Coupe de France Preview: US Avranches v FC Lorient

Another potential Coupe de France shock could come on Saturday evening at Stade Rene Fenouillere where Championnat National side l’Union Sportive Avranches Mont Saint Michel welcome Ligue 1 outfit FC Lorient to Lower Normandy. The Manche-based home side made it into the round of 64 thanks to a 6-1 mauling of Jumeaux De M Zoisia, before seeing off US Matoury 1-0 on the road. Avranches are newcomers to the third tier this season, having earned…

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The Mounting Troubles Facing FC Lorient This Season

The Mounting Troubles Facing FC Lorient This Season

The end of the 2013-14 season saw another successful campaign for FC Lorient. It was another top 10 finish under long time manager Christian Gourcuff. Using a fluid 4-4-2 formation they finished with the seventh best goal scoring record in Ligue 1, which was made possible by the wonderful form of summer signing Vincent Aboubakar. The Cameroon striker was a revived man under Gourcuff. His time at Valenciennes had ended with nothing short of a…

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Bruno Ecuele Manga leaves FC Lorient to become Cardiff City’s warrior

Bruno Ecuele Manga leaves FC Lorient to become Cardiff City’s warrior

After four years of leading the defensive line at FC Lorient, Gabon international Bruno Ecuele Manga has left for pastures new, making the trip across the channel to join Championship side Cardiff City. It will surprise many on-lookers that the 25-year-old centre-back has opted to move to England’s second division, rather than waiting for a Premier League club to declare their interest, but full credit has to go to the Welsh side for securing a…

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Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Return of the Mak

Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Return of the Mak

Every week FFW will bring you Five reasons to watch Ligue 1 this weekend. Return of the Mak The early game on Saturday afternoon sees new Bastia manager Claude  Makelele return to Paris to take on champions PSG. When Makelele left Chelsea in 2008 he joined PSG and played with the Parisians for three seasons. Upon retirement he was offered a job as the assistant manager under new boss Carlo Ancelotti, a role he accepted…

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2014/15 Ligue 1 Season Preview

2014/15 Ligue 1 Season Preview

It’s here! We are only days away from the start of the 2014/15 Ligue 1 season. This is set to be one of the best seasons in recent years. Paris Saint-Germain may be miles away from the competition, but it’s the 19 teams behind the champions that will scrap for the other accolades in France’s top division. There are loads of questions to be answered: Can the challengers close the gap on Monaco? Will this…

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Christian Gourcuff: Swapping Ligue 1 Warriors for Desert Warriors

Christian Gourcuff: Swapping Ligue 1 Warriors for Desert Warriors

Journalist Daniel Riolo once said, “Give Christian Gourcuff 10 million more in the budget and he’ll take Lorient to third place.” Though Riolo’s prediction was brave, under Gourcuff the suggestion would not have been impossible. In the last ten years, Gourcuff has overseen a constant improvement that has transformed FC Lorient from Ligue 2 welterweights to Ligue 1 competitors. Yet, last week, French television channel Canal+ announced that Christian Gourcuff would take the reins of…

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FC Lorient: 2013/14 Season Review

FC Lorient: 2013/14 Season Review

Not many coaches play 4-4-2 nowadays but the classic formation is making a comeback and in France Christian Gourcuff has been one of its greatest architects this season. Under Gourcuff, Lorient have stuck to their guns and played two upfront with two tricky and exciting wide men. They finished in 8th place in the league in what ended up being a remarkable season for the club. Like most clubs in Ligue 1 this season there…

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Seven Hake-a-swimming: Vincent Aboubakar

Seven Hake-a-swimming: Vincent Aboubakar

As a Chelsea fan first and foremost there’s always been something about big strikers that love bulldozing through defences that has attracted me. The famous one for me needs no introduction, but another man caught my eye a couple of years ago when he moved to France, perhaps not because of similarities with Didier Drogba but because he gave the same level of excitement. Annoyingly despite my best efforts I haven’t been able to find…

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