Le50 – 2013: The Best Young Players In France

Welcome to the 2nd edition of Le50. This is a collection of the best young footballers currently playing in France – all the players featured were born on or after the 1st of January 1991. The French Football Weekly team have spent the last few months deliberating and voting on who to include from a list of around 200 players. […]

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The Jolly Green Saint-Etienne Giant

This post originally appeared on “Everyone Needs To Football” by the excellent Robert Smithson aka @_bobeto_ The permanent half-grin, the vacant air, the plodding gait. No, he does not look like a very good footballer. The poor first touch, terrible passes and ability to miss even the easiest chances. No, he does not play like a very good footballer. What […]

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Sensible moves within Ligue 1 the way forward

Now that the transfer window has finally slammed shut and we can concentrate on matters on the pitch, Matthew Richards looks at the business done within Ligue 1 in the last month, and it’s not all doom and gloom. The January transfer window was its usual manic self; rumours, agents, ‘Arry in a Land Rover, all the ingredients were there to […]

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Coupe de la Ligue: Saint-Etienne v Lille OSC

Road to the semi-finals: Saint Etienne’s run to the semi-finals has not been pretty: four goals in three games with two penalty shootout victories. They started the competition with a tough away game to Lorient — in the middle of their great start to the season — and prevailed in a shootout after a 1-1 score line. They were rewarded […]

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Zinedine Zidane Competition


Eighteen years ago Zinedine Zidane scored a wonderful free-kick in the first half as Bordeaux beat Saint-Etienne 2-1 at the Stade Chaban Delmas. On Thursday night the two teams meet again, locked together on 26 points, a win for either side could be vital in their quest for Champions League qualification. In order to commemorate this game we have an […]

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Aubameyang firing the jolly green giant towards Europe

Christophe Galtier’s Saint-Etienne side have surged towards the summit of Ligue 1 after 10 games this season and despite a few setbacks, they are currently sat in fifth and look good to challenge for a European cup spot as the campaign progresses. Early defeats to Lille, Toulouse and Sochaux have been compensated for by victories over Brest, Bastia, Nancy and […]

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A Tale of Two Cities…Part Two: Saint-Etienne

Time to re-join Theo Benneworth as he continues his two day football journey around two of Ligue 1’s greatest stadiums. Game 2 (Friday 26th October 2012, Kick-Off 20h45 local time): AS Saint Etienne 2-0 Stade Rennais / Stade Geoffroy Guichard / Ligue 1 On Thursday night at Gerland, the weather had been pretty mild for a late-October evening. On Friday afternoon, […]

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Gignac 2-2 Ibrahimovic as honours are shared in Le Classique


Another great weekend of football in Ligue 1, with a bumper 33 goals scored over the 10 matches – great for all Ligue 1-ophiles looking to spread the good word about the Championnat. Matchday 8 saw some great matches, and was a good week for, amongst others, Lille who grabbed their first win since the opening day, Reims who continued […]

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