Right Place, Wrong Time: A Tribute to Bafetimbi Gomis

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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

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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

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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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FFW Podcast : wow PSG

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Phil, Jeremy and Rich look back on PSG’s 4-0 win over Barcelona – Barcelona – in the Champions League, review the last three rounds of Ligue 1 and look ahead to the Europa League and the next league round. The podcast is available on… SOUNDCLOUD

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Coupe de France 2017 32emes – Sunday Part II

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The weekend’s 32emes draw to a close tonight with six matches (after postponements) taking place. The headline match is Lyon vs Montpellier, with some tantalising matches on the undercard – including last year’s surprise quarter finalists Granville hosting Ligue 1 opposition. Istres (DHR) – Marseille Consolat (Nat) The lowest-ranked team remaining in the competition are facing a local derby as FC […]

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Preview : Anderlecht v AS Saint-Etienne – Europa League

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Both teams are through, but there’s still top spot to play for as Anderlecht are on 11 points and Saint-Etienne on 9, so ASSE will go through as group winners with a win. On the face of it, this seems unlikely. Anderlecht’s home form in this season’s Europa league (including qualifying) is 3-0, 3-1, 6-1, and they are the top-scorers in the Jupiler […]

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