Ligue 1 Preview + Predictions: Week Two

Ligue 1 Preview + Predictions: Week Two

The new season is underway, and the first weekend may have been more sparklers than fireworks, but it did show that Ligue 1 will be as unpredictable as always. Games are as hard to call as always, and it will take a few weeks until we see any patterns emerging. This weekend’s games see Lyon and Marseille face tough away tests and the newly-promoted Gazelec Ajaccio fed to the Parc des Princes lions. By @Gibney_A Monaco…

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Clinton N’Jie and Spurs – A match made in heaven?

Clinton N’Jie and Spurs – A match made in heaven?

It’s almost as if the papers are determined for Lyon to lose one of their key first-team players this summer. Nabil Fekir was heavily linked with a move away but then he signed a new deal. Then it was the turn of Samuel Umtiti until he put pen to paper. If you believe the English press, Alexandre Lacazette has chosen to sign for Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal on about six different occasions this summer,…

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Ligue 1 Preview + Predictions: Week One

Ligue 1 Preview + Predictions: Week One

Ligue 1 is back! After a short break and various pre-season tours, the top division in France returns on Friday and although the title looks like an obvious procession back to the capital, it is the excitement that comes below that will keep you tuning in. Each week, the FFW team will preview the three biggest games of the weekend and then provide you with predictions to help you decide who is going to win each…

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OL Pride: Youthful Lyon Ready to Roar Again

OL Pride: Youthful Lyon Ready to Roar Again

While Monaco picked up ten players before the rest of the league had had a chance to even bookmark the LFP transfer page, and Marseille are shedding last season’s first team like they’ve got some form of bet on, things are a little bit different at the Stade Gerland. Yes, they’ve picked up Claudio ‘Air’ Beauvue from Guingamp and Jeremy ‘Free’ Morel from Marseille, and are shopping around for a centre-back, but as ever, it seems that…

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Lyon Youngster Interesting Celtic and the Premier League

Lyon Youngster Interesting Celtic and the Premier League

Reports have emerged within the French press tonight that suggest Scottish champions Celtic and a host of English Premier League teams are interested in Olympique Lyonnais and Morocco under-23 international Fahd Moufi. According to sources at Foot Mercato, the 19-year-old right-back is also attracting attention from a number of Les Gones’ Ligue 1 rivals. The promising youth prospect is said to be hopeful of signing a first professional contract with his current club which would…

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The Melancholy of Yoann Gourcuff

The Melancholy of Yoann Gourcuff

Arguably the biggest Ligue 1 enigma of recent years is Yoann Gourcuff. Practically unplayable on his day, particularly in leading Bordeaux to the title in 2009, those days have been too few and far between during his time at Lyon. As recently as last month, matchdays 28 to 30 provided a resumé of Gourcuff’s whole Lyon career in microcosm: superb against Montpellier, laying on two great assists; missing from the squad to play Marseille with…

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Postmortem on Nabil Fekir’s decision to pick France over Algeria

Postmortem on Nabil Fekir’s decision to pick France over Algeria

A few months ago, Nabil Bentaleb spoke about his decision to play for the Algerian national team. Bentaleb explained, ‘When I was younger and I used to watch matches on TV and France lost, I didn’t cry. But when Algeria lost, I would cry for hours.’ In late February Nabil Fekir made a very different declaration. He said, ‘I’ll announce my decision (to play for a national team) at the end of March. I’ll choose what’s best…

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Nabil Fekir Picks France: Where Will Deschamps Use Him?

Nabil Fekir Picks France: Where Will Deschamps Use Him?

The front page of Tuesday’s L’Equipe featured Olympique Lyonnais forward Nabil Fekir, confirming his decision to play for the country of his birth, France, over Algeria, the country where his parents were born. Front page of L’Equipe today. Fekir has made his decision. #FRA #OL pic.twitter.com/GnS3rIsY0o — FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) March 10, 2015 It is wonderful news for France as Fekir follows in the footsteps of Zinedine Zidane and Karim Benzema in choosing Les Bleus over Les…

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