Large Bid Needed to Take Marseille Defender to Norwich City


In the summer just gone, Olympique de Marseille lost both Andre Ayew and Andre-Pierre Gignac on free transfers. With centre-back Nicolas N’Koulou unlikely to put pen to paper before his contract expires in 2016, it seems a large bid could persuade President Vincent Labrune to let the Cameroon international leave the club. Newspaper L’Equipe are reporting that Norwich City are […]

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Former Manchester City Playmaker On the Move Again


Former Manchester City midfielder Marcos “Rony” Lopes should be on the move this winter. Earlier in the week, his agent Mikkel Beck revealed to Foot Mercato that his client was considering a six-month loan spell away from Monaco in order to find more playing time. When asked about the possibility of moving to Lille the former LOSC player said: “It […]

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FC Lorient’s Lamine Kone the Man to Save Big Sam’s Sunderland


When Laurent Koscielny left FC Lorient for Arsenal in 2010, it began a chain of events that revealed the business plan that the Brittany club would follow right up to the present day. Five years ago, Lamine Kone was signed from US Chateauroux to replace the France international and now, according to reports on the BBC, the 26-year-old is set […]

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Preview: Coupe de France: Round of 32 – Saturday 2nd


The Coupe de France has reached the last 64 stage, and with that comes the introduction of the Ligue 1 sides and FFW’s annual attempt to preview every game all the way to the final in Paris. Everyone loves an underdog, and this season we still have the likes of Sainte Marienne, Blanc Mesnil, Toulouse Rodeo, Muret, Volvic, Chantilly and […]

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Lille Name Their Price for Tottenham Hotspur Target


Lille winger Sofiane Boufal has been monitored by Tottenham Hotspur for over a year now, even before he joined the Northern club from SCO Angers last January. Now, the 2011 Ligue 1 champions have told any interested party, via L’Equipe, that they will have to pay between €25-30 million to sign their top scorer. After the mess that was Divock […]

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The Rise and Rise of Gazelec Ajaccio

Larbi Gaz

This December, a quick glance at the league tables in the top divisions in Europe paints a somewhat surprising picture. Leicester City, bottom of the Premier League at Christmas last year sit at the summit. Watford, promoted from the Championship are in seventh, ahead of Merseyside rivals Everton & Liverpool. In Germany, Hertha Berlin sit in third during the winter break. […]

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The Rapid Demise of Lyon and Hubert Fournier


Just like pulling off a plaster, Jean-Michel Aulas waited for the unexpected moment to call time on Hubert Fournier’s reign as manager of Olympique Lyonnais. Everyone knew it was coming, but to officially announce the decision on Christmas Eve is classic, no-nonsense Aulas. The announcement was followed up with the news that Fournier’s assistant, Bruno Genesio will take charge of […]

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Episode 162: All About That Lass…and 10 other players

Episode 162

Welcome to the FFW Podcast. The first half of the season is over – Gazelec ended on a high, beating a low on confidence Lyon side – which should see the end of Hubert Fournier’s time at OL. Marseille drew 1-1 away at Bordeaux. It may have saved Sagnol to keep Girondins great home record against OM alive. There were […]

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