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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Bordeaux v Saint-Étienne: Preview – Week 25

Bordeaux v Saint-Étienne: Preview – Week 25

Sunday’s early game at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard has an intriguing sub-plot as both sides, despite trying to win places in Europe, have been on the slide in recent weeks. Willy Sagnol’s Bordeaux stopped the bleeding last week as they managed to sneak a 1-0 victory away at Evian. It was their first win in their last six games and keeps them in the mix in the top six. Going 2-0 up against Lens last Friday,…

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Red Star FC v AS Saint-Étienne: Coupe de France Preview

Red Star FC v AS Saint-Étienne: Coupe de France Preview

Only one Ligue 1 side is in action in Tuesday’s four opening games of the Coupe de France round of 16. Six-time champions AS Saint-Étienne travel to Paris to take on Championnat National representatives Red Star at Stade Jean-Bouin after both sides successfully navigated the last round, in slightly different fashions. Les Verts were involved in arguably the clash of the round of 32; a pulsating eight-goal thriller away at Tours FC that eventually saw Christophe…

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Saint-Étienne v RC Lens: Preview Week 24

Saint-Étienne v RC Lens: Preview Week 24

In the past, Friday night’s fixture between Saint-Etienne and RC Lens would have been billed as one of the most exciting in Ligue 1. The sad reality is that the home side start heavy favourites and a huge cloud of uncertainty hangs over the northern club. In the league they sit 19th after 23 weeks, three points from safety. Travelling to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard is never easy, but Les Sang-et-Or haven’t won away since the…

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