Archive for category: Ligue 1

Coupe de France: Concarneau v Guingamp

Coupe de France: Concarneau v Guingamp

Football is a serious business in Brittany. With four teams in the top flight and numerous sides hovering close to the professional leagues, the westernmost region of France is home to more bitter rivalries, unlikely unions and flaming passions than a whole week of Eastenders. So when the “Tuna fishermen” […]

Coupe de France: Boulogne v Rennes

Coupe de France: Boulogne v Rennes

At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much in common between Rennes – a Ligue 1 patron since 1994 – and Boulogne, now in National four years after their only season in the top flight. If you take a closer look however, there is a little bit more to […]

Team of the Week: Laquait prevents Evian from shipping water at Rennes

Team of the Week: Laquait prevents Evian from shipping water at Rennes

Matchday 21 over and Larry White’s juggernaut juggers on, Nantes the latest canaries to the slaughter as the leaders won 5-0. Five is also the number of points by which they lead, Monaco hanging on to their coat-tails with their first win in three, coming away from Toulouse with a […]

Mustapha Zitouni : Obituary

Mustapha Zitouni : Obituary

On the fifth of January, a global tide of heartfelt condolences washed onto Lusitanian shores, lamenting the death of Benfica legend Eusébio. Old Trafford, Anfield, the Santiago Bernabeu, all paid their respects with a minute’s mourning prior to kickoff. It was a tragic bit of news that genuinely gripped the […]

Career Crossroads for Valenciennes’ Gary Kagelmacher

Career Crossroads for Valenciennes’ Gary Kagelmacher

“Now we start the story, the real story, because we have six hard months to play and we are only three points off Montpellier.” Days before Valenciennes would record only their fourth victory of the season, a 3-2 win at home to Bastia, Uruguayan defender Gary Kagelmacher sat down for […]

Team of the Week: King Tacalfred slays Lille

Team of the Week: King Tacalfred slays Lille

Ligue 1 est de retour! After the appetiser of last week’s Coupe de France, we returned to the bread and butter of league action this weekend. Monaco opened proceedings with their visit to Montpellier, hoping to show that their pre-break defeat to Valenciennes was a blip. But, despite a return […]

Save our Sochaux – Zambians arrive to help Lionceaux

Save our Sochaux – Zambians arrive to help Lionceaux

They both made their debuts for Sochaux this weekend, so we called upon Salim Masoud Said from the excellent Sandals For Goalposts to tell us more about the Zambian duo of Stoppila Sunzu and Nathan Sinkala. In the end, Zambia’s defence of the Africa Cup of Nations was unsuccessful. Whether the […]

Coupe de France: Stade Brestois 29 vs. PSG

Ligue 1 champions and eight-time Coupe de France winners Paris Saint-Germain travel to Brittany on Wednesday to face Brest in what could prove to be a tricky encounter. Alex Dupont’s side were relegated from Ligue 1 last season and are struggling in the second tier this time around, sitting in […]