Preview: Ligue 1 – Week 8


No time to take a breathe this week as Ligue 1 gets into it’s eighth week the day after Week 7 has finished. Rennes, Marseille and Saint-Etienne will hope to continue their strong home form. Bordeaux try to recover from shipping six as they welcome Lyon to the Matmut Atlantique and Nantes will hope their extra week’s rest will help […]

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Episode 154: When Two Projects Go to War

Episode 154

Welcome to the FFW Podcast. Before the mid-week fixtures begin, Jeremy and Andrew talk over the weekend’s action in Ligue 1. Marseille’s “time-out” helps them steal a point against Lyon. Valbuena receives a warm welcome at the Velodrome. Rennes stay afloat at the top despite their diving ability to win a point at home to Lille. Nantes crumble to Saint-Etienne, […]

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Preview: Ligue 1 – Week 7


The first mid-week set of fixtures this season sees Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the table take on in-form Guingamp. Angers and Reims do battle in the top six, Rennes take their quick start to Corsica and both Lille and Nantes get an extra few days off because of the Eurobasket at Stade Pierre Mauroy.   SCO Angers v […]

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Why Marseille will not succeed under the leadership of Vincent Labrune


Four years are usually judged – in the political world at least – as a good barometer to whether an individual has been successful or not in his role. Take any democratically elected leader in the world, and if he or she has been relatively successful, they would be rewarded with re-election. And those nations or entities without term limits […]

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Review: Lorient Shine to Hold Off Rocky Monaco

Lorient Monaco

Week Six of the Ligue 1 season may have been bookended by two 1-1 draws, but it was goals galore across France this weekend. We were treated to 25 goals, including Lorient shocking the country with their annual victory in the principality. After six weeks, the table still has a very interesting look to it and it’s intriguing and fascinating. […]

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Europa Euroundup : Four teams, six points, seven goals


With four French teams to keep track of in the Europa League this season, we should perhaps be grateful for the competition’s ‘two-sitting’ approach more familiar from the restaurant sector. Also, that unlike last year’s edition, they all scored actual goals, which came as a pleasant surprise. Nobody lost, which should also really be a positive, but the second sitting […]

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FC Nantes: Under Construction


The window of FC Nantes’ city-centre shop, situated on the edge of the old town, sees six figures in various FCN shirts looking menacingly out at shoppers. The figures in question are Vincent Bessat, Jordan Veretout, Issa Cissokho, Alejandro Bedoya, Lucas Deaux and Papy Djilobodji. Of that collection of players only Bedoya and Deaux remain at the club. Bessat opened his Ligue […]

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Preview: Ligue 1 – Week 6


It is always interesting to see how the teams playing in Europe will cope with the added strain when they return to league action. Six teams will try to find that balance this weekend, with four games on Sunday – including the mouth-watering Olympico! Stade Rennais v Lille OSC: Friday 19:30 – @psharland55 On Friday night Rennes face Lille and this […]

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