AS Yzeure v Valenciennes – Preview

AS Yzeure v Valenciennes – Preview

One of the last round’s party-poopers turn underdogs this time round, as AS Yzeure host Valenciennes in the Round of 32. Valenciennes’ name came out of the proverbial hat first but, due to the two-division gap between the teams, the match will be played at Yzeure’s Stade de Belleville. It is fair to say that the auvergnat team were not overly excited with the draw that fate picked out for them: “We’re pleased to play…

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Coupe de France Preview: Valenciennes v OGC Nice

After a troublesome summer during which Valenciennes’ financial situation found them briefly facing the very real possibility of dropping into the CFA and thus losing their professional status, it must have been a relief to the club to start the season in Ligue 2. Relief quickly turned to horror, however, when they went out of the Coupe de la Ligue with barely a whimper and, by the end of Week 7, were rock bottom of…

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Ligue 2 Preview: 2014/15

Ligue 2 Preview: 2014/15

Ligue 2 kicks off on Friday night and it is set to be a very exciting and unpredictable season. Our resident Ligue 2 expert Steve Wyss brings you up to date with all the summer goings on, and looks at the contenders up and down the table. Promotion contenders When mentioning promotion contenders, the first place to start has to be Troyes. Arguably, the club managed by Jean Marc Furlan have the strongest looking squad…

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May you live in Adminteresting Times – Bureaucracy Round-Up

May you live in Adminteresting Times – Bureaucracy Round-Up

Lens‘ appeal to the DNCG over their promotion being blocked resulted in a less-than-positive decision on Tuesday, with the appeal body confirming that insufficient financial guarantees for the proposed budget have been given. Initially the shortfall was explained as being due to a bank transfer being late due to a public holiday in Azerbaidjan, but President Gervais Martel later explained that there had in fact been two different problems; first sending it to the wrong bank,…

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Valenciennes Relegated Again: VAFC v DNCG

Valenciennes Relegated Again: VAFC v DNCG

Last season was not a happy one for Valenciennes, who hit the relegation zone after five games and never dragged themselves out of it. They changed managers, bringing in Ariel Jacobs for Daniel Sanchez, they got in Abdul Majeed Waris on loan in January, but it didn’t work. Their season featured not one, but two seven-game losing streaks, at the beginning of the season after an opening day win over Toulouse, and at the end, as the…

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World Cup Player Preview: Abdul Majeed Waris

World Cup Player Preview: Abdul Majeed Waris

Heading to their third World Cup, and looking to build on their previous achievements reaching the last 16 on their debut in Germany, and that quarter-final against Uruguay in South Africa in 2010, Ghana have been handed a place in a very tricky group along with Germany, Portugal and the USA. In the frenetic world of CAF qualifying, Ghana went through pretty comfortably, topping a group with Zambia, Lesotho and Sudan, winning five of six,…

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Valenciennes: 2013/14 Season Review

Valenciennes: 2013/14 Season Review

This season was a complete disaster for Valenciennes, it’s as simple as that. The Northerners had worked hard to establish themselves as a Ligue 1 club for nine years, only to wash that all away thanks to a nightmare campaign. Pre-season expectations were for VA to finish up around the midtable mark. Few pundits imagined they’d get sucked into much trouble, but looking back perhaps it’s not too much of a surprise they failed so…

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The Best of the Worst: Ligue 1 Relegation Bound XI

The Best of the Worst: Ligue 1 Relegation Bound XI

It’s around this point in the season when people start prepping their Team of the Season articles, and hoping that nobody has a calamitous crash in form or unexpectedly starts knocking in hat-tricks as part of a late surge for the European places. Not here. Oh no (OK, we will almost certainly put one together, we just haven’t been that organised yet). Instead, inspired by the Premier League Owl, we have put together a Team…

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