Channel Surfing – Ligue 1 and Beyond

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Ligue 1 Channel Surfing: A Sampling Of Hors d’Oeuvres For The Summer Window

As Ligue 1 winds down, last of all of Europe’s major competitions, Tapesh Patel looks at five of the young players who may move on to the main course of their careers, after having their fill of French cooking. Continue reading »

Ligue 1 Channel Surfing: Lille OSC Win The Title, But What Future For Their Stars?

Lille manager Rudi Garcia guided his side through a long difficult Ligue 1 season to emerge as champions but the summer transfer window threatens to destroy, overnight, what he took so long to painstakingly build. Continue reading »

Ligue 1 Channel Surfing: Merson Maligns Arsenal & Wenger, Coupe de France, Ligue 1 Round Up

Paul Merson seems to be loading up on a more pungent substance these days, as he accuses Arsene Wenger and the Gunners of doping. Continue reading »

Ligue 1 Channel Surfing – Blanc & Tigana: Not A Good Week For Bordeaux Managers

Tapesh Patel watches as the same people who label Laurent Blanc a racist harass Jean Tigana’s daughter in the stands while his club is being beaten on the pitch. Continue reading »

Ligue 1 Channel Surfing: Racial Quotas and the FFF

French football has mired itself in the national debate over immigration by allegedly sanctioning racial quotas within its youth academies. While Laurent Blanc comes under scrutiny for approving restrictions on black and North African youth players, former teammate, Lilian Thuram hopes it all turns out to be untrue. Continue reading »

Ligue 1 Channel Surfing: Has Taiwo’s OM Swan Song Sealed An AC MIlan Deal?

OM full back Taye Taiwo spoiled his own party by joining Marseille fans in chanting derogatory songs regarding PSG after he scored the winning goal at the Stade de France in the first successful defence of the Coupe de la Ligue title in French history. With Marseille in prime position to retake the LIgue 1 lead and possibly defend their league championship, as well, the disciplinary fall-out may be critical and could hasten the Nigerian’s rumoured departure for AC Milan. Continue reading »

Channel Surfing: All-Action Weekends Around Europe Show Ligue 1′s Malaise

Tapesh Patel is concerned about the direction in which Ligue 1 is moving. While the Bundesliga slipped in and nipped the UEFA Co-Efficient and a fourth Champions League place away from Serie A, it seems that Ligue 1 has just slipped. Continue reading »

Ligue 1 Channel Surfing: Newcastle’s Joey Barton Speaks French? Who Knew?

Joey Barton speaks his mind to French mag So Foot and the FA breathes a sigh of relief that it wasn’t someone with more credibility. Meanwhile, Lille OSC leave the door open for the rest of Ligue 1. Continue reading »

Ligue 1 Channel Surfing: Spurs’ Benoit Assou-Ekotto, An Honest Mercenary

Tapesh Patel wishes that everyone would just face facts, accept that players are in it for the money and stop moaning about their heroes betraying the shirt. Continue reading »

Les Bleus Channel Surfing: Evra & Ribery Are The Last Off The Bus

Tapesh Patel says the Luxembourg match wasn’t all that pretty or all that spectacular but it was all France. For Laurent Blanc, that’s all that really matters. Continue reading »

Ligue 1 Channel Surfing: Karim Benzema Bounces Back For Real Madrid

Is the real Karim Benzema finally standing up at the Santiago Bernabeu? Continue reading »

Ligue 1 Channel Surfing: Arsenal’s Fortnight To Forget Compounded By William Gallas’ Week To Remember

Tapesh Patel takes the Chunnel back into London to run the rule over Arsene Wenger’s faltering Gunners. Continue reading »

Ligue 1 Channel Surfing: Lyon And Marseille Still In With A Chance Against Real Madrid and Manchester United

Tapesh Patel believes France’s best in Europe aren’t being given their due. Continue reading »

Ligue 1 Channel Surfing: Lille’s Hazard is keeping Eden, Briand outdoes Rooney & Berba

Tapesh Patel wonders at the new-found patience of French clubs and starlets, far more reluctant to part ways with each other than in the recent past. Continue reading »

Ligue 1 Channel Surfing — Karim Benzema: Real Madrid’s Trash, Les Bleus’ Treasure

<Click> France 1-0 Brazil (International Friendly) Those of you who are cynics are likely thinking this was a meaningless friendly sees decent France side beat 10-man Brazil, what’s the fuss? To look at the teamsheets, you might even think that France could continue to be Brazil’s nemesis. Yoann Gourcuff? Florent Malouda? Karim Benzema? They’re all … Continue reading »

Ligue 1 Channel Surfing: Sunderland Asks Sessegnon, Bon Ou Non?

