FFW Podcast : If not now, Rennes?

Fekir v ASM

The gang’s all here as Kris is joined by Jez, Phil and Rich to look back over round 9 of Ligue 1, featuring Nabil Fekir sparkling in OL’s 3-2 win over Monaco, Dijon being denied at the last by PSG, Lille screwing up again, and Marseille continuing to be highly entertaining for the neutrals. Also features a round-up of the Women’s Champions […]

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Women’s Champions League : Lyon flying, Montpellier in a fix

Ada Hegerberg v Medyk Konin

The first legs of the round of 32 were a good news/bad news situation for the French teams. Lyon, as predicted, won 5-0 away at Medyk Konin, in a characteristic walkover where they had almost all of the ball, and 19 shots to 1. Montpellier, on the other hand, failed to make their dominance at the Mosson count, losing to […]

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Women’s Champions League : Lyon and Montpellier start their campaigns

OL WCL 2017

This will be the ninth Women’s Champions League competition, after the earlier UEFA Cup, and the French participants will be hoping to continue their dominance alongside the Bundesliga teams. In the eight editions so far, OL have won four, with another two final appearances, and after the QSI takeover of PSG saw money also being injected into the women’s team, the capital club have […]

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FFW Podcast : Entertaining Rubbish

ASCO OL Marcelo red

It’s a bumper pod this week as the gang’s back together – Kris is nursing a back injury but is ploughing through with Jez, Rich and Phil to discuss all the Ligue 1 happenings, PSG squad choice, Monaco jitters, whether Ligue 1 is crap, France, Didier Deschamps, the Women’s Champions League, and why we are all here in the first place. Send […]

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Louis Nicollin : lived 1943 – 2017; reigned 1974 – 2017

Louis Nicollin Georges Freche

Montpellier’s larger-than-life President, Louis Nicollin, has died. LouLou was one of the great characters in football and seemed indestructible. I thought he’d go on for ever, hugging his players, snaffling shirts from the best of the opposition, giving interviews that you knew had the rest of the MHSC staff with their heads in their hands and/or swearing loudly in the office…but […]

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Le50 2017 – Ellyes Skhiri

Skhiri MHSC

It was another inconsistent and frustrating season for Montpellier, who finished in fifteenth, only reaching safety on the penultimate day. There were unexpected big home wins (Marseille, PSG, Bordeaux) – and some rather larger defeats (Lyon – twice, Monaco, Marseille, Bordeaux). They lost both manager and key playmaker in January, faffed around formationally, and lost their last five matches. It […]

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Le50 2017 – Jonathan Ikoné

Ikone MHSC

For a club where great things are expected, there are a lot of headaches. One of them is how to balance bringing younger players into the squad with the need to play the strongest possible team to keep both fans and players happy. While waltzing to last season’s title, there was the chance for PSG to offer playing time to […]

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Steve Mounié – from Montpellier to Huddersfield?

Mounie

Montpellier have a tradition of selling their two best players every summer, so with a variety of clubs circling around Ryad Boudebouz, the news that Steve Mounié is being heavily linked with newly-promoted Huddersfield isn’t that surprising. Last season was a tricky proposition for the 2012 champions, who flirted with relegation, changed managers a(nother) couple of times, and ended up in fifteenth. […]

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