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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Le50 2017 – Alban Lafont

Lafont TFC

Goalkeeper Alban Lafont’s arrival on the Ligue 1 scene as a 16-year-old initially smacked of a desperate roll of the dice by (then) Toulouse manager Dominique Arribagé as he sought to allay the slide that eventually did for his job, and very nearly for TFC’s top-flight status. However, Lafont immediately made the No. 1 spot his own and this has […]

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Le50 2017 – Alexis Blin

Blin TFC

Sometimes the obvious stats are misleading. It’s no goals and no assists so far for Alexis Blin in his club career, but maybe that’s not what he’s there for – yet. A defensive midfielder in the ‘what needs to be done’ mould, Blin specialises in tackling, blocking, intercepting, basically frustrating opponents in their attempts to develop attacks. He’s also decent […]

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Toulouse Le Trek: One Year Under Pascal Dupraz

Dupraz 2

For Toulouse Football Club, 1st March 2017 was marked by fanfare on the club’s official website, fansites, social media, and a hashtag trending on twitter: it had been exactly one year since Pascal Dupraz arrived at the Stadium Municipal and set about transforming the club. The TFC side of March 2017 is markedly different from its incarnation of twelve months […]

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Coupe de France 2017 32emes – Sunday Part I


The epic five part 32emes, directed by Peter Jackson, continues this afternoon with part IV: A Faint Hope, featuring six matches, including two all-Ligue 1 clashes, a historical grudge match, and a reorganisation from yesterday. These matches are available on France 3 for French IPs, with TFC v OM the headline match but the others available online and also by region on TV. […]

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Coupe de la Ligue – Wednesday Preview


As we wait for the European teams to get involved, the seiziemes are again the dixiemes in the Coupe de la Ligue, with a cast of fourteen Ligue 1 teams joining four from Ligue 2 and two from National over a midweek bonus round. Chateauroux v Girondins de Bordeaux – 18.45 CEST (Canal+ Sport) One of only two third-tier teams left in […]

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