Anthony Martial the Man as France Look United in Attack


While teams such as Northern Ireland, Wales and Albania were experiencing euphoric highs of Euro 2016 qualification, France had to make do with two more low-octane friendlies. But two more positive victories – making it four in a row for the first time under Didier Deschamps’ reign – ensure that the dynamic remains positive at Clairefontaine. Defence Frankly, nothing worth […]

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Will the Real Karim Benzema Please Stand Up


One of the recurring themes of recent years for followers of les Bleus – including this site – has been the enigma that is Karim Benzema. Consistently excellent for Real Madrid, the ex-Lyon frontman has consistently failed to come close to reaching those heights for his national team. Benzema – perhaps empowered by his six goals in six matches thus […]

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Blow for Nice as Alassane Plea Ruled Out for Four Months

Nice's French forward Alassa Plea celebrates after scoring during the French L1 football match Guingamp vs Nice on October 26, 2014 at the Roudourou stadium in Guingamp, western of France.  AFP PHOTO FRED TANNEAU        (Photo credit should read FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s no secret that Nice have played some of the most entertaining football in Ligue 1 this season. Claude Puel seems to have found the right blend of experienced heads and exciting youthful talent. At the time of publication, only Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund had scored more goals across the top five European leagues then les Aiglons With a […]

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Valere Germain Rains Down Goals Against Nantes

Germain goal v Nantes

The forces of nature got involved in the Saturday night game at the Allianz Riviera, where top-scoring Nice welcomed not-scoring-much Nantes. Surprisingly it was the visitors who got the first goal through Jules Iloki, but Valere Germain got the hosts back on top with a brace, the first a beautiful half-volley. Five minutes before half-time, Adrien Thomasson got Nantes back […]

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Europa Euroundup – OMG, OM

OM Europa regret

Day 2 of the Europa League, and a slightly less positive set of results after the opening round, when everybody scored and nobody lost. This time there was less scoring and more losing in a weird set of matches that veered from the chaotically eventful to the statistically confusing to a goalless draw on the banks of the Volga. Lazio […]

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Preview: Ligue 2 – Week 10

RC Lens

An intriguing weekend of Ligue 2 football looms, including Nimes aiming to back up last week’s surprise win at Metz by getting into positive points and Sochaux still looking for their first win. Ahead of the fixtures, we look at a clash between two teams who were plying their trade in Ligue 1 last season, and a face-off between the […]

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Preview : Ligue 1 – Week 9

joie des joueurs parisiens apres le but de Blaise Matuidi (PSG)

One more week before the international break and what a way to go out…the first Classique of the season. Hubert Fournier welcomes his old club to the Gerland and Nice try to make it four-in-a-row against les Canaris. Olympique Lyonnais v Stade de Reims: Saturday 16:30 – @Gibney_A At the start of the season, Hubert Fournier probably looked at the […]

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