Archive for category: Ligue 1

Evian Thonon Gaillard: 2013/14 Season Review

Evian Thonon Gaillard: 2013/14 Season Review

If it wasn’t for the end of season heroics of Daniel Wass against Sochaux at the Stade Auguste Bonal, Evian’s season would have been a complete failure. Twelve months ago they were excited about their Coupe de France final against Bordeaux, and although they lost 3-2 in the end, the […]

Stade de Reims: 2013/14 Season Review

Stade de Reims: 2013/14 Season Review

Despite a convincing first season back in the top flight, Reims returned for their second year in Ligue 1 with few certainties, and considered by many as one of the teams to watch in the relegation race. With one of the smallest budgets in the league, and a squad without […]

Girondins de Bordeaux: 2013/14 Season Review

Girondins de Bordeaux: 2013/14 Season Review

It’s hard to know where to start when reviewing the Girondins de Bordeaux’s 2013-14 season. On the face of it, it was fairly inconsequential; they finished in the same position as last season, with no real cup runs and an appalling showing in Europe.  It will go down as a […]

EA Guingamp:2013/14 Season Review

EA Guingamp:2013/14 Season Review

As they returned to Ligue 1 last season, nearly a decade after their relegation to the second tier, to say that Guingamp weren’t favourites to remain in the top flight would have been an understatement. With the smallest budget of all clubs involved in the division and a squad similar […]

Christian Gourcuff: Swapping Ligue 1 Warriors for Desert Warriors

Christian Gourcuff: Swapping Ligue 1 Warriors for Desert Warriors

Journalist Daniel Riolo once said, “Give Christian Gourcuff 10 million more in the budget and he’ll take Lorient to third place.” Though Riolo’s prediction was brave, under Gourcuff the suggestion would not have been impossible. In the last ten years, Gourcuff has overseen a constant improvement that has transformed FC […]

Saint-Etienne: 2013/14 Season Review

Saint-Etienne: 2013/14 Season Review

If you had offered Christophe Galtier a fourth place finish at the start of the season, he would probably have been chewing on your hand moments later. However, with a chance of finishing third up for grabs until the last game of the season, it’s likely that Les Verts are […]

Lille OSC: 2013/14 Season Review

Lille OSC: 2013/14 Season Review

For all the pre-season talk of transition and struggle, you have to take your hat off to René Girard and the Lille side for finishing third in Ligue 1. It may not have been pretty to watch, sometimes it was even dull, but it was incredibly effective. Although they could […]

Toulouse FC: 2013/14 Season Review

Toulouse FC: 2013/14 Season Review

Like so many teams in Ligue 1 it was a case of flashes without a true fire for Toulouse this season. A disastrous start was offset by some exhilarating performances later in the campaign, providing the merest hint of a suggestion that this team has the potential for great things […]