As just stated by my good friend Chris Mayer on twitter…everyone seems to be jumping on the Belgian bandwagon. After two good results this weekend they have finally caught everyones attention, and rightly so. The squad is brimming with talent: Alderweireld, Kompany, Vanden Borre, Vertonghen, Chadli, Defour, Hazard, Witsel, Dembele, Mirallas, Vossen, Ogunjimi and Lukaku. The list goes on but there are thirteen excellent footballers and not one of them over the age of 24.

read more »

category: Podcast

So when I flew off to Jamaica on the 6th of March I made a decision that the podcast would not go on holiday with me. I left my wonderful team in charge and for three weeks they did a superb job and I wanted to highlight the work they put in while I was away.

Days before I flew I knew I would be hard pushed to publish a podcast on the Thursday and get ready for Sunday so the wonderful Charlie Anderson stepped in, picked up the reigns and guided the podcast through it’s first week without me.

read more »



It is a pleasure for gibfootballshow to welcome Steve Mitchell to the site. A huge fan of Italian football. Steve will regularly bring us news from the land of calcio.

The beautiful Italian region of Tuscany has just played host to the 63rd edition of the Viareggio Cup. From its inception in 1949, the “Coppa Carnevale” as it is more commonly known, due to the fact that it is played during carnival season, is open to players between the ages of 17-21 and has become the most important youth football tournament in the world with the city of Viareggio welcoming talent scouts from all over the globe trying to spot the next big thing.

read more »


Afternoon Everyone.

Returned from the sunny island of Jamaica today, can’t say I’m glad to be back, but hey you’ve got to return to the real world eventually.

Pretty much had a two week break from football so no idea what’s been going on. Going to take me a week or so to get back into the mix. Podcast I hope will feature myself on Thursday, looking forward to getting behing the wheel again after the superb job that Charlie and Brent did in my absence. Hopefully the people will want me back.

While poolside drinking some rum I had so ideas about where to take the site, but that can wait for now.

Sort of glad to be back.


category: Site Info
tags: , ,

Well first of all I want to say THANK YOU to anyone and everyone that has visited this site at some point. Back in October I put up a “Thank You” post as the site had reached 30,000 hits. I then set myself a target of 50,000 by the time I got married in March.

So I am delighted to say that the site reached the target, and then smashed it…today as I write this gibfootballshow sits at just over 100,000 hits. I am delighted with the views, didn’t expect anything like this ever. Although the site has been going now for about 18 months, it really only started during the 2010 World Cup so for me it’s a fantastic milestone.

This will be my last blog post for a couple of weeks. In three hours our taxi comes to take us to Manchester Airport as we fly to Jamaica for our wedding. The wedding day is not till the 16th so got a few days to chill out and relax in the Jamaican sun. I really hope there is a TV at the bar so I can maybe watch the Champions League at least.

I might just have to watch my second favourite sport – basketball instead, oh well.

So I hope everyone stays well while I’m gone. The podcast will continue, Brent from Global Football Today will be hosting the next two shows, Charlie did a superb job this week when I didn’t have the time to do it, so the pressure’s on Brent now.

Until I return it’s goodbye for now.



Before the big night game between Lille OSC and Olym pique Lyon we travelled to the Stade Lille Metropole – Terrain II to watch the CFA game between Lille II and Villemomble Sports. A chance to have a look at some of the young Lille players trying to break through, who knows the next “Eden Hazard” could have been on the pitch….he wasn’t. Twelve Lille players were on show and there was a mixture of possibilities and disappointments. The game finished 0-0.

Alexandre Oukidja

French: Goalkeeper – 22 years-old

Did not impress at all, he was called on a few times and he seemed to make a meal of everything he had to do. Flapped a few times at crosses, didn’t look comfortable with his feet and was slow to react to a few through balls. Worrying with Landreau’s age that there is a lack of quality replacements.

Mathieu Sauvage

French: Centre Back – 23 years-old

An uncompromising uncomplicated centre back, with the very little threat that Villemomble posed Mathieu dealt with their attacks very well. Good in the air and never tried to attempt anything too complicated. With Adil Rami leaving in the summer and a lack of quality on the bench it would be interesting to see Sauvage win a few minutes with the first time.

