Coupe de France 32emes : Olympique Marseille v Valenciennes

CDF 2018

Marseille encounter old foes Valenciennes in the first weekend of 2018 as part of the round of 64 in the Coupe de France. On the first anniversary of Frank McCourt’s first transfer window as the figurehead of the club – in which the likes of Dimitri Payet and Morgan Sanson were signed, question marks still remain regarding the direction OM […]

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Coupe de la Ligue 8emes – goalkeeping heroics and officiating fails

Rennes v OM CDL

This midweek saw the Coupe de la Ligue huitiemes (round of 16) as the European teams joined in with a schedule featuring only one survivor from Ligue 2, lanterne rouge Tours. The junior cup competition in France may not be the most intriguing, and with the European teams having played twice a week since the international break, and two Ligue […]

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FFW Podcast : Midweek Football and Project Monaco

ASM v PSG

With a midweek round going on all around them, Kris is joined by Jez and Phil to discuss PSG’s increasing lead, Lyon’s increasing goal difference, Caen v Bordeaux, Ligue 2, and Project Monaco v3.0. There’s also a nod to Les Bleues’ recent matches, Bielsa in a cafe, early shouts for goalkeeper of the year, and Kris forgets what Jez is called again. […]

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Coupe de la Ligue Seiziemes / Dixiemes

Gaz v Red Star CdL

The Coupe de la Ligue is back, with the 14 Ligue 1 teams un-bothered by Europe joining the fray, which combined with the limited scope of professionalism in France and a fairly rigid approach to naming things, means another set of seiziemes that involve dix matches. One National (third-tier) team remains, Paris’ Red Star, who have so far needed penalties for their […]

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FFW Podcast : Dani Alves wants his ball back

Cavani Neymar argument

After the first group games in the Champions and Europa League, and round 6 of Ligue ended with PSG v OL, a depleted team FFW are back to cover all the action. With Rich unavailable and Kris a late drop-out with router-knack, Phil and Jez are joined by special guest Lana Dawood to talk OL, PSG, Corinne Diacre and kit colours. […]

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Le50 2017 – Thomas Didillon

Didillon FCM

Undoubtedly talented, Metz’s young goalkeeper Thomas Didillon has endured a rather savage season in terms of his confidence. Still just 21, the big youngster had been a regular for France’s various youth sides, and been integral to the club’s promotion in the previous season, conceding just two goals in the team’s first seven matches before a broken finger sidelined him […]

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Bureaucracy Corner – HT: DNCG 2 – 0 Corsica

Squillacci

Ah, summer is here. While most football coverage right now is a feverish attempt to find who’s been seen at what airport (he’s from Chambery, Lyon is the closest international airport for a family holiday), France has another tradition apart from selling top talent for mates’ rates and loaning each other youth players. Welcome back, the DNCG, staggering into view like a […]

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Le50 2017 – Olivier Kemen

Kemen GFCA

To say that Olivier Kemen has had a frustrating season would be an understatement. The Cameroon-born midfielder came through Metz’s academy before moving to Newcastle in 2013, where he failed to make an impact, despite making the bench for the Premier League club on a handful of occasions. Seizing on Kemen’s frustration, Lyon moved to bring him on board in […]

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