Coupe de France 32emes : Le Mans v Lille OSC

CDF 2018

Le Mans is best known for its 24 hour endurance race but the competitors in that automobile festival have nothing on Lille fans who’ve had to endure six months of absolute chaos ever Marcelo Bielsa was allowed to get behind the wheel of their club. The Argentine may no longer be at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy but his toxic legacy is […]

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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 : Leaves on the Line

Fekir shirt tribute crop

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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Le50 2017 – Martin Terrier

Terrier LOSC

Nearly every six-year-old kid, when they pull on their boots and begin kicking a ball, dreams of making it all the way to the very top. For Lille’s Martin Terrier, that became a reality while playing for SC Bailleul. Recruiters from LOSC were standing on the touchline when the little midfielder apparently went on a mazy run. There and then […]

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Le50 2017 – Yves Bissouma

Bissouma LOSC

“We continue to invest in the future while not forgetting the present.” The words of Lille CEO Marc Ingla when they presented Yves Bissouma with a new contract, keeping the Malian international midfielder at the northern club until 2021. It’s a huge vote of confidence for the 20-year-old who only started five games in Ligue 1 this season; but it’s […]

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France in Europe 2017

European Destinations 2017

It’s the Champions’ League final today – which sadly will not feature a French participant. Similarly in the Europa League, a French team reached the semi-final – but went no further. However – how far did the French teams actually go, in European competition this season? Our attention was drawn to this cool infographic (see below) that rounded up the […]

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Coupe de France Quarter-Final : AS Monaco v Lille OSC

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So after Saturday night’s limp Coupe de la Ligue final display, questions have finally been raised against high-flying Monaco. Leonardo Jardim takes his side into an immediate test on Tuesday night as they play host to a, whisper it, slowly improving Lille. It came as something of a surprise to see Monaco so comprehensively outplayed as PSG romped to league […]

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