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.

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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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Ligue 1 Matchday 2 Saturday Preview and Predictions

Can Brice Jovial sink Toulouse?

Finally, the Ligue 1 season is underway. After last week’s matches, we can at least get a little glimpse into what some of the teams might look like. Yes, one match into the season isn’t a predictor of anything. Even so, we were able to really get a look at what some of the teams might be throwing out there this season, and help us get an idea of where they are going.

Lorient vs. Bordeaux – This is easily the tale of two teams that went in different directions last week. Lorient pulled off the upset of Matchday 1 with a victory on the road against Paris St. Germain. Bordeaux, on the other hand, continued to struggle to find a scoring touch and lost to St. Etienne by a score of 2-1. But will the same teams show up this weekend?

As far as Lorient, they did play an impressive match. Throughout their game against PSG, Lorient had the home side on their toes. Aggressive play against what many considered a superior opponent was quite a shock. But is that what we should expect from Lorient this season, or was that just a flash in the pan? As for Bordeaux, creating any offensive threat continues to be their main problem. And after the club stated in L’Equipe this week that they would not seek any new players for the remainder of the summer transfer period, Bordeaux are pretty much stuck where they are.
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Ligue 1 Matchday 1 “Power Breakdown” Review.

Goal of the Week – Matchday 1

There were a number of great goals that were considered for the this award. Long-range goals from Toulouse’s Paulo Machado, Caen’s Gregory Proment and Auxerre’s Alain Traore were considered. But even with this stiff competition, Evian’s captain Olivier Sorlin’s volley off a deflected corner wins this weeks “Goal of the Week”.

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Ligue 1 Talk’s “Power Breakdown”

For 20 years, I had worked in the field of political science as a statistician. During that time, I had to crunch numbers for every district on the face of the earth to try to predict voting trends. I created spreadsheets that had fields that were over 200 Excel pages long. So, why not apply some of that know-how to French football?

Each week, I will be doing an overview of the Ligue 1 week. Since I can thank for showing almost every match online, it gives me an opportunity to see all the matches, all the players, and give a fair assessment of play in each of those matches.

There are a few points the “Power Breakdown” will be covering. Some of them has to do with stats, some don’t.

First, I will be showing the “Goal of the Week”. This is just my personal choice of the best goal for that week. At the end of the season, we will have a “Goal of the Year”.
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