Europa Euroundup : Four teams, six points, seven goals


With four French teams to keep track of in the Europa League this season, we should perhaps be grateful for the competition’s ‘two-sitting’ approach more familiar from the restaurant sector. Also, that unlike last year’s edition, they all scored actual goals, which came as a pleasant surprise. Nobody lost, which should also really be a positive, but the second sitting […]

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FC Nantes: Under Construction


The window of FC Nantes’ city-centre shop, situated on the edge of the old town, sees six figures in various FCN shirts looking menacingly out at shoppers. The figures in question are Vincent Bessat, Jordan Veretout, Issa Cissokho, Alejandro Bedoya, Lucas Deaux and Papy Djilobodji. Of that collection of players only Bedoya and Deaux remain at the club. Bessat opened his Ligue […]

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Preview: Ligue 1 – Week 6


It is always interesting to see how the teams playing in Europe will cope with the added strain when they return to league action. Six teams will try to find that balance this weekend, with four games on Sunday – including the mouth-watering Olympico! Stade Rennais v Lille OSC: Friday 19:30 – @psharland55 On Friday night Rennes face Lille and this […]

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Preview: Ligue 2 – Week 7


What a weekend of Ligue 2 action we have ahead of us: top-of-the-table Metz take on local rivals and third-place Nancy on Friday night, Dijon take on Le Havre, and Nimes and Niort do battle in an early six-point relegation battle. FC Metz v AS Nancy-Lorraine: Friday 19:00 – @jeremysmith98 A spicy affair at the best of times, this weekend’s Lorraine derby […]

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What can Monaco Expect from Group J Opponents Anderlecht

RSC Anderlecht

Chris Mayer from the excellent website BeNeFoot gives FFW the low-down on what AS Monaco can expect from Europa League opponents RSC Anderlecht. Bar a brief cameo last season, Anderlecht will enter the Europa League from the start for the first time since 2011/12, after a couple of years of dicing with Europe’s elite in the Champions League. Whether their […]

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Episode 153: Can Khazri Help Down Liverpool

Episode 153

Welcome to the FFW Podcast. Ahead of Liverpool’s visit to Bordeaux, the show discusses Les Girondins 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain. Which players played best and who is Bordeaux’s danger man. Rich gets to talk about Rennes are their excellent start to the season. Is this the peak, or is there more to come from Montanier’s men. The fictional Gourcuff […]

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What Lyon Can Expect from Group H Opponents Gent

KAA Gent

Chris Mayer from the excellent website BeNeFoot gives FFW the low-down on what Lyon can expect from their Belgian opponents on Wednesday. Just by making Europe’s premier competition represents a tremendous turnaround in fortunes for one of Belgium’s biggest clubs Gent. Despite being one of the country’s most recognisable sides, the big one had always alluded De Buffalos – that […]

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Montpellier: La Paillade Have Some Concerns


Five games in might be a bit early to be gauging how a season is going, but when it’s going this badly, it’s difficult not to. Montpellier have a solitary point from a goalless draw away at newly-promoted Troyes, and scored their first goal of the season in injury time in Week Five, at home to Saint-Etienne. By then, 2-0 down, […]

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