Philippe Montanier, Real Sociedad and their French connection

While Monaco were busy announcing their massive coup in luring Porto duo Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez to the Principality, having bounced back to the French top-flight after a two-year exile, another Ligue 1 club were securing their own coup. More understated than that of the Portuguese international or the Colombian wizard, but equally as impressive, Rennes have secured the […]

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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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Smells like Ligue 1 – Nantes v Monaco in the Promotion Race

The scent of Ligue 1. This was how the local press was building up to the Easter Saturday top-of-the-table clash between FC Nantes and leaders AS Monaco. Looking at their histories, it is hard to argue against the pedigree of the two clubs. A shared fifteen league titles (8-7 in FCN’s favour) showed firstly just what a classic match-up this […]

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Le50 – 2013: The Best Young Players In France

Welcome to the 2nd edition of Le50. This is a collection of the best young footballers currently playing in France – all the players featured were born on or after the 1st of January 1991. The French Football Weekly team have spent the last few months deliberating and voting on who to include from a list of around 200 players. […]

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Monte Carlo or Bust for Ligue 1’s future

Monaco are currently dwelling in Ligue 2 but are on the verge of a return to France’s top-flight, despite a recent 1-1 draw with title rivals Nantes that has drawn the top four in the second tier that bit closer together with eight games left to play. Like Les Canaris, however, Les Monegasques will be viewing potential promotion with trepidation […]

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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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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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