Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016

Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016

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 try out a couple of his deputies in the absence of captain Hugo Lloris. With…

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

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

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, stop their opponents shooting, and keep their players out of the referee’s notebook. Now, they…

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

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

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 his studies and footballing career without his family. In 2010, he joined local giants Satellite…

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

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

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 he can find it, their hopes of playing in Europe next season are going to…

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AS Monaco v SC Bastia: Coupe de la Ligue Preview

AS Monaco v SC Bastia: Coupe de la Ligue Preview

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 and now they must start favourites to finish in the top 4, but also get…

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Marseille v Evian: Preview + Ligue 1 Saturday

Marseille v Evian: Preview + Ligue 1 Saturday

Marcelo Bielsa’s side return to the Stade Velodrome this weekend and try to forget about their terrible away record. Evian have conceded 25 goals away from home, have only won twice and have no draws to show for their troubles. Evian have a history of turning up and putting in performances when you least expect it – just ask PSG – but it would be a shock if OM didn’t come away with a victory…

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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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