Une Logique de Rêves: Coupe de France Quarter-Final – US Avranches v PSG

Avranche beat Strasbourg

The last remaining non-Ligue 1 representative in this year’s Coupe de France has the biggest tie available, as they host moneybags and two-time defending Coupe holders PSG. National side Avranches won the opportunity to test themselves against the best in their first ever Coupe de France quarter final after seeing off Ligue 2 Strasbourg in the last round. Having taken […]

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Coupe de la Ligue Final – AS Monaco v PSG

CDL Final medley

It’s tough to tell if 1st April is an appropriate or inappropriate date for the final of France’s junior cup competition, as football is of course a serious business. There are a lot of tempting options for practical jokes, however – the mascot who turns out to be Nicolas Sarkozy, the goal-line technology team deciding to have a bit of […]

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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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Europa League Preview : Roma v Lyon

Lacaz v Roma crop

The first leg of this clash ended 4-2 to Lyon, but there were some nervy moments as Roma went in at half-time 2-1 up, and let’s face it, nobody in France right now is looking at first-leg scorelines and going “ooh, comfortable“. Things started well at the Parc OL as break-out centre back Mouctar Diakhaby opened the scoring inside ten minutes […]

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Champions League Preview : Monaco v Manchester City

ASM v MCFC

After a 5-3 thriller in the first leg at the Etihad three weeks ago, there is no doubt that Manchester City’s trip to the Stade Louis II is the most anticipated of all of the Champions League Round of 16 second legs. Needing at least two goals to progress, Monaco will be forced to go on the attack, something that […]

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History Corner : Parking the bus 1950s-style ?

Kopa v Germay crop

After picking up some helpful tips about how to improve French football from the 1920s, a couple of further forays to Montpellier’s book market (every Saturday on the Esplanade, also Peyrou Sundays – if it isn’t raining) produced ten copies of the periodicals Mirroir Sprint* and But Club – Miroir des Sports, dated between 1950 and 1955. These trace an interesting series […]

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Europa League Preview : Lyon v Roma

Dzeko v Lacaz

Thursday night, and Lyon are the last French team standing in the Europa League after another traditionally shaky set of performances from the Ligue 1 contingent: LOSC didn’t make it through the qualifying rounds, Nice didn’t make it out of the group, and Saint-Etienne didn’t make it past Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who must feature in Stephane Ruffier’s nightmares. OL, of course, […]

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