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Champions League Last-16 Preview

Britain Soccer Champions League Final

Champions League knockout stage nights very rarely disappoint due to the nerve-shredding tension, high-stakes, and unprecedented drama that is on show when the top sides in Europe fight it out tooth and nail in a bid for glory. This season’s delectable last-16 draw has thrown up some absolute corkers, which means we are in for a treat over the next ... Read More »

UEFA Champions League Match Report: PSG 2- 2 Barcelona

Ancelotti: May have to be patient for success

PSG battled to a hard-earned 2-2 draw against Catalan giants Barcelona in their last eight first leg tie on Tuesday night at the Parc des Princes. Ahead of game the Ligue 1 table-toppers PSG welcomed back enigmatic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic from his 2-game European ban, with the hope of haunting his former employers. Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova returned to the ... Read More »

Ligue 1 2011-12 Review

After the Ligue 1 season ended on a dramatic note, we rate all the teams’ performances, the players who made an impact and do some crystal ball gazing into what the future holds for them.   Montpellier: 9.5/10 The rank outsiders who became champions A true underdog story, much like Rocky Balboa, Montpellier’s title triumph was achieved against all odds ... Read More »

Good Day, Bad Day: Ligue 1 Match Day 30 review

Results: Auxerre 2 – 0 Valenciennes ; Bordeaux 1 – 1 Dijon ;  Lorient 0 – 1 Evian Thonon Gaillar; Saint-Etienne 2 – 3 Nice;  Sochaux 2 – 1 Brest ;  Nancy 2 – 1 Paris S.G.; Caen 0 – 0 Ajaccio;  Lille 2 – 1 Toulouse ;  Rennes 1 – 1 Lyon   P W D L GD Pts ... Read More »

Lyon – “Les Gones” Showing Bottle.

It was three weeks ago that Lyon’s season was left in tatters. Being knocked out of the Champions League to Apoel Nicosia after holding a first leg lead was highly damaging for Rémi Garde and his team. This result also came on a run that saw Lyon collect two points from five league games. The Champions league was slipping away ... Read More »

Match Report: PSG 1-3 Lyon

Lyon came from behind to beat PSG 3-1 and reach the Semi-Finals of the Coupe de France at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday evening. Nenê scored a penalty to give the hosts the lead before Kim Källström equalized straight away with a free-kick. Lisandro Lopez then gave Lyon the lead before Bafétimbi Gomis scored an injury time penalty to knock ... Read More »

The Rise Of Montpellier Hérault Sport Club

Just three years after winning promotion from the second tier of French football, Montpellier Hérault SC sit just two points behind Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain. Since winning promotion in 2009 the ambitious outfit from southern France have finished fifth and 14th, surprising many with their success. It is a side which is not packed full of some of the ... Read More »

The Luis Suarez Conundrum

Just over a year since his arrival in the January transfer window, it can definitely be said that Luis Suarez has made more than a little impact on these shores. Since announcing his arrival with that dazzling performance against Man United in a 3-1 win, he has been almost untouchable on the pitch. However confrontation and controversy seem to follow ... Read More »

Match Report: Lyon 4-4 PSG (Lyon Fan’s Perspective)

Eight goals were shared between Lyon and PSG as the visitors equalised in the 90th minute to draw 4-4 at the Stade de Gerland in Ligue 1. PSG took the lead through Guillaume Hoarau before Bafetimbi Gomis, Lisandro Lopez and Michel Fernandes Bastos all scored inside six minutes just before half time. Nenê pulled on back but Jimmy Briand restored ... Read More »

Champions League security becoming a struggle for Lyon

Lyon have been involved in the Champions League for the last 12 seasons. but now they face the risk of not qualifying for next season’s competition as they find themselves trapped in a race for third with Lille, Stade Rennais, Marseille and Saint-Etienne. All five clubs are within three points of each other but it is Lille who are top of the ... Read More »

PSG Still Have Plenty Of Work To Do

A casual observer of French league would be forgiven for thinking that with PSG’s new found wealth and their place at the top of the table where only Montpellier have been able to stay with them, that everything is going well for the club of the capital. The most recent game was a curious affair against Evian where the general ... Read More »

PSG: The Next Man City?

The transfer window, or ‘Mercato’ in French has come to an end and I noticed the other day that Paris Saint Germain were the most active team in the last two windows, based upon the amount of money they have spent. They have made some interesting signings both on and off the field. Being a Brit based in Paris and ... Read More »

PSG Problématique

They’re the talk of French football, grabbing attention around Europe for their big money signings and ambitious project to place Ligue 1 among the best and most-watched leagues in the world. But despite lying third in the table after four games, Paris-Saint-Germain have been disappointing fans with their performances.    I’ve been lucky, or unlucky, enough to be at Parc ... Read More »

Managers in ‘The Modern Game’

A study of the relationship between football clubs and their managers   As a young person spending the summer trying to make myself more employable, perhaps my thoughts should be totally focused on what exactly I am going to do for a living after leaving my life as a strictly-after-midday university student. Constantly reminded by people infinitely wiser and more ... Read More »

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