FFW Pod : International Break, Europe, Cups

1 April pod medley

Phil, Jeremy and Rich look back on a busy couple of weeks featuring Ligue 1, multiple European competitions, and various international fixtures, and forward to a couple of cup competitions including the Coupe de la Ligue final and Coupe de France quarter-finals. Congratulations to the men of Monaco and Lyon, and the women of Lyon and PSG; basically Lyon. All of Lyon. The podcast […]

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2013 Under 20 World Cup Winners – Where are they now?

2013 U20 winners

France has been a well-documented producer of great young players for a number of years now and with the FIFA Under-20 World Cup only a couple of months away, it seems a good time to reflect on how the successful side from 2013 have developed. The 2013 edition of the tournament was held in Turkey and heralded the launching of […]

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U20 Women’s World Cup : Semi-Finals here we come

France U20 beat S Korea

The U20 Women’s World Cup is currently taking place in Canada, and France are through to the semi-finals where they will face (melodramatic music) Germany. Les Bleuettes motored through the group stage, with wins over Costa Rica (5-1), New Zealand (4-0) and Paraguay (3-0), making them the only team to go through with nine points, and with a joint-highest goals total […]

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“Take advantage of your 20s”: an open letter to Florian Thauvin

On Thursday, Cédric Rouquette, editor-in-chief of eurosport.fr, published a superb open letter to Florian Thauvin, who is currently on strike and refusing to train with new club Lille, in order to engineer a move, preferably to Marseille. Cédric has kindly given us permission to translate and publish his letter:   Dear Florian. This is the first time that I’m writing […]

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The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part III – The Future of Ligue 1

In the third and final part of the interview, Philippe and Jeremy talk about Arsenal’s current contingent of Wenger, Koscielny, Giroud, Diaby and Sanogo, about the France Under-20s’ World Cup victory and les Bleus’ future prospects, and about his expectations for the coming Ligue 1 season. JS: Wenger for PSG? PA: I don’t believe in this PSG thing at all. I can’t see […]

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The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part II – Thierry Henry and France


In this part, Philippe and Jeremy talk about Henry’s controversial history with Les Bleus, including the Hand of Gaul and Knysna. JS: Why is he loved in England and, maybe, reviled in France? PA: The funny thing is that, in France, outside the football world, he still has a positive image, judging by polls and studies for the most popular […]

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Report: France 4 Uzbekistan 0 – Under 20 World Cup

France, second in group A behind Spain, met Uzbekistan, 3rd in group F behind Croatia and Uruguay, in what turned out to be a big mismatch. The Uzbeks were missing several key players due to injury and suspensions (particularly defenders Sardor Rakhmanov and Boburbek Yuldashov), and while their backline defended manfully for a first half-hour in which France managed ten […]

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Report: France 4 Turkey 1 – Under 20 World Cup


Despite a spirited spell in the second half, Turkey could do nothing to stop a confident performance from a much improved French side as they cruised to a 4-1 victory in Gaziantep. First-half goals from Geoffrey Kondogbia and Jean-Christophe Bahebeck gave Pierre Mankowski his easiest half-time team talk to date, and then after a good spell from Turkey it was […]

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