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FC Bondues pay the ultimate penalty in the Coupe de France: Fifth Round

FC Bondues pay the ultimate penalty in the Coupe de France: Fifth Round

Over the space of 48 hours France had it all. Glorious sunshine, heavy rain storms, clouds, and a bitter chill. Absolutely perfect conditions for the fifth round of this year’s Coupe de France and possibly a few shocks. The so-called big teams are still to make an appearance but all […]

World Cup: CAF Qualification – French representatives star in first leg battles

World Cup: CAF Qualification – French representatives star in first leg battles

World Cup Qualifying from the African Group has been a high-speed affair that has seen some big names already dumped out in the group stages, and a worryingly high number of results being overturned for fielding ineligible players (including Cape Verde, who managed to have one – lost – match […]

Deschamps and France: Searching for an identity

Deschamps and France: Searching for an identity

It’s no exaggeration to say that France has some soul-searching to do.  The World Cup qualifying play-offs are looming large on a sea that is anything but calm.  The qualifying campaign has been fairly efficient considering France was matched with trophy-magnet Spain, but it has hardly been inspiring stuff.  Going […]

Episode 102: Bauping along on the managerial merry-go-round

Episode 102: Bauping along on the managerial merry-go-round

This week’s show starts in Marseille with Le Classique and ends with an interview with Toulouse striker Martin Braithwaite. In between we talk about the merits of Elie Baup’s motivational skills. Hérve Renard taking over at Sochaux and whether his international experience will be a benefit. Daniel Sanchez got the […]

Salim Arrache: Don’t call it a comeback, not quite yet

Salim Arrache: Don’t call it a comeback, not quite yet

A decade ago, Le Racing Club de Strasbourg looked a proper Ligue 1 side. The Alsatians had a resident veteran in Mickael Pagis; a feared centre-half in Cedric Kante; a supernova who was well on his way to paving a remarkable career in Mamadou Niang; and, a fruitful academy that […]

Hérve Renard: Sochaux get into bed with suave Renard

Hérve Renard: Sochaux get into bed with suave Renard

He looks like a man who should be well away from the high emotional atmosphere of the football pitch, with his suave black slip-ons, well-fitting blue jeans and a white shirt that looks like it’s about to be ripped wide open by his pectorals. Standing nonchalantly on the touchline, thumbs […]

Foot Feminin – Division 1 round-up and WCL

Foot Feminin – Division 1 round-up and WCL

Five games into the new season, and Lyon are top with five wins out of five. Business as usual? It certainly looks that way, particularly as there have already been three grands chocs between the members of the traditional top four, with the title holders having already beaten both Juvisy and […]

Team of the Week: Cabella masterclass tames Lyon

Team of the Week: Cabella masterclass tames Lyon

Last night saw the first Classico of the season and no doubt who stole the show – referee Clement Turpin, with an insipid performance. To be fair to him, the inevitably brilliant Matuidi aside, few players did much to rival the referee in the man of the match stakes. For […]