PREVIEW: Coupe de la Ligue – Lille OSC v Girondins de Bordeaux

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For two clubs looking from the outside in at the race for European football this season, Tuesday night offers both Lille OSC and Girondins de Bordeaux hope. Victory in the semi-final would take them just one game away from the chance to qualify for the Europa League. Meeting at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, the game is too close to call, […]

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Hatem Ben Arfa: His Best Friend and His Own Worst Enemy

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He has frustrated about as many fans that have revelled in his brilliance. Thariq Amir looks at both sides of OGC Nice’s Hatem Ben Arfa. For a player whose who has never quite realised his outrageous potential Hatem Ben Arfa has quite the medal collection.  He’s won five Ligue 1 titles, the Coupe de France, the Coupe de la Ligue and […]

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Ludovic Giuly: The “Magic Elf” continues to cast his spell

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Nick Roberts looks at the career of Ludovic Giuly – one which has gone full circle – never forget where you come from. In 2013, Ludovic Giuly finally returned to the club that he had left 19 years before – it may not echo the historic arches of the two virages behind the goals at the Gerland nor the colossal […]

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Ligue 1 Week 22 – Preview + Predictions

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Ligue 1 continues to be as unpredictable as ever (but we try): just eight points separate Monaco in second from Nantes in 11th. Any team that can put together a string of results has a chance to qualify for European football. Angers will try again to shut out Paris Saint-Germain, giving the teams below a chance to close the gap. Monaco […]

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Preview: Coupe de France Last 32 – Day Four

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Another day another tie in the week-long Coupe de France Round of 32. Just one match tonight, as Ligue 1 meets Ligue 2 for a place in the final 16. Saint-Etienne vs AC Ajaccio – 20.00 GMT by @meatmansoccer There’s an old saying about buses. You wait ages for one, then loads turn up at once. That is certainly the case […]

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Montanier Rolls Out of Rennes – Rolland Courbis Fills in

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The stadium may have been renamed and had a lick of paint but there’s been very little fresh about the performances Rennes have been putting in this season. Yet another tame, limp and disappointing defeat at home, this time to Ligue 2 Bourg en Bresse in the Coupe de France, resulted in club President Rene Ruello finally putting under-pressure coach […]

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Steve Savidan: The Man Who Brought Joy Back to Valenciennes

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The annals of football are littered with late bloomers.  Toto Schillaci went from Serie B to World Cup Golden Boot in one year, while Ian Wright, signed by Arsenal at the age of 28, somehow still managed to become their highest ever scorer. And of course, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you can […]

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