Preaseason: Sochaux killed by FC Basel, other news.

As always, Mamadou Niang was impressive (L'Equipe).

In their first set of preseason games, Sochaux were unable to score a goal in either one of their matches.

And on Saturday, it didn’t get any better. Sochaux were easily defeated by Swiss champions FC Basel by a score of 5-0. While they did not play with a split squad, there were many substitutions in the second half, which also saw Charlie Davies play for Sochaux (entering in the 46th minute).

Sochaux will hopefully be able to pick up their game on Wednesday as they take on Evian TG. Evian, promoted from the Championnat National to Ligue 2, lost to Paris St. Germain in a close 2-1 game. PSG played with a split squad, which saw a healthy Gregory Coupet playing in the 1st half. Here is the split squad line up for PSG:

Mi-temps 1 : Coupet – Jallet, Traoré, Sakho (c), Makonda – Giuly, Touré, Clément, Maurice – Erding, Hoarau

Mi-temps 2 : Edel – Ceara, Camara, Ngoyi, Armand – Arnaud, Bodmer, Chantôme, Sessegnon – Kezman, Luyindula

Bordeaux also started their question-filled season with a 1-0 win over Lille, which sees one of the first Ligue 1 clashes in the French preseason. New coach Jean Tigana was pleased with his team’s performance, adding that he was glad there were no injuries. Like most of the other Ligue 1 teams, Bordeaux played with a split squad as well.

Two major points about the Bordeaux match was 1. that Yoann Gourcuff did not play in the match (on World Cup “vacation” still) and 2. goalkeeper Kévin Olimpa played on both squads with the injuries to Carrasso and Rame.

Bordeaux (1e période) :
Olimpa – Chalmé, Ciani, Sané, Trémoulinas – Fernando (cap), Plasil, Wendel, Jussiê – Gouffran, Cavenaghi.

Bordeaux (2e période) :
Olimpa – Chalmé (puis Ducasse), Sané, Ciani (Puis Saunier), Trémoulinas (puis Marange)- Fernando (Lasne), Plasil (puis Traoré), Wendel (puis F. Ayité), Sertic – Cavenaghi (puis Saivet)- Bellion.

Former Ligue 1 side Boulogne might be glad they were relegated to Ligue 2 as they were thrashed by RC Lens by a score of 4-0. Lens played with a split squad for a second straight game. David Pollet (who I will be talking about all year long, so get used to it) was used as the lone striker up from for Lens in the first half. Here is the split squad for Lens:

En 1re période : Kasraoui – Aurier, Chelle, Sartre, Ramos – Hermach, Sow – Monnet-Paquet, Coeff, Roudet – Pollet.

En 2eme période :
Kasraoui – Laurenti, Yahia, Situ, Bedimo – Kovacevic, Milovanovic – Joseph-Monrose, Doumeng, Akalé – Maoulida.

On Friday, Ligue 1 champions Olympique de Marseille started their preseason campaign with a 2-0 win over Ligue 2 side Vannes. Marseille went with a split squad as well, with new acquisition César Azpilicueta playing in the first half. Here is the split squad for Marseille:

OM (1ère période) :
Andrade – Azpilicueta, Hilton, N’Diaye, D’Ullivo – Lucho, M’Bow, Kaboré – Ayew, Samassa, Niang
OM (2ème période) :
Andrade – Mango, Diawara, Rodriguez, Sabo – Abriel, Cissé, Cheyrou – Gnabouyou (Osei, 85), Brandao, Ben Arfa.

Both Lucho and Mamadou Niang had impressive games, with Niang scoring both Marseille goals on penalty kicks.

In other preseason matches, Nantes, a team who is always favored to be promoted back to Ligue 1, but hasn’t been able to recently, did defeat Ligue 1 side Valenciennes on the road 0-1. Also Lorient were unable to secure a win against Ligue 2 side Laval, as both teams drew 1-1

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