SC Bastia v Paris Saint-Germain – Week 20 Preview

SC Bastia v Paris Saint-Germain – Week 20 Preview

Although they started 2015 in third place, Paris Saint-Germain could go top of Ligue 1 on Saturday afternoon with a win at the Stade Armand-Cesari. Marseille slip in Montpellier means that Laurent Blanc’s side start Saturday’s game only three points short of l’OM, but they will need to show their own change in attitude if they want to beat Ghislain Printant’s islanders. Bastia started the New Year with a wonderful cup win over Lille and…

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Coupe de France Preview: SC Bastia v Lille OSC

Saturday’s marquee game in the Coupe de France has the potential to be a relative shock. Lille may be the bigger name in the competition, but although six places separate the two Ligue 1 sides, there are only three points between them. Lille have won two of the last three meetings at the Stade Armand Cesari, but the sides drew 1-1 the last time they met in May. Times have changed massively since they last played and both…

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Too Much Too Soon As Bastia’s Makelele Gamble Backfires

Too Much Too Soon As Bastia’s Makelele Gamble Backfires

“It’s opened my eyes to certain problems of a coach. I have worked with quite a few coaches – I see Laurent Blanc, I have seen (Jose) Mourinho. They tell me I was born for this, and I remain convinced I am going to succeed in this job.” That was what Claude Makelele had to say to Canal+ last weekend following his firing by the Corsican club last Monday. While it is too early to…

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Bastia and Claude Makelele Can-Nantes afford another defeat

Bastia and Claude Makelele Can-Nantes afford another defeat

New Bastia coach Claude Makelele would have hoped for better than 18th place in the table after the first six games. However, the Corsicans have at least managed to pick up six points in that period and played some good football at times; SCB just need to become a more consistent outfit. It must be said that Bastia were very settled under the management of Frederic Hantz, but Makelele has overseen a complete squad overhaul….

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Brandao’d for life! PSG seek life sentence for headbutt on Motta

  We’ve all seen the footage by now. After PSG’s 2-0 win over SC Bastia in the 2eme Journée, in which Ibrahimovic struggled off early with a muscle injury, Brandao hovered in the players’ tunnel until he saw Thiago Motta, went over, headbutted him, and then scampered away ‘like a startled cat’, per Iain Macintosh. PSG want him banned for life, Bastia defender Julian Palmieri claimed Motta had spent all match insulting his opponents, and we’ve…

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Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Return of the Mak

Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Return of the Mak

Every week FFW will bring you Five reasons to watch Ligue 1 this weekend. Return of the Mak The early game on Saturday afternoon sees new Bastia manager Claude  Makelele return to Paris to take on champions PSG. When Makelele left Chelsea in 2008 he joined PSG and played with the Parisians for three seasons. Upon retirement he was offered a job as the assistant manager under new boss Carlo Ancelotti, a role he accepted…

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2014/15 Ligue 1 Season Preview

2014/15 Ligue 1 Season Preview

It’s here! We are only days away from the start of the 2014/15 Ligue 1 season. This is set to be one of the best seasons in recent years. Paris Saint-Germain may be miles away from the competition, but it’s the 19 teams behind the champions that will scrap for the other accolades in France’s top division. There are loads of questions to be answered: Can the challengers close the gap on Monaco? Will this…

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SC Bastia: 2013/14 Season Review

SC Bastia: 2013/14 Season Review

In their second season back in the top flight, Bastia were looking to maintain their midtable-on-a-budget approach after an impressive 12th-place finish in 2012/13. They certainly managed it – the points adjustment after Nantes fielded an ineligible player in the first game of the season made a difference, certainly, as SCB would have been 13th on 46 without it, but had that not come in and Bastia been nervously eyeing the relegation places instead of…

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