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

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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

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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

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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?

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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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Montpellier – after the storm

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Claudio Ranieri was sacked as Leicester Manager on Thursday – and on Friday, his statement was widely shared, starting “yesterday, my dream died”. As Leicester headed for the title last season, parallels were drawn with Montpellier’s win in 2011/12, which we addressed. Now, with Leicester still in the Champions League but in big trouble in the Premier League, it seems a good […]

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Coupe de France 2017 32emes – Sunday Part II

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The weekend’s 32emes draw to a close tonight with six matches (after postponements) taking place. The headline match is Lyon vs Montpellier, with some tantalising matches on the undercard – including last year’s surprise quarter finalists Granville hosting Ligue 1 opposition. Istres (DHR) – Marseille Consolat (Nat) The lowest-ranked team remaining in the competition are facing a local derby as FC […]

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Coupe de la Ligue: Laval v Montpellier – Nantes v Angers

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The Coupe de la Ligue is back for a midweek round with the fourteen non-European Ligue 1 teams joining the party, along with four Ligue 2 teams and two from third-tier National. Stade Lavallois v Montpellier Hérault SC, 18:45 CEST (Canal+ Sport)  Stade Lavallois are bottom of Ligue 2, and have only scored six goals in the dozen matches played thus far in […]

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Ligue 1 Betting: Week 10 – PSG vs Marseille, Nantes vs Rennes, Monaco vs Montpellier

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Every matchday the FFW team of Andrew, Jeremy, Philippa and Rich will each pick a game where they believe both teams will score, and an anytime scorer. SPONSORS….THIS COULD BE YOUR FEATURE Let’s look at how the team did in Week 9… The team (well most of them…) regained a little collective pride with a much better showing this week – […]

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