Clermont Foot: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

Clermont Preview

Coach: Corinne Diacre Stadium: Stade Gabriel Montpied Last Season: 12th in Ligue 2   DEFENCE Clermont have three keepers to choose from, all of whom are fairly raw and inconsistent. I’d expect Mehdi Jeannin to start as the no1 keeper, either backed up by Franck L’Hostis (who has been a transfer flop) or new man from Monaco Marc Caillard. Neither […]

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Bourg Peronnas: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

Bourg Preview

Coach: Hervé Della Maggiore Stadium: Stade Jean-Laville Last Season: 3rd Championnat National   DEFENCE It’s been confirmed that Sebastian Callamand will be starting in between the sticks. Unproven at Ligue 2 level like most of his teammates, he could be pushed by Marseille loanee Julien Fabri. The coach prefers to employ a 3-5-2 formation which includes three CBs. Options here include […]

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AJ Auxerre: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

Aj Auxerre Preview

Coach: Jean-Luc Vannuchi Stadium: Stade Abbé Deschamps Last Season: 9th Ligue 2   DEFENCE Auxerre had goalkeeping issues last season. Donovan Leon didn’t perform as well as expected and he’s been given the boot. They have definitely upgraded by signing Zacharie Boucher from Toulouse, a fine young talent who is definitely worth the £350k they paid. Geoffrey Lembet is an able backup […]

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AC Ajaccio: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

AC Ajaccio

Coach: Olivier Pantaloni Stadium: Stade Francois Coty Last Season: 17th in Ligue 2 DEFENCE Goalkeeper is a problem area for ACA. They have lost Oumar Sissoko (which might not be a bad thing because he struggled last season), but his replacement looks set to be Riffi Mandanda – the younger brother of OM’s Steve – and Riffi has yet to produce […]

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Defence the Best Form of Attack? Saint-Etienne Enter the Europa League


Another team kick off their season on Thursday with Europa League qualifying, having not really done much in the mercato so far. Saint-Etienne will play Romania’s Tirgu Mures, runners-up in Liga 1 last season, just three points behind Steaua Bucharest. How exactly they’ll approach that remains to be seen but their rather binary results from last season’s edition (featuring five draws […]

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Don’t Look Back in Angers: Bristol City New Boy is Ready


After months of speculation, Ligue 2’s Player of the Season Jonathan Kodjia finally brought an end to rumours of a prolonged stay with Ligue 1 new boys Angers SCO  when last week he signed with Bristol City on a three-year contract as part of a £2.1 million transfer. Kodjia’s departure to the other side of the Channel is certainly not the […]

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Men Against Young Boys As Monaco Take Control


Before the new league campaign kicks off on August 7th, AS Monaco began their Champions League challenge with breath-taking 3-1 win over Young Boys of Berne on Tuesday night. Goals from Layvin Kurzawa, Guido Carillo and Marko Pasalic gave Leonardo Jardim’s side three fantastic away goals and puts them in a very strong position to reach the play-off round of […]

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