Archive for category: Ligue 1

Week of two halves – PSG head past Olympiakos as Marseille frustrate against Arsenal

Week of two halves – PSG head past Olympiakos as Marseille frustrate against Arsenal

The music! The banners! The waving of the logo over the centre circle! The vertigo-inducing final third camera angles at the Velodrome! Yes, the Champion’s League is back, people – we’ll ignore qualifying as Lyon will be featuring in the next round-up – and there have been 53 goals in […]

Marseille v Arsenal: Champions League Preview

Marseille v Arsenal: Champions League Preview

When these two sides met in the group stage of the 2011/12 edition of the Champions League, Arsenal won the away leg with a 90th minute goal from Aaron Ramsey, and the home leg was goalless, the Londoners topping the group before being knocked out by Milan, Marseille going through […]

Olympiakos v Paris Saint-Germain: Champions League Preview

Olympiakos v Paris Saint-Germain: Champions League Preview

It’s finally time for the French champions PSG to get started in the competition that they were built for – “we created a team to play in the Champions League, not the championship”, as ex-Sporting Director Leonardo so famously said after their defeat to Stade de Reims last season. Now […]

Sleeping with the enemy: French and English clubs do battle in Europe

Sleeping with the enemy: French and English clubs do battle in Europe

Entente cordiale? This week the Champions League gets into gear with the start of the group stages and match-day one sees an Anglo-French match-up in the shape of Olympique de Marseille taking on Arsenal at the Vélodrome. In this piece, we will look other similar memorable games involving sides from […]

Valenciennes bow down to the new Romain emperor: Team of the Week

Valenciennes bow down to the new Romain emperor: Team of the Week

Matchday five done, and the Ligue 1 table is beginning to take a form that may not change too much for the rest of the season, with the top 4 beginning to make a break from the rest, and the bottom four likely to be among those battling all the […]

Tax: French Football’s Unsolvable Dilemma

Tax: French Football’s Unsolvable Dilemma

The French football authorities have signalled a clear preference for financial incentives over outward reputation as they face a tough dilemma put forth by François Hollande’s government. The French president was elected last year on the back of a campaign for more equality in a country increasingly short on some, […]

Guillermo Ochoa: An outcast on the island of Corsica

Guillermo Ochoa: An outcast on the island of Corsica

Since his arrival in Ligue 1 in 2011, the most commonly asked questions when discussing Guillermo Ochoa and Ajaccio have been ‘how did they sign him?’ and ‘why is he still there?’ The former has been well documented since Mexican television company Televisa parked him there two years ago. But […]

Monaco defeat raises questions over Marseille’s summer spree

Monaco defeat raises questions over Marseille’s summer spree

For many, Olympique de Marseille are the only team in Ligue 1 that can challenge champions Paris Saint-Germain and big-spending league leaders Monaco for the title this season. It is a view that makes a good amount of sense; OM have recruited heavily in the transfer market, signing exciting youngsters […]