Preview: Rennes v SM Caen + Reims v RC Lens

Preview: Rennes v SM Caen + Reims v RC Lens

Although Rennes sit 10 places and 12 points above Caen in the Ligue 1 table, you would have to say that the bottom placed club are actually the form team going into Sunday afternoon’s game. The Breton side has only won once in the last six league games and hasn’t won any of their last three games at the Stade de la Route de Lorient. Caen has picked up four points in their last three…

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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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PREVIEW: Lyon vs SM Caen – Week 18

PREVIEW: Lyon vs SM Caen – Week 18

With no European football to distract them, Lyon kick Week 18 of the Ligue 1 season with a must-win home tie against Caen on Friday night. After defeat in the Derby du Rhone against Saint-Etienne, Les Gones have bounced back well, with wins over Stade de Reims and Evian Thonon Gaillard. They were made to work against the side from Annecy. Going behind twice is far from ideal, but they had their talisman, Alexandre Lacazette…

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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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Five Reasons to Watch Ligue 1: Hello, Goodbye! The Return of Gourcuff

Five Reasons to Watch Ligue 1: Hello, Goodbye! The Return of Gourcuff

Hello, Goodbye. Friday night sees Lyon host Monaco in a game about the return and departure of key players.  Both teams have had shaky starts to the season with les Gones winless since their opening week victory over Rennes.  As has been well documented, injuries have played a part in this poor run of form for Lyon as the make up of their casualty list would make a very strong first XI.  Good news could…

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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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Ligue 2 Promotion Race Set for Five Star Finish

Ligue 2 Promotion Race Set for Five Star Finish

Things are heating up nicely in the race for promotion from Ligue 2 to Ligue 1. With one team having already sealed their place in France’s elite for the 2014-2015 season, several others are trying their best to win the opportunity to test themselves at a higher level. That team which has already been promoted is FC Metz. They have been atop the league table since the twelfth round of games and confirmed their place…

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Coupe de France: Lille OSC v SM Caen

It seems a long, long time ago that Lille were last at this stage of the cup and hoping to lift their first trophy since 1956. That was back in 2011, and Les Dogues would go on to lift the famous Coupe de France and weeks later they completed a league and cup double. It was a city buzzing on football passion, something often lost on the “too cool for school” French. Now, three years…

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