Paris Saint-Germain v Girondins de Bordeaux – Preview

Paris Saint-Germain v Girondins de Bordeaux – Preview

The biggest game of the Coupe de France’s tenth round – at least if you’re looking at it from a technical point – is probably Paris Saint-Germain’s clash with Bordeaux at the Parc de Princes. On current form Nantes vs Lyon would probably make a solid claim but on paper at least the tie featuring the current champions is always going to be the one that attracts the headlines. Except for the fact that at the…

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Coupe de France Preview – Montpellier v PSG

When this fixture was drawn out of the hat, it may have put something of a spanner in Laurent Blanc’s selection plans for the new year. PSG have six fixtures in January, including both cups, and five in February, including the Champions League, with the possibility of another in January and two more in February depending how their cup runs go. That could mean 14 games in eight weeks, so getting another Ligue 1 team…

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PREVIEW: Paris Saint-Germain v Montpellier – Week 19

PREVIEW: Paris Saint-Germain v Montpellier – Week 19

It wasn’t too long ago that this was a match at the top of the table. There’s no surprise that Paris Saint-Germain are at the top, but Montpellier are enjoying a different life in mid-table. Le Paillade is one of the quintessential typically inconsistent sides in Ligue 1. Beat Rennes 4-0, but then lose a 2-0 lead to draw 3-3 with a team in the relegation zone. If you are a Montpellier fan with hair…

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Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Return of the Mak

Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Return of the Mak

Every week FFW will bring you Five reasons to watch Ligue 1 this weekend. Return of the Mak The early game on Saturday afternoon sees new Bastia manager Claude  Makelele return to Paris to take on champions PSG. When Makelele left Chelsea in 2008 he joined PSG and played with the Parisians for three seasons. Upon retirement he was offered a job as the assistant manager under new boss Carlo Ancelotti, a role he accepted…

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2014/15 Ligue 1 Season Preview

2014/15 Ligue 1 Season Preview

It’s here! We are only days away from the start of the 2014/15 Ligue 1 season. This is set to be one of the best seasons in recent years. Paris Saint-Germain may be miles away from the competition, but it’s the 19 teams behind the champions that will scrap for the other accolades in France’s top division. There are loads of questions to be answered: Can the challengers close the gap on Monaco? Will this…

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Montpellier HSC: 2013/14 Season Review

Montpellier HSC: 2013/14 Season Review

Two years ago, Montpellier won the league title. After the tribulations of the last two seasons, that achievement looks even more impressive than it did at the time. With Rene Girard moving on, Jean Fernandez came in promising organisation and solidity, and delivering mostly draws and frustration. With his team hovering just above the relegation zone, President Louis Nicollin pulled the trigger and welcomed Rolland Courbis back to Mosson, hoping that the man who kept…

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Remy Cabella: Dreaming of Brazil and Beyond

Remy Cabella: Dreaming of Brazil and Beyond

Didier Deschamps’ announcement of the provisional World Cup squad has sparked much comment, mostly around the exclusion of Samir Nasri. Further down on the reserves list, however, are another couple of debates – Lacazette not being in the 23, for example, but also the presence of Montpellier’s Remy Cabella. As the only number 10 on the reserves list, he seems the natural back-up if either Clement Grenier or Mathieu Valbuena have any issues in the…

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Coupe de France: Cannes v Montpellier

After all the turmoil of last season, when they came very close to liquidation, CFA side Cannes are on a storming cup run, having seen off Troyes, St Etienne (on penalties) and most recently frequent cup-botherers Plabennec  with a goal from Belkacem Zobiri to set up a second clash with the Ligue 1 club. While they lie 7th in their CFA group and don’t look likely to get out of the division this time round, they have…

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