PREVIEW – Lyon v Monaco: Coupe de la Ligue Huitiemes


As an aperitif before the last game of the year and the Christmas break, we have the last sixteen round of the Coupe de la Ligue, with the European teams joining in the fun. Last Round Round-Up Three Ligue 2 teams made it through, and all played Ligue 1 opposition away from home, with varying degrees of difficulty. Arles-Avignon needed […]

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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 […]

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Guillermo Ochoa: Hoping for that one chance at glory


When an injury to Club América’s veteran goalkeeper Adolfo Ríos allowed him his professional debut in the 2004 Mexican Clausura tournament, 18-year old goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa didn’t think twice. Within weeks, he had shown he was up for the challenge. Within months, he had proved he was something much more special than just another young goalkeeper. Within two years, in fact, […]

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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 […]

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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 air, at least hovering gently. Contrast this with France, where […]

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Coupe de France: AC Ajaccio v SM Caen

Here is the tale of two teams who could very well meet up this summer on their transition between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. While top-flight strugglers Ajaccio stand at the bottom of Ligue 1 with only nine points in 21 games, Caen remain well positioned in the race for promotion from Ligue 2, albeit six points behind Lens and […]

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Coupe de France: Quimperle FC vs. AC Ajaccio

Six divisions separate Ligue 1’s AC Ajaccio and Brittany’s Quimperle FC of the local Division Superieure Elite’s Group A when they meet on Sunday in the Coupe de France’s round of 64. The Corsicans will be grateful for the draw as it offers them some respite from a miserable campaign so far. Les Ours, still under the temporary leadership of […]

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