Steve Savidan: The Man Who Brought Joy Back to Valenciennes

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The annals of football are littered with late bloomers.  Toto Schillaci went from Serie B to World Cup Golden Boot in one year, while Ian Wright, signed by Arsenal at the age of 28, somehow still managed to become their highest ever scorer. And of course, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you can […]

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Ligue 2: Week 21 – Preview


Dijon FCO v Bourg-en-Bresse: Friday 19:00 – @meatmansoccer Dijon are unbeaten in six games and are still one of the firm promotion favourites, but a run of three draws in their last four has slightly hindered progress. They failed to break down a couple of resolute defences at home to Red Star and Auxerre (0-0), whilst last week they needed a […]

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Preview: Ligue 2 – Week Six


Domestic football is back and the top two in Ligue 2 are back in action on Friday night, while down the bottom, Nimes have a chance to take a chunk out of their points deduction against fellow red-zone-dwellers Ajaccio. Stade Lavallois v FC Metz – @IsMiseBrendan While much of the focus on Friday evening in France will be on Paris […]

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Ligue 2: Preview and Betting Tips – Week Five


Before the first international break of the season, we have some top Ligue 2 games this weekend. Second plays third and league leaders Metz face a tough test against former Ligue 1 side Evian. Down at the bottom, Auxerre in 18th face a tough relegation-type battle against Nimes.   Clermont Foot v AS Nancy: Friday 19:00 – @rich_allen85 Two of […]

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Ligue 2 Preview: Week Two

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After Steve Wyss’s excellent team-by-team guides to kick off the new season in Ligue 2, FFW’s coverage of the second tier will continue with a weekly preview, as one of our experts picks out three stand-out games each week. 2eme Journée – Brendan MacFarlane Sochaux v Metz: Friday 19:00 The pick of the second weekend of Ligue 2’s fixtures sees […]

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Valenciennes FC: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

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Coach: David le Frapper Stadium: Stade du Hainaut Last Season: 16th in Ligue 2 DEFENCE The GK spot was an issue for VA last season but they’ve rectified that by signing Damien Perquis from Caen. Truth be told, Perquis could be a ligue 1 keeper but Remi Vercoutre denied him that chance at Caen. It’s surprising he’s made the move back down […]

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Who is Angelo Fulgini? France U19 Catching Man United’s Eye


Dijon’s Stade Gaston-Gérard is a familiar backdrop for matches in Ligue 2, but the 16,000-seater stadium feels a million miles away from the glitz and glamour of the stadia of Europe’s elite clubs. However, last night’s one-all draw between Olivier Dall’Oglio’s home side and their visitors Valenciennes saw the arrival of a player to the ground who is attracting attention […]

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Valenciennes’ Dayot Upamecano Isn’t Joining Manchester United


Reports emerged on Transfer Deadline Day that Manchester United had agreed the signing of Valenciennes’ young 16-year-old defender Dayot Upamecano. However, with two days having passed since the window closed there seemed to have been a lack of infromation coming from both clubs. Today, local newspaper La Voix du Nord is reporting that Upamecano is still a Valenciennes player and that […]

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