Is Claudio Ranieri the Man to Save Florian Thauvin?


It’s rare that a week goes past without a new twist in the Olympique de Marseille soap opera. After two consecutive defeats to Paris Saint-Germain and Girondins de Bordeaux, news emerged that Italian coach Claudio Ranieri could be the man to replace Marcelo Bielsa at the Stade Velodrome if, as expected, El Loco should leave at the end of the season. […]

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What is Behind the Rise of Gazelec Ajaccio?


In what has been a fairly unremarkable Ligue 2 season, there is one team that everyone keeps talking about. Despite being written off at the start of the campaign, GFC Ajaccio are extraordinarily still inside the promotion places, seemingly with a good chance of making it all the way up to the top flight. In terms of results, it’s been […]

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Episode 143: Where did the £50 million go David?

Episode 143

Welcome to the FFW Podcast, One the back of PSG and Monaco both losing in the Champions League, the FFW team discuss the performances and the chances of either team qualifying. Marseille slip comes into question. Has Bielsa underachieved? The team looks towards the weekend’s fixtures plus Jeremy takes on Rich in the #Le50 quiz. Enjoy. RIGHT CLICK TO DOWNLOAD […]

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The Melancholy of Yoann Gourcuff


Arguably the biggest Ligue 1 enigma of recent years is Yoann Gourcuff. Practically unplayable on his day, particularly in leading Bordeaux to the title in 2009, those days have been too few and far between during his time at Lyon. As recently as last month, matchdays 28 to 30 provided a resumé of Gourcuff’s whole Lyon career in microcosm: superb […]

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Birthday Boy Claudio Beauvue: The King of Guingamp


The ball nestles in the top corner leaving the goalkeeper helpless. The usually sulphurous Toumba Stadium in Thessaloniki is brought to a deafening silence by a vicious drive from outside the box. PAOK Salonika are knocked out of the Europa League, and their assassin comes in the most unlikely of forms, in the shape of Coupe de France holders, En […]

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Continuing Juventus French Connection: Clément Lenglet


Max Quelch-Woolls covers Ligue 2 for Football Radar – so when Juventus agreed to buy Clément Lenglet from AS Nancy we thought we’d ask him just what sort of player the Italians were signing. Juventus know a thing or two about nurturing French footballing talent and the club has boasted several of Les Bleus’ finest players over the years. Legends […]

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Champions League Preview: Juventus v AS Monaco

Kurzawa v Arsenal

The quarter-finals of the Champions League are upon us, and two French teams are involved. While the PSG project is the best-known big-money outfit representing Ligue 1, Monaco are perhaps the more interesting team. After a boatload of investment having won promotion for the 2013/14 season, issues chez Rybolovlev have led to cutbacks, and the departure of many of the big-name stars […]

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Classy Zlatan Keeps Cup From Corsicans #FFWTOTW


The main match of the weekend was of course the Coupe de la Ligue final. A romantic, heart-rending match between those two terribly hard-done-by teams who have been so badly treated in recent weeks by the LFP (let’s not shed too many tears for PSG who, along with the equally indignant Marseille, are boycotting Canal + because of their broadcast […]

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