Europa League Play-Off Second Leg: Olympique Marseille v NK Domzale

Thauvin Domzale

As can happen in the Europa league, you write a preview saying a match should be fairly straightforward and then, well, things don’t quite pan out like that. The first leg ended 1-1 in Ljubljana, as Domzale midfielder Amedej Vetrih flicked one in from a Senijad Ibričić freekick in an opening spell that saw the home side slightly put the frighteners […]

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FFW Podcast : Goals, goals, and more goals

Fekir v GDB

It’s a new look for the FFW Pod for the new season, as new host Kris Carpenter takes charge to look back at all the action from round 3 of Ligue 1 with Phil and Rich (Jeremy unfortunately unavailable). The team look at all the weekend’s action, including Fekir’s wonderstrike in Lyon 3-3 Bordeaux, PSG’s 6-2 demolition of Toulouse, disorganised chaos at […]

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Europa League Play-Off : NK Domzale v Olympique Marseille

Germain hatttick v Oostende

Marseille continue their European campaign with a 1,000km trip* to Ljubljana to face Slovenian cup-winners NK Domzale in the first leg of the play-offs, in fairly sprightly mood. Beating Belgium’s Oostende 4-2 on aggregate in the 3rd qualifying round was pleasing enough, but seeing new acquisition Valere Germain score a hat-trick on his debut in the home tie was even more […]

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Champions League Play-Off : Napoli v Nice

Nice beat Ajax

Nice, after a fine start to their competitive campaign in defeating Ajax, are now faced with an even more difficult task against Italian giants Napoli. No one had given Les Aiglons much of a chance against the Dutch side, but that was before Nice had lost twice in the league, and in rather embarrassing fashion to a less-than-potent Saint-Étienne and […]

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Right Place, Wrong Time: A Tribute to Bafetimbi Gomis

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Watching Galatasaray’s humiliating Europa Cup elimination to Ostersunds last month, it struck me that Bafetimibi Gomis has a remarkable knack of being in the right place at the wrong time. Now 31, the French striker finds himself in Istanbul as part of a squad overhaul prompted by Gala’s wretched fourth place finish in last year’s Super Lig. There is little doubt […]

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Champions League Qualification Preview: OGC Nice vs Ajax Amsterdam

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We’ve barely put the Confederations Cup in the rear-view mirror, but already football is upon us once again, as Nice seek to reap the rewards of their impressive 2016/17 season. Les Aiglons‘ third place finish earned them a place in the third round of the Champions’ League qualifiers, and this evening they host an Ajax side which, less than three […]

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Euro 2017 – France 1 – 0 Iceland – Les Bleues Relieved

France v Iceland Euro 2017 crop

The 2017 Euros have kicked off in the Netherlands, and France’s campaign started with an often frustrating encounter with Iceland that ended in a narrow victory as Eugenie Le Sommer converted a late penalty. France, as one would expect, had most of the ball and most of the chances, but were blocked, tackled, and frequently bundled over by opponents whose clear game-plan […]

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