PREVIEW: Lille OSC v SCO Angers – Ligue 1 Week 35

Lille Angers

On Wednesday night, Lille need to brush off their weekend hangover and get back to league duty at home to SCO Angers. The northern club lost the Coupe de la Ligue final 2-1 to Paris Saint-Germain and therefore haven’t secured a place in the Europa League for next season – they will now have to focus on their league quest. […]

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Le50 2016: Angelo Fulgini – Valenciennes FC


As first matches as a professional go, it wasn’t a bad start. Making his first Valenciennes appearance since signing his first contract in the summer, it took Angelo Fulgini four minutes to score his club’s – and Ligue 2’s – first goal of the season, in VAFC’s 1-0 win at Niort. It was no surprise that Fulgini seemed in a […]

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Le50 2016: Neal Maupay – AS Saint-Etienne


It seems just like yesterday that Neal Maupay was a 16-year-old forward jumping onto the Ligue 1 stage, giving France fans a reason to get excited. This is his fifth season as a Ligue 1 player, from his debut season for OGC Nice, playing nine games – just three starts – and scoring three goals, to this season, one full […]

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Le50 2016: Morgan Sanson: Montpellier HSC


Now in his third season in Montpellier after what must be one of La Paillade’s best bargain buys when they paid just €700k for the young midfielder from financially-troubled Le Mans, Morgan Sanson is a wonderful player whose promise has been frustratingly impacted by injury recently. Initially bought in as cover for Remy Cabella, rumoured to be departing in summer […]

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Le50 2016: Alexis Blin – Toulouse FC


A quick glance at the Ligue 1 table is enough for one to realise that things have not gone according to plan this year for Toulouse FC. Following managerial upheaval and squad changes, life in France’s top-flight this season has been difficult for the men from the south-west and the threat of relegation has been a constant reality. However, the […]

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Le50 2016: Mike Maignan – Lille OSC


Being second string goalkeeper at Lille is no easy task. Vincent Enyeama continues to be one of Ligue 1’s most consistent shot-stoppers, and the 2015-16 campaign for Mike Maignan has been even more testing because of a shoulder injury that has seen him sidelined for over three months. It was not the way the summer recruit from Paris Saint-Germain wished […]

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Rennes v Monaco: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 35


The big match of the weekend, in terms of European qualification anyway, sees Rennes host Monaco. Whilst the home side need the points to keep alive their dwindling hopes of Europa League football next season, Monaco will be looking for the win and the points in their quest to finish in second place and the final automatic Champions League qualification […]

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PREVIEW: PSG v Lille OSC: Coupe de la Ligue FINAL


On Saturday evening, Ligue 1 takes a rest as Paris Saint-Germain and Lille do battle for the third domestic trophy of the season – if you count the Trophée des Champions (you shouldn’t – Ed). Frederic Antonetti’s in-form Lille side take on the champions and cup holders at the Stade de France and the “home” side will obviously start as […]

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