Martin, Fofana and Bosetti sparkle in the French sunshine

After a great weekend away in Lille  I wanted to put down my thoughts on the two games I watched live and the players that caught my eye. I don’t think Lille could have asked for a better stadium to play football in, just a magnificent arena. Was also really good to see the atmosphere in the city before the […]

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Bastia and Ajaccio: The Islanders Looking To Make Waves In Corsica

Last season AC Ajaccio were expected to struggle against the tide and eventually find themselves relegated from Ligue 1. Against all expectations and also defying a pre-Christmas position in the bottom three, les Ours finished the campaign in 16th place thanks laregly to some shrewd signings in the transfer window by now-departed boss Olivier Pantaloni. The manager was one of […]

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There’s no place like home: LOSC v Nancy

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I never had the pleasure of watching Lille in the old Stade Grimonprez-Jooris. The year I started watching was the year they moved to the “temporary” Stade Lille Metropole” – eight years later the day had finally come for Lille to welcome everyone to their new home. AS Nancy were the visitors as the Grand Stade Lille Metropole opened to […]

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Lucas Ocampos: The Prince of the Principality

Yesterday Ligue 2 side AS Monaco shocked French football by completing the €16m move for 18-year old Argentine star Lucas Ocampos. Signed from River Plate he becomes the next high profile signing for Italian Claudio Ranieri and a huge move in the transfer market. If the pressure wasn’t on ASM to win Ligue 2 at a canter already they have […]

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Ligue 1 not just a one horse race this season

After FC Lorient held the title favourites PSG to an opening day draw Vaishali Bhardwaj looks at what the other teams around the league have done to try and not be left in the Parisian’s dust. Four minutes into their first league game of the season against Lorient and Paris Saint-Germain were losing. Ok, so Maxwell had scored an own goal but […]

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FC Lorient’s High Hopes For Future

Shortly before FC Lorient tackled Ligue 1 juggernaut Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes, Jonathan Johnson spoke to FCL President Loïc Féry in an exclusive interview for French Football Weekly. Photo credit for the image goes to Oliver Scrimgeour, follow him @olliescrim. Last season promised so much but ultimately delivered so little for FC Lorient, les Merlus were within […]

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Azpilicueta plays on for Marseille despite Chelsea interest

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After already crossing the Channel once this summer to sign Lille’s star midfielder Eden Hazard, Chelsea are strongly rumoured to be about to dip into the Ligue 1 talent pool again, this time to pick up the services of Marseille’s right back Cesar Azpilicueta. The young defender, who will turn 23 later this month, arrived at the Stade Velodrome in […]

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