Positives as Matuidi and Valbuena give France reasons to be cheerful


After three defeats in four matches at the tail-end of last season, this international break took on extra importance for France as they enter Euro 2016 season. Following a 1-0 win in Portugal and a 2-1 victory over Serbia in Bordeaux, Didier Deschamps and les Bleus’ fans will be feeling a lot more positive. Not everything went perfectly and there […]

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Faiz Selemani: Niort Look to Third Division for Another Star


Chamois Niortais have had a tough start to their Ligue 2 campaign: after losing Yoann Barbet to Brentford and long-standing captain Mouhamadou Diaw to Auxerre in pre-season, the Poitou-Charentes side have gone five league matches without a win. The woes of supporters and players were compounded last week when standout players Florian Martin and Kévin Malcuit left the club to […]

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Episode 152: Attracted By the Bright Lights of Rennes

Episode 152

Welcome to the FFW Podcast, After the madness of Transfer Deadline Day, the team discuss some of the deals done by teams to and from Ligue 1. Anthony Martial to Manchester United, Papy Djilobodji and moves by Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Nantes and Rennes. The pod then discusses the prospects of Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon in the Champions League and Bordeaux, […]

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Papy Djilobodji: Who is the Chelsea New Boy?


On Monday afternoon, the final day of the French transfer window, Chelsea completed the unexpected signing of Nantes centre-back Papy Djilobodji for a fee reported to be €3m million. It surprised everyone when reports in both the French and English press suggested that Chelsea could be on the verge of signing the Senegal international. The 26-year-old may not be the most […]

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Will Juventus Take Mario Lemina to the Next Level


On Monday evening, with the transfer window coming to a close in both France and Italy, Juventus and Marseille were doing business on both sides. Paolo De Ceglie and Mauricio Isla joined the Ligue 1 side and the former France under-21 international Mario Lemina joined the Italian champions. Lemina joins Italy’s “Old Lady” on an initial loan deal, but Juventus […]

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Di Maria Sparkles on Debut for PSG While Reims Hit Four


Champagne corks would have been popping all across Reims on Saturday night. Olivier Guegan’s side went top of the table after their superb 4-1 win over Lorient at the Stade Auguste Delaune, but Paris Saint-Germain’s dominant 3-0 win over Monaco saw the champions end the week top once again. OH NO FOR OM AT GUINGAMP Expectations surrounding Marseille were high […]

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Anthony Martial: What are Manchester United Getting for €50 million


Just as AS Monaco were about to take on Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday’s late Ligue 1 game, news broke from respected journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi that Manchester United had made a €50 million bid for France international striker, Anthony Martial. During most transfer windows Bouhafsi is rarely wrong, but that doesn’t mean that the information he is being fed is of […]

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