Coupe De France 8emes – Thursday – Bergerac v Lille

Bergerac v Lille CDF

So far, there’s been a big cupset as CFA side Frejus Saint-Raphael beat Ligue 2’s Auxerre 2-0 with goals from Neupoc Mendy and Karim Tlili; also, National side Avranches beat Ligue 2’s Strasbourg on penalties. It looked like Strasbourg would prevail after an injury time equaliser from Vincent Gragnic cancelled out Christopher Mayulu’s opener, but the home side held out, eventually […]

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Europa League Preview : Lyon v AZ

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Lyon’s occasionally confusing season continues with a home return tie into which they bring a 4-1 lead after a reasonably comprehensive battering of AZ in Alkmaar last week. Even the ‘1’ was described by L’Equipe as “un penalty inexistant” after Levi Garcia fell over but Emanuel Mammana got the blame. At that point Lyon were 3-0 up through Lucas Tousart’s first senior […]

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Europa League Preview : Saint-Etienne v Manchester United

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Sadly, there isn’t that much to play for in this weirdly-scheduled return leg of the Europa League round of 32, as Manchester United take a 3-0 lead to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. Almost inevitably, this was from a Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick as he continues to consider les Verts his personal scoring challenge. It all started 15 minutes in, when Ibrahimovic’s low […]

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Champions League Preview – Manchester City v Monaco

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While not the high-profile encounter involving a Ligue 1 team of last week, Monaco’s trip to the Etihad Stadium this evening is nevertheless an intriguing one. Manchester City’s season has been one of mixed fortunes; dogged by injuries (Vincent Kompany, Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus) and the failure of big-name transfers (Claudio Bravo, John Stones) to settle, the team have seemingly […]

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Europa League Previews – AZ v OL and Manchester United v Saint Etienne

Manu v ASSE Europa

Ah, the Europa League. In the qualifying rounds you can find your Game of Thrones name by sticking a pin in the fixture list, and France usually lose a team (Lille, this year). In the group stages, this is often made up by somebody dropping out of C1 qualifying (well done Monaco for bucking that trend, as well as many others, this season). […]

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FFW Podcast : wow PSG

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Phil, Jeremy and Rich look back on PSG’s 4-0 win over Barcelona – Barcelona – in the Champions League, review the last three rounds of Ligue 1 and look ahead to the Europa League and the next league round. The podcast is available on… SOUNDCLOUD

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Champions League Preview : Paris Saint-Germain v Barcelona

PSG v Barca

The lather-rinse-repeat predictability of Paris Saint-Germain meeting Barcelona in the Champions’ League Round of 16 has surely been greeted with some degree of schadenfreude elsewhere in France. The champions have looked more vulnerable than usual this season, and a galling draw against Ludogorets in the group stage’s last day would seem to be karmic retribution for a botched transfer window […]

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Coupe De France Seiziemes Part II – Rennes v PSG and Prix-lès-Mézières have their eyes on the prize

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The Coupe de France continues with the round of 32 featuring thirteen teams from outside the top two leagues, including three matches where those teams face each other, so we are assured some lower-league representation in the next round. After Tuesday’s Olympico, the big game of day 2 is Rennes v PSG. We’ve already had a cupset as CFA side […]

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