Paris Saint-Germain v Rennes: Preview – Week 23

Paris Saint-Germain v Rennes: Preview – Week 23

The vision of Julien Feret steaming past Edson Mexer on Sunday will probably have woken Philippe Montanier in a cold sweat a few times this week. The prospect of taking on Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes after shipping four at home against relegation candidates Caen, will be a huge cause for concern – as will losing four of their last six games. Rennes last three victories all came in the two domestic cups,…

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Preview: Rennes v SM Caen + Reims v RC Lens

Preview: Rennes v SM Caen + Reims v RC Lens

Although Rennes sit 10 places and 12 points above Caen in the Ligue 1 table, you would have to say that the bottom placed club are actually the form team going into Sunday afternoon’s game. The Breton side has only won once in the last six league games and hasn’t won any of their last three games at the Stade de la Route de Lorient. Caen has picked up four points in their last three…

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Are Rennes Set to Show Philipp Hosiner the Exit Door?

Are Rennes Set to Show Philipp Hosiner the Exit Door?

With so many players arriving in Rennes over the last couple of transfer windows, there were always likely to be players feeling left out. It is therefore little surprise to see one of those new arrivals taking to social media to announce their unhappiness. Austrian Philipp Hosiner arrived in Brittany with a glowing reputation. 41 goals in 61 games for Austria Vienna showed he was clearly no slouch in front of goal. A €1.9million transfer…

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Coupe de France Preview: USL Dunkerque v Stade Rennais

USL Dunkerque’s is a long story of up and downs. A long-term resident of France’s second division, the team from the Nord has been a regular victim of erratic management and off-pitch issues. Since their last collapse in 2010, however, Dunkerque have restructured themselves efficiently, and they are charging back up the French football pecking order with a vengeance. From the fifth tier (CFA2) in summer 2010, Dunkerque only needed three seasons to extract themselves…

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Philippe Montanier’s Rennes Project Finally Taking Shape

Philippe Montanier’s Rennes Project Finally Taking Shape

In the summer of 2013, Philippe Montanier surprised everyone with his decision to leave a Real Sociedad side on the rise in Spain’s La Liga for Stade Rennais who had just slumped to their lowest Ligue 1 finish in ten seasons. La Real had just qualified for the UEFA Champions League by finishing fourth, pipping Valencia to the final qualification spot by a single point. Rennes, conversely, had just been beaten in the Coupe de la…

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Euro Mascot to be Joking…

Euro Mascot to be Joking…

So, the less said about the newly announced France 2016 mascot the better. After the design masterpieces that were Peno and Footix, the new representative of la belle France (a slightly creepy kid with a red cape) is yet to be named, which is open to a public vote – the options are “Driblou”, “Goalix”, and “Super Victor”(whether Wanyama, Ibarbo, or Hugo Montano is yet to be confirmed), but there’s a colouring book to download. Click…

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Is Paul-Georges Ntep On The Cusp of Greatness?

Is Paul-Georges Ntep On The Cusp of Greatness?

Towards the end of October there was a sharp intake of breath from all Rennes supporters when reports suggested that Newcastle United were interested in signing Paul-Georges Ntep in the January transfer window. The reports may have been fanciful but it showed just how highly Ntep is rated by fans of the Breton side, even though he has been with the club for under a year. It also goes to show just how well he…

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Five Reasons to Watch Ligue 1: Hello, Goodbye! The Return of Gourcuff

Five Reasons to Watch Ligue 1: Hello, Goodbye! The Return of Gourcuff

Hello, Goodbye. Friday night sees Lyon host Monaco in a game about the return and departure of key players.  Both teams have had shaky starts to the season with les Gones winless since their opening week victory over Rennes.  As has been well documented, injuries have played a part in this poor run of form for Lyon as the make up of their casualty list would make a very strong first XI.  Good news could…

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