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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Best and Worst of the Mercato in Ligue 1

The Best and Worst of the Mercato in Ligue 1

The transfer window finally slammed shut on Monday night, the shutters were rolled down, and hopefully we can get on with some football now. The total spent in the window was up at £328 million, £97m of that from PSG and Monaco topping the table with £146 million, leaving £86 […]