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Mercato Madness – OL: Buy Bedimo, Bye Bastos

Mercato Madness – OL: Buy Bedimo, Bye Bastos

Pre-season is officially over – Ligue 2 has started, European qualifying is underway, the Trophee des Champions was the curtain-raiser for the new season, and Ligue 1 kicks off on Friday; so dealings are getting a little more complicated. Using the confirmed deals (and amounts) as listed in L’Equipe, we’ve […]

The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part III – The Future of Ligue 1

The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part III – The Future of Ligue 1

In the third and final part of the interview, Philippe and Jeremy talk about Arsenal’s current contingent of Wenger, Koscielny, Giroud, Diaby and Sanogo, about the France Under-20s’ World Cup victory and les Bleus’ future prospects, and about his expectations for the coming Ligue 1 season. JS: Wenger for PSG? PA: I don’t […]

The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part II – Thierry Henry and France

The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part II – Thierry Henry and France

In this part, Philippe and Jeremy talk about Henry’s controversial history with Les Bleus, including the Hand of Gaul and Knysna. JS: Why is he loved in England and, maybe, reviled in France? PA: The funny thing is that, in France, outside the football world, he still has a positive […]

The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part I – Arsenal’s Thierry Henry

The Philippe Auclair Interview: Part I – Arsenal’s Thierry Henry

The Entente between England and France has not always been the most Cordiale. However, two people who have done their bit for Anglo-French relations over the past 20 years or so are Eric Cantona and Thierry Henry, footballers who lit up stadiums around the country while leading their clubs to multiple […]

You’ve got no history: The genesis of AS Monaco

You’ve got no history: The genesis of AS Monaco

There was more than meets the eye in AS Monaco’s promotion back to Ligue 1 back in June after two seasons in the French second division, a promotion widely perceived as the upshot of the money poured into the club by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev who took over two thirds […]

Lyon leap past Swiss side Grasshoppers into the playoffs

Lyon leap past Swiss side Grasshoppers into the playoffs

Lyon’s financial situation is getting a lot of press at the moment as they were forced into selling hot prospect Anthony Martial to Monaco and sending last season’s top-scorer Bafetimbi Gomis to Coventry as they play high-stakes poker with Alan Pardew, but if they fail to qualify for the Champions […]

France v Serbia – U19 European Championship Preview

France v Serbia – U19 European Championship Preview

It’s final time in Lithuania as France prepare to meet Serbia in Thursday’s U19 Euro final after Les Bleus dumped out two-time defending champions Spain 2-1 after extra-time in Monday’s semi-final. In a replay of last Friday’s group stage meeting, which ended in a 1-1 draw, the French will seek […]

Mercato Madness – Fabulous Marquinhos and ASSE bank on Franck

Mercato Madness – Fabulous Marquinhos and ASSE bank on Franck

The Mercato is starting to get to some people – goalkeepers sneaking off to Belgium, top-scorers being sent to train with the reserves while a desperate-to-sell president, erm, refuses to sell, confused wingers complaining that they’ve been ‘used’ after being left standing at the side of the dancefloor wistfully watching […]