Bielsa Shocks Ligue 1 as Lecomte is Lorient’s Hero

Bielsa Shocks Ligue 1 as Lecomte is Lorient’s Hero

No matter how many goals were scored and regardless of the results in the opening weekend of fixtures in Ligue 1, Marcelo Bielsa made sure there was only one story dominating the press in Journée 1. Straight after the 1-0 defeat to Caen at the Stade Velodrome, the Argentine coach, to the shock of everyone, announced his decision to quit as OM coach. He handed his letter of resignation to Vincent Labrune on his way to the…

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Ligue 1 Preview + Predictions: Week One

Ligue 1 Preview + Predictions: Week One

Ligue 1 is back! After a short break and various pre-season tours, the top division in France returns on Friday and although the title looks like an obvious procession back to the capital, it is the excitement that comes below that will keep you tuning in. Each week, the FFW team will preview the three biggest games of the weekend and then provide you with predictions to help you decide who is going to win each…

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Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016

Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016

The position of back-up goalkeeper is often one that sees limited opportunities but huge responsibility when their time in the spotlight comes. France it seems has been blessed with a large number of excellent goalkeepers in recent times and the friendly matches against Brazil and Denmark at the end of March gave les Bleus’ coach Didier Deschamps a chance to try out a couple of his deputies in the absence of captain Hugo Lloris. With…

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FC Lorient v Olympique Lyonnais: Preview – Week 25

FC Lorient v Olympique Lyonnais: Preview – Week 25

The final match of this weekend has the feel of a must-win match for both Lorient and Lyon. Whilst a Lyon win would put them four points clear at the top after Marseille and PSG could only manage draws, les Merlus are now only one point and one place above the relegation zone, and could urgently do with a little breathing space. Despite their plight, Lorient’s recent from is not too bad: after four straight defeats around…

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Rennes v Marseile: Preview – Week 28 + Ligue 1 Multiplex

Rennes v Marseile: Preview – Week 28 + Ligue 1 Multiplex

Before the season is out there will be many games in Ligue 1 deemed “must wins” for sides up and down the table, but Saturday afternoon’s meeting between Rennes and Marseille brings up a clash where neither side can really afford to go away without any points. There is a gaping hole somewhere in Philippe Montanier’s sinking ship, and unless he can find it, their hopes of playing in Europe next season are going to…

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Marseille v Evian: Preview + Ligue 1 Saturday

Marseille v Evian: Preview + Ligue 1 Saturday

Marcelo Bielsa’s side return to the Stade Velodrome this weekend and try to forget about their terrible away record. Evian have conceded 25 goals away from home, have only won twice and have no draws to show for their troubles. Evian have a history of turning up and putting in performances when you least expect it – just ask PSG – but it would be a shock if OM didn’t come away with a victory…

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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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