Toulouse v Bastia: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 33

TFC v GDB

Whisper it but Toulouse are giving themselves a chance at making an almost unforeseen escape from relegation. It was only a few weeks ago that many, including this writer, were condemning Toulouse to the drop. To their credit, since the arrival of Pascal Dupraz, new life seems to have been injected into the side. A draw away to Marseille was […]

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SC Bastia v FC Nantes : Ligue 1 – Week 27 Preview

Bastia Nantes

While everyone else is watching the Champions League, Ligue 1 is using this midweek opportunity to catch up on some delayed matches, this one due to public order fears rather than the usual weather-related pitch-knack, as in Gazelec v Marseille, kicking off at the same time. Some background – after the away trip to Reims in game 26, which Bastia won 1-0, […]

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SC Bastia v FC Lorient : Ligue 1 – Week 29 Preview

Bastia v Nice

A match between the teams in eleventh and tenth might not seem to have much riding on it, but such is the weirdness of the Ligue 1 table this season that both are only four points off a theoretical European spot. Bastia’s home form continues to impress, third in the domicile table behind only PSG and Lyon. They have won […]

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PSG Stunned by Lyon in First Defeat of Ligue 1 Season

CornetPSG

They’ve done it, they’ve finally done it…that’s right, Stade de Reims scored four goals in a game for the first time since the end of August. Oh! You thought I meant Paris Saint-Germain finally losing to Lyon – ok, that was better. Let’s start at the Stade des Lumières. Lyon, with a whole host of players missing through injury and […]

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Ligue 1 Week 23 – Previews and Predictions

Capelle

Another exciting Ligue 1 weekend is in store, as Troyes host Nantes looking to back up last week’s first win of the season, Marseille aim for their first league win at home since September, and Bordeaux attempt to find eleven players who haven’t yet moved to the far north of England. Here’s our pick of three of the weekend’s most […]

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Ligue 1 Week 22 – Preview + Predictions

OMOL

Ligue 1 continues to be as unpredictable as ever (but we try): just eight points separate Monaco in second from Nantes in 11th. Any team that can put together a string of results has a chance to qualify for European football. Angers will try again to shut out Paris Saint-Germain, giving the teams below a chance to close the gap. Monaco […]

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DNCG Strike Again As SC Bastia Face Ridiculous Relegation to Ligue 2

SCB fence

While most football sites are currently focussing on the transfer window and various international tournaments going on, French football has another traditional subject to factor in – admin. Every summer, the DNCG (Direction Nationale du Controle de Gestion – responsible for oversight of rules, budgets, etc) gets through a frankly ludicrous amount of bureaucratic to-ing and fro-ing, which can also […]

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Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016

GardiensGalaxy

The position of back-up goalkeeper is often one that sees limited opportunities but huge responsibility when their time in the spotlight comes. France it seems has been blessed with a large number of excellent goalkeepers in recent times and the friendly matches against Brazil and Denmark at the end of March gave les Bleus’ coach Didier Deschamps a chance to […]

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