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One Ntep Beyond: Beware the explosive talents of Paul-Georges Ntep

One Ntep Beyond: Beware the explosive talents of Paul-Georges Ntep

Following a strong 2012/13 campaign, young Auxerre attacker Paul-Georges Ntep suddenly came onto the radar of a couple of Ligue 1 clubs. Nantes were one name said to be keeping a ‘close eye’ on him during the summer but they didn’t pounce. Maybe they wished they had now, because Ntep […]

Karim Ziani: The start of a Ligue 1 love affair

Karim Ziani: The start of a Ligue 1 love affair

The 2006/07 season was a year of novelties for me. Zinedine Zidane’s succulent performances at the World Cup had reinvigorated my love for football, and it was a good time to reconcile myself with the sport. This was mostly thanks to the Internet. On YouTube I looped hours of Zidane […]

Episode 97: You’re Nantes going to win like that

Episode 97: You’re Nantes going to win like that

Andrew, Jonthan and Jeremy are back again this week to guide you through the latest in Ligue 1. They start by looking at the big Sunday night game between Nantes and PSG. Tactically changes from both sides, and a very interesting match. They look at the situation at Rennes currently, […]

Derby du Nord: Local sides with a Croix to bear

Derby du Nord: Local sides with a Croix to bear

One of the best parts about moving to a new town or city is the chance to explore, and for me, finding new football teams that you can spend your weekends watching. Moving to Lille in Northern France, there were already a decent number of sides around. Obviously the main […]

Team of the Week: Abdennour to keep Falcao quiet? Aymen to that!

Team of the Week: Abdennour to keep Falcao quiet? Aymen to that!

At the end of week 3, we have only one 100% record left in Ligue 1, Marseille reverting to their soporific ways to bore Valenciennes into conceding a 1-0 defeat. They are now two points clear of Monaco, who were held 0-0 by Toulouse in an empty Stade Louis II. […]

First win for PSG – Blanc still has work to do

First win for PSG – Blanc still has work to do

An end-to-end game at a heated Stade de la Beaujoire saw Paris Saint-Germain glean their first league win of the Ligue 1 season with a hard-fought 1-2 away victory that failed to quell concerns about Laurent Blanc’s tactical approach. For the first time this season, and probably not the last, PSG set out in the first half experimenting with a 4-3-3 […]

Anthony’s not-so-Modeste claims for France?

Anthony’s not-so-Modeste claims for France?

I’m going to put it out there. Anthony Modeste should be part of France coach Didier Deschamps’ squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Belarus when he names it on Thursday August 29. One year ago this notion would have been scoffed at by many, not least a […]

Mercato Madness X – Adieu Capoue

Mercato Madness X – Adieu Capoue

Are we nearly there yet? Ten days to go, people, stay strong, because this is when the really crazy stuff starts. Mind you, while the big-money rumours reach fever pitch, the more limited finances of most of Ligue 1 mean this is swoop-in-and-snap-up time, with loans, trials, options to buy, […]