Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016

Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016

The position of back-up goalkeeper is often one that sees limited opportunities but huge responsibility when their time in the spotlight comes. France it seems has been blessed with a large number of excellent goalkeepers in recent times and the friendly matches against Brazil and Denmark at the end of March gave les Bleus’ coach Didier Deschamps a chance to try out a couple of his deputies in the absence of captain Hugo Lloris. With…

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Rennes v Marseile: Preview – Week 28 + Ligue 1 Multiplex

Rennes v Marseile: Preview – Week 28 + Ligue 1 Multiplex

Before the season is out there will be many games in Ligue 1 deemed “must wins” for sides up and down the table, but Saturday afternoon’s meeting between Rennes and Marseille brings up a clash where neither side can really afford to go away without any points. There is a gaping hole somewhere in Philippe Montanier’s sinking ship, and unless he can find it, their hopes of playing in Europe next season are going to…

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Marseille v Evian: Preview + Ligue 1 Saturday

Marseille v Evian: Preview + Ligue 1 Saturday

Marcelo Bielsa’s side return to the Stade Velodrome this weekend and try to forget about their terrible away record. Evian have conceded 25 goals away from home, have only won twice and have no draws to show for their troubles. Evian have a history of turning up and putting in performances when you least expect it – just ask PSG – but it would be a shock if OM didn’t come away with a victory…

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Rolland Courbis: Would Jose Mourinho Have Done Any Better?

Rolland Courbis: Would Jose Mourinho Have Done Any Better?

Rolland Courbis has never been one to hide his opinion, while away from the game he has featured prominently in various media outlets. It’s no surprise that he has found a good working relationship with Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin. In an interesting interview with Le Parisien on Friday, the former Bordeaux, Lens and Marseille coach had a laugh at Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho’s apparent need for two or three more good players, spoke about the stark…

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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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