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: Angers SCO v FC Sochaux

Tuesday night will see Ligue 1 strugglers Sochaux travelling across France to Angers, the city of Cointreau and the Doomsday tapestry. Both sides overcame lower league teams with varying amounts of ease in the last round, Angers beating CFA side FC Chambly in a sudden death penalty shootout after a hard-fought 1-1 stalemate, and Sochaux having no such trouble playing […]

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Save our Sochaux – Zambians arrive to help Lionceaux


They both made their debuts for Sochaux this weekend, so we called upon Salim Masoud Said from the excellent Sandals For Goalposts to tell us more about the Zambian duo of Stoppila Sunzu and Nathan Sinkala. In the end, Zambia’s defence of the Africa Cup of Nations was unsuccessful. Whether the verdict of the 2012 African champions will render that they […]

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Coupe de France: FC Bressuire v Sochaux

If giant-killings can be said to begin before the big boys enter the Coupe de France, FC Bressuire are giant killers indeed. The sixth division side have already vanquished two CFA teams on their way to the round of 64, first defeating Stade Bordelais 3-2 and then squeezing by Stade Montois 2-1 in extra time, despite playing a man down […]

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Coupe de la Ligue : Review and Draw

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The huitiemes are done, and there were some great matches to enjoy. Our predictions were half-right, as ever, but you can watch highlights and check out who has who in the next round below. Nantes v Auxerre Prediction: Auxerre win, narrowly, in a hopefully high-scoring encounter. Let’s say 3-2. Result : Nantes 1 – 0 Auxerre Goal-machine Fernando Aristeguieta broke the […]

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Coupe de la Ligue Huitiemes – All In, Who’s Out?


This is the last call for the Coupe de la Ligue, will the final boarders please come to the gate… As an early Christmas present, this midweek sees a round of League Cup matches, with the ‘big six’ finally making an appearance. The idea of the staggered start is to give those teams playing in Europe a little bit of […]

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Sochaux v Bastia; Boudebouz returns to Bonalona


They might not remember in Montbeliard, but less than three years ago, modest Sochaux were drawing parallels with FC Barcelona. The comparisons were made in jest, but the association still complimented Francis Gillot’s Europa League qualifying side. Lacombe and Gillot had assembled such an attacking quatrain, that their clever interchange left most defences demoralised. Modibo Maiga and Brown Ideye, like […]

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