Hooray for Payet in win for Marseille #FFWTOTW

Hooray for Payet in win for Marseille #FFWTOTW

Only nine matches this weekend as Lille-Evian was postponed in order for the Stade Pierre Mauroy to host the Davis Cup final – a rare chance for Lille fans to see sportsmen get close to a net… Nice and Reims managed to evoke the spirit of les Dogues, serving up a poor 0-0 which was about as entertaining as a John Isner-Ivo Karlovic serve-fest and which saw Claude Puel’s men booed off at full time. Nantes and…

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L’Affaire Crocodile – Investigation into Ligue 2

L’Affaire Crocodile – Investigation into Ligue 2

On Tuesday morning, news broke of multiple arrests in the world of French football. Confusingly, there seemed to be two different inquiries going on – one into transfer dealings relating to OM, and one into match-fixing, involving several Ligue 2 teams but pivoting around Nimes, who were battling relegation last season, finally managing to stay up in 15th. The following is a summation of developments in the latter case, for the benefit of non-French-speaking readers,…

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Euro Mascot to be Joking…

Euro Mascot to be Joking…

So, the less said about the newly announced France 2016 mascot the better. After the design masterpieces that were Peno and Footix, the new representative of la belle France (a slightly creepy kid with a red cape) is yet to be named, which is open to a public vote – the options are “Driblou”, “Goalix”, and “Super Victor”(whether Wanyama, Ibarbo, or Hugo Montano is yet to be confirmed), but there’s a colouring book to download. Click…

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Liverpool’s Divock Origi Pursuit Gives Lille a Massive Dilemma in January

Liverpool’s Divock Origi Pursuit Gives Lille a Massive Dilemma in January

The future of Divock Origi is a debate that is set to run all the way up until the transfer window finally closes at the end of January. The only way it will stop before then is if Liverpool get their man ahead of schedule. Part of his £10 million move from Lille included the clause that he would spend the season at the club that developed him. At that point no one at the…

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Too Much Too Soon As Bastia’s Makelele Gamble Backfires

Too Much Too Soon As Bastia’s Makelele Gamble Backfires

“It’s opened my eyes to certain problems of a coach. I have worked with quite a few coaches – I see Laurent Blanc, I have seen (Jose) Mourinho. They tell me I was born for this, and I remain convinced I am going to succeed in this job.” That was what Claude Makelele had to say to Canal+ last weekend following his firing by the Corsican club last Monday. While it is too early to…

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Unlucky For Some – Ligue 1 Stat-Attack After 13 Games

Unlucky For Some – Ligue 1 Stat-Attack After 13 Games

A third of the way through the season (ish) and things are getting tight at the top of Ligue 1, with leaders Marseille only a point ahead of PSG in second, and another point ahead of Lyon in third. The Bielsa effect looks to be well in place for OM’s attacking verve, but this is restricted when playing against a strong defence; after the ‘getting to know you’ troubles in the first two games (drawing to…

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Is Paul-Georges Ntep On The Cusp of Greatness?

Is Paul-Georges Ntep On The Cusp of Greatness?

Towards the end of October there was a sharp intake of breath from all Rennes supporters when reports suggested that Newcastle United were interested in signing Paul-Georges Ntep in the January transfer window. The reports may have been fanciful but it showed just how highly Ntep is rated by fans of the Breton side, even though he has been with the club for under a year. It also goes to show just how well he…

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Fekir The Reaper As Midfielder Kills Off Guingamp #FFWTOTW

Fekir The Reaper As Midfielder Kills Off Guingamp #FFWTOTW

Well, it wasn’t a real classic, but Le Classique could nevertheless turn out to be a turning point in this Ligue 1 season. As expected, Marseille roared out of the gates but were this time unable to score early, Gignac hitting the woodwork and continuing his goalless record at the Parc des Princes. Thereafter the Parisians gained the ascendency, Lucas made up for not scoring that goal last year by putting Blanc’s men up and,…

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