Valenciennes: 2013/14 Season Review


This season was a complete disaster for Valenciennes, it’s as simple as that. The Northerners had worked hard to establish themselves as a Ligue 1 club for nine years, only to wash that all away thanks to a nightmare campaign. Pre-season expectations were for VA to finish up around the midtable mark. Few pundits imagined they’d get sucked into much […]

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The Best of the Worst: Ligue 1 Relegation Bound XI


It’s around this point in the season when people start prepping their Team of the Season articles, and hoping that nobody has a calamitous crash in form or unexpectedly starts knocking in hat-tricks as part of a late surge for the European places. Not here. Oh no (OK, we will almost certainly put one together, we just haven’t been that […]

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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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Valentine’s Day Special – PSG v Valenciennes


So, it’s Valentine’s Day, it’s PSG v Valenciennes, so for all of you similarly prioritising your love of football over the commercialisation of romance, we’re planning a few things to keep everyone cheerful. First – we are finally doing the sweepstake for when Marco Verratti will be booked. Tweet us at @FrenchFtWeekly with your chosen minute, and you will be added […]

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Career Crossroads for Valenciennes’ Gary Kagelmacher


“Now we start the story, the real story, because we have six hard months to play and we are only three points off Montpellier.” Days before Valenciennes would record only their fourth victory of the season, a 3-2 win at home to Bastia, Uruguayan defender Gary Kagelmacher sat down for coffee with French Football Weekly. In a very open and […]

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It’s Grim Up North for Valenciennes


In the early 90’s a British group released a song called “It’s Grim Up North”, a sort of acid house composition where the main lyrics consisted of naming towns and cities in Northern England. Given that the  impression of the song was that the North was grey, drab and generally a depressing place, we might as well add Valenciennes to […]

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The Best and Worst of the Mercato in Ligue 1

Yohan Mollo

The transfer window finally slammed shut on Monday night, the shutters were rolled down, and hopefully we can get on with some football now. The total spent in the window was up at £328 million, £97m of that from PSG and Monaco topping the table with £146 million, leaving £86 million to be spent by the other 18 teams. Marseille […]

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Preview: The Unpredictable Outsiders


In any league table there are teams that avoid the relegation scrap, but also never get anywhere near the fight for European football. They are also the ones that can pull out a shock, just like Montpellier winning the league two years ago. Who in this group is going to break from the pack? It could only go downhill last […]

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