Archive for category: Ligue 1

Marseille: A project … but what project?

Marseille: A project … but what project?

The day after the defeat to Arsenal, many harsh words were written about Olympique de Marseille. Some were quick to say that Baup’s team selection was an insult to the Champions League. Rightly or wrongly,  those claims do highlight the problem of French clubs and Europe. However, at Marseille, they […]

And Les Parisiens of PSG: Thiago Motta

And Les Parisiens of PSG: Thiago Motta

Thiago Motta is an easy player to hate. He dives, whines to referees and is occasionally dirty, a combination which is rarely endearing, even in players on the team one supports. Additionally, he seems to be made of glass, routinely making himself important to a side only to be ruled […]

Two Rouge et Blanc: Kossi Agassa

Two Rouge et Blanc: Kossi Agassa

Kossi Agassa is a player whose career took some time to blossom, however the Togo goalkeeper appears to have finally found a home in the heart of champagne country. Indeed – much like Turkey and stuffing – Agassa’s partnership with Stade de Reims has proved to be a perfect combination, with […]

Three Pailladins – Benjamin Stambouli

Three Pailladins – Benjamin Stambouli

Away at Valenciennes in game 13, Benjamin Stambouli played his 100th professional game for his club formateur, Montpellier. A native of Marseille, as a child he played for them, then FC Sion and CS Sedan Ardennes, where his father Henri was working, and ES Uzès Pont du Gard before joining […]

Four Lion Cubs: Cédric Bakambu

Four Lion Cubs: Cédric Bakambu

Cédric Bakambu was a star as a kid, playing for the French U18s, U19s – with whom he won the Euros in 2010 – and U20s, and scoring at every level, sometimes spectacularly. He was also a dominant figure in the young Sochaux team that reached the finals of the […]

Five Girondins : Henri Saivet

Five Girondins : Henri Saivet

Handmade jumpers, crafty television infomercial appliances, or a weathered album of postage stamps; Christmas tends to bring bizarre gifts in tow. Ones that you often forget, rediscover, and then learn to value. Henri Saivet is kind of like those enigmatic gifts. Saivet became the youngest Bordeaux player to ever sign […]

Coupe de la Ligue : Review and Draw

Coupe de la Ligue : Review and Draw

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 […]

Six Canaries Tweeting: Vincent Bessat

Six Canaries Tweeting: Vincent Bessat

Every so often a player just catches your eye, something draws you in, makes you sit up and pay attention. Usually it’s tricky winger, a powerful centre forward or a cavalier full-back. Vincent Bessat is none of these, but every time he enters the pitch clad in yellow, you can’t […]