Situation Report: Ligue 1, Ligue 2, Championnat National

Situation Report: Ligue 1, Ligue 2, Championnat National

So – many things sewn up, but many things to play for. Ligue 1 PSG are champions after winning 2-1 at Montpellier – they only needed a point to confirm their third consecutive title but Lyon made that academic by drawing 1-1 at Bordeaux anyway, confirming they will come second. That also means that the race for sixth is over, with Bordeaux winning that and thus taking the final Europa League spot (unless Auxerre usurps it…

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Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016

Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016

The position of back-up goalkeeper is often one that sees limited opportunities but huge responsibility when their time in the spotlight comes. France it seems has been blessed with a large number of excellent goalkeepers in recent times and the friendly matches against Brazil and Denmark at the end of March gave les Bleus’ coach Didier Deschamps a chance to try out a couple of his deputies in the absence of captain Hugo Lloris. With…

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Top-Flight Troyes: On the Verge of Promotion

Top-Flight Troyes: On the Verge of Promotion

There is a distinct chance that corks will be popping in the Champagne region this weekend, as Espérance Sportive Troyes Aube Champagne will achieve automatic promotion to Ligue 1 if they record a tenth away triumph of the season on Friday night, against Ligue 2’s eighth-placed outfit AS Nancy-Lorraine. Jean-Marc Furlan’s side have impressed with their consistently high levels of performance throughout this season, and it’s thanks to their strong form that they find themselves…

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What is Behind the Rise of Gazelec Ajaccio?

What is Behind the Rise of Gazelec Ajaccio?

In what has been a fairly unremarkable Ligue 2 season, there is one team that everyone keeps talking about. Despite being written off at the start of the campaign, GFC Ajaccio are extraordinarily still inside the promotion places, seemingly with a good chance of making it all the way up to the top flight. In terms of results, it’s been a season of surprises in Ligue 2, but ultimately the current top ten contains most…

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Continuing Juventus French Connection: Clément Lenglet

Continuing Juventus French Connection: Clément Lenglet

Max Quelch-Woolls covers Ligue 2 for Football Radar – so when Juventus agreed to buy Clément Lenglet from AS Nancy we thought we’d ask him just what sort of player the Italians were signing. Juventus know a thing or two about nurturing French footballing talent and the club has boasted several of Les Bleus’ finest players over the years. Legends of yesteryear such as Michel Platini, Didier Deschamps, Zinedine Zidane, David Trezeguet and Lilian Thuram…

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Coupe de France Preview: AJ Auxerre v EA Guingamp

Coupe de France Preview: AJ Auxerre v EA Guingamp

After the poor start they made to the season, no one would have expected Guingamp to be in their current position. Relatively safe in mid-table, they now have a chance to return to the Stade de France and defend the trophy they surprisingly won last season. Auxerre will be no pushovers however. The second-tier side are somewhat cup specialists and have only lost five out of six matches they have played at this stage of…

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

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 from some of Europe’s biggest names. His name is Angelo Fulgini – and according to…

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Nimes Face Relegation After LFP Decision on Match-Fixing

Nimes Face Relegation After LFP Decision on Match-Fixing

On 17th March, the LFP Disciplinary Commission gave its decision after the investigation of several matches played by Nimes Olympique last season. They found that the club tried to arrange four matches, by the actions of two of their officers, majority shareholder Serge Kasparian and former president Jean-Marc Conrad, both of whom have been banned from football for considerable periods. As a result, Nimes will be administratively relegated one division at the end of this season…

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