Archive for category: Ligue 2

Coupe de France Semi-Final : En Avant Guingamp v AS Monaco

Coupe de France Semi-Final : En Avant Guingamp v AS Monaco

While onlookers wish for magic, maybe the most important factor in cup competition, after raw ability, is motivation. The situations of the two teams facing off on Wednesday could not be more different. Monaco hit the top three almost immediately on arrival back in Ligue 1, and have been solidly second […]

Coupe de France Semi-Final: Rennes v Angers SCO

Coupe de France Semi-Final: Rennes v Angers SCO

On Tuesday night, the Stade de la Route de Lorient will be filled with a sense of anticipation mixed with worry, doubt, excitement and most importantly…hope. And in the end, it’s the hope that kills you. If any set of fans are equipped to back up that old cliché, Stade […]

Battle, what battle? Preparing for life in Ligue 2

Battle, what battle? Preparing for life in Ligue 2

With five games to go (mostly) in the Premier League, 13th to 20th are separated by 9 points and while there is a five point span between safety / not-safety, there are five games in hand and managerial moves to consider, so things are, if not still up in the […]

Coupe de France: AS Monaco v RC Lens

Coupe de France: AS Monaco v RC Lens

With only four Ligue 1 teams left and two CFA sides still hanging around in the last eight, Ligue 2′s Lens must practically feel like Coupe de France favorites at this point. They’ve already dispatched two top division teams in their march to the quarterfinals (Bastia and Lyon, both in […]

Coupe de France: AS Moulins v Angers SCO

Coupe de France: AS Moulins v Angers SCO

Group B of the CFA is clearly the place to be if you want to become a Coupe de France hero this year. After Chasselay’s defeat of Ligue 2 Istres, and Yzeure’s giant-killing of Ligue 1 Lorient, it is AS Moulins, conquerors of Toulouse, who will be flying the flag […]

Coupe de France: AS Cannes v EA Guingamp

Coupe de France: AS Cannes v EA Guingamp

AS Cannes and the windmills of Moulins are the two lowest-ranked teams left in the Coupe de France, and if ever there was a fairy tale set to continue in this competition, the Dragons of Cannes are the perfect characters, and this time they’re the good guys. Ligue 1 sides […]

Coupe de France Quarter Finals – Tilting at Windmills…

Coupe de France Quarter Finals – Tilting at Windmills…

The magic’s back. Eight teams, including two from the fourth tier of French football, will be fighting it out for a place in the semi-final, hoping for an iconic piece of silverware and a place in Europe next season. No replays. No names on shirts. No messing. Tuesday 25 March 19.45 GMT […]

Under Protest: Time For damage control at FC Nantes

Under Protest: Time For damage control at FC Nantes

On Saturday,  the city of Nantes was awash with protesters campaigning against the opening of a new airport. The protests degenerated into terrible clashes between riot police and protesters, the result of which was large-scale damage in the city centre. The protesters ran wild destroying bus shelters, attacking offices and […]