Coupe de France 32emes : Sunday Part I

CDF 2018

Saint-Etienne vs Nimes Although on paper, Ligue 1 giants at home to a Ligue 2 club should point to a relatively comfortable home win, this tie has potential upset warning alarms ringing. With Saint-Etienne winless since mid-October and sitting in 16th place in the Ligue 1 table, they are only six places ahead of Nimes, who have emerged as serious […]

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FFW Podcast : Win lose or draws

OM v ASSE

After a week out, Kris is joined by Jez and Phil to round up game 17, PSG’s Champions’ League campaign, Disneyland, the draw for the European knock-out rounds, some mild Coupe de la Ligue action, and what the hell is happening to Saint-Etienne right now. Lille were on a bit of an up after Marcelo Bielsa moved on, but are still in […]

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FFW Podcast : Everybody wants to see that kind of thing

Fekir v ASSE

The team is back as Kris is joined by Phil, Jez and Rich to discuss the Rhone Derby, and whether we want to see that kind of thing, if PSG are the best team in Europe at the moment, Monaco’s recent form, and whether Metz are doomed. Also tops and flops, why OL are kicking off at 6am in the […]

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Right Place, Wrong Time: A Tribute to Bafetimbi Gomis

Gomis

Watching Galatasaray’s humiliating Europa Cup elimination to Ostersunds last month, it struck me that Bafetimibi Gomis has a remarkable knack of being in the right place at the wrong time. Now 31, the French striker finds himself in Istanbul as part of a squad overhaul prompted by Gala’s wretched fourth place finish in last year’s Super Lig. There is little doubt […]

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Le50 2017 – Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel

Gabriel ASSE

It’s fair to say that Saint-Etienne’s last home game of the season could have gone rather better as a send-off to Christophe Galtier after eight years at the helm, as they conceded five to an on-fire PSG. Galtier’s last roll of the dice, 4-0 down after 80 minutes, was a characteristic like-for-like change of his right-back, removing the frazzled Kevin […]

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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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Europa League Preview : Saint-Etienne v Manchester United

MUNASSE flares cropped

Sadly, there isn’t that much to play for in this weirdly-scheduled return leg of the Europa League round of 32, as Manchester United take a 3-0 lead to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. Almost inevitably, this was from a Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick as he continues to consider les Verts his personal scoring challenge. It all started 15 minutes in, when Ibrahimovic’s low […]

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Europa League Previews – AZ v OL and Manchester United v Saint Etienne

Manu v ASSE Europa

Ah, the Europa League. In the qualifying rounds you can find your Game of Thrones name by sticking a pin in the fixture list, and France usually lose a team (Lille, this year). In the group stages, this is often made up by somebody dropping out of C1 qualifying (well done Monaco for bucking that trend, as well as many others, this season). […]

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