Postmortem on Nabil Fekir’s decision to pick France over Algeria

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A few months ago, Nabil Bentaleb spoke about his decision to play for the Algerian national team. Bentaleb explained, ‘When I was younger and I used to watch matches on TV and France lost, I didn’t cry. But when Algeria lost, I would cry for hours.’ In late February Nabil Fekir made a very different declaration. He said, ‘I’ll announce my decision […]

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Coupe de France Preview : Paris Saint-Germain v Saint-Etienne

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Paris Saint-Germain – by Andrew Gibney Story so far On paper, Paris Saint-Germain’s run to the Coupe de France semi-final looks fairly taxing. Victories over Montpellier, Bordeaux, Nantes and Monaco put them on the cusp of another cup final, but it has actually been fairly straightforward. PSG scored three against Montpellier, then two against each of Bordeaux, Nantes and Monaco. Of […]

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Coupe de France Preview: AJ Auxerre v EA Guingamp

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After the poor start they made to the season, no one would have expected Guingamp to be in their current position. Relatively safe in mid-table, they now have a chance to return to the Stade de France and defend the trophy they surprisingly won last season. Auxerre will be no pushovers however. The second-tier side are somewhat cup specialists and […]

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From West Ham Flop to Metz Maiga Messiah #FFWTOTW

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Ligue 1 returned from international break to another goal-fest, with 37 goals scored across the 10 matches, the highest total so far. Five of those goals were scored at the Vélodrome where, in front of a fantastic crowd, Marseille and PSG played out a classic Classique. Marseille led 2-1 into the break thanks to a Gignac double but PSG eventually […]

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Approaching the Final Straight – Stat-Attack

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With 30 rounds of games played (almost – the rain-affected Monaco v Montpellier from round 25 will be played on Tuesday), it’s a good time to have a look at how things are going further to our our round-up after game 13. The Title Race The top three have remained the same since game 11, when Bordeaux dropped out, and barring St […]

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Le50: 2015 – The Best Prospects in French Football

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Welcome to the fourth annual edition of #Le50. This is a collection of the best young footballers currently playing in France – all the players featured were born on or after the 1st of January 1993. The French Football Weekly team have spent the last few months deliberating and voting on who to include from a list of over 200 players. There […]

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Les Espoirs: Refitted and Firing Into a Bright Future

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The senior team haven’t been the only ones playing friendlies over the recent interlull, and while their displays give some interesting clues as to how Didier Deschamps will be setting things up for France 2016, the performances of les Espoirs have also been very promising. France 6 – 0 Estonia The opening encounter couldn’t have gone better for a team introducing some […]

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Women’s Champions League : PSG in the Semi-Finals

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PSG have sealed their spot in the semi-finals of the WCL with a comfortable 7-0 aggregate win over Glasgow City. Having never previously been past the last 16, the capital club is building up a head of steam in European competition as well as domestically. Although Lyon have now sewn up a ninth straight Division 1 title, PSG put a […]

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