Relaunch on January 1st, 2019

As I mentioned in a previous post, I would probably not be doing many, if any, posts at the start of the Ligue 1 season, and that the launch of this site wouldn’t be for a few months after the Ligue 1 season started. Because of commitments that I have in September and October (where I will not be able to watch Ligue 1 often), I will be relaunch this site on January 1st, 2019. Stay tuned.

Olympique Marseille vs. Toulouse FC Preview

manu-garcia-joins-toulouseWell, we have finally arrived. Ligue 1 action is about to start, and my favorite team is headlining the opening match. Of course, Toulouse FC had quite a scare last season, almost being relegated to Ligue 2, but a strong performance in first game of the playoff secured their position in Ligue 1 for another season. However, they will have to take on Olympique Marseille in the opening match, which will not be an easy task.

First, let’s take a look at Marseille, particularly their off-season. When Frank McCourt purchased OM, it didn’t take the team long to retool. With a number of high-priced transfers coming in during the 2017 transfer season (both summer and winter) as well as bringing in Rudi Garcia to take charge, OM looked as if they were serious about securing second place in Ligue 1, and they just missed out by three points.  Continue reading

Ligue 1 Preseason Schedule & Results.

Amiens SC (1-1-0)
July 20th (H) Paris FC (Ligue 2) L 1-2
July 24th (H) Tubize (BEL) Q 3-2
July 27th (H) AS Saint-Étienne (Ligue 1)
August 2nd (A) Wolfsburg (GER)

Angers SCO (0-1-2)
July 17th (H) Les Herbiers (National 2) T 1-1
July 21st (H) FC Lorient (Ligue 2) L 1-3
July 25th (H) Stade Malherbe Caen (Ligue 1) L 0-1
July 28th (H) FC Nantes (Ligue 1)
August 1st (A) Villarreal (ESP)
August 3rd (A) West Ham United (ENG)
August 5th (A) Schalke 04 (GER)

FCG de Bordeaux (2-2-0)
July 9th (H) MC Alger (ALG) T 1-1
July 13th (H) Gazélec FCO Ajaccio (Ligue 2) W 1-0
July 18th (A) AS Saint-Étienne (Ligue 1) T 1-1
July 21st (A) Union Berlin (GER) W T 1-1

Stade Malherbe Caen (1-1-1)
July 14th (H) US Concarneau (National 1) T 1-1
July 20th (H) Le Harve AC (Ligue 2) L 0-6
July 25th (A) Angers SCO (Ligue 1) W 0-1
July 28th (H) EAG Guingamp (Ligue 1)

Dijon FCO (0-2-1)
July 14th (A) RC Strasbourg Alsace (Ligue 1) L 3-2
July 18th (H) Sporting Charleroi (BEL) T 2-2
July 21sat (A) FC Sochaux-Montbéliard (Ligue 2) T 2-2
July 28th (H) Southampton (ENG)
August 8th (H) Stade de Reims (Ligue 1)

EAG Guingamp (1-1-0)
July 13th (A) SO Choletais (National 1) W 0-1
July 21st (A) Stade Brestois 29 (Ligue 2) T 2-2
July 28th (A) Stade Malherbe Caen (Ligue 1)
July 31st (A) Stade de Reims (Ligue 1)
August 3rd (H) Nîmes Olympique (Ligue 1)

Lille OSC Metropole (2-0-1)
July 7th (H) US du Littoral de Dunkerque (National 1) W 3-0
July 14th (H) Stade de Reims (Ligue 1) L 2-4
July 25th (A) Portimonense (POR) W 0-2
July 28th (A) Real Betis (ESP)
August 4th (H) Leicester City (ENG)

AS Monaco FC (2-1-2)
July 7th (A) Wisla Karkow (POL) L 1-1 (P)
July 8th (A) Ruch Chorzow (POL) W 0-3
July 14th (A) Cercle Brugge (BEL) W 2-3
July 21st (A) Paderborn (GER) L 3-2
July 25th (A) Bochum (GER) T 2-2
July 28th (A) Hamburger SV (GER)
August 4th (N) Paris Saint-Germain (Trophee des Champions)

Montpellier HSC (1-1-1)
July 14th (H) Clermont Foot 36 (Ligue 2) L 0-4
July 20th (H) Rodez Aveyron Football (National 1) W 2-0
July 25th (H) Villarreal (ESP) T 1-1
July 29th (A) Burnley (ENG)

