Coupe de France 32emes : CA Pontarlier v Montpellier HSC

CDF 2018

CA Pontalier sit in third in National 3 Group E, but with three games in hand over the leading pair after a snow-affected run-in to the winter break, allowing them to focus on their match historique. After making it to the 8th round in five of the last seven seasons, they are in the 9th round of the cup for […]

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Coupe de France 32emes : Saturday Part II

CDF 2018

The second slice of Coupe de France action sees two even match-ups at each end of the scale, as fifth-tier teams FC Saint-Lo Manche and FCM Aubervilliers meet up, and Ligue 1 sides Toulouse and Nice, ditto. Another seven matches will be played at this time, including one of the petits poucets – eighth tier AC Houilles against National 1 […]

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Coupe de France 32emes : Le Mans v Lille OSC

CDF 2018

Le Mans is best known for its 24 hour endurance race but the competitors in that automobile festival have nothing on Lille fans who’ve had to endure six months of absolute chaos ever Marcelo Bielsa was allowed to get behind the wheel of their club. The Argentine may no longer be at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy but his toxic legacy is […]

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Coupe de France 32emes : Olympique Marseille v Valenciennes

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Marseille encounter old foes Valenciennes in the first weekend of 2018 as part of the round of 64 in the Coupe de France. On the first anniversary of Frank McCourt’s first transfer window as the figurehead of the club – in which the likes of Dimitri Payet and Morgan Sanson were signed, question marks still remain regarding the direction OM […]

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Lyon 2.0: Is The Reboot Turning Into An Upgrade?

Fekir v ASSE

“The times they are a-changin’,” a wise, well-known musician once mused, and in the case of Olympique Lyonnais perhaps things are “changin’” for the better. The Great OL Turnover This time last season Lyon’s starting eleven against Angers going into the winter break lined up like this: Lopes, Yanga-Mbiwa, Diakhaby, Jallet, Morel, Gonalons, Tousart, Lacazette, Ghezzal, Fekir and Valbuena. 12 […]

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Coupe de la Ligue 8emes – goalkeeping heroics and officiating fails

Rennes v OM CDL

This midweek saw the Coupe de la Ligue huitiemes (round of 16) as the European teams joined in with a schedule featuring only one survivor from Ligue 2, lanterne rouge Tours. The junior cup competition in France may not be the most intriguing, and with the European teams having played twice a week since the international break, and two Ligue […]

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Champions League and Europa League Draws: All Winnable, All Losable

PSG v LOSC

This week’s draw for the first knock-out stage of the Champions League and Europa League handed the four remaining French teams some intriguing ties. None are straightforward, all are losable, but they are all winnable too, and will provide a good challenge to PSG, Lyon, Nice and Marseille. PSG vs Real Madrid It’s probably a safe assumption that this would […]

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