Les Bleues, Destination Sweden!

Bruno Bini has announced his 23-woman squad for the 2013 European Championships in Sweden, kicking off mid-July.  After several squads featuring 11 OL players, but including two goalkeepers, this time they are sending a dozen! While highly unlikely (three at the back would be a bit of a risk), it would therefore be possible for France to field a national […]

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Tears, Cheers, the End of Careers…?

Giuly Farewell

After David Beckham’s touching farewell to football at the Parc des Princes in game 37, and with certain games on the final day not meaning much at all, there was the opportunity to say farewell to some other players either coming to the end of their top-flight careers, or otherwise moving on. There were tears, hugs, sentimental substitutions, unexpected goals […]

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Saint-Etienne seek an upgrade on their ticket to Europe

PEA Brandao

Welcome Chris Luxford-Noyes to French Football Weekly – he looks at what the final day of fixtures means to Saint-Etienne and their future. Follow him on twitter @Bust_of_Chapman As we approach the final day of the Ligue 1 season, PSG have already been crowned champions with Olympique Marseille as runners-up, but from Lyon in third down to OGC Nice in sixth, the […]

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Ligue 1 Highlights: Week 37

These clips are available to all viewers in Europe (except France & Spain), Sub Saharan Africa and Australasia. Excluded in North Africa, Asia and N&S America. WEEK 37 Sunday 19th May NICE v LYON Saturday 18th May ST-ETIENNE v MARSEILLE PSG v BREST SOCHAUX v TOULOUSE RENNES v AJACCIO MONTPELLIER v LILLE REIMS v LORIENT TROYES v BORDEAUX EVIAN v […]

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UNFP French Football Award Nominations Announced


The nominations for the 2013 UNFP awards have been announced today. Awards will be handed to the best player, young player, goalkeeper and manager in Ligue 1 and also the best player and manager of Ligue 2. Here are the nominees: PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG: AS Saint-Etienne, Gabones, 23-years-old, Forward ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC: Paris Saint-Germain FC, Swedish, 31-years-old, Forward BLAISE MATUIDI: Paris Saint-Germain FC, French, 26-years-old, Midfielder THIAGO SILVA: Paris Saint-Germain FC, Brazilian, 28-years-old, Defender FFW Prediction: Blaise Matuidi […]

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Olympique Lyonnais – the Tactical Debrief


Harvey Kelly adds a tactical aspect to Lyon’s travails this season. Remi Garde’s Lyon has used a variety of formations this season, utilising 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2, and as a one-off against PSG in December a 3-5-2, but the main work-horse is their 4-1-4-1. The back four (in blue) is shielded by the ‘anchor’ Maxime Gonalons (in red), with four midfielders (in […]

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This Charming Man: Yoann Gourcuff

The tortured artist of the number 10 shirt is a so-what tired cliché at this point in the 21st century. The image projected by these magical players has changed dramatically since the days of the solitary artists of bygone years. The likes of Iniesta, Ozil and David Silva are no doubt the playmakers of their sides but the idea of […]

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Ligue 1 Highlights: Week 32

These clips are available to all viewers in Europe (except France & Spain), Sub Saharan Africa and Australasia. Excluded in North Africa, Asia and N&S America. WEEK 32 Sunday 14 April LYON v TOULOUSE NICE v SOCHAUX LILLE v MARSEILLE Saturday 13 April EVIAN v RENNES BORDEAUX v MONTPELLIER LORIENT v BASTIA BREST v REIMS AJACCIO v NANCY TROYES v […]

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