Is There a New Dawn for OGC Nice New Boys


As befits their reality as a selling club in a selling league, Nice kicked off the 2015-2016 season against Monaco with a first XI that was largely donning a red and black kit in the Allianz Riviera for the first time. Indeed, seven of the home side’s eleven starters – including three-quarters of their defensive line – were either new […]

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The Art of the Goal-Mouth Scramble

Lecomte diving

On Sunday night, as Lyon and Lorient played out a goalless draw at Gerland, one first-half incident caused some debate among team FFW. With fifteen minutes played, Fekir crashed one off the post, the rebound reaching Lacazette, whose shot was blocked by Benjamin Lecomte, the ball looping back out to the striker, who launched a flying header; cue a diving […]

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Bielsa Shocks Ligue 1 as Lecomte is Lorient’s Hero


No matter how many goals were scored and regardless of the results in the opening weekend of fixtures in Ligue 1, Marcelo Bielsa made sure there was only one story dominating the press in Journée 1. Straight after the 1-0 defeat to Caen at the Stade Velodrome, the Argentine coach, to the shock of everyone, announced his decision to quit as OM […]

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Clinton N’Jie and Spurs – A match made in heaven?


It’s almost as if the papers are determined for Lyon to lose one of their key first-team players this summer. Nabil Fekir was heavily linked with a move away but then he signed a new deal. Then it was the turn of Samuel Umtiti until he put pen to paper. If you believe the English press, Alexandre Lacazette has chosen […]

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Failure is not an option for Marseille or Marcelo Bielsa


It is all change on the Canebiere, and Marseille are on the cusp of a new Ligue 1 season, but with a new-look team. Much has been made of the upheaval at the Stade Velodrome this season, with more than half the established starting XI, plus a number of lesser lights, having departed. The famous ‘Project Dortmund’ – modelled after […]

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Why don’t you come on over, Valère?


Given the absurd levels of staff turnover, the very concept of player loyalty in modern football has frayed to breaking point. Moments of genuine affection between player, club and fans can still be seen, but the irony is that this is probably clearest when that player leaves the club in question. Such a moment occurred in early July, when Valère […]

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