Sidney Govou – The Prodigal Son?

The 2011/12 season in France will see the return of Sidney Govou.  The man who played the majority of his career at Olympique Lyonnais has signed a 2-year deal with newly-promoted Évian Thonon-Gaillard in order to make his French league comeback and help Évian progress as a club.  But has his time abroad been beneficial for him as he looks […]

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The Greatest French Club Sides Of All Time – Part 3

We continue our countdown of the Greatest French club sides of all time by the wonderful Juliet Jacques.  7. FC Girondins de Bordeaux, 1984-1987 Champions just once, in 1950, and Coupe de France winners in 1941, Girondins de Bordeaux were league runners-up three times in the Sixties but had never been a consistence force at home or in Europe – until […]

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The Madness of Mensah

With controversial Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah moving to Ligue 1 new-boys Evian Thonon-Gaillard under somewhat controversial circumstances, we asked Serie A enthusiast Luca Persico of Global Calcio for his opinions on the defender and what can be expected from him should the move be sanctioned. While many in France are familiar with Olympique Lyonnais defender John Mensah, his namesake Jonathan […]

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Episode 19 – What’s going on at OL and FCGB

Welcome to the French Football Weekly podcast. Join Andrew and Jonathan again for another episode of French Football Weekly. They discuss the latest transfers in Ligue 1. The situations at Bordeaux and Lyon. Have Stephane Ruffier, Emmanuel Riviere and Youssef El-Arabi made the right moves. They round up the latest Friendly action, three new nominees for the Hall of Fame are announced and then […]

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The Ten Greatest French Club Sides of All Time – Part 1

Today sees the start of a new series on French Football Weekly. The Orwell prize nominated writer Juliet Jacques has selected the 10 Greatest French club sides of all time. To kick-off the countdown we start with an introduction and the team chosen in 10th place. French and European club competition owes much to former France player and manager Gabriel […]

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It’s all go-go-go for Aly Cissokho

Olympique Lyonnais are yet to make any major moves this summer regarding incoming transfers, with the main story surrounding the club being Claude Puel’s dismissal and subsequent replacement in the managerial hot-seat by Rémi Garde.  However, Lyon could be set to lose several relatively big names this window with rumours surrounding several big names popping up as each week passes.  […]

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Rennes’ Jonathan Pitroipa: The German opinion

Rennes captured the signing of Hamburg winger Jonathan Pitroipa this week, and who better to tell us all about him than HSV and Bundesliga expert @dan_bu After weeks of uncertainty and negotiations between the clubs, HSV’s Jonathan Pitroipa was finally allowed join Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais for a basic fee of about €3.5 million. After three years in Northern […]

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“There’s only one Juninho!” – Juninho Pernambucano

Lyon Juninho

When discussing Lyon’s successes in the 2000s, it is difficult not to mention the talents of Brazilian midfielder Antônio Augusto Ribeiro Reis Junior, better known as Juninho Pernambucano.  The midfielder certainly played a big part in the successes of the club, participating in eight seasons with the French giants and winning the league title in seven of those seasons.  Overall […]

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