Le Weekend Qui Foot: Defeat on the Rocher leaves Monaco on the Rocks

So, PSG are going to run away with Ligue 1, as we always knew they would. But, if you ignore first place, the French top flight is still one of the most competitive around, with several evenly matched teams competing throughout the season for European places and to avoid relegation. Ignore the PSG cakewalk, and…

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Le Weekend Qui Foot: Dr Kylian, Mr Mbappe

This weekend’s Ligue 1 action saw four teams win their first match of the season at the fourth attempt, while a couple of the bigger names continue to struggle and another big name is ominously already clear at the top. In Short The aim of this column, as well as giving a weekly summary of…

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Le Weekend Qui Foot: Mbappe already the difference-maker

Ligue 1, week two, started with the excellent news that BT Sport have signed up for another three years, meaning that we’ll be able to watch French football on a full screen rather than a betting –site postage-stamp sized screen. Unfortunately the goal tally wasn’t quite as high as last week’s 33, but still a…

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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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Dimitar Berbatov: An artist amongst the stars

Amongst all the big names and the glamorous strikers that have graced the Premier League — such as Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer, or the graceful Dennis Bergkamp — there has perhaps never been a striker who represented the perfect blend of frustration and brilliance more than Dimitar Berbatov. http://gty.im/98645567 Born in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, Berbatov was…

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Le Weekend Qui Foot: the end of an era at Monaco?

Last week, we alluded to the fact that Monaco have had a strange season, despite lying second. Frankly, for much of the campaign, the team has flattered to deceive, carried in the first part of the season by Falcao’s goals and in the second by Rony Lopes’ excellent form. Considering the champions sold crucial parts…

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Le Weekend Qui Foot: Olympique Games

With PSG having sewn up the title last weekend, attention this weekend turned to the important issues that remain to be resolved: European qualification and Ligue 1 survival. The race for the Champions League places heated up this week. Lyon and Marseille have been battling it out for third place for some weeks now, but…

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Le Weekend Qui Foot: PSG seal Ligue 1 title in style. But…

Just a focus on Ligue 1’s first and last today. On est les Champions! Hardly exciting world-changing news, but it seems only right to begin with PSG, who regained the Ligue 1 title with a win over last season’s usurpers Monaco. Securing the championship – over their closest rivals at that – with an imperious…

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Le weekend qui foot: VAR, Ca, Superstar

Twelve months ago PSG beat Monaco 4-1 to win the Coupe de la Ligue in a non-event of a final, as Leonardo Jardim effectively threw the match, the Ligue 1 title and the Champions League semi-final being his main priorities. This weekend in Bordeaux PSG won again, and again by a three-goal margin, to win…

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5 questions with… ESPN’s Jonathan Johnson

ESPN’s French football expert Jonathan Johnson joins us this week to talk about his unique journey from the Midlands to Paris, the impact PSG’s wealth has had on French football and a view back home to his beloved Aston Villa. Thanks for joining us, Jonathan. There can’t be many French football journalists from the Midlands!…

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