Birthday Boy Claudio Beauvue: The King of Guingamp

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The ball nestles in the top corner leaving the goalkeeper helpless. The usually sulphurous Toumba Stadium in Thessaloniki is brought to a deafening silence by a vicious drive from outside the box. PAOK Salonika are knocked out of the Europa League, and their assassin comes in the most unlikely of forms, in the shape of Coupe de France holders, En […]

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Continuing Juventus French Connection: Clément Lenglet

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Max Quelch-Woolls covers Ligue 2 for Football Radar – so when Juventus agreed to buy Clément Lenglet from AS Nancy we thought we’d ask him just what sort of player the Italians were signing. Juventus know a thing or two about nurturing French footballing talent and the club has boasted several of Les Bleus’ finest players over the years. Legends […]

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Champions League Preview: Juventus v AS Monaco

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The quarter-finals of the Champions League are upon us, and two French teams are involved. While the PSG project is the best-known big-money outfit representing Ligue 1, Monaco are perhaps the more interesting team. After a boatload of investment having won promotion for the 2013/14 season, issues chez Rybolovlev have led to cutbacks, and the departure of many of the big-name stars […]

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Classy Zlatan Keeps Cup From Corsicans #FFWTOTW

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The main match of the weekend was of course the Coupe de la Ligue final. A romantic, heart-rending match between those two terribly hard-done-by teams who have been so badly treated in recent weeks by the LFP (let’s not shed too many tears for PSG who, along with the equally indignant Marseille, are boycotting Canal + because of their broadcast […]

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Coupe de la Ligue : Could Bastia Beat PSG – Again?

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At the time of our first round-up of the season, SC Bastia were in the relegation zone, having just dispensed with the services of Claude Makelele as manager, and brought in the head of their youth programme, Ghislain Printant, as interim replacement. In their third season back in the top flight they were struggling to pass, hold onto the ball, shoot, […]

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France Warm-Up for World Cup with 1-0 win over Canada

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Having solidified their third place in the FIFA rankings after a good debut performance at the Algarve Cup, France took on the hosts of this summer’s World Cup, Canada, winning 1-0 through a goal from Eugenie Le Sommer. It was a slightly difficult match for les Bleues who, still without Louisa Necib, failed to develop much rhythm. Canada’s physical approach and […]

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Postmortem on Nabil Fekir’s decision to pick France over Algeria

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A few months ago, Nabil Bentaleb spoke about his decision to play for the Algerian national team. Bentaleb explained, ‘When I was younger and I used to watch matches on TV and France lost, I didn’t cry. But when Algeria lost, I would cry for hours.’ In late February Nabil Fekir made a very different declaration. He said, ‘I’ll announce my decision […]

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Coupe de France Preview : Paris Saint-Germain v Saint-Etienne

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Paris Saint-Germain – by Andrew Gibney Story so far On paper, Paris Saint-Germain’s run to the Coupe de France semi-final looks fairly taxing. Victories over Montpellier, Bordeaux, Nantes and Monaco put them on the cusp of another cup final, but it has actually been fairly straightforward. PSG scored three against Montpellier, then two against each of Bordeaux, Nantes and Monaco. Of […]

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