How could Brexit affect Ligue 1?

Brexit Ligue 1

Britain’s decision to leave the EU is a monumental geopolitical event. It will have far-reaching consequences in all areas of society and economics. Football is not immune from this. French football, in particular, will be watching with interest. Ligue 1 and the Premier League have become intrinsically intertwined, with England being the prime destination for France’s best talent. Could the Brexit […]

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Pour faire progresser le football francais

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The post-mortems have started after France’s defeat in the final of Euro 2016. In the semi-final, they beat Germany in a competitive match for the first time since 1958, before going on to lose for the first time ever in a competitive fixture to Portugal, in a tournament arguably featuring more karma than quality. So, what is to be done? I […]

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Bureaucracy Round-Up : Evian – it’s a waterfall

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The summer ‘break’ in football is a time for many things – international tournaments, transfer rumours, ill-advised posts on instagram from your favourite players, confusing pre-season matches against Austrian amateur sides that somehow end up on TV anyway, and – in France at least – admin, which is definitely in the top five national sports. The DNCG (financial overseer of French […]

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U19 Euros : France 1 – 2 England

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Les Bleuets’ Euro campaign couldn’t really have got off to a worse start; the commentators were still discussing how much more first-team experience France had compared to their opponents when both Jérôme Onguéné and Clément Michelin got their feet to a ball from the right from Chelsea’s Dominic Solanke, only to turn it into their own net. Things rapidly got worse as Solanke was put […]

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U19 Euros : France v England


That Euros might be over, but fear not, the junior version has kicked off in Germany, and France start their campaign against England this evening. The French squad includes some pretty experienced heads, with goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni and defender Issa Diop both regular starters in Ligue 1 last season, as were Jerome Onguene and Jeandro Fuchs in Ligue 2. Olivier Boscagli was a useful […]

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France 2016 : highlights and happier times

Euro 2016 flags

So, that happened. As we come to terms with France’s defeat in the Euro 2016 final to Portugal, it’s important to remember the good stuff. Team FFW have finished the bottle, pulled themselves together, dabbed the tearstains off their wallcharts, and put together a few moments that remind us of happier times. Best Goal Dimitri Payet’s winner against Romania, group game […]

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Floyd Ayite to Fulham

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After rumours linking Nottingham Forest with SC Bastia’s winger / centre-forward Floyd Ayite after they brought in Philippe Montanier as their new manager, the Togolese international has signed for Fulham on a three-year deal with an option for one more. BREAKING: Please join us in welcoming Floyd Ayité to Fulham Football Club! > — Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) July 1, 2016 […]

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