Coupe de la Ligue Quarter Finals


2018 got under way at the weekend with the round of 64 of the Coupe de France, with the Ligue 1 teams joining the fray, more or less successfully. Now with slightly less magic and a different take on what constitutes an upset, the junior cup competition is here as an amuse-bouche before the first round of 2018 Ligue 1 fixtures. OGC […]

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Coupe de France 32emes : Stade Rennais v PSG

CDF 2018

A repeat of last season’s Coupe de France match up, albeit a round earlier this time round, Rennes host runaway Ligue 1 leaders PSG on Sunday evening. The two sides also squared up against each other at Roazhon Park in the penultimate league fixture before the winter break so are pretty well acquainted. In both of those fixtures the Parisian […]

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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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In Rennes, crisis swirls

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A couple of weeks ago, the morning after Stade Rennais’s 2–0 loss to Breton rivals Guingamp, a few members of the Roazhon Celtic Kop, the club’s premier ultra group, entered the Henri Guérin training centre  to manifest their anger at the team’s recent form. All around the ground, a series of banners were posted. Each was aimed at someone at the […]

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FFW Podcast : If not now, Rennes?

Fekir v ASM

The gang’s all here as Kris is joined by Jez, Phil and Rich to look back over round 9 of Ligue 1, featuring Nabil Fekir sparkling in OL’s 3-2 win over Monaco, Dijon being denied at the last by PSG, Lille screwing up again, and Marseille continuing to be highly entertaining for the neutrals. Also features a round-up of the Women’s Champions […]

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Le50 2017 – Ramy Bensebaini

Bensebaini SRFC

Like every good defensive pairing, a complement of styles always works best. For Rennes, to play alongside the powerful and intense Joris Gnagnon, there is the slightly more elegant, laid-back style of Ramy Bensebaini. Whilst the 22-year-old Algerian hasn’t quite hit the levels of his young partner in crime, that shouldn’t detract from what has still been a very good […]

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Le50 2017 – Joris Gnagnon

Gnagnon SRFC

A year on from the emergence of Ousmane Dembele, Rennes are once again in possession of a young player with huge potential. Step forward 20-year-old centre back Joris Gnagnon. His growth over such a brief period of time has been nothing more than sensational and less than a year after establishing himself as a first team player, the fact that […]

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Coupe de France 2017 32emes – Sunday Part II


The weekend’s 32emes draw to a close tonight with six matches (after postponements) taking place. The headline match is Lyon vs Montpellier, with some tantalising matches on the undercard – including last year’s surprise quarter finalists Granville hosting Ligue 1 opposition. Istres (DHR) – Marseille Consolat (Nat) The lowest-ranked team remaining in the competition are facing a local derby as FC […]

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