FFW Podcast : Midweek Football and Project Monaco

ASM v PSG

With a midweek round going on all around them, Kris is joined by Jez and Phil to discuss PSG’s increasing lead, Lyon’s increasing goal difference, Caen v Bordeaux, Ligue 2, and Project Monaco v3.0. There’s also a nod to Les Bleues’ recent matches, Bielsa in a cafe, early shouts for goalkeeper of the year, and Kris forgets what Jez is called again. […]

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Coupe de la Ligue Seiziemes / Dixiemes

Gaz v Red Star CdL

The Coupe de la Ligue is back, with the 14 Ligue 1 teams un-bothered by Europe joining the fray, which combined with the limited scope of professionalism in France and a fairly rigid approach to naming things, means another set of seiziemes that involve dix matches. One National (third-tier) team remains, Paris’ Red Star, who have so far needed penalties for their […]

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FFW Podcast : Dani Alves wants his ball back

Cavani Neymar argument

After the first group games in the Champions and Europa League, and round 6 of Ligue ended with PSG v OL, a depleted team FFW are back to cover all the action. With Rich unavailable and Kris a late drop-out with router-knack, Phil and Jez are joined by special guest Lana Dawood to talk OL, PSG, Corinne Diacre and kit colours. […]

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Le50 2017 – Thomas Didillon

Didillon FCM

Undoubtedly talented, Metz’s young goalkeeper Thomas Didillon has endured a rather savage season in terms of his confidence. Still just 21, the big youngster had been a regular for France’s various youth sides, and been integral to the club’s promotion in the previous season, conceding just two goals in the team’s first seven matches before a broken finger sidelined him […]

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Bureaucracy Corner – HT: DNCG 2 – 0 Corsica

Squillacci

Ah, summer is here. While most football coverage right now is a feverish attempt to find who’s been seen at what airport (he’s from Chambery, Lyon is the closest international airport for a family holiday), France has another tradition apart from selling top talent for mates’ rates and loaning each other youth players. Welcome back, the DNCG, staggering into view like a […]

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Le50 2017 – Olivier Kemen

Kemen GFCA

To say that Olivier Kemen has had a frustrating season would be an understatement. The Cameroon-born midfielder came through Metz’s academy before moving to Newcastle in 2013, where he failed to make an impact, despite making the bench for the Premier League club on a handful of occasions. Seizing on Kemen’s frustration, Lyon moved to bring him on board in […]

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Le50 2017 – Youssef Aït Bennasser

Ait Benasser ASNL

As ways to announce yourself to the wider French footballing public go, Youssef Aït-Bennasser’s choice was quite spectacular. With promotion-chasing Nancy 2-1 up in the 94th minute against Le Havre, Youssouf Hadji unleashed a thunderbolt from 20 yards. The ball hit the top of the crossbar and ricocheted directly upwards. Aït-Bennasser – already named man of the match – was […]

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Le50 2017 – Ismaïla Sarr

Sarr FCM

When Ismaila Sarr made his full international debut for Senegal against Namibia in September 2016, entering the fray late on as a substitute for Sadio Mané, the symbolism was not lost on the watching Senegal fans, as “the next Sadio Mané” replaced the current incarnation. For Metz fans, that symbolism was stronger still, both players having followed the same path […]

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