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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Women’s Champions League : Lyon flying, Montpellier in a fix

Ada Hegerberg v Medyk Konin

The first legs of the round of 32 were a good news/bad news situation for the French teams. Lyon, as predicted, won 5-0 away at Medyk Konin, in a characteristic walkover where they had almost all of the ball, and 19 shots to 1. Montpellier, on the other hand, failed to make their dominance at the Mosson count, losing to […]

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Europa Preview : Zulte Waregem v OGC Nice

OGCN after ASM

It has been a mixed start to the season for Nice, as they knocked Ajax out of Champions League qualifying on away goals before losing both legs of the play-off to Napoli, around which they lost to not one but two newly promoted sides in Ligue 1, and then beat Monaco 4-0 at the weekend. So, Lucien Favre and his men should […]

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Europa Preview : Apollon Limassol v Olympique Lyonnais

Diaz v EAG

It’s been a weird start to the season for OL. They sold last-season’s top-scorer Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal, but bought Mariano Diaz from Real Madrid, who has hit the ground running and has already scored four. They sold captain Maxime Gonalons to Roma and key midfielder Corentin Tolisso to Bayern but promoted Nabil Fekir to wear the armband, who has […]

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Europa Preview : Olympique Marseille v Konyaspor

Germain v Rennes

All is not well at the Velodrome, after a catastrophic 6-1 defeat away to Monaco was followed after the international break by a 3-1 defeat at home to Rennes. Sunday’s match saw the visitors score twice in the first ten minutes, the home team being whistled off the pitch by their supporters, and pointed banners in the stands aimed at […]

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Europa League Play-Off Second Leg: Olympique Marseille v NK Domzale

Thauvin Domzale

As can happen in the Europa league, you write a preview saying a match should be fairly straightforward and then, well, things don’t quite pan out like that. The first leg ended 1-1 in Ljubljana, as Domzale midfielder Amedej Vetrih flicked one in from a Senijad Ibričić freekick in an opening spell that saw the home side slightly put the frighteners […]

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FFW Podcast : Goals, goals, and more goals

Fekir v GDB

It’s a new look for the FFW Pod for the new season, as new host Kris Carpenter takes charge to look back at all the action from round 3 of Ligue 1 with Phil and Rich (Jeremy unfortunately unavailable). The team look at all the weekend’s action, including Fekir’s wonderstrike in Lyon 3-3 Bordeaux, PSG’s 6-2 demolition of Toulouse, disorganised chaos at […]

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Europa League Play-Off : NK Domzale v Olympique Marseille

Germain hatttick v Oostende

Marseille continue their European campaign with a 1,000km trip* to Ljubljana to face Slovenian cup-winners NK Domzale in the first leg of the play-offs, in fairly sprightly mood. Beating Belgium’s Oostende 4-2 on aggregate in the 3rd qualifying round was pleasing enough, but seeing new acquisition Valere Germain score a hat-trick on his debut in the home tie was even more […]

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