Rachid Ghezzal – Standing At A Crossroad

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Following the career of Rachid Ghezzal feels similar to watching a mystery filled with plot twists. Just when you think the story has finally settled there’s a sudden, sharp deviation that puts one’s mind in a spin; so much so that a sense of distrust builds whenever normality peeps its head over the parapet. Ghezzal’s career at Olympique Lyonnais has […]

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The Thing About French Players and English Clubs

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Some of the greatest players to have graced the Premier League have been French imports. When Arsenal FC appointed a relatively unknown manager by the name of Arsene Wenger from Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan, nobody could have imagined that one man would build such a legacy. Arsene Wenger, the economist from France, not only managed to turn the fortunes […]

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Game 17 : Ligue 1 v Weather

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It has been a fog-affected week. Friday night’s match between Dijon and Marseille was postponed due to the inability of anyone not to look like extras in a John Carpenter film when they stepped onto the pitch. Marseille took it upon themselves to pay for accommodation for their 160 supporters who had made the trip, which was impressive. After a clear start, however, things didn’t […]

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Preview : OGC Nice v FK Krasnodar – Europa League

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Hello and welcome to a match that means absolutely nothing as both teams are already locked into their finishing positions – FKK will come second in the group, and Nice are out. Nice are in this position because they had to go to Schalke and get a result in the last round – they lost 2-0. They key match, however, was […]

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Preview : Anderlecht v AS Saint-Etienne – Europa League

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Both teams are through, but there’s still top spot to play for as Anderlecht are on 11 points and Saint-Etienne on 9, so ASSE will go through as group winners with a win. On the face of it, this seems unlikely. Anderlecht’s home form in this season’s Europa league (including qualifying) is 3-0, 3-1, 6-1, and they are the top-scorers in the Jupiler […]

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Preview : Bayer Leverkusen v AS Monaco – Champions League

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Monaco travel to the BayArena this evening in the very definition of a dead rubber. Both teams are assured of progression, but they are also locked into their respective places in the table. It was an unlikely outcome given the presence of Tottenham Hotspur in their group, but both have displayed an impressive proclivity for playing on the counter. While Bayer […]

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Preview : Olympique Lyonnais v Sevilla – Champions League

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Lyon welcome Sevilla in a match where qualification for the knock-out stages is still possible, the hosts needing to win by two goals to progress. Lyon’s trip to Metz at the weekend was never supposed to be the maelstrom of distraction that it became. Bruno Genesio had put out a rotated side, with Corentin Tolisso, Nabil Fekir and in-form Mathieu Valbuena all […]

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FC Nantes: Goalless and now Coachless

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You cannot spell slaughter without laughter. Both were in evidence in spades Wednesday night at the Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes. The slaughter took place on the pitch as Olympique Lyonnais inflicted a historic 6-0 defeat on their hosts. The laughter was down to the enormous amount of gallows humour on show in the stands, particularly during the second […]

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