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La Perle Noire – The greatest player the world has ever neglected

La Perle Noire – The greatest player the world has ever neglected

Hannover, Germany – October 1954 - Larbi Ben Barek had decided it was time to rest his aching knees. The last 18 years of his life seemed to sap the fluid in his joints; it was now time to retire. Nostalgic reveries brought him back to the scorching tar roads of […]

Aurelien Chedjou: From Forgotten Man to Wanted Man

Aurelien Chedjou: From Forgotten Man to Wanted Man

Ever since he established himself as one of Ligue 1′s premier centre-backs, Aurelien Chedjou has been a player in demand. On the radar of Europe’s top clubs for a number of years, it seemed a move away from northern France was a matter of when, not if. The gossip columns […]

2012/13 Ligue 1 Season Reviews

2012/13 Ligue 1 Season Reviews

Valenciennes FC – 2012/13 Season Review

Valenciennes FC – 2012/13 Season Review

It was a real Jekyll and Hyde season for Valenciennes. They were situated just one point off 3rd place after 15 games and at the halfway stage of the campaign they were in a very competitive 6th position on 29 points. However, they managed to obtain only 19 more points […]

ESTAC Troyes – 2012/13 Season Review

ESTAC Troyes – 2012/13 Season Review

When they clinched promotion to Ligue 1 in May 2012, Troyes knew for sure that they would have a mountain to climb in order to manage survival in the top flight. Returning to Ligue 1 for the first time since 2007, the team from Champagne region had the lowest budget […]

Toulouse FC – 2012/13 Season Review

Toulouse FC – 2012/13 Season Review

In the end, Toulouse’s season petered out somewhat after an impressive start to the campaign that harboured aspirations of making it into Europe. However, the departure of key personnel as well as an uninspiring period in the autumn and beyond resulted in a 10th place finish. They finished two places lower […]

FC Sochaux – 2012/13 Season Review

FC Sochaux – 2012/13 Season Review

The start of the season wasn’t ideal for Les Lionceaux, with one win in the first two months of fixtures, losing to teams like Marseille and Montpellier. They did have some sparks of life though, with a 1-0 win against Saint-Etienne, followed by the 3-1 smashing of Troyes at the […]

Saint-Etienne – 2012/13 Season Review

Saint-Etienne – 2012/13 Season Review

Is the sleeping green giant finally awaking? Mired in mediocrity for most of the last few decades, Saint-Etienne seem tantalisingly close to breaking into Ligue 1’s elite. They finished the 2011/12 season in seventh, backed by a breakout year from Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyeng (18 goals all competitions), and seemed capable […]