Gignac 2-2 Ibrahimovic as honours are shared in Le Classique

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Another great weekend of football in Ligue 1, with a bumper 33 goals scored over the 10 matches – great for all Ligue 1-ophiles looking to spread the good word about the Championnat. Matchday 8 saw some great matches, and was a good week for, amongst others, Lille who grabbed their first win since the opening day, Reims who continued […]

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Classic Le Classiques: The best of OM v PSG

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French football fans are well versed in the reasons why ‘le Classique’ is such an important event on the French football calendar but it is often forgotten that Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain are not traditional rivals. Instead, the intrigue behind this fixture has been built up over many years and a number of classic encounters between two of France’s most […]

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Le Classique: When two tribes go to war

We start the build up to this Sunday’s Le Classique with a debut piece by Theo Benneworth. A life-long Ipswich fan who lives in Lyon and writes for The Football Ramble, its a crazy combination for what could be a crazy match. This weekend, Marseille’s Stade Vélodrome plays host to the biggest match in world football. Ok, so that might […]

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Valenciennes humble league leaders Marseille

It has been yet another magical weekend in Ligue 1. 22 goals, unbeaten records smashed and managers earning a stay of execution, what else could you want….good goals? Well we’ve got them too. Frederic Antonetti had three games to have his job at Rennes and on Friday night he made it three from three when his side heaped more misery […]

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Stephane M’Bia adds power and ambition to the QPR squad

Arguably, its Joey Barton who is the more high profile transfer in this QPR-OM switch, but going in the other direction is the highly rated Stephane M’Bia. Everyone knows a lot about and has an opinion about Barton, but the Cameroonian is perhaps more of an unknown to a lot of people. So to EPL fans, especially those of QPR […]

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Marseille’s NextGen gunned down by Arsenal, but Stambouli remains positive

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A little under a year ago, Arsenal hosted Marseille at the Emirates Stadium in a Champions League group stage clash. The teams played out a drab 0-0 draw, and one of the few highlights was watching youngsters such as Nicolas Nkoulou show the skills and assurance to confirm that they belong at that level. Ten months down the line and […]

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Joey Barton: Marseille bound – From Loftus to the Velodrome

There are times when you know what you are reading or hearing is the work of fiction but there are some stories that really make you wonder and even turn into reality. If you’d told me a few weeks ago that Joey Barton would be moving to Marseille on loan I would have laughed at you. The controversial midfielder who […]

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Azpilicueta plays on for Marseille despite Chelsea interest

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After already crossing the Channel once this summer to sign Lille’s star midfielder Eden Hazard, Chelsea are strongly rumoured to be about to dip into the Ligue 1 talent pool again, this time to pick up the services of Marseille’s right back Cesar Azpilicueta. The young defender, who will turn 23 later this month, arrived at the Stade Velodrome in […]

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