France about to start Under-17 journey in Bulgaria


The Under-17 European Championships began in Bulgaria on Wednesday, and France’s competition begins against Scotland on Thursday afternoon. We will bring you coverage of the young team’s progress on FFW. SQUAD Goalkeepers: Numan Bostan (Toulouse FC), Luca Zidane (Real Madrid/Spa) Defenders: Bradlay Danger (Le Havre), Mamadou Doucoure (PSG), Alec Georgen (PSG), Christ-Emmanuel Faitout Maouassa (AS Nancy), Issa Samba (AJ Auxerre), […]

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The Calm Before the Transfer Window Storm


Windows sound like a simple concept. They’re open, or closed. Anyone with experience of the Microsoft operating system will know it isn’t always that simple, however. There’s still a month left of the season left to play, but the statements, intentions, reassurances, come-and-get-me pleas, come-and-get-him pleas, etc. have started already. It’s like the sash window that rattles interminably even though […]

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Episode 145: What’s the Story, Javier Pastore.

Episode 145

DOWNLOAD NOW!! This week on the FFW Podcast the team discusses the possible eventual Ligue 1 relegation finale. The Derby du Nord and the UNFP Award Nominations. Who shouldn’t be in both the goalkeeping and Coach categories and what players missed out. What PSG player shouldn’t be anywhere near these awards. Enjoy. Oh and if you missed it, here is […]

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Sofiane Boufal: King of the Nord for Lille again #FFWTOTW


We’re now into the final month of the season and things are becoming increasingly tense at both ends of the table, which perhaps explains the drop-off in goals from last week’s bonanza. The big match of the weekend was the first Derby du Nord to take place at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. Lille had been hoping to relegate their rivals […]

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Lille OSC v RC Lens: The Must-Win Derby du Nord

Derby Du Nord

In the Lille suburb of Villeneuve d’Ascq, the summer sun glistened through the trees at the Stade Lille Metropole on a warm Sunday evening in August 2006. Not since 1994 had the Derby du Nord been played so early in the season, and with both teams starting with a victory, defeat for either RC Lens or Lille OSC could spell […]

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Antoine Griezmann: France’s Most In-Form Striker


Atlético Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann may just be the in-form player in La Liga at the moment. On Saturday, the Mâcon-born France international extended his recent run of scoring to a remarkable 8 in 7 as he netted a brace in the Vicente Calderon side’s routine 3-0 win against struggling Elche. The former Real Sociedad star now holds the record […]

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Parisian Duo Head the Way in National Title Race


While Paris Saint-Germain were sticking six goals past Lille OSC – to the delight of one member of the FFW team and the absolute despair of another – at the Parc des Princes on Saturday, in the north of the city, another Parisian team would go two better, outscoring the Ligue 1 leaders on the same day. Championnat National’s Red Star Football […]

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In Defence of Bielsa: Players are to Blame for OM Nightmare


Another year, the same problem. Another manager, the same problem. The more things change, the more they stay the same. That is, in reference to another implosion from Olympique de Marseille. It should be no surprise. Four coaches since 2011/12 and four distinct periods ending with the feeling of hitting rock bottom. In 2012, it was Didier Deschamps who found himself […]

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