<Click> So many thoughts hurtled through my tiny brain on Monday, that I’m still reeling. I’d be lying to say that the whole Fernando  Torres/Andy Carroll deal wasn’t the craziest and most enthralling piece of football business I’ve seen in a while.  Carroll worth more than David Villa?  Seriously? With the economic climate as it … Continue reading »

Channel Surfing: Another Chambery Jambouree, Lille Don’t Deal & Dieumerci Speaks His Name

<Click> Bonjour, bienvenue ã Channel Surfing. This week, the Cup action continued to dominate the French schedule, with more than its fair share of upsets and tests for the established elite. Meanwhile, a reported bid by Monaco for Emmanuel Adebayor didn’t work out, as he joined forces with Jose Mourinho in Real Madrid, but I’ll be … Continue reading »

Channel Surfing: Ligue 1 Settles, An M&M Coupe De League Final and Eric Cantona Takes A Bite Out Of The Big Apple.

<Click> Bonjour! Normal service has been resumed in Ligue 1, with a full roster of Ligue 1 games at the weekend. 52 goals and 9 red cards made for a great watch. There have also been some midweek games, both in Ligue 1 and the Coupe de la Ligue (League Cup). <click> Ligue 1 Round-up … Continue reading »

Channel Surfing: Et Vlan! At The Coupe de France, Big Clubs Need Not Apply and Arsenal Vets Come & Go

<Click> We interrupt Ligue 1 break to bring you news from the Coupe de la Ligue, from which ten sides from France’s top division were eliminated. Ten! The bottom five all went out, with the 6th bottom side, Nice, only through after pulling through a sudden death penalty shootout. Plenty of drama ensued, and, of … Continue reading »

Channel Surfing: Ligue 1 Transfer News, Including Shocking Newcastle Move For Unknown Winger Ben Arfa

<click> Welcome to this week’s Channel Surfing. Unfortunately, we’re too poor to show re-runs of classic matches during the Ligue 1 break, so our content is limited to comings and goings or rumours thereof, with a French flavour. Normal programming shall be resumed on the 15th. We apologise for the delay. <click> Hatem Ben Arfa … Continue reading »

Channel Surfing: Valbuena’s Sleigh Dented On Xmas Eve & Ligue 1 Transfer Rumours, Including Aston Villa, Liverpool

<click> Ligue 1 Update – Winter Break France, like Italy and Germany, will have a winter break over the festive period. The next round of fixtures will start on the 15th January, meaning that now is the time to assess what has happened, evaluate where teams are and prepare for the future. Of course, this also … Continue reading »

Channel Surfing: Chelsea Rejects Russell Crowe, Ghost Of World Cup Past & Sochaux’s American Phoenix Rising

<click> Ligue 1 round-up This week, the big match was of Olympian proportions, between Lyon and Marseille. The match ended 1-1, the highlight being Mathieu Valbuena’s deflecting game leveler, which balanced out the lowlights of Taye Taiwo’s bellman like defense. The other key match, between strugglers AS Monaco and resurgent Paris Saint-Germain, ended 2-2, with … Continue reading »

Channel Surfing: Ligue 1 Christmas Shopping, Evra vs. Wenger, And More Samir Nasri

<click> In most recent Weekend Catch, I mentioned that the Ligue 1 table was very closely grouped. After 16 rounds, though, it may finally be time for the true ‘crème de la crème’ to rise to the top. The four French sides competing in Europe (Lyon, Marseille, Lille and PSG) make up four of the … Continue reading »

Channel Surfing: FIFA’s Focus Moves East, Wenger’s Weapon, Kings of Lyon, And Other Ramblings

<click> Hi all! This column will be crossing back and forth over the Channel, keeping an eye on events involving the French.  Be it players, coaches or executives, in Ligue 1 or elsewhere, I’ll have something to say on it.  I’ll be praising the piercing runs of Samir Nasri, scoffing at the pierced nose of … Continue reading »

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