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Case Study: Olympique Marseille 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain 7/2/2016

February 10, 2016
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Case Study: Olympique Marseille 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain 7/2/2016

Is French football in bad health or is it as good as health as its ever been? On one hand, Paris Saint-Germain are so far ahead in the league that they will probably wrap it up in the coming weeks and with Dmitry Rybolovlev’s expensive divorce all but ending his interest in Monaco, no...

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Case Study: Bastia 3-3 Olympique Marseille 9/8/2014

August 11, 2014
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Case Study: Bastia 3-3 Olympique Marseille 9/8/2014

Marseille are meant to be the third team in France behind the financially-doped pair of Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco, but they face their first season without European football in a decade after finishing sixth in 2013/2014. A collapse in the toughest Champions League group last year saw them finish in last place without picking...

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Case Study: Olympique Marseille 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain 6/10/2013

October 8, 2013
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Case Study: Olympique Marseille 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain 6/10/2013

As the two teams came out to Van Halen’s Jump, there was much talk of the Big Three in France setting themselves apart from the rest of the league even this early on. Nevertheless, even within that subdivision, there’s a distinct line between Marseille, and Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco. Marseille may have finished second...

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What’s the plan for Paris Saint-Germain?

August 27, 2012
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What’s the plan for Paris Saint-Germain?

French football is a pretty bizarre environment. Their national team doesn’t really need to be discussed: the Raymond Domenech era was a psychiatrist’s wet dream, and the failure of a hugely talented generation seems to have come about mainly because one man, Zinedine Zidane, retired. The oddities extend to their domestic game too, however....

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Lille: How did the French champions play in 2010/2011?

June 16, 2011
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Lille: How did the French champions play in 2010/2011?

There’s already a lot of articles and analysis of the winners of the Spanish, Italian, English and German leagues, so here is tactical analysis of the French champions, who demonstrated an attractive game under the management of Rudi Garcia – another coach who likes makes notes during the match. Formation Lille played a 4-1-2-3...

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