Five Girondins : Henri Saivet

Handmade jumpers, crafty television infomercial appliances, or a weathered album of postage stamps; Christmas tends to bring bizarre gifts in tow. Ones that you often forget, rediscover, and then learn to value. Henri Saivet is kind of like those enigmatic gifts. Saivet became the youngest Bordeaux player to ever sign a professional contract at the precarious age of 16. Tabloids […]

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Six Canaries Tweeting: Vincent Bessat

6 - Vincent Bessat

Every so often a player just catches your eye, something draws you in, makes you sit up and pay attention. Usually it’s tricky winger, a powerful centre forward or a cavalier full-back. Vincent Bessat is none of these, but every time he enters the pitch clad in yellow, you can’t help but notice him. Possibly your attention is caught with […]

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Seven Hake-a-swimming: Vincent Aboubakar

7 - Aboubakar

As a Chelsea fan first and foremost there’s always been something about big strikers that love bulldozing through defences that has attracted me. The famous one for me needs no introduction, but another man caught my eye a couple of years ago when he moved to France, perhaps not because of similarities with Didier Drogba but because he gave the […]

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Eight Kids-a-playing: Maxime Gonalons

8 - Maxime Gonalons

If you can imagine Lyon as the Christmas sleigh (stay with me on this), you have the likes of Yoann Gourcuff, Clement Grenier and Bafetimbi Gomis as the reindeer, erratic but for the steady leadership and direction given to them by their leader, good old Father Christmas! Step forward Santa Gonalons! Maxime Gonalons, the captain of Les Gones, has recently […]

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Nine Roses Growing : Daniel Wass

9 - Daniel Wass

Here we come a-wassailing among the leaves so green… Daniel Wass doesn’t strike you as the carol-singing type, but if he was, it is probably safe to say that one of his favourite tunes would be the one that bears his name (kind of). One thing the Evian Thonon Gaillard man does excel at however is football, and since he […]

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Eleven Eaglets Soaring: Christian Brüls

11 - Chrstian Bruls

Unless things improve drastically in the last two league matches of the year, the chances are that there will not be much Christmas cheer at the Allianz Riviera Noël party. Despite the optimism at the start of the season, with a shiny new stadium about to open, last year’s surprise star Valentin Eysseric returning from suspension and Nampalys Mendy arriving […]

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Benoit Costil: Licence to Thrill: Rennes v PSG


Stade Rennais are one of France’s more frustrating clubs, capable of the sublime one week and the totally useless the next. New manager Philippe Montanier is still trying to exert his style on the club and he hasn’t been helped by the inconsistency of some his attacking players. One player who hasn’t let him down so far is goalkeeper Benoit […]

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FC Nantes predator Filip Djordjevic future in the balance


Looking at the Ligue 1 top goalscorers chart one finds three veritable superstars in the top four in Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The one intruder in that group is FC Nantes’ Serbian hitman Fillip Djordjevic. His eight goals have propelled Nantes up the league and into flirting with the European places, messing with the Ligue 1 karma. […]

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