Preview: OGC Nice v Olympique de Marseille

Preview: OGC Nice v Olympique de Marseille

Marseille will travel the 200km of beach coastline on Friday night as they take on OGC Nice at the Allianz Riviera in Derby du Sud. OM Coach Marcelo Bielsa is without some key defenders as they look to keep pace with Olympique Lyonnais at the top of Ligue 1. Nice will be no walkovers, with Les Aiglons coming back from one-goal down in their last two games to pick up all six points. Claude Puel’s side…

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Chance for Ben Arfa as Newcastle United Game Deemed Unofficial

Chance for Ben Arfa as Newcastle United Game Deemed Unofficial

After a failed loan period with Hull City, the former Lyon and Marseille multiple Ligue 1 winner and international, Hatem Ben Arfa, famously discovered by Alan Shearer once he joined Newcastle United, was all set to sign for Nice this January, having had his Newcastle contract terminated. However, FIFA’s consultative opinion was that, on the basis that Hatem had also played for Newcastle’s Under-21s this season, there may be a breach of the rule against…

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Girondins de Bordeaux v OGC Nice: Preview – Week 21

Girondins de Bordeaux v OGC Nice: Preview – Week 21

Les Girondins return to the Stade Chaban Delmas on Friday night trying to stem the tide of what has become a difficult time for Willy Sagnol’s men. In the last six games, Bordeaux have only won twice, both coming at their home ground. Nice, who currently sit 12th in the league, are only five points above the dreaded drop-zone, but they will not be an easy opponent. The 3-2 away win over Caen and last…

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Coupe de France Preview: Valenciennes v OGC Nice

After a troublesome summer during which Valenciennes’ financial situation found them briefly facing the very real possibility of dropping into the CFA and thus losing their professional status, it must have been a relief to the club to start the season in Ligue 2. Relief quickly turned to horror, however, when they went out of the Coupe de la Ligue with barely a whimper and, by the end of Week 7, were rock bottom of…

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PREVIEW: RC Lens v OGC Nice – Week 19

PREVIEW: RC Lens v OGC Nice – Week 19

Things are looking slightly up for RC Lens this week. An investment of €2.5 million into the club means they have been granted permission to sign players in January. Also, two points in their last two games has given them a slight chance to escape the relegation zone before the winter break. Friday’s test against Nice will be tough, however. Claude Puel’s side may have struggled at home, but on the road they have impressed. Les Aiglons…

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PREVIEW: Nice v Saint-Etienne – Week 18

PREVIEW: Nice v Saint-Etienne – Week 18

Sunday’s Ligue 1 action kicks off at the Allianz Riviera as Claude Puel’s Nice host high-flying Saint-Etienne. After their fantastic 3-0 win over rivals Lyon, Les Verts are one of the in-form teams in the league right now, but will travel to the south of France after their defeat to Dnipro saw them eliminated from the Europa League. Last weekend Nice beat Caen 3-2 at the Stade Michel d’Ornano; it was their first win in six…

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OGC Nice v Olympique Lyonnais: Swifter than eagles; stronger than lions

OGC Nice v Olympique Lyonnais: Swifter than eagles; stronger than lions

So, game 12. After the Olympico last round, and looking forward to the Classico in the next, there is maybe not a stand-out match in this round. It feels a bit like everyone is waiting for the cymbals to clash and the trumpets to blare at the Parc des Princes next Sunday as the top two face off. This is a pity, as there are some interesting fixtures to come this weekend, and the potential for…

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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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