EUROUNDUP: All Aboard the Europa League Train

EUROUNDUP: All Aboard the Europa League Train

As feared, Monaco will be a Europa League team this season, despite a sterling effort at Stade Louis II on Tuesday. The home side won the C1 play-off second leg 2-1 after goals from Andrea Raggi (again) and Elderson after Valencia’s Alvaro Negredo had twisted the knife with an early opener. However ASM could not get the crucial third goal, and now will drop to the Europa League – and maybe lose a bunch more…

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EUROUNDUP: Monaco Look Set for Busy Thursday Nights

EUROUNDUP: Monaco Look Set for Busy Thursday Nights

European qualifying! And it’s already shaping up to be good for those of us with not much on on Thursday evenings… First, Monaco were in action in the Champions League play-offs, in a heavyweight match-up against Valencia. They were denied a clear penalty at 2-1, and then conceded what could be the killer blow as Feghouli scored the third in the 86th minute. With Kurzawa and Abdennour both unavailable, the backline looked a little shaky, exacerbated…

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Saint-Etienne and Bordeaux Must Prove Europa Dedication

Saint-Etienne and Bordeaux Must Prove Europa Dedication

Welcome back Eric Devin to look in-depth at the Europa League challenges ahead for Saint-Etienne and Bordeaux With several notable flops in Ligue 1 sides’ recent past, the qualification stages of European competition have been something of a banana skin of late. In Europa qualifying, in 2013 Saint-Etienne stumbled against Danish minnows Esbjerg, OGC Nice exited to the Cypriot team Apollon Limassol that same year, and Lyon fell to Romanian side Astra Giurgu last season….

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Defence the Best Form of Attack? Saint-Etienne Enter the Europa League

Defence the Best Form of Attack? Saint-Etienne Enter the Europa League

Another team kick off their season on Thursday with Europa League qualifying, having not really done much in the mercato so far. Saint-Etienne will play Romania’s Tirgu Mures, runners-up in Liga 1 last season, just three points behind Steaua Bucharest. How exactly they’ll approach that remains to be seen but their rather binary results from last season’s edition (featuring five draws and a loss with a massive two goals scored in the group stage) looks worryingly like…

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Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016

Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016

The position of back-up goalkeeper is often one that sees limited opportunities but huge responsibility when their time in the spotlight comes. France it seems has been blessed with a large number of excellent goalkeepers in recent times and the friendly matches against Brazil and Denmark at the end of March gave les Bleus’ coach Didier Deschamps a chance to try out a couple of his deputies in the absence of captain Hugo Lloris. With…

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Coupe de France Preview : Paris Saint-Germain v Saint-Etienne

Coupe de France Preview : Paris Saint-Germain v Saint-Etienne

Paris Saint-Germain – by Andrew Gibney Story so far On paper, Paris Saint-Germain’s run to the Coupe de France semi-final looks fairly taxing. Victories over Montpellier, Bordeaux, Nantes and Monaco put them on the cusp of another cup final, but it has actually been fairly straightforward. PSG scored three against Montpellier, then two against each of Bordeaux, Nantes and Monaco. Of the four opponents, only Les Girondins managed to score, Monaco – without any fit centre-backs –…

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US Boulogne v Saint-Etienne: Coupe de France Preview

US Boulogne v Saint-Etienne: Coupe de France Preview

On Tuesday night, the first Coupe de France match-up sees US Boulogne-Sur-Mer of the third tier welcome Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne to the Stade de la Liberation. It will be a tough ask to overcome Christophe Galtier’s side to reach the semi-finals, but the northerners have overcome a lot to get to this stage, so let’s not rule them out just yet. US Boulogne – by Simon Scutt Story so far The side from the…

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Saint-Etienne v Marseille: Hope Springs Eternal For Les Stephanois

Saint-Etienne v Marseille: Hope Springs Eternal For Les Stephanois

by Chris McMullan Winters are cold in central France. The region known in the middle ages as the Forez lies miles from the sea and is stuck between the Alps and the Massif Central. There is little humidity, and, in the traditional mining town of Saint-Etienne, the dry air brings with it a bitter cold in the winter months. This particular winter has also been harsh for AS Saint-Etienne who have accrued only two points…

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