Paris Saint-Germain v FC Nantes: Coupe de France Preview

Paris Saint-Germain v FC Nantes: Coupe de France Preview

This Coupe de France Round of 16 tie adds to the distractions for Paris Saint-Germain, who continue their quest for the quadruple, as they host FC Nantes at the Parc des Princes. Since PSG’s narrow 2-1 win over Bordeaux in the last round, the Parisian outfit has still not reclaimed the Ligue 1 lead, but they have qualified for the Coupe de la Ligue final against Bastia, after beating Lille 1-0 in the semi-final. It…

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OGC Nice v FC Nantes: Preview – Week 24

OGC Nice v FC Nantes: Preview – Week 24

Claude Puel’s Nice are enjoying a rich vein of form in recent weeks, they have won 10 of the last 12 points available, taking them up to eighth with 32 points. On Sunday, their opponents also have 32 points, but they are on the way down. Les Canaris have failed to win any of their last four games, and they now have the second worst goal scoring record in the league. For a team out…

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Marseille v Evian: Preview + Ligue 1 Saturday

Marseille v Evian: Preview + Ligue 1 Saturday

Marcelo Bielsa’s side return to the Stade Velodrome this weekend and try to forget about their terrible away record. Evian have conceded 25 goals away from home, have only won twice and have no draws to show for their troubles. Evian have a history of turning up and putting in performances when you least expect it – just ask PSG – but it would be a shock if OM didn’t come away with a victory…

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Coupe de France Preview: FC Nantes v Club Franciscain

The beauty of the Coupe de France is embodied in no other game more than Saturday’s anticipated fixture between FC Nantes and Club Franciscain of Martinique. One of the quirks most liked in France’s premier club competition is the inclusion of Outre-mer (overseas department) clubs. And Saturday sees the visitors travel to the Stade de la Beaujoire to take on a Nantes side riding high in Ligue 1. The enthusiasm from the Franciscain players remains…

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PREVIEW: Nantes v Bordeaux – Week 18

PREVIEW: Nantes v Bordeaux – Week 18

Saturday afternoon’s fixture between FC Nantes and Girondins de Bordeaux at the Stade de Beaujoire sees two of Ligue 1’s most decorated sides try to stake a claim for European football next season. Both clubs have played a huge part in the growth of French football, but are now entering a new era with different aims and directions this season. Under new boss Willy Sagnol, Bordeaux are enjoying an excellent season. The fabulous start had…

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Euro Mascot to be Joking…

Euro Mascot to be Joking…

So, the less said about the newly announced France 2016 mascot the better. After the design masterpieces that were Peno and Footix, the new representative of la belle France (a slightly creepy kid with a red cape) is yet to be named, which is open to a public vote – the options are “Driblou”, “Goalix”, and “Super Victor”(whether Wanyama, Ibarbo, or Hugo Montano is yet to be confirmed), but there’s a colouring book to download. Click…

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Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Water way to bounce back

Five reasons to watch Ligue 1: Water way to bounce back

Water way to bounce back Marseille’s run of victories has been well documented of late but can you name the other team who over the last three rounds of matches have matched their winning ways? You may think PSG perhaps? Bordeaux possibly? Lyon maybe? Nope, it is Evian Thonon Gaillard. Les Roses are currently on a hot streak of three consecutive wins. These were important wins as well, over teams who many predict will be…

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Bastia and Claude Makelele Can-Nantes afford another defeat

Bastia and Claude Makelele Can-Nantes afford another defeat

New Bastia coach Claude Makelele would have hoped for better than 18th place in the table after the first six games. However, the Corsicans have at least managed to pick up six points in that period and played some good football at times; SCB just need to become a more consistent outfit. It must be said that Bastia were very settled under the management of Frederic Hantz, but Makelele has overseen a complete squad overhaul….

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