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France
What has gone wrong for Rudi Garcia and Marseille?
09:00 Wednesday 6th February 2019

AS Monaco has grabbed all the headlines for its uncharacteristic struggles in Ligue 1 this season and rightly so. But Marseille has a seat on the same table, too... The 2018 Europa League finalists have been a shadow of themselves this term…

France
Is Patrick Vieira having a time in Nice?
15:00 Monday 17th September 2018

'Those who do, can't teach' is a saying to suggest great players usually become bad managers. Apparently, as on-pitch craft is perfected, the ability to communicate understanding often gets worse. Good examples are Diego Maradona,…

Premier League
African Xavi: What does Jean-Michael Seri bring to Fulham?
12:00 Monday 16th July 2018

With fans anxious over transfer inactivity, Fulham scouts embarked on an odd trip to France. The Cottagers toured around Paris but preferred the beaches on the coast, ultimately settling in Nice. On their return, two of the Riviera’s…

Premier League
Should English clubs target Mario Balotelli?
15:00 Thursday 15th March 2018

With strikers going at a premium, it is quite surprising that Mario Balotelli isn't featuring more prominently in the gossip columns. 22 goals in 30 appearances is a more than decent for any striker; it's even more impressive considering…

Europa League
3 players to watch during UEFA Europa League's Round of 32 action today
09:30 Thursday 22nd February 2018

The UEFA Champions League gave us four impressive games this week. Okay, three and Manchester United/Sevilla, but the European action is far from over. Even though it sometimes doesn't receive deserved recognition, you…

France
Hatem Ben Arfa became a ghost in Paris
09:00 Sunday 4th February 2018

Ever wondered about a ghost's existence? If anything, it must feel completely ignored and unrecognizable. There’s a French footballer who feels the same way. Hatem Ben Arfa is watching on helplessly at Paris Saint-Germain. On 1 July…

Premier League
4 Premier League flops excelling this season in France
12:00 Thursday 26th October 2017

Almost every football player's ambition is to compete in the Premier League. For some, however, that dream can turn into a nightmare.  Unsuited to the rigorous demands of England's top tier, players have then been known to take their craft…

France
French grassroots football is flourishing in the shadow of Nice and Monaco
14:00 Wednesday 26th July 2017

Football on the French Cote d'Azur received a real boost last season with Monaco winning the domestic title and Nice also qualifying for the Champions League after finishing third in Ligue 1, but there are also indications of progress at a…

Opinion
Southampton's sacking of Claude Puel, harsh but justified
19:56 Thursday 15th June 2017

Southampton's decision to axe Claude Puel after just one season appears harsh from a football sense, but in reality, was inevitable. Though there were a couple high points illuminated by flashes of his incredible tactical ingenuity, however,…

France
Ligue 1 Title Race Set To Go The Distance
17:00 Friday 10th March 2017

At the start of the season, nobody would have predicted France's top tier would have been the captivating and competitive league we are getting. With ten games left to play in Ligue 1, Monaco leads the pack but only by three points – as both…

Premier League
Claude Puel needs to be reunited with genius Hatem Ben Arfa
10:04 Tuesday 31st January 2017

Despite Southampton's incredible run to the EFL Cup Final where they haven't conceded a single goal, Claude Puel has taken the Saints backwards from previous Premier League successes. His transfer record has been pretty shocking so all Saints…

Opinion
Is Ligue 1 competitive again?
13:30 Tuesday 27th September 2016

French football was long dominated by Paris Saint-Germain, who had won the league for the last four consecutive seasons. Although there seems to be a change in France, last campaign the French champions lost just two games all year. Yet the…

Football
Giroud's Late Show Sees Montpellier Keep Pace
13:32 Sunday 29th January 2012

One key reason as to why Montpellier are still keeping pace with PSG in Ligue 1 is their determination to fight until the very end. Before today they had managed to pick up seven points from goals scored in the last fifteen minutes, including…