Adama Soumaoro

French: Centre Back – 18 years-old

To anyone that has watched Celtic over the years this will make a lot of sense. Soumaoro to me looks like a combination of Bobo Balde and Gary Caldwell. A scary prospect in more ways than one. Physically intimidating, powerful in the air, very rarely did he lose an aerial battle. Then when you gave him the ball at his feet, he was twisting and turning like a “Trequartista”. Obviously thinks he is a much better footballer than he is. Lucky not to be caught out, he never once took the easy option, full of little Cruyff turns and drag backs. Still young, but lots to learn.

David Alcibiade

French: Right Back – 19 years-old

Played a solid game at right back, I’m sure I had heard he was a centre-back but he looked mobile enough down the right. Linked up well Ait-Bouhou down the flank. However as he is not a natural full back there was no desire to get to the touchline and try and whip in a cross. Would like to see him in the centre.

Lucas Digne

French: Left Back – 17 years-old

During the game Digne probably impressed me the most, never got caught out at any point, Villemomble never got in-behind him, Positioning was good, timed his tackles well and his decent attempt at a free-kick showed he has some power in his left boot. To find out he is only 17 as well impresses me more, he looked the most calm and in control player in the back line. High hopes for Digne.

Henri Ewane

Cameroonian: Central Midfield – 25 years-old

When you first see Ewane he does stand out. Strong in the tackle, good on the ball, didn’t give it away and was able to pick a pass. For his size he is a tough competitor. Then you realise he is 25 and you wonder why has he not broke into the first team or at least play for a Ligue 2 side. If he was 19 you would be excited about his future, at 25 you’ve got to think he doesn’t have one.

Pierre Baherle

French: Central Midfield – 19 years old

I must say I saw a little bit of quality in this kid, would certainly like to see him again. At first glance he looks slight and maybe a little light-weight but he got stuck in and fought for every ball, then when in possession he was able to control the play and pick out his teammates. Worth keeping an eye on. Better then Ewane and six years younger.

Anice Badri

French: Left Midfield – 20 years-old

Didn’t really do much in the match to be honest, a couple of poor crosses from the left, and a very weak shot on goal. Never beat his man and never really looked like threatening.

Mustapha Ait-Bouhou

French: Right Midfield – 21 years-old

Showed some good use of pace in places, but twice when he got in a good position down the right his final ball was atrocious. Quite direct but seemed to lack any tricks to beat his man and tried to rely on his pace alone. Was taken off in the second half.

Omar Wade

French: Centre Forward – 20 years-old

In the three games of football we watched while in Lille, Omar was the biggest disappointment of any player I watched. The only Lille II player I had been aware of before the weekend I was expecting to be impressed and he literally did nothing for 90 minutes. His movement looked decent at the start and then he got a knock, never looked interested again. Should have been taken off as his mood dropped and he basically moped around the pitch. Needs to not let his head go down.

Steevy Negouai

French: Forward – 19 years-old

Showed glimpses of someone who could become a very decent forward. My eyes at first were drawn to Omar Wade but over the course of the game Negouai became the focal point of the attack. Some good movement off the ball, liked to come deeper and get involved. Moved out the right when Baseya came on and he went quiet. A tall elegant looking player, good with his feet and a turn of pace.


Cedric Baseya

French: Centre Forward – 23 years-old

As soon as he entered the pitch you could see the mammoth size of the big forward, and he set about muscling the Villemomble centre backs around. Then he went for his first header and got beat for the ball, now at 6 foot 4 and built like a tank, this shouldn’t happen. In 20 minutes I think he won one header. Movement was poor, I felt sorry for Negouai, moved out to the win to accommodate the big striker. With Baseya and Wade upfront there was never going to be a goal.

Rachid Chihab

French: Manager
Looked a mixture of Terry Horlock, Michael Bolton and Wolf from Gladiators. A very animated character, never sat down for more than 2 minutes at a time. Always shouting and encouraging the players. Looks the sort of manager that would be a great personality in Ligue 1 or Ligue 2


You may have noticed an unexplained banner floating across this fine blog for a while. What is Picklive you may well have asked? Well actually, it is a revolutionary cross between fantasy football games and in-play betting that has already transformed the way that thousands of people watch live football.

The game takes plays in real-time during televised matches and allows football fans to win cash prizes live whilst watching the action unfold.

