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Preview: The Chase for European Football

Preview: The Chase for European Football

If the title is a forgone conclusion then the chase for European football couldn’t be any more different. The final Europa League places weren’t decided until the last 20 minutes of the season and it looks like we could be in for a similar rollercoaster ride this season. These six […]

Episode 95: NEW SEASON – How do you solve a problem like Pastore

Episode 95: NEW SEASON – How do you solve a problem like Pastore

Welcome back to the French Football Weekly podcast. The first show of the new season and Andrew, Jonathan and Jeremy are back to preview the upcoming campaign in Ligue 1. First up they tackle the championship race and plead the case for both AS Monaco and Marseille before Jon tells […]

Mercato Madness – OL: Buy Bedimo, Bye Bastos

Mercato Madness – OL: Buy Bedimo, Bye Bastos

Pre-season is officially over – Ligue 2 has started, European qualifying is underway, the Trophee des Champions was the curtain-raiser for the new season, and Ligue 1 kicks off on Friday; so dealings are getting a little more complicated. Using the confirmed deals (and amounts) as listed in L’Equipe, we’ve […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part I – Arsenal’s Thierry Henry

The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part I – Arsenal’s Thierry Henry

The Entente between England and France has not always been the most Cordiale. However, two people who have done their bit for Anglo-French relations over the past 20 years or so are Eric Cantona and Thierry Henry, footballers who lit up stadiums around the country while leading their clubs to multiple […]

You’ve got no history: The genesis of AS Monaco

You’ve got no history: The genesis of AS Monaco

There was more than meets the eye in AS Monaco’s promotion back to Ligue 1 back in June after two seasons in the French second division, a promotion widely perceived as the upshot of the money poured into the club by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev who took over two thirds […]

Lyon leap past Swiss side Grasshoppers into the playoffs

Lyon leap past Swiss side Grasshoppers into the playoffs

Lyon’s financial situation is getting a lot of press at the moment as they were forced into selling hot prospect Anthony Martial to Monaco and sending last season’s top-scorer Bafetimbi Gomis to Coventry as they play high-stakes poker with Alan Pardew, but if they fail to qualify for the Champions […]