Le50 2017 – Youssef Aït Bennasser

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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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Coupe de la Ligue Semi Finals : Monaco v Nancy

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The first semi-final finished Bordeaux 1 – 4 Paris-Saint Germain as the holders rolled over their hosts with braces from Angel Di Maria and Edinson Cavani. Eric Devin looks at the match-up to decide who will face PSG in their fourth consecutive final.  Given the clubs involved and their histories, it is likely that, of the two Coupe de la […]

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Coupe de la Ligue Quarter-Finals – Tuesday : Nantes v Nancy and Sochaux v Monaco

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We’re yet to see the return of Ligue 1 in France, but the cup competitions continue apace this mid-week with the quarterfinals of the Coupe de la Ligue. Monaco, authors of a 7-0 defeat of Rennes in the previous round, look to be co-favorites with a suddenly resurgent Paris Saint-Germain, and face the last remaining Ligue 2 side, FC Sochaux. Elsewhere, […]

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Coupe de France 2017 32emes – Saturday Part II

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We reach the halfway point of the 32emes tonight as seven more ties take place, including one all-Ligue 1 clash as PSG host Bastia, and potential upsets as three Ligue 1 teams travel to lower league opposition. Blois Foot 41 (CFA2) vs FC Nantes (L1) Stalwarts of Division 2 in the 70s before tumbling town the French football structure, Blois […]

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Coupe de la Ligue – Wednesday Preview

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As we wait for the European teams to get involved, the seiziemes are again the dixiemes in the Coupe de la Ligue, with a cast of fourteen Ligue 1 teams joining four from Ligue 2 and two from National over a midweek bonus round. Chateauroux v Girondins de Bordeaux – 18.45 CEST (Canal+ Sport) One of only two third-tier teams left in […]

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Ligue 1 Betting : Week 6 – Nice v Monaco, Metz v Bordeaux, Angers v Caen

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Every matchday the FFW team of Andrew, Jeremy, Philippa and Rich will each pick a game where they believe both teams will score, and an anytime scorer. SPONSORS….THIS COULD BE YOUR FEATURE Let’s look at how the team did in Week 5. It wasn’t pretty – especially for Andrew and Jeremy, whose “both teams to score” picks both ended 0-0 and […]

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Le50 2016: Clement Lenglet – AS Nancy

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On paper, there can be few players with as exciting a potential as Nancy’s Clément Lenglet. At just 20 years of age, the central defender captains one of the biggest sides in Ligue 2 and his consistently strong performances in France’s second-tier have enabled him to become a regular feature in French international youth teams, in every age category from […]

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Dijon v AS Nancy: Ligue 2 Preview – Week 32

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Les Rouges have battled with Nancy for supremacy in Ligue 2 this season and it’s a toss up who is the better side. Dijon have only lost one of their last 17 games and the lone defeat actually came in their previous home game, losing 1-0 to Nimes. They played some great stuff during that unbeaten run but recently their […]

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