Ligue 1 PREVIEW: Saint-Etienne v Lille, Reims v Lyon, Angers v Toulouse, Lorient v Gazelec Ajaccio, Monaco v Montpellier, Guingamp v Nice – Week 38

Ligue 1

Welcome to the last weekend of Ligue 1 action. Rather than give you individual previews, let’s bring it all together for the final day. There’s lots still to decide, which gives us lots to talk about, so we’ll start from the top and work our way down. Paris Saint-Germain are champions – have been for a while, about September 1st […]

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Le50 2016: Zinédine Machach – Toulouse FC

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In most sports, when you are struggling for results or the situation becomes tough, coaches tend to lean on experience – not at Toulouse this season. Feeling the pressure, Dominique Arribage, before he was eventually sacked, turned to youth in order to save their ailing season. Although he played in the final game of last season, it is in this […]

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Le50 2016: Alban Lafont – Toulouse FC

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Toulouse started this season with a good win, as they came from behind to beat European qualification hopefuls Saint-Etienne. There was certainly a lot of optimism around the club but that quickly evaporated as they lost seven and drew six of their next 13 games. Only winless Troyes kept them off the bottom and manager Dominique Arribage had to act. […]

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Le50 2016: Thomas Didillon – FC Metz

DIDILLON

As FC Metz brought in a raft of new players during the summer in their quest for an immediate return to Ligue 1, only in one position were no purchases made; however, one major change did take place, as 19-year-old goalkeeper Thomas Didillon took over the number 1 slot from Johann Carrasso. While Metz’s season has been a rollercoaster, with […]

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Le50 2016: Didier Ndong – FC Lorient

NDONG

Since arriving at Lorient in January 2015, Didier Ndong has proven to be one of Sylvain Ripoll’s most selected and most dependable players. The Gabon international has barely missed a game in that spell and his standout performances mean bigger suitors have swiftly taken note. His flamboyant hairstyle may suggest someone more focused on the looks and outlandishness of the […]

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Le50 2016: Issa Diop – Toulouse FC

DIOP

When you are struggling in the relegation zone, you want players who care, players who will wear the shirt with pride and honour. With Toulouse mired in a relegation battle for most of this campaign, 15 weeks into the season Dominique Arribage looked to his youth squad for answers and just in front of teenage goalkeeper Alban Lafont stood the […]

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Ligue 1 PREVIEW: Nice v Saint-Etienne – Week 37

Nice ASSE

In a crucial tie to determine the Europa League places, fourth-place Saint-Etienne travel to fifth-place Nice, with only a point between them. With ASSE then facing Lille (sixth, only one point further back) in the final game, holding onto their current ranking could be a difficult proposition; LOSC play Guingamp this round, and in a neat coincidence EAG host Nice in the final […]

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