Rover, all the ingredients were there to […]

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Ibrahima Touré impresses in the Principality: AS Monaco v Arles-Avignon

Swapping Norfolk for the South of France Matthew Wassell took a little trip to the principality and watched Monaco take on Arles Avignon in Ligue 2. Naturally he turned to FFW to provide the picturesque views and tales from Monte Carlo. “Vous êtes 6083”.  This message, displayed on the various screens around the Stade Louis II, gave rise to a […]

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Famous names make strong start in quest to return to Ligue 1

Last season saw the famous name of Stade de Reims secure a return to Ligue 1 for the first time in 33 years as they secured promotion from Ligue 2. Bastia and Troyes – who had also endured long spells away from France’s top division – joined them in booking their place in the top flight. This year’s Ligue 2 […]

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Lucas Ocampos: The Prince of the Principality

Yesterday Ligue 2 side AS Monaco shocked French football by completing the €16m move for 18-year old Argentine star Lucas Ocampos. Signed from River Plate he becomes the next high profile signing for Italian Claudio Ranieri and a huge move in the transfer market. If the pressure wasn’t on ASM to win Ligue 2 at a canter already they have […]

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Preview: AS Monaco heavy favourites to lift Ligue 2 crown

With the start of the Ligue 2 season upon us we needed a quality preview for the upcoming season. Only one name came to mind “Below The Top League” These guys are the go to guys when it comes to Europe’s second division. Let them get you all excited for the new season in France’s second tier. The opening weekend […]

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