Bob Bradley’s Le Havre were denied promotion as Metz squeaked through on goals scored after a dramatic final round of fixtures in Ligue 2.
Metz suffered a 1-0 loss to Lens, while Le Havre hammered Bourg en Brasse 5-0. The two results meant that both Metz and Bob Bradley’s side were tied on points and goal difference, but the former’s 54 goals scored (in comparison to Le Havre’s 52) saw them finish ahead of their rivals and join champions Nancy and Dijon in the top flight. Continue reading
AS Saint-Etienne will not be playing Europa League football next season after they suffered a 1-0 loss at the hands of Lille OSC on the final day of the season. Going into the game, ASSE were a point ahead of Lille and only needed to avoid defeat to stay ahead of Les Dogues.
Instead, Eder’s first half penalty four minutes before half time gave the northern outfit all three points in front of a 39,550 strong crowd at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, and also European football at the expense of Les Verts. They will now join Nice as France’s representatives in the Europa League next season. Continue reading
The Ligue 1 team of the year, as voted for by the UNFP, has been announced. Champions Paris Saint-Germain dominate the list with as many as EIGHT players in the XI. Marseille have two representatives in Goalkeeper of the Year Steve Mandanda and Player of the Year Lassana Diarra. Nice’s Hatem Ben Arfa is the only non PSG & OM player in the XI Continue reading
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was named Ligue 1’s Player of the Year for the third time on Sunday. The UNFP Trophees (France’s version of the PFA, as voted for by peers), saw Ibra beat Angel di Maria, Hatem ben Arfa and Lassana Diarra to the crown. Ibra’s coach at PSG, Laurent Blanc, won the Coach of the Year award for the second season running.
The best keeper of the year went to Marseille’s Steve Mandanda. Continue reading
Olympique Marseille guaranteed their spot in Ligue 1 next season as they beat SCO Angers in this French top flight game on May 1, 2016. Batshuayi’s goal midway through the first half separated both sides at the final whistle and gave OM an eight point lead over third from bottom Reims, meaning that OM will stay in Ligue 1 next season.
OM had gone eleven league games without a win prior to the Angers clash and recently fired coach Michel.
Captain Steve Mandanda expressed relief at the result and said that his players could now focus their attention on the French Cup final against PSG in three weeks’ time Continue reading
AS Monaco kept their hopes of an automatic Champions League spot alive as they beat En Avant Guingamp 3:2 at Stade Louis II on 30 April, 2016. Traore (17), Dirar (40) and Bernardo Silva (76) were on target for ASM, while Erdinc (75) and Angoua (81) scored for EAG.
The race for the two CL spots has effectively become a two horse one, with Nice and St.Etienne suffering setbacks this weekend. OGCN went down at Nantes, while ASSE were held to a stalemate by Toulouse Continue reading