Preview : Saint-Etienne v Beitar Jerusalem – Europa League Qualifying

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Saint-Etienne are in a strong position going into the second leg of the play-off as they welcome Beitar Jerusalem to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. After conceding inside ten minutes in the first leg, goals from Fabien Lemoine and Florentin Pogba put them ahead by half-time, and that was how it stayed. It was a slightly shaky start for Les Verts as […]

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Preview : Beitar Jerusalem v Saint-Etienne – Europa League Qualifying

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Tonight sees Saint-Etienne in action in the Europa league play-offs, with a potentially tricky trip away to Beitar Jerusalem, third in last season’s Israeli Premier League. After a grand total of one goal was scored in ASSE’s third round qualifying ties against AEK Athens (Robert Beric), the usual binary results seemed to be back, but then the first game of the new Ligue […]

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Preview: AEK Athens v Saint-Etienne – Europa League Qualifying

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Europa League third round qualifying hits its second marker with the French teams, Lille and Saint-Etienne, not in the best of shape. Their matches this time will overlap, as the chaotic nature of the early rounds means that there are *twelve* different kick-off times this Thursday, which is probably some form of record. On the actual pitch, a goalless first leg was underwhelming, […]

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Preview: AS Saint-Etienne v AEK Athens – Europa League Qualifying

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Saint-Etienne get back into the competitive swing of things with a third-round qualifying home tie against Greek Superleague side AEK Athens, who are making their first European appearance since 2011/12. ASSE will be hoping that this campaign is more like last year’s creditable round of 32 appearance than their two previous efforts, coming bottom of their group in 2014/15 and failing to qualify […]

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XI LIGUE 1 Players Your Club Needs This Summer

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With European sides now regularly scouting Ligue 1 for players to sign, Rich Allen has put together an XI of players whom clubs may want to take a closer look at this summer. Steve Mandanda – Goalkeeper – Marseille Steve Mandanda has been a loyal servant and beyond for Marseille since he joined initially on loan in 2007. Time and again […]

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Ligue 1 PREVIEW: Nice v Saint-Etienne – Week 37

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In a crucial tie to determine the Europa League places, fourth-place Saint-Etienne travel to fifth-place Nice, with only a point between them. With ASSE then facing Lille (sixth, only one point further back) in the final game, holding onto their current ranking could be a difficult proposition; LOSC play Guingamp this round, and in a neat coincidence EAG host Nice in the final […]

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Ligue 1: The Battle for Europe

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PSG secured their fourth consecutive title last month, so as they motor gently onwards, unencumbered by any distractions, focus turns to the battle for who will join them in Europe next season. This is slightly complicated by the fact that PSG could also win the Coupe de France, so at this point it’s not clear if sixth in the league […]

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Le50 2016: Neal Maupay – AS Saint-Etienne

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It seems just like yesterday that Neal Maupay was a 16-year-old forward jumping onto the Ligue 1 stage, giving France fans a reason to get excited. This is his fifth season as a Ligue 1 player, from his debut season for OGC Nice, playing nine games – just three starts – and scoring three goals, to this season, one full […]

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