Ligue 2 Preview: 2014/15

Ligue 2 Preview: 2014/15

Ligue 2 kicks off on Friday night and it is set to be a very exciting and unpredictable season. Our resident Ligue 2 expert Steve Wyss brings you up to date with all the summer goings on, and looks at the contenders up and down the table. Promotion contenders When mentioning promotion contenders, the first place to start has to be Troyes. Arguably, the club managed by Jean Marc Furlan have the strongest looking squad…

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FC Sochaux: 2013/14 Season Review

FC Sochaux: 2013/14 Season Review

It’s the hope that kills you! A line that we supporters of fair-to-middling clubs have often uttered as our team toys with our emotions, raising our hopes, then somehow managing to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Well, Sochaux fans have found new depths of meaning in the phrase this season. To cite another football-related cliché, this was truly a season of two halves for les Lionceaux. After 18 matches, Sochaux were rock bottom…

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Preview: The Final Countdown – FC Sochaux vs Evian TG

Preview: The Final Countdown – FC Sochaux vs Evian TG

Well this is it, the final round of Ligue 1 games and of course there is only one place we can start. No, not with PSG, they wrapped up the title weeks ago and no, not with Lille either, who are looking to hold off Saint-Etienne for the third Champions League spot. The place we have to start is the Stade Auguste Bonal where FC Sochaux-Montbeliard will play Evian TG FC. This is an absolutely…

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The Best of the Worst: Ligue 1 Relegation Bound XI

The Best of the Worst: Ligue 1 Relegation Bound XI

It’s around this point in the season when people start prepping their Team of the Season articles, and hoping that nobody has a calamitous crash in form or unexpectedly starts knocking in hat-tricks as part of a late surge for the European places. Not here. Oh no (OK, we will almost certainly put one together, we just haven’t been that organised yet). Instead, inspired by the Premier League Owl, we have put together a Team…

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PROFILE: Crystal Palace linked with a swoop for Cedric Bakambu

PROFILE: Crystal Palace linked with a swoop for Cedric Bakambu

Yesterday both the English and French press linked FC Sochaux striker Cedric Bakambu to a €4 million move to English Premier League side Crystal Palace. The 23-year-old has scored seven goals this season as Les Lionceaux try to avoid the dreaded drop to Ligue 2, but with only four games left they are still two points off seventeenth, and Bakambu has at times struggled to fire Herve Renard’s side to safety. The former France Under-20…

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Battle, what battle? Preparing for life in Ligue 2

Battle, what battle? Preparing for life in Ligue 2

With five games to go (mostly) in the Premier League, 13th to 20th are separated by 9 points and while there is a five point span between safety / not-safety, there are five games in hand and managerial moves to consider, so things are, if not still up in the air, at least hovering gently. Contrast this with France, where solid admin means everyone has played their allotted 32 games, and nobody’s been fired since…

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Coupe de France: Angers SCO v FC Sochaux

Tuesday night will see Ligue 1 strugglers Sochaux travelling across France to Angers, the city of Cointreau and the Doomsday tapestry. Both sides overcame lower league teams with varying amounts of ease in the last round, Angers beating CFA side FC Chambly in a sudden death penalty shootout after a hard-fought 1-1 stalemate, and Sochaux having no such trouble playing one of the lowest-ranked teams in the competition, eliminating Bressuire of the Division d’Honneur 3-0….

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Save our Sochaux – Zambians arrive to help Lionceaux

Save our Sochaux – Zambians arrive to help Lionceaux

They both made their debuts for Sochaux this weekend, so we called upon Salim Masoud Said from the excellent Sandals For Goalposts to tell us more about the Zambian duo of Stoppila Sunzu and Nathan Sinkala. In the end, Zambia’s defence of the Africa Cup of Nations was unsuccessful. Whether the verdict of the 2012 African champions will render that they were nothing more akin to a once-upon-a-time catchy pop song, despairingly slipping away on the…

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