Coupe de la Ligue Huitiemes Round Up: Ooh, Ounas


Given the size and shape of this competition, the scope for a giantkilling is limited, but upsets can still happen. Not this round, unfortunately, although there were some near misses. All four Ligue 2 teams are now out. On Tuesday, League leaders Dijon were beaten 3-0 by Lorient. They went down to ten men early in the second half, already a goal behind […]

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Preview: Coupe de la Ligue – Last 16


We have reached the last 16 of the Coupe de la Ligue – eight fixtures, with smaller clubs looking to find a way into Europe outside of the unpredictability of the season in Ligue 1. Four Ligue 2 sides are left in the competition, but they all face Ligue 1 opposition. The games are spread over two days, with coverage […]

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Ligue 1 Preview and Predictions: Week Four


The season is starting to take shape. Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon have discovered their Champions League opponents and Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux, Monaco and Marseille await their Europa League fate. Adding extra competitions to the mix will ask questions of those clubs’ ability to finish high up the table, giving the other Ligue 1 wannabes a chance at making a charge. by […]

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Ligue 1 Preview + Predictions: Week Two


The new season is underway, and the first weekend may have been more sparklers than fireworks, but it did show that Ligue 1 will be as unpredictable as always. Games are as hard to call as always, and it will take a few weeks until we see any patterns emerging. This weekend’s games see Lyon and Marseille face tough away tests […]

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Birthday Boy Claudio Beauvue: The King of Guingamp


The ball nestles in the top corner leaving the goalkeeper helpless. The usually sulphurous Toumba Stadium in Thessaloniki is brought to a deafening silence by a vicious drive from outside the box. PAOK Salonika are knocked out of the Europa League, and their assassin comes in the most unlikely of forms, in the shape of Coupe de France holders, En […]

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Coupe de France Preview: AJ Auxerre v EA Guingamp


After the poor start they made to the season, no one would have expected Guingamp to be in their current position. Relatively safe in mid-table, they now have a chance to return to the Stade de France and defend the trophy they surprisingly won last season. Auxerre will be no pushovers however. The second-tier side are somewhat cup specialists and […]

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US Concarneau v EA Guingamp: Coupe de France Preview


On Thursday evening, the Coupe de France quarter-final stage ends with Ligue 1 side EA Guingamp travelling just 140 kilometres south to face CFA side US Concarneau in a Breton derby fuelled with gallons of cup magic. Guingamp has been one of the best stories in Ligue 1 this season, and they are the current cup holders. They are taking […]

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Europa Euround-up: Guingamp Go Out, Kiev Carry On

Gourvennec in Kiev

When Guingamp could only manage a slender 2-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of this tie, there were concerns that that would not be enough to progress against the team top of the Ukrainian league, who had a precious away goal, and had displayed great defensive fortitude playing over half the match with nine men. So it proved. […]

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