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  • Toulouse’s Analytical Revolution and Return to Ligue 1 Under Philippe Montanier

    With four teams being relegated from Ligue 1 in 2023 one might suspect newly promoted Toulouse to be under heavy pressure several weeks into the season. It may be surprising then to hear that the French outfit are heading into the World Cup break with four wins and four draws under their belt, and just…

  • Enzo Le Fée: Lorient’s Midfield Metronome

    When it comes to ranking the big leagues based on their competitiveness, it’s unlikely that you’d find Ligue 1 at the pinnacle, with The Premier League, La Liga & Serie A a lot more even across the board, making them more cutthroat and in turn more appealing.   We all know about Paris Saint-Germain’s recent…

  • Arnaud Kalimuendo: Rennes’ Budding Superstar in Attack

    With Kylian Mbappe’s recent outcries over PSG’s failure to sign a striker in the summer, some have questioned why Les Parisiens sanctioned the £18m departure of Arnaud Kalimuendo to Rennes. Of course, it’s not black and white. Mbappe has bemoaned the lack of a target man, an Olivier Giroud-like forward, while the 20-year-old striker is…

  • Désire Doué Is Displaying Preternatural Footballing Development At Stade Rennais

    In a mere matter of days, France’s next big thing has announced himself to the footballing world, if you have not heard the name of Désiré Doué yet, it is time to stand up and listen. The 17-year-old midfielder enjoyed a dream week in early October, firstly he became the youngest goal scorer in the…

  • Tete: Lyon’s Brazilian Phenom in Attack

    With the issues between Russia & Ukraine continuing during the summer from a political level, this also contributed to the footballing side of affairs. Shakhtar Donetsk had to let go of many high-profile international players around Europe but Lyon managed to snap up the Brazillian winger Tete, who has bags of potential.    Tete started…

  • Sepe Elye Wahi: Montpellier’s Teenage Talisman

    French football’s penchant for churning out young prodigies is only matched by those prodigies’ penchant for adapting to the biggest clubs in Europe. William Saliba and Aurélien Tchouaméni are the latest recruits by the continent’s elite to have already successfully stepped up to the next level. Jonathan David remains on their radars and Hugo Ekitike…

  • Dangou Outtara: Lorient’s Burkinabé Winger

    Ligue 1 has become a reliable place for producing and developing young talent of late and it isn’t stopping now. In today’s piece, we will be looking at a player from Lorient who is starting to gather some attention due to his performances this season so far.  Dango Ouattara, a Burkina Faso international attacking midfielder…

  • Youssouf Fofana: He Won’t Go Under Your Radar This Time

    While the footballing world spent the last three months hyping up the transfer of Aurélien Tchouaméni to Real Madrid there was less panic on the shores of Southern France than some might expect. Last season, the newly unveiled Galactico played the second most minutes in the squad, but his midfield partner Youssouf Fofana quietly had…

  • David Da Costa: Lens’ Portuguese Attacking Midfielder

    David Pereira Da Costa, a Portuguese attacking midfielder who has come through the ranks at RC Lens is starting to shine in Ligue 1 of late. David started out in the RC Lens academy and started to rise from the youth teams before being moved into the B team in the 19/20 season.    At…

  • Auxerre – Are They Worth Replacing Saint-Ètienne in Ligue 1?

    The second most successful French team of all time seemed set to stay in Ligue 1 next year, after a late goal nabbed a draw against Nantes on the final day of the season.   However, in the relegation playoff, Saint Etienne fell on penalties in the second leg to Auxerre, a team who themselves…