Gib Football Show readers can get their first three games free by signing up here . All you need to do then is log on during any live game and pick the three players who you think will influence the game the most in that period. Your picks then have five minutes to accumulate points for all of their actions on the pitch, from passes and tackles to goals and assists, with the top three teams taking home a share of the cashpot.

You may consider yourself enough of an afficionado to strike out on your own, but if not then here is some friendly insiders advice from Picklive ahead of this evening’s game:

Top Man City Pick:

Yaya Toure

The rangy Ivorian amassed an astounding 136 points in his last Picklive outing against Aris Solonika, completing 80 passes in the process. Tonight’s game could well follow the same pattern of long, unbroken passages of City possession, of which Toure is the focal point. His willingness to break into the box from midfield is an added advantage.

Top Wigan Pick:

Ali Al-Habsi

If the match follows the same pattern as I seem to have predicted then the Wigan goalkeeper must be a sensible pick. The only Omani ever to play in the Premier League has been the Latics stand out figure this season, and without him their position could be a whole lot worse. So with eight points given to Goalkeepers for a save, and a City barrage expected throughout, he could well end up as the away side’s top Picklive scorer.

One to Avoid:

Mohamed Diame

Holding midfield players of Diame’s ilk are often a sought after commodity on Picklive. Their destructive approach sees them accumulate points regularly for passes, interceptions and tackles. Diame however bucks the trend, simply because he doesn’t really do anything at all. In 90 minutes against Newcastle earlier this season he managed to complete only 23 passes and 10 interceptions, a puny amount that makes him an absolute ‘no go’.



Lee Garrity talks us through this week’s Coupe De France Quarter-Finals

On Tuesday Ligue 2 Reims entertained Ligue 1 side Nice in the first of the Quarter Finals, Daniel Ljuboja gave the visitors the lead on the half hour but Reims hit straight back when Romain Amalfitano side footed home from a Odair Fortes cross. Eric Mouloungui restored the lead for Nice on 48 minutes but once more Reims deservedly hit back, Fortes adding a goal to his earlier assist to force the game into extra time. Mouloungui was to be the hero for Eric Roy’s Nice as substitutes David Bellion & Anthony Mounier combined for the former Strasbourg forwards 2nd goal of the game vindicating Roy’s decision to rest several key players.

There was to be no more giant killing heroics from non league Chambery as Ligue 2 Angers strolled to a 3-0 victory at Grenoble’s Stade des Alpes. On loan Bordeaux man Henri Saivet broke the minnows hearts on the stoke of half time and 2nd half strikes from Sebastien Renouard & Diego Gomez gave the scoreline a one sided look.

Ligue 2 leaders Le Mans travelled east to the capital to face a Paris Saint Germain side who started with a mix of experience and highly rated youth, it was to be the youth that would eventually come out on top. Scoreless at full time and with the hosts down to 10 men the game ebbed and flowed with both sides creating chances, possibly the best of which fell to Le Mans, the visitors also went down to 10 men early in extra time and PSG took hold of the game, taking a 108th minute lead through Jean Christophe Bahebeck and sealing the game through another youngster Neeskens Kebano.

The last of the Quarter Finals was to be the final game played on the notorious Metropole pitch at Lille. The hosts had the better of the chances but visiting Lorient keeper Fabien Audard was in fine form and after extra time the game ended 0-0. The first four penalties were converted before a woeful spot kick from Lorient’s Arnold Mvuemba gave the home side the advantage, both sides scored their next penalty so it fell to Lille’s talisman Eden Hazard to win the game and he did just that although Lorient may feel that the Belgian playmaker should have re-taken the kick after he appeared to stop mid run up before tapping the ball to the stricken Audard’s right hand side to give Lille a 5-3 shootout win and send them into the semi finals alongside Angers Nice & last season’s winners Paris Saint Germain.



First of all I would like to thank Pan MacMillan for the wonderful prize.

So without further ado here are the winners

Inga Andersen – Grimsby

Nick Holden – Wigston

Jack McInroy – London

Simon Lee – Sheffield

Ralph Davies – Brno


Well done to the winners, the books will be in the post this week.

Also thanks to everyone who entered.


Lee Garrity brings you the latest round up from all the action in Ligue 2.

Leaders Le Mans were held to a 1-1 draw with Sedan at the MMArena, losing their 100% record at the new stadium, Thorstein Helstad headed home from close range for his 14th goal of the season on 23 minutes but 9 minutes later Yoann Court fired home a stunