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O Mario, Mario! wherefore art thou Mario? Oh yeah Marseille: Mercato Madness XI

O Mario, Mario! wherefore art thou Mario? Oh yeah Marseille: Mercato Madness XI

The final stretch. We made it, people. The last day of the window can best be described as total chaos, and anyone trying to draw a map of this will have run out of crayons and be weeping gently in a corner. But it’s done. Subject to final amounts being […]

The Best and Worst of the Mercato in Ligue 1

The Best and Worst of the Mercato in Ligue 1

The transfer window finally slammed shut on Monday night, the shutters were rolled down, and hopefully we can get on with some football now. The total spent in the window was up at £328 million, £97m of that from PSG and Monaco topping the table with £146 million, leaving £86 […]

OM – AS Monaco : Ligue 1 top sides battle for French Riviera supremacy

OM – AS Monaco : Ligue 1 top sides battle for French Riviera supremacy

Ambitious AS Monaco can make a statement on Sunday as they travel to Stade Vélodrome to face Olympique de Marseille in Ligue 1’s first major clash of the season between the country’s two best-ranked teams. Ranieri’s men have started the season at full throttle with two wins and a draw […]

Ladies Relaunch – Division 1

Ladies Relaunch – Division 1

Division 1 kicks off this weekend, and with yet more overseas internationals joining the league, and QSI also investing in their women’s team, it looks set to be more exciting than ever. While Lyon remain the team to beat, PSG have continued the investment that we noted last season, when […]

“Take advantage of your 20s”: an open letter to Florian Thauvin

“Take advantage of your 20s”: an open letter to Florian Thauvin

On Thursday, Cédric Rouquette, editor-in-chief of eurosport.fr, published a superb open letter to Florian Thauvin, who is currently on strike and refusing to train with new club Lille, in order to engineer a move, preferably to Marseille. Cédric has kindly given us permission to translate and publish his letter:   […]

Mamadou Sakho: The Parisian mountain heading to Liverpool

Mamadou Sakho: The Parisian mountain heading to Liverpool

The transfer window train is rapidly speeding up and the next young French player to leave these shores looks set to be Paris Saint-Germain’s man mountain, Mamadou Sakho. With his place seemingly taken at his boyhood club, and France national team coach Didier Deschamps putting pressure on the 23-year-old to […]

One Ntep Beyond: Beware the explosive talents of Paul-Georges Ntep

One Ntep Beyond: Beware the explosive talents of Paul-Georges Ntep

Following a strong 2012/13 campaign, young Auxerre attacker Paul-Georges Ntep suddenly came onto the radar of a couple of Ligue 1 clubs. Nantes were one name said to be keeping a ‘close eye’ on him during the summer but they didn’t pounce. Maybe they wished they had now, because Ntep […]

Karim Ziani: The start of a Ligue 1 love affair

Karim Ziani: The start of a Ligue 1 love affair

The 2006/07 season was a year of novelties for me. Zinedine Zidane’s succulent performances at the World Cup had reinvigorated my love for football, and it was a good time to reconcile myself with the sport. This was mostly thanks to the Internet. On YouTube I looped hours of Zidane […]