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Why the World Cup is so important for Raphael Varane

Why the World Cup is so important for Raphael Varane

Anyone who has watched Raphael Varane play will know that he possesses the ability to one day become a star. The young centre half quite simply commands the pitch from the back whenever he plays. Incredibly quick across the ground as well as being dominant aerially, the Frenchman is perfectly […]

Les Bleuets reach final of Toulon Tournament

Les Bleuets reach final of Toulon Tournament

France rounded off the group stages of the Toulon Tournoi with a 2-1 win against Portugal, to win a place in the final against Brazil. Their first match, against Chile, was the traditional game of two halves. While pressing well without the ball, France’s longer-ball tactics weren’t working in the […]

Ligue 1 Season Reviews 2013/14

Ligue 1 Season Reviews 2013/14

OGC Nice: 2013/14 Season Review

OGC Nice: 2013/14 Season Review

Among Nice fans, the primary sentiment when the season came to a close was relief – relief that, finally, it was over. This season in which Nice finished 17th and secured its joint lowest points total since returning to Ligue 1 in 2002; this season in which Nice lost seven […]

AS Monaco: 2013/14 Season Review

AS Monaco: 2013/14 Season Review

Though they secured a club record points haul on their way to second place in Ligue 1, in the eyes of their rich new ownership with lofty aspirations, Monaco’s season might nevertheless be described as a failure. After all, despite very heavy summer spending, they mounted no real challenge to […]

Valenciennes: 2013/14 Season Review

Valenciennes: 2013/14 Season Review

This season was a complete disaster for Valenciennes, it’s as simple as that. The Northerners had worked hard to establish themselves as a Ligue 1 club for nine years, only to wash that all away thanks to a nightmare campaign. Pre-season expectations were for VA to finish up around the […]

FC Nantes: 2013/14 Season Review

FC Nantes: 2013/14 Season Review

FC Nantes’ return to the French top flight was certainly eventful, as the club went through a rollercoaster ride putting their fans through a whole gamut of emotions. There were many highs and lows, plenty of off-field goings-on, and all the twists and turns one is accustomed to with the […]

Montpellier HSC: 2013/14 Season Review

Montpellier HSC: 2013/14 Season Review

Two years ago, Montpellier won the league title. After the tribulations of the last two seasons, that achievement looks even more impressive than it did at the time. With Rene Girard moving on, Jean Fernandez came in promising organisation and solidity, and delivering mostly draws and frustration. With his team […]