Le50 2016: Vincent Koziello – OGC Nice

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“I am no angel!” The words of OGC Nice midfielder Vincent Koziello at the start of 2016. It’s hard to believe when you look at the short, blonde haired, blue-eyed 20-year-old. “When I go into battle, I do not retreat.” This has been an amazing season for the home-grown youngster. He has burst into the first-team under Claude Puel, making […]

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Le50 2016: Paul Bernardoni – Girondins de Bordeaux/ES Troyes AC

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A fire-sale is usually a bad sign. Troyes had come up to Ligue 1 with high hopes as Ligue 2 champions, but received a rude awakening back at the top table. Having played only one game for them in 2014/15, Paul Bernardoni was just 18 when he was handed his first taste of Ligue 1 – a clean sheet in […]

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Le50 2016: Corentin Tolisso – Olympique Lyonnais

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The gesture was strangely familiar. After volleying a late equaliser for Lyon against Marseille, Corentin Tolisso immediately turned to the Lyon fans, one hand on his heart/badge, the other raised in apology for his derby-losing error the previous week. Tolisso had done likewise last year, after scoring against Reims, again a week after a poor showing in the derby. But […]

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Le50 2016: Léo Dubois – FC Nantes

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When Nantes announced over the summer that they had handed Leo Dubois a new contract it seemed to suggest that the youngster would be part of Michel Der Zakarian’s plans for the season. Indeed, that proved to be the case with the youngster starting the first eight league games of the campaign. Der Zakarian has never been afraid to throw […]

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Monaco v Marseille: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 34

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Sunday evening’s headline match is a south-coast derby between two of Ligue 1’s big guns. And as we enter full squeaky-bum time, both Monaco and Marseille could really do with a win. Having been PSG’s dauphin for 12 straight weeks, at one point with a double-figure lead over their rivals, recent poor form has dropped Monaco to third place (behind […]

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Gazelec Ajaccio v Lille: Ligue 1 Preview: Week 34

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An intriguing encounter on Saturday evening as Gazelec Ajaccio host an in-form Lille. Both teams still have plenty to play for. The home side will be desperate for points as they look to keep alive their hopes of staying in Ligue 1 for a second season. Frederic Antonetti and his Lille team meanwhile have continued to move away from the […]

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Le Coeur de Lyon: What Does the Future Hold for OL?

Heart of OL

Another game, another win, it’s all starting to get a bit hum-drum and predictable for Bruno Génésio’s Olympique Lyonnais, not that anyone connected with OL will mind. The defeat of Montpellier was a fifth win in six league games, a run that began by ending the unbeaten streak of the champions Paris Saint-Germain. The goals are flowing, the points are […]

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Episode 169: Round the Benz: Are France Right to Drop Karim

Episode 169

Welcome to the FFW Podcast!   This week on the FFW podcast we discuss Paris Saint-Germain’s elimination from the Champions League. Did Laurent Blanc get it wrong, are the players to blame – is this the end of the road for this version of the team? We also discuss the decision to remove Karim Benzema from the France squad this […]

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