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.

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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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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.

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.