Archive for category: Ligue 1

Preview: Coupe de France – Rennes v EA Guingamp

Preview: Coupe de France – Rennes v EA Guingamp

As Rennes and Guingamp prepare for their second Coupe de France final in five years, the build-up will be completely different to what it was in 2009. Guingamp aren’t travelling to Paris as lower-league outsiders anymore, as they face their Rennes neighbours as equals. And this isn’t only a matter […]

Coupe de France: Rennes v EA Guingamp – Return Of The Breton Roar

Coupe de France: Rennes v EA Guingamp – Return Of The Breton Roar

Five years on and the memory remains vivid and beautiful in the hearts of all Rennes and Guingamp supporters alike. From the Gare Montparnasse to the Stade de France, a joyful and noisy Breton crowd had taken over the capital for a weekend. The Red and Black colours shared by […]

The Best of the Worst: Ligue 1 Relegation Bound XI

The Best of the Worst: Ligue 1 Relegation Bound XI

It’s around this point in the season when people start prepping their Team of the Season articles, and hoping that nobody has a calamitous crash in form or unexpectedly starts knocking in hat-tricks as part of a late surge for the European places. Not here. Oh no (OK, we will […]

Fekir brilliant: Nabil leads Lyon to Bastia win #FFWTOTW

Fekir brilliant: Nabil leads Lyon to Bastia win #FFWTOTW

Well I think we can all agree that THE most important event in French football this weekend was the confirmation of Metz’s promotion to Ligue 1, after their 3-0 win at Auxerre. But, this being a weekly review for teams who were already in Ligue 1 at the start of […]

PROFILE: Crystal Palace linked with a swoop for Cedric Bakambu

PROFILE: Crystal Palace linked with a swoop for Cedric Bakambu

Yesterday both the English and French press linked FC Sochaux striker Cedric Bakambu to a €4 million move to English Premier League side Crystal Palace. The 23-year-old has scored seven goals this season as Les Lionceaux try to avoid the dreaded drop to Ligue 2, but with only four games […]

Aboubakar helps Lorient come back from the dead #FFWTOTW

Aboubakar helps Lorient come back from the dead #FFWTOTW

What a weekend’s football! Bookended by two pretty poor 0-0s, everything in between for this Easter weekend was eggstraordinary (sorry), including a controversial trophy win, an afternoon multiplex with 26 goals in five matches, a relegation, a break for escape and some fantastic goals. OK, let’s start with the Coupe […]

Coupe de France Semi-Final : En Avant Guingamp v AS Monaco

Coupe de France Semi-Final : En Avant Guingamp v AS Monaco

While onlookers wish for magic, maybe the most important factor in cup competition, after raw ability, is motivation. The situations of the two teams facing off on Wednesday could not be more different. Monaco hit the top three almost immediately on arrival back in Ligue 1, and have been solidly second […]

Coupe de France Semi-Final: Rennes v Angers SCO

Coupe de France Semi-Final: Rennes v Angers SCO

On Tuesday night, the Stade de la Route de Lorient will be filled with a sense of anticipation mixed with worry, doubt, excitement and most importantly…hope. And in the end, it’s the hope that kills you. If any set of fans are equipped to back up that old cliché, Stade […]