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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Preview: FC Nantes v AS Monaco – Third time’s the charm

Preview: FC Nantes v AS Monaco – Third time’s the charm

Exactly a year ago to the weekend, FC Nantes welcomed one of Ligue 1’s big-money juggernauts to le Stade de la Beaujoire. The opposition in question had began the season with two disappointing results in their opening two league games and were looking to get their season up and running. In August 2013 that was Paris Saint-Germain who rocked up in Nantes on the back of a pair of 1-1 draws at Montpellier and home…

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2014/15 Ligue 1 Season Preview

2014/15 Ligue 1 Season Preview

It’s here! We are only days away from the start of the 2014/15 Ligue 1 season. This is set to be one of the best seasons in recent years. Paris Saint-Germain may be miles away from the competition, but it’s the 19 teams behind the champions that will scrap for the other accolades in France’s top division. There are loads of questions to be answered: Can the challengers close the gap on Monaco? Will this…

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Alejandro Bedoya: Bringing Belief to the USA

Alejandro Bedoya: Bringing Belief to the USA

Four years ago, Alejandro Bedoya’s World Cup dreams were dashed when US coach Bob Bradley made the then 23-year-old one of the last players cut from his squad for South Africa. At the time, Bedoya was plying his trade in Sweden, establishing himself as a central figure at Örebro SK. Since then, he’s played for four different clubs (including Örebro) and sometimes struggled for regular playing time. Yet in May of 2014, he found himself…

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