FC Nantes (2-0-2)
July 7th (H) Servette (CH) W 1-0
July 11th (H) Chenois (CH) W 5-0
July 18th (A) Olympique de Marseilles (Ligue 1) L 2-1
July 21st (H) UA Avranches Mont-Saint-Michel (National 1) L 0-2
July 28th (A) Angers SCO (Ligue 1)
July 31st (H) AS Vitré (National 2)
August 3rd (A) Brighton & Hove Albion (ENG)

OGC Nice (1-0-1)
July 7th (A) Stade Nyonnais (CH) W 2-4
July 14th (H) Sporting CP (POR) L 0-1
July 21st (A) Sporting Charleroi (BEL) T 2-2
July 28th (A) Torino (ITA)
August 4th (A) AS Saint-Étienne (Ligue 1)

Nîmes Olympique (2-1-0)
July 6th (A) AS Béziers (Ligue 2) W 0-1
July 11th (H) RC Lens (Ligue 2) T 3-3
July 20th (A) Gazélec FCO Ajaccio (Ligue 2) W 2-3
July 28th (H) Toulouse FC (Ligue 1)
August 3rd (A) EAG Guingamp (Ligue 1)

Olympique Lyonnais (1-1-1)
July 13th (A) Sion (CH) T 2-2 (full match)
July 21st (H) Fulham (ENG) W 4-0
July 25th (A) Huddersfield Town (ENG) L 3-1
July 28th (H) Wolfsburg (GER)
August 1st (A) Benfica (POR-ICC)
August 4th (A) Inter (ITA-ICC)
August 7th (A) Chelsea (ENG-ICC)

Olympique de Marseille (1-1-3)
July 11th (H) AS Béziers (Ligue 2) L 1-2
July 13th (H) AS Saint-Étienne (Ligue 1) L 0-1
July 18th (H) FC Nantes (Ligue 1) W 2-1
July 21st (H) Villarreal (ESP) T 1-1
July 25th (H) Real Betis (ESP) L 2-3
July 28th (A) Sporting CP (POR)
August 4th (A) AFC Bournemouth (ENG)

Paris Saint-Germain (0-0-1)
July 21st (A) Bayern Munich (GER-ICC) L 3-1
July 28th (N) Arsenal (ENG-ICC)
July 30th (N) Atletico Madrid (ESP-ICC)
July 4th (N) AS Monaco FC (Trophee des Champions)

Stade de Reims (2-1-1)
July 14th (A) Lille OSC (Ligue 1) W 2-4
July 18th (H) FC Red Star (Ligue 2) L 1-2
July 21st (H) Cercle Brugge (BEL) W 2-1
July 25th (H) Lusitanos St. Maur US (National 2) T 2-2
July 28th (A) RC Strasbourg Alsace (Ligue 1)
July 31st (H) EAG Guingamp (Ligue 1)
August 3rd (A) Dijon FCO (Ligue 1)

Stade Rennais FC (0-0-2)
July 14th (A) Salzburg (AUT) L 3-0
July 21st (A) Anderlecht (BEL) L 3-2
July 28th (H) Everton (ENG)
August 3rd (A) Borussia Dortmund (GER)

AS Saint-Étienne (2-0-1)
July 7th (A) ASF Andrézieux Bouthéon (National 2) W 7-0
July 13th (A) Olympique de Marseille (Ligue 1) W 0-1
July 18th (H) FCG de Bordeaux (Ligue 1) L 1-2
July 27th (A) Amiens SC (Ligue 1)
August 4th (H) OGC Nice (Ligue 1)

RC Strasbourg Alsace (1-1-1)
July 10th (A) FC Sochaux-Montbéliard (Ligue 2) L 2-1
July 14th (H) Dijon FCO (Ligue 1) W 3-2
July 20th (H) AS Nancy-Lorraine (Ligue 2) T 0-0
July 23rd (A) Gent (BEL) L 1-0
July 28th (H) Stade de Reims (Ligue 1)
August 3rd (A) Freiburg (GER)

Toulouse FC (2-0-0)
July 10th (H) FC Villefranche-Beaujolais (National 1) W 5-2
July 14th (H) AC Ajaccio (Ligue 2) W 1-0
July 28th (A) Nîmes Olympique (Ligue 1)
August 4th (A) Crystal Palace (ENG)

Relaunch of Ligue 1 Talk…ish.

A few days ago, I posted my first blog post on this website in five years. However, that wasn’t unintentional. In fact, at the start of this World Cup I decided that I was going to relaunch this website again. Like the previous website, the focus is going to be on French club football and French cup competition. However, there will be a few changes to this site that will make it different than it was before.

