Ligue 1 Talk live on UStream now.

Hi everyone. I am doing the test show for the live Ligue 1 Talk right now. Please come and visit at the address below:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ligue-1-talk

Any questions, comments or whatever, you can add on either this post of send them to @frenchsoccer at Twitter. Like I said, this is just a test show, mostly to deal with technical issues and stuff like that.

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2011-12 Ligue 1 Predictions: 14th through 9th place.

Now time to continue our Ligue 1 preview for teams that I predict will finish 9th to 14th place. Here we go.

14 – Nancy: Yes, for years and years, everyone talks about how Nancy should be relegated. They aren’t in the most exciting market in France. They might be located in the middle of nowhere. But still, they have been able to stay in France’s top flight during years in which relegation seemed certain.

Going into this year, one could easily put Nancy in the relegation zone yet again. As far as the transfer market, Nancy didn’t really do anything. In fact, they lost Julien Feret and Alfred N’Diaye, which will hurt a little. But as far as transfers coming in, Nancy mostly went with younger players that the jury is still out on. They were able to retain Alexandre Cuvillier from loan, but that was about it.

But there was one big pick up for Nancy, and that is coach Jean Fernandez. After leaving Auxerre, it was a safe bet around Ligue 1 circles that Fernandez was going to go to Bordeaux, a team in which he played for two-year. Instead, his move to Nancy was both a shock and a head-scratcher in football circles. Does he know something that we don’t? Nevertheless, he has always had the eye to find some stunning talent and turn them into superstars. Is that what he is going to do at Nancy?
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A Collection of Stars: French Born Players Who Don’t Play for France

Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid, Mohamed Sissoko of Juventus, Marouane Chamakh of Arsenal, Sebastian Bassong and Benoit Assou-Ekotto of Spurs…

This is just the beginning of a long list of players with two common traits: having been born in France and playing for another national team.

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Ligue 1 Talk Exclusive Podcast with Ligue 1’s Matt Spiro.

Matt Spiro: One of the "Voices of Ligue 1".

Earlier this year, we were glad to have Matt Spiro from Ligue 1 conduct an interview with us regarding the season up to that point. Here at Ligue 1 Talk, we were having a few audio issue, so were weren’t able to conduct an actual podcast.

Now, luckily for us, we were able to talk to Matt about the final stretch of the season. In addition we talked about some of the players that are in form, some who are not in form, as well as the state of the league right now.

Again, we would like to thank Matt for taking the time to talk to us. You can read more of Matt’s writing at the official Ligue 1 site at “Spiro Blog”. In addition, you can always catch him broadcasting one of the Ligue 1 games. He usually gets the good gigs!
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Coming back….again.

Standing under rotating clouds like this is how I usually spend my April to June time.

One thing that is hard to do in blogging is trying to keep up with articles every day. After a while, you get burnt out and just can’t write anymore.

But anyway, I am going to get the Ligue 1 Talk site up and going yet again. I have been very inactive in this site the last two months because of a number of issues. Work, university, possibly moving, Aussie rules football, NHL playoffs (which I don’t want to talk about right now), Formula 1 and storm chasing all happen be happening at the same time. Therefore, many things compete for my time.

I will be getting the site up and making it just as good as before. The only thing is that there will be less posts. I plan on putting up 2-3 posts a week, instead of one or more a day. Doing this will keep me less burned out. Also, I will be looking for other writers to write about specific teams. Of course, this has been a hard thing to do over the last year and a half, and it continues to be. But hopefully we will start making a breakthrough on this and will start moving forward. I am creating a three-year plan for this site, and hopefully we can hit our goals.

But starting this coming week, Ligue 1 Talk will be up and running again. Like I said, not as many articles, but good content nonetheless.

Matchday 22 – OM 1 – 0 AC Arles Avignon

Marseille defeated Arles-Avignon this matchday, clinching the double over the team who look likely to finish last in Ligue 1 this season.

Deschamps made a couple of changes from the side which drew 0 0 with Monaco (sorry for the lack of match report, blame the conspiracy of other factors), bringing in Charles Kaboré to sit in front of the defence in place of Edouard Cissé, and Benoit Cheyrou to replace André Ayew in central midfield, with Lucho retaining his starting place. The back four were unchanged, with Mandanda being supported by Fanni, M’Bia, Diawara and Heinze. Up front, the attacking trident of Remy (right), Brandao (no. 9) and Gignac (left) retained their positions.

Marseille started well, hitting the crossbar twice in the first half, however the breakthrough didn’t occur until the 56th mintue. With Gignac (who surely now must be considered in form) scored a goal reminiscent of the one he made and finished against Auxerre. Heinze played the ball from his own half first time to Gignac, who received the ball 40 yards from goal in the left channel. Gignac played the ball neatly to Lucho, who found Brandao running into the space left by ACA’s right back who’d been tracking Gignac. Brandao then crossed to Gignac who’d put in a lung busting run to poke home, via the goalkeeper, from 7 yards. Marseille then sat back, inviting ACA onto them, trying to play on the break with the injected pace of both Ayews. This however left them vulnerable to a couple of good chances for ACA, which were squandered. Gignac was sacrificed for an extra man in midfield with 10 minutes to go, and l’OM held on for “cette victoire a été acquise dans la souffrance” (lephoceen.com), a victory which was acquired under sufferance.

What it does mean, however, is that OM have capitalised on dropped points by Lille (1-1 away to Auxerre), Lyon (0-0 with Bordeaux) and PSG (who lost 1-0 to Rennes). This means that they’re again within four points of Lille leading up to the match against Sochaux next Saturday.

Ligue 1 and French football “Bullet Point” news for Jan 11th, 2011.