Goodbye Kevin Gomis: From Nice to Nottingham Forest

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The fact that Kévin Gomis started 11 matches for Nice this season (nine of them in Ligue 1) speaks perhaps more to the fragility of the club’s first-choice central defenders than it does Claude Puel’s faith in Gomis. In fact, Gomis sat fourth in the club’s centre-back pecking order, behind starters Nemanja Pejcinovic and Mathieu Bodmer – himself a natural […]

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Coupe de France: Olympique de Marseille v Nice

The round of 32 draw has given us the second Derby de la Cote d’Azur of the season between Marseille and Nice.  Having both knocked out Ligue 1 opposition in the previous round, the south coast clubs will be eager to claim the win – and with both sitting outside the top 4, they will see the tournament as possibly […]

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Coupe de la Ligue : Review and Draw

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The huitiemes are done, and there were some great matches to enjoy. Our predictions were half-right, as ever, but you can watch highlights and check out who has who in the next round below. Nantes v Auxerre Prediction: Auxerre win, narrowly, in a hopefully high-scoring encounter. Let’s say 3-2. Result : Nantes 1 – 0 Auxerre Goal-machine Fernando Aristeguieta broke the […]

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Coupe de la Ligue Huitiemes – All In, Who’s Out?

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This is the last call for the Coupe de la Ligue, will the final boarders please come to the gate… As an early Christmas present, this midweek sees a round of League Cup matches, with the ‘big six’ finally making an appearance. The idea of the staggered start is to give those teams playing in Europe a little bit of […]

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Eleven Eaglets Soaring: Christian Brüls

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Unless things improve drastically in the last two league matches of the year, the chances are that there will not be much Christmas cheer at the Allianz Riviera Noël party. Despite the optimism at the start of the season, with a shiny new stadium about to open, last year’s surprise star Valentin Eysseric returning from suspension and Nampalys Mendy arriving […]

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Ode to a Colombian Keeper – David Ospina

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David Ospina arrived at Nice in the summer of 2008, a shy Colombian who didn’t speak a word of French but was expected to replace local hero Hugo Lloris, who had recently departed for the richer, higher-profile pastures of Lyon. When the deal was made official, I texted a Colombian friend who himself had spent many years tending goal, asking […]

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