Le50 2016: Zinédine Machach – Toulouse FC


In most sports, when you are struggling for results or the situation becomes tough, coaches tend to lean on experience – not at Toulouse this season. Feeling the pressure, Dominique Arribage, before he was eventually sacked, turned to youth in order to save their ailing season. Although he played in the final game of last season, it is in this […]

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Le50 2016: Alban Lafont – Toulouse FC


Toulouse started this season with a good win, as they came from behind to beat European qualification hopefuls Saint-Etienne. There was certainly a lot of optimism around the club but that quickly evaporated as they lost seven and drew six of their next 13 games. Only winless Troyes kept them off the bottom and manager Dominique Arribage had to act. […]

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Le50 2016: Issa Diop – Toulouse FC


When you are struggling in the relegation zone, you want players who care, players who will wear the shirt with pride and honour. With Toulouse mired in a relegation battle for most of this campaign, 15 weeks into the season Dominique Arribage looked to his youth squad for answers and just in front of teenage goalkeeper Alban Lafont stood the […]

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Ligue 1 PREVIEW: OM v Stade de Reims and Reims v Relegation – Week 37


To say Marseille have had a difficult season is not so much an understatement as, well, something else entirely. L’Equipe headlined their last match, a 1-0 win away at Angers, after eleven matches without a victory, with ‘Marseille tient son maintien‘ (roughly, ‘Marseille are staying up’) – and this was of a very different mood than those Leicester fans waving a […]

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Le50 2016: Yann Bodiger – Toulouse FC


Yann Bodiger is a player making strong progress in the 12 months following the signing of his first professional contract with Toulouse FC. Nevertheless, the budding young midfielder was thrown into the deep end, forced to obtain some maturity as Le Tefece were threatened with relegation for much of the campaign. Under Dominique Arribage, Bodiger enjoyed some favour, having been […]

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Le50 2016: Alexis Blin – Toulouse FC


A quick glance at the Ligue 1 table is enough for one to realise that things have not gone according to plan this year for Toulouse FC. Following managerial upheaval and squad changes, life in France’s top-flight this season has been difficult for the men from the south-west and the threat of relegation has been a constant reality. However, the […]

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Toulouse v Bastia: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 33


Whisper it but Toulouse are giving themselves a chance at making an almost unforeseen escape from relegation. It was only a few weeks ago that many, including this writer, were condemning Toulouse to the drop. To their credit, since the arrival of Pascal Dupraz, new life seems to have been injected into the side. A draw away to Marseille was […]

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Marseille v Toulouse: Week 29 Ligue 1 Preview


It has definitely been a season to forget for Marseille. They go into Sunday’s match with Toulouse 14th in the table, only seven points clear of the relegation zone. There is obviously the reverse of that point, as they are also only eight points from a place in the Champions League, however, it’s the former that looks more likely than an ascent up […]

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