Archive for category: Ligue 1

Game-changing month for AS Monaco

Game-changing month for AS Monaco

Pre-season hype did not seem to faze AS Monaco, who are sitting three points behind leaders PSG mere months after rediscovering Ligue 1 and coming into the January transfer window with renewed ambitions to overtake their Paris rivals by the end of the season. Claudio Ranieri’s men were tipped for […]

Coupe de France: Rennes v Valenciennes

There is no question about it: 2013 has been a bad year for both Rennes and Valenciennes, and one statistic gives you a pretty clear idea of the situation; of the seventeen teams involved in Ligue 1 during the whole of 2013, only Ajaccio (30 points) has a track record […]

Coupe de France: Vannes v Monaco

Coupe de France: Vannes v Monaco

May 2011: a final victory in Troyes was not enough and Vannes were relegated to National after three seasons in Ligue 2. It was close; but for one little point, the Bretons missed the opportunity of a first ever match against Monaco in the following league season. At the same […]

Coupe de France: La Suze-sur-Sarthe vs Lyon

La Suze host Lyon in this cup fixture due to be held at MMArena, a stadium in which Le Mans play their home games.  It remains to be seen whether Lyon will display a strong line-up for this confrontation but it does not seem like an upset will be on […]

Coupe de France: Romorantin-Toulouse

Ligue 1 side Toulouse will travel into central France to take on Stade Olympique Romorantinais on Saturday evening. SO Romorantin sit tenth in their fourth-tier CFA group after a six year stay in the Championnat National before dropping down in 2008. Having made it out of regional football in 1991 […]

Coupe de France : Marseille- Reims

The final game of the weekend’s cup bonanza takes place at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday night when Olympique de Marseille take on fellow Ligue 1 residents Stade de Reims. Both these clubs have been tremendously successful in their respective eras; these two sides have a combined total of fifteen […]

Coupe de France: Bourg-Péronnas – Guingamp

Bourg-Péronnas will welcome the Bretons of En Avant de Guingamp to the Rhône-Alps on Sunday afternoon. FCBP have met and performed well against a number of Ligue 1 sides down the years so EAG would be wise to bring their A-game – they sit fourth in the Championnat National and […]

Marseille: A project … but what project?

Marseille: A project … but what project?

The day after the defeat to Arsenal, many harsh words were written about Olympique de Marseille. Some were quick to say that Baup’s team selection was an insult to the Champions League. Rightly or wrongly,  those claims do highlight the problem of French clubs and Europe. However, at Marseille, they […]