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The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part III – The Future of Ligue 1

The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part III – The Future of Ligue 1

In the third and final part of the interview, Philippe and Jeremy talk about Arsenal’s current contingent of Wenger, Koscielny, Giroud, Diaby and Sanogo, about the France Under-20s’ World Cup victory and les Bleus’ future prospects, and about his expectations for the coming Ligue 1 season. JS: Wenger for PSG? PA: I don’t […]

The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part II – Thierry Henry and France

The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part II – Thierry Henry and France

In this part, Philippe and Jeremy talk about Henry’s controversial history with Les Bleus, including the Hand of Gaul and Knysna. JS: Why is he loved in England and, maybe, reviled in France? PA: The funny thing is that, in France, outside the football world, he still has a positive […]

The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part I – Arsenal’s Thierry Henry

The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part I – Arsenal’s Thierry Henry

The Entente between England and France has not always been the most Cordiale. However, two people who have done their bit for Anglo-French relations over the past 20 years or so are Eric Cantona and Thierry Henry, footballers who lit up stadiums around the country while leading their clubs to multiple […]

You’ve got no history: The genesis of AS Monaco

You’ve got no history: The genesis of AS Monaco

There was more than meets the eye in AS Monaco’s promotion back to Ligue 1 back in June after two seasons in the French second division, a promotion widely perceived as the upshot of the money poured into the club by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev who took over two thirds […]

Lyon leap past Swiss side Grasshoppers into the playoffs

Lyon leap past Swiss side Grasshoppers into the playoffs

Lyon’s financial situation is getting a lot of press at the moment as they were forced into selling hot prospect Anthony Martial to Monaco and sending last season’s top-scorer Bafetimbi Gomis to Coventry as they play high-stakes poker with Alan Pardew, but if they fail to qualify for the Champions […]

France v Serbia – U19 European Championship Preview

France v Serbia – U19 European Championship Preview

It’s final time in Lithuania as France prepare to meet Serbia in Thursday’s U19 Euro final after Les Bleus dumped out two-time defending champions Spain 2-1 after extra-time in Monday’s semi-final. In a replay of last Friday’s group stage meeting, which ended in a 1-1 draw, the French will seek […]

Mercato Madness – Fabulous Marquinhos and ASSE bank on Franck

Mercato Madness – Fabulous Marquinhos and ASSE bank on Franck

The Mercato is starting to get to some people – goalkeepers sneaking off to Belgium, top-scorers being sent to train with the reserves while a desperate-to-sell president, erm, refuses to sell, confused wingers complaining that they’ve been ‘used’ after being left standing at the side of the dancefloor wistfully watching […]

Young French players heading to Italy in talent exchange

Young French players heading to Italy in talent exchange

After Paris Saint-Germain’s massive raids on Italy’s Serie A over the past two years, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there is no talent left in Calcio. That is not true of course, there is still plenty coming through the ranks. Some of Italy’s finest young talents are now finally […]