Ligue 1 Week 23 – Previews and Predictions

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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

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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

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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

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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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Coupe de la Ligue : Could Bastia Beat PSG – Again?

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At the time of our first round-up of the season, SC Bastia were in the relegation zone, having just dispensed with the services of Claude Makelele as manager, and brought in the head of their youth programme, Ghislain Printant, as interim replacement. In their third season back in the top flight they were struggling to pass, hold onto the ball, shoot, […]

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Teenage Kicks: Huge Future Ahead for Bastia’s Francois Kamano

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François Kamano’s rise in stock this season has been meteoric. At the tender age of 18, the SC Bastia forward has been at the forefront of the club’s revival under new coach Ghislain Printant. Indeed, he even remarkably earned selection to his country’s 2015 AFCoN squad. Born in Guinea’s third largest city, Kindia, Kamano relocated to the capital Conakry for […]

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Rennes v Marseile: Preview – Week 28 + Ligue 1 Multiplex

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Before the season is out there will be many games in Ligue 1 deemed “must wins” for sides up and down the table, but Saturday afternoon’s meeting between Rennes and Marseille brings up a clash where neither side can really afford to go away without any points. There is a gaping hole somewhere in Philippe Montanier’s sinking ship, and unless […]

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AS Monaco v SC Bastia: Coupe de la Ligue Preview

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On Wednesday night, Bastia travel to the principality of Monaco to take on Leandro Jardim’s side for a place in the Coupe de la Ligue final. After the first few months of the season, this competition may have been seen as the only way either side would qualify for European competition. Monaco have finally got their act together under Jardim […]

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