Preview: Villareal v Monaco – Champions League Qualifying

Monaco training at Villareal

The early start to Monaco’s season means that the club will have played seven competitive matches before the end of August, no easy feat given a very short summer. Many are eagerly anticipating their clash with Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1’s third matchday, but before Leonardo Jardim’s side take on the champions, a much more pressing task awaits in the form […]

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Rio2016 : France knocked out by Canada in Olympic quarter-final

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On Friday night, moving into the early hours of Saturday morning, les Bleues lost 1-0 in their Olympic quarter-final against Canada. They had gone through second in their group after wins over Colombia (4-0) and New Zealand (3-0), but it was their 1-0 loss against the USA that was characteristic and presaged the knock-out round knock-out. That, the second group […]

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Preview: Qabala v Lille – Europa League Qualifying

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The first leg of the third qualifying round for the Europa League (where, apart from anything else, you can find your Game of Thrones name by just sticking a pin in the schedule) was as underwhelming as we’d feared – two home draws. Lille and Saint Etienne both head off on tricky away trips with a deal left to do. […]

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Preview: AEK Athens v Saint-Etienne – Europa League Qualifying

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Europa League third round qualifying hits its second marker with the French teams, Lille and Saint-Etienne, not in the best of shape. Their matches this time will overlap, as the chaotic nature of the early rounds means that there are *twelve* different kick-off times this Thursday, which is probably some form of record. On the actual pitch, a goalless first leg was underwhelming, […]

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Preview : Monaco v Fenerbahce – Champions League Qualifying

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While an unfortunate injury to goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis forced youngster Loic Badiashile into action last Wednesday, Monaco looked none the worse for wear. Yes, a 2-1 loss to Fenerbahce was less than ideal, but given their away goal, the tie is far from over. Indeed, with first-choice goalkeeper Danijel Subasic back in training, as well as newly arrived centre […]

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Preview : Olympic Football Group G – France v Colombia, USWNT, New Zealand

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Football at Rio2016 kicks off today, Wednesday 3rd August, two days before the opening ceremony. Team FFW previews Group G with words from Philippa Booth, and Janai Garrett on the USWNT.  Her name is Rio. France will not be represented in the Men’s tournament, after the U21s buggered up the play-off to qualify for the 2015 U21 Euros, used as the Olympic qualifying tournament for UEFA. So […]

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Preview: AS Saint-Etienne v AEK Athens – Europa League Qualifying

ASSE Hamouma

Saint-Etienne get back into the competitive swing of things with a third-round qualifying home tie against Greek Superleague side AEK Athens, who are making their first European appearance since 2011/12. ASSE will be hoping that this campaign is more like last year’s creditable round of 32 appearance than their two previous efforts, coming bottom of their group in 2014/15 and failing to qualify […]

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