Neymar vs Mbappe – the next great rivalry?

Rivalries exist throughout the game. In France, we have PSG v Marseille, Marseille v Lyon, and numerous other derby games. But what about rivalries between players? In Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi seemed to spur each other on to new heights of greatness at their respective clubs. Well, imagine if they both played for…

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Le Weekend Qui Foot: A welcome return for football in France

France’s Ligue 1 returned with a bang this weekend with 33 goals across the 10 games. Nearly every game provided entertainment and action galore, making the lack of ability to actually watch the games in the UK even more perplexing – please take note, broadcasters! In short We start in Marseille. Whilst their season opener against…

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Ligue 1 2018-19 Preview: Part 2 – To Paris via Marseille

Welcome to Part 2 of our Ligue 1 preview for 2018-19. We’ll look at all the teams from M to P here, but if you need to catch up with Part 1, click here. — Marseille Despite failing to secure Champions League football, there is a feeling that good times are starting to return to…

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Ligue 1 2018-19 previews: Part 1 – From Amiens to Lyon

As the Ligue 1 season returns this coming weekend, we run down each of the teams and what is anticipated from them. — Amiens One of the surprise teams of last season, as they defied all expectations and not only remained in the top flight, but did so with ease. Their success was built off…

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Benjamin Pavard: from obscurity to world champion

In what was admittedly not the most exciting match of the World Cup, France’s opening tie against Australia will perhaps be best remembered for the constant stream of abuse that Mark Lawrenson handed out all match to France’s right back Benjamin Pavard. Although he didn’t have the most stellar performance, one suspects that his main…

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The five best goals of World Cup 2018

Over the course of the summer, we have been treated to arguably the best World Cup in history. There’s been highs, lows, drama and tears, but above all else, there has been goals. More dead ball goals than any tournament since 1966, and only one goalless draw — which caused everybody to exercise doubts over…

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Heartache from a Hopeful Era: France vs Brazil 1998

There will never be another summer – and World Cup – like 1998. At the risk of being the Generation X equivalent of a baby boomer reminiscing about Woodstock, I am prepared to argue that 1998 represented a uniquely hopeful moment in soccer and cultural history. The Best Soundtrack Let’s kick off with the World…

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