Preview: FC Nantes v AS Monaco – Third time’s the charm

Preview: FC Nantes v AS Monaco – Third time’s the charm

Exactly a year ago to the weekend, FC Nantes welcomed one of Ligue 1’s big-money juggernauts to le Stade de la Beaujoire. The opposition in question had began the season with two disappointing results in their opening two league games and were looking to get their season up and running. In August 2013 that was Paris Saint-Germain who rocked up in Nantes on the back of a pair of 1-1 draws at Montpellier and home…

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Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Bottom three surprise?

Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Bottom three surprise?

Three teams to get off the mark Whilst many may have predicted that come week three, both Lens and Evian would have failed to get off the mark, I doubt many, if any, would have guessed that Monaco would also be part of that club.  After a home loss to Lorient and a comprehensive defeat to Bordeaux last week, the Monegasques sit in 19th place with only goal difference keeping them off the foot of the…

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Saint-Etienne and Lyon flying the flag for the Rhone valley

Saint-Etienne and Lyon flying the flag for the Rhone valley

The headline team in France at the moment are most definitely Bordeaux after their astonishing defeat of noveau-riche Monaco on Sunday, after an away victory at Montpellier in week one. New Bordeaux manager Willy Sagnol’s tweaks at half time turned the match around completely and it meant that after two matches Bordeaux sit atop the Ligue 1 table with two wins out of two, one of only two teams to have a 100% record still intact. Saint-Etienne…

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Qualifying for Europe: French clubs set for play-off tests

Qualifying for Europe: French clubs set for play-off tests

Champions League Lille have a big task ahead of them as they prepare to meet Porto on Wednesday evening (19.45 / 20.45 CEST on Bein 1). Having beaten Grasshopper of Zurich, making less of an impact than at the recent World Cup, 2-0 (Sebastien Corchia 30′, Ryan Mendes 49′) in Zurich, they could only manage a 1-1 draw (Florent Balmont 19′, Abashi 33′) at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, with their opponents playing with ten men for the last…

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#FFWTOTW A Mexer-lent result for Rennes

#FFWTOTW A Mexer-lent result for Rennes

Oh Brandao! What were you thinking? Don’t get me wrong – we’d all secretly like to headbutt Thiago Motta, of course we would. Yes, calling you and your team-mates sons of bitches all match is not very becoming. But that kind of thing must happen all the time. And you certainly shouldn’t expect any better from him of all people. So why, when you knew there’d be cameras around (you must have seen Leonardo push…

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Brandao’d for life! PSG seek life sentence for headbutt on Motta

  We’ve all seen the footage by now. After PSG’s 2-0 win over SC Bastia in the 2eme Journée, in which Ibrahimovic struggled off early with a muscle injury, Brandao hovered in the players’ tunnel until he saw Thiago Motta, went over, headbutted him, and then scampered away ‘like a startled cat’, per Iain Macintosh. PSG want him banned for life, Bastia defender Julian Palmieri claimed Motta had spent all match insulting his opponents, and we’ve…

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Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Return of the Mak

Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Return of the Mak

Every week FFW will bring you Five reasons to watch Ligue 1 this weekend. Return of the Mak The early game on Saturday afternoon sees new Bastia manager Claude  Makelele return to Paris to take on champions PSG. When Makelele left Chelsea in 2008 he joined PSG and played with the Parisians for three seasons. Upon retirement he was offered a job as the assistant manager under new boss Carlo Ancelotti, a role he accepted…

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PREVIEW – Toulouse v Lyon: Battle for superiority on the wings

PREVIEW – Toulouse v Lyon: Battle for superiority on the wings

Ligue 1 is back in full-swing and already we have some interesting narratives that are going to develop as the season continues. On Saturday two of the league’s most interesting sides meet in what could be an excellent and compelling battle. Lyon travel to the Stade Municipal to take on Alain Casanova’s Toulouse side, and the way both sides line up and the way in which they started the season, it could be an early…

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