Coupe de France 32emes : USM Senlis v FC Nantes

When Nantes, fifth in Ligue 1, travelled to Amiens for their last match of 2017, some ‘neutrals’ in the stands were watching them intently – the president of USM Senlis and his staff had made the drive up to check out the opposition for the 9th round of the Coupe de France. Eric Guillot ended up having a chat with […]

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Le50 2017 – Mariusz Stepinski

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After two goals in his first five starts for his new club, Polish attacker Mariusz Stepinski made a very bright start to his first season in France – all the more impressive given the struggles FC Nantes were going through in the first part of the campaign. Stepinski had demonstrated his natural striker’s instinct and shown himself to be technically […]

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Le50 2017 – Enock Kwateng

Signing a professional football contract is the stuff that dreams are made of; something that young Franco-Ghanaian defender Enock Kwateng achieved at the end of 2015 signing on with FC Nantes having been at the club since 2012. He took his first steps in league football with a debut cameo away at Angers at the very beginning of the 2015-16 […]

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Ranieri to Nantes – Canaries flying high

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To the surprise of many Claudio Ranieri has been appointed manager of FC Nantes.  An unorthodox choice for the 65-year-old jovial Italian or a masterstroke by the powers-that-be at FC Nantes beginning a new exciting direction for the club? After the unexpected volte-face by Sergio Conceicao, FCN were left without a manager. Having been reticent to employ non-French manager the […]

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Coupe de la Ligue Quarter-Finals – Tuesday : Nantes v Nancy and Sochaux v Monaco


We’re yet to see the return of Ligue 1 in France, but the cup competitions continue apace this mid-week with the quarterfinals of the Coupe de la Ligue. Monaco, authors of a 7-0 defeat of Rennes in the previous round, look to be co-favorites with a suddenly resurgent Paris Saint-Germain, and face the last remaining Ligue 2 side, FC Sochaux. Elsewhere, […]

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Coupe de France 2017 32emes – Saturday Part II


We reach the halfway point of the 32emes tonight as seven more ties take place, including one all-Ligue 1 clash as PSG host Bastia, and potential upsets as three Ligue 1 teams travel to lower league opposition. Blois Foot 41 (CFA2) vs FC Nantes (L1) Stalwarts of Division 2 in the 70s before tumbling town the French football structure, Blois […]

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FC Nantes: Goalless and now Coachless


You cannot spell slaughter without laughter. Both were in evidence in spades Wednesday night at the Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes. The slaughter took place on the pitch as Olympique Lyonnais inflicted a historic 6-0 defeat on their hosts. The laughter was down to the enormous amount of gallows humour on show in the stands, particularly during the second […]

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