Preview: Lille OSC v FK Qabala – Europa League Qualifying

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Opinions are mixed in Lille right now, fans are somewhat happy, apprehensive and some just plain confused. All that goes out the window on Thursday when the action turns to the pitch – not their normal pitch – as they take on Azerbaijani side FK Qabala in the first leg of their Europa League third round qualifying tie. Due to […]

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XI LIGUE 1 Players Your Club Needs This Summer

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With European sides now regularly scouting Ligue 1 for players to sign, Rich Allen has put together an XI of players whom clubs may want to take a closer look at this summer. Steve Mandanda – Goalkeeper – Marseille Steve Mandanda has been a loyal servant and beyond for Marseille since he joined initially on loan in 2007. Time and again […]

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Le50 2016: Benjamin Pavard – Lille OSC

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As a young footballer, your decisions can make or break your career. In this cut-throat business, you need to grasp every opportunity with both hands. When René Girard was in charge in Lille OSC, rather than take a holiday with his parents, Benjamin Pavard stayed in Northern France, giving himself a chance at turning professional. The 19-year-old took his chance […]

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Ligue 1: The Battle for Europe

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PSG secured their fourth consecutive title last month, so as they motor gently onwards, unencumbered by any distractions, focus turns to the battle for who will join them in Europe next season. This is slightly complicated by the fact that PSG could also win the Coupe de France, so at this point it’s not clear if sixth in the league […]

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PREVIEW: Lille OSC v SCO Angers – Ligue 1 Week 35

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On Wednesday night, Lille need to brush off their weekend hangover and get back to league duty at home to SCO Angers. The northern club lost the Coupe de la Ligue final 2-1 to Paris Saint-Germain and therefore haven’t secured a place in the Europa League for next season – they will now have to focus on their league quest. […]

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Le50 2016: Mike Maignan – Lille OSC

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Being second string goalkeeper at Lille is no easy task. Vincent Enyeama continues to be one of Ligue 1’s most consistent shot-stoppers, and the 2015-16 campaign for Mike Maignan has been even more testing because of a shoulder injury that has seen him sidelined for over three months. It was not the way the summer recruit from Paris Saint-Germain wished […]

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PREVIEW: PSG v Lille OSC: Coupe de la Ligue FINAL

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On Saturday evening, Ligue 1 takes a rest as Paris Saint-Germain and Lille do battle for the third domestic trophy of the season – if you count the Trophée des Champions (you shouldn’t – Ed). Frederic Antonetti’s in-form Lille side take on the champions and cup holders at the Stade de France and the “home” side will obviously start as […]

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