Is Long-Term Stability a Priority For Bordeaux?

Poyet GDB

When Bordeaux sacked manager Jocelyn Gourvennec on January 18, it wasn’t without justification. The Frenchman only had a 39% win ratio in his 71 games in charge, winning 28, losing 24 and drawing 19. Languishing in 13th place and without a win in six games, the time had arrived for change, with Gus Poyet named the man to take the club […]

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Three January Transfers to Change Three Teams’ Seasons


Guest poster Stefan Robert look at three clubs who could be eyeing January reinforcements and considers a player who would be an ideal addition for each.   Marseille – Thiago Mendes (Lille) Despite all the talk of ‘OM champions Project’, Marseille have been largely underwhelming on the pitch this season. Whilst they have improved their league position (note that they […]

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Coupe de France 32emes : Sunday Part I

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Saint-Etienne vs Nimes Although on paper, Ligue 1 giants at home to a Ligue 2 club should point to a relatively comfortable home win, this tie has potential upset warning alarms ringing. With Saint-Etienne winless since mid-October and sitting in 16th place in the Ligue 1 table, they are only six places ahead of Nimes, who have emerged as serious […]

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Coupe de la Ligue 8emes – goalkeeping heroics and officiating fails

Rennes v OM CDL

This midweek saw the Coupe de la Ligue huitiemes (round of 16) as the European teams joined in with a schedule featuring only one survivor from Ligue 2, lanterne rouge Tours. The junior cup competition in France may not be the most intriguing, and with the European teams having played twice a week since the international break, and two Ligue […]

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FFW Podcast : Win lose or draws


After a week out, Kris is joined by Jez and Phil to round up game 17, PSG’s Champions’ League campaign, Disneyland, the draw for the European knock-out rounds, some mild Coupe de la Ligue action, and what the hell is happening to Saint-Etienne right now. Lille were on a bit of an up after Marcelo Bielsa moved on, but are still in […]

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FFW Podcast : Midweek Football and Project Monaco


With a midweek round going on all around them, Kris is joined by Jez and Phil to discuss PSG’s increasing lead, Lyon’s increasing goal difference, Caen v Bordeaux, Ligue 2, and Project Monaco v3.0. There’s also a nod to Les Bleues’ recent matches, Bielsa in a cafe, early shouts for goalkeeper of the year, and Kris forgets what Jez is called again. […]

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FFW Podcast : Leaves on the Line

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After a day’s delay, with Kris out injured, Phil, Jez and Rich get together to discuss Amiens, Lille, Fekir, Nice, Monaco and the upcoming Breton Derby, before a large chunk of the pod is rendered redundant as Bielsa is “momentarily suspended” shortly after we finish recording. If you have any questions for next week, send them over on Twitter @FrenchFtWeekly, or leave a comment […]

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Can Bordeaux become Ligue 1 ‘Champions’?


To Stéphane Martin, the idea of success was plain and specific. At the beginning of the new season  the former trader, now president of Bordeaux, was questioned on what his hopes were for the new campaign. “To be ‘Champions’,” he told L’Equipe. It was not, though, winning Ligue 1 that he making reference to. No, he knows that that spot […]

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