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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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: 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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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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Shirt Tales – Chapter 2: ‘A Challenger Appears’

It seems strange to say now, but back in the early 90s Nike was a small fish in a big pond. There were certainly signs of promise in the boot world, with the entire European Cup winning Aston Villa team of 1982 wearing Nike footwear. But when it came to kits, they were at the…

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: a bitter end to a beautiful love affair

Out of the many footballers that have sailed the European seas for fortune and fame, Zlatan Ibrahimović has specialised in the art of ruthlessly jumping ship when he felt that it was needed. But what happens when a national and cultural icon decides to undermine his legacy with a whole nation? Sweden are going to…

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Unai Who? Emery to Arsenal is a potentially excellent move

One of the common phrases that was chucked around during the increasingly venomous Wenger Out campaign and the great man’s farewell tour was “be careful what you wish for”. The fear was that Wenger’s replacement would, with hindsight, show Arsenal as having been overachieving under the Frenchman. Well, it now looks like Unai Emery is…

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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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