First, there will be more diversity talking when talking about the lower leagues. While it is hard to watch Ligue 2 and Championnat National games, it isn’t always impossible. Therefore, while Ligue 1 will be the focal point of this blog, Ligue 2 and CN will be more prominent than it was recently.

Second, there will be more talk about French players abroad. While this is supposed to focus on French club football, this blog will look at other French players abroad. This is for two reasons. First, many of them have come from the French professional football system. Second, this blog will probably be talking more about the French national team, especially after the World Cup victory.

Third, this website (and eventual podcast) will be geared more toward an American audience. So yes, I will be calling it soccer as well. Yes, I will call it a game. And yes, I might use the word field instead of “pitch”. When this website was up previously, there was a huge American influence on the blog. I have no intention on changing that approach.

Forth, because we are talking about other French divisions of football, there will be increased emphasis on younger players than previously. Last time around, the blog was focused more on Ligue 1 matches and commentary. This time, I will be taking a well-rounded approach when it comes to looking at players from around French football (which will probably include expanding the writing staff eventually).

Finally, and this is a big one, I am rarely going to talk about PSG!!! As many of you know, the sale of PSG was what eventually led me to quit blogging about French football (something I will write more about in the coming days). But over the last few years, the official Ligue 1 English media has, sadly, been a promotion platform for PSG, and does not promote the league in general. Other teams are rarely mentioned on or any other sites (especially official Ligue 1 sites). When Olympique Marseille finds it hard to produce headlines for the official Ligue 1 page, then you know something is wrong. It is time to bring back coverage of other Ligue 1 teams, and this blog will do that once again.

Even though I am bringing back the blog, it probably will not start officially until around the end of 2018. The reason for this is because I need to acclimate myself to watching the games again, as well as study each team. Last time around, I did pride myself on this blog being able to provide intellectual commentary. I want to make sure that high standard is retained when it is relaunched.

Also, the name of the blog will change. I didn’t continue paying for the domain, and now some Japanese company owns So, once the domain is registered, I will let you know what it is.

So, with that, I will be writing a few blog posts between now and the end of 2018. It is possible that the official relaunch might be earlier. I will let you know.

For those who supported this blog in the past, I hope that you will do so again in future. And thanks to everyone else who is new to the blog.

Dave Trotter

France’s World Cup win and the lack of understanding French football.

TELEMMGLPICT000168948016-xlarge_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqpVlberWd9EgFPZtcLiMQfyf2A9a6I9YchsjMeADBa08It has been five years since I have written an article on this blog (something that I will address in a different post). However, with France’s victory in the World Cup, I think it might be time to start the discussion about French soccer yet again. I am not starting this blog because France was victorious…I was going to start this blog again regardless. But with France’s victory, there has been a lot of talk about the “lack of performance” by the French National Team, and that they were “lucky” to win the World Cup.

This is the reason why I have decided to return to blogging a few months earlier than anticipated.

Over the course of the last month, I have heard a number of soccer pundits, even those who are highly respected, constantly talk about how poorly France has played in this World Cup. Questions started to arise about whether Didier Deschamps was the right coach for the team (a criticism that was just as strong in France as it was abroad). Like every World Cup, the criticism unleashed on the French National Team was somewhat brutal. But as the competition started, and France started winning, the criticism of France’s play and Deschamps’s ability to coach was silenced.

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2013/14 Ligue 1 Matchday 1 Preview

Today's big question...will Lisandro's departure hurt Lyon?

Today’s big question…will Lisandro’s departure hurt Lyon?

Well, with the long awaited season upon us, it is time to pull out the jerseys, find those internet streams we haven’t used in the last few weeks, fire up the DVRs for the games we want to watch later and crack out the French-English dictionaries because Ligue 1 season is finally here. Gone are all of the preseason games that mean nothing, as well as the hype around only two teams. Now we are at the point where those “mega teams” need to prove themselves.

Of course, the transfer market this summer makes Ligue 1 a much different looking league than we had before. One of the newly promoted teams is vying for a Champions League spot. Some of the smaller teams have brought in really good talent. Other teams have lost a lot of their players in the summer, and questions remain on how they will perform this season.

So, with Matchday 1, what should we expect?
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Power Rankings for Matchday 2

Because real life gets in the way, it might be harder for me to do a “Team of the Week”. I wanted to do it, but real work must come first. Still, I was able to do the Ligue 1 Talk Power Rankings for this week, and this is what I have. Hopefully by the end of the week, I might have the team, but don’t count on it.

Power Rankings.
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