Preview: Ligue 2 – Week 22: Clermont on the Front Foot

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At the top of Ligue 2, both Nancy and Dijon are starting to pull away from the pack, while below them seven teams are divided by just six points. From Le Havre in third to Auxerre in sixth, with even Tours and Laval just another point back. AS Nancy v Nimes Olympique: Friday 19:00 – @meatmansoccer Nancy were forced to accept […]

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Ligue 1 Week 22 – Preview + Predictions

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Ligue 1 continues to be as unpredictable as ever (but we try): just eight points separate Monaco in second from Nantes in 11th. Any team that can put together a string of results has a chance to qualify for European football. Angers will try again to shut out Paris Saint-Germain, giving the teams below a chance to close the gap. Monaco […]

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Preview: Coupe de France Last 32 – Day Four

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Another day another tie in the week-long Coupe de France Round of 32. Just one match tonight, as Ligue 1 meets Ligue 2 for a place in the final 16. Saint-Etienne vs AC Ajaccio – 20.00 GMT by @meatmansoccer There’s an old saying about buses. You wait ages for one, then loads turn up at once. That is certainly the case […]

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Montanier Rolls Out of Rennes – Rolland Courbis Fills in

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The stadium may have been renamed and had a lick of paint but there’s been very little fresh about the performances Rennes have been putting in this season. Yet another tame, limp and disappointing defeat at home, this time to Ligue 2 Bourg en Bresse in the Coupe de France, resulted in club President Rene Ruello finally putting under-pressure coach […]

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Episode 163: Defending the Defence: Angers v Les Verts

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Angers’ defensive tactics came under attack this week, so the podcast are here to dicuss the merits of Stephane Moulin’s game plan. They then look at how it compares to Saint-Etienne’s performance on Sunday in the derby against Lyon. Defending deep is fine, as long as there is a desire to attack. Then Monaco come under the microscope. They sit […]

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Preview: Coupe de France Last 32 – Day Three

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On Tuesday, regional Sarre-Union knocked out Chamois Niortais and Rennes lost to Bourg-en-Bresse in two Cupsets. More examples of why we love this competition. Wednesday brings us another six chances as lower league teams take on Ligue 1 opponents. Trelissac FC v Lille OSC: Wednesday 17:30 – @Gibney_A Positioned towards the south-west of France, the small town of Trelissac has […]

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Preview: Coupe de France Last 32 – Day Two

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Only 32 teams remain in this year’s Coupe de France competition – actually 31 at time of release following Saint-Malo’s victory on Saturday. Both Granville and Sarreguemines are the lowest-ranked teams left in the competition, they play on Saturday. Tuesday starts with 17 Ligue 1 clubs remaining – four will definitely be eliminated – we can only hope for more […]

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Steve Savidan: The Man Who Brought Joy Back to Valenciennes

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The annals of football are littered with late bloomers.  Toto Schillaci went from Serie B to World Cup Golden Boot in one year, while Ian Wright, signed by Arsenal at the age of 28, somehow still managed to become their highest ever scorer. And of course, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you can […]

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