Tag: ligue 1

Waddle at Marseille: How Magic Chris found freedom in France

Clad in a shirt that even kaleidoscopic tat-mannequin and occasional full-back Dani Alves might be moved to describe as “loud”, Basile Boli beams intently at a television superimposed onto the wall in…

What happened to Yoann Gourcuff, the next Zidane?

It was a goal that was impossible to ignore, the kind of high-level showboatery that’s worth the price of admission alone. On a misty January evening inside the Stade Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux,…

France

From the brilliant and the sexy to the romantic and the tragic, French football has a history as rich and varied as anywhere on planet earth - and a number of stories…

The tricks, trials and tribulations of Michel Bastos

IT WAS LESS than a decade ago that Michel Bastos was setting French and European football alight with his mix of thunderous power and Brazilian style. He was one of Lyon’s brightest…

The decline of Lille and a troubling time for its ultras

THE IMAGES FROM the pitch invasion and threatening chants at the end of the Lille and Montpellier game recently shocked many, but don’t come as a great surprise to most. In an increasingly…

The brilliance and the bravery of Éric Abidal

ÉRIC SYLVAIN ABIDAL is one of the most decorated French footballers in recent history. A powerful left-back, he amassed over 400 club appearances, as well as 67 international caps, across a career…

Has Mario Balotelli fulfilled his potential?

IF YOU ASK ANY FOOTBALL FAN around the world the likelihood is that they will have heard of Mario Balotelli, either for his football abilities or his off the field antics. There’s…