US Concarneau v Dijon FCO – Preview

US Concarneau v Dijon FCO – Preview

Tuesday night’s meeting at the Stade Guy Piriou between US Concarneau and Dijon Football Côte-d’Or sees a clash between two sides who both triumphantly punched above their weight in the last round of French football’s oldest cup competition, with both sides pulling off their own comparative giant killings. CFA 2 Group D side Concarneau edged past an albeit weakened Chamois Niortais side, with a single first-half goal from Ivorian striker Herman Koré enough to send…

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Coupe de France Preview: SM Caen v Dijon FCO

This is a Ligue 1 vs Ligue 2 clash, but in reality only two places separate the teams. Caen are rock bottom of L1, whilst Dijon are nicely situated just behind Troyes at the summit of L2. It would therefore be understandable if both sides took their eye off the ball a bit in this fixture because league matters seem to be far more important. For Caen, it’s been a very frustrating season because many…

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L’Affaire Crocodile – Investigation into Ligue 2

L’Affaire Crocodile – Investigation into Ligue 2

On Tuesday morning, news broke of multiple arrests in the world of French football. Confusingly, there seemed to be two different inquiries going on – one into transfer dealings relating to OM, and one into match-fixing, involving several Ligue 2 teams but pivoting around Nimes, who were battling relegation last season, finally managing to stay up in 15th. The following is a summation of developments in the latter case, for the benefit of non-French-speaking readers,…

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Ligue 2 Preview: 2014/15

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 be Troyes. Arguably, the club managed by Jean Marc Furlan have the strongest looking squad…

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Coupe de France: AJ Auxerre v Dijon FCO

This is one of the last scheduled matches to take place in this round of the CDF and it should be a spicy encounter between two big rivals. Many people won’t be aware of the hatred between these sides, but this’ll be a crunch Burgundian derby in which both teams won’t give an inch. One could argue that the Coupe de France means more to Auxerre than it does to their opponents. The hosts are…

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2013/14 Preview: Ligue 2 Kick-off

It’s that time of year again when the dust begins to settle, the smell of fresh grass wafts through the corridors to the changing rooms and a sense of optimism swells inside every supporter. There really is nothing better than the beginning of the football season. As Paris and Monaco splash their cash in Ligue 1 in preparation for world-wide dominance, the more humble surroundings of Ligue 2 takes a slightly more subdued approach than…

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Guingamp charge towards Ligue 1 as the promotion race heats up

With the race for promotion to France’s top tier entering the final straight it seems as good a time as any to assess the runners and riders at the top of Ligue 2. With 4 games remaining for all teams (no pesky games in hand muddying the waters) it appears to be a straightforward equation.  3 teams will be promoted, as France doesn’t do play-offs. Some teams have more realistic aims than others. Let’s look…

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Not so second rate: Ligue 2 set for thrilling finale

The Ligue 1 title race is one of, if not the, closest in European football this season, but perhaps more thrilling is the battle for promotion in France’s second tier. As many as 10 teams can at least be considered as harbouring hopes of earning a place in the top flight, as Ligue 2 once again showcases just why it is one of the most competitive leagues around. The division’s big spenders Monaco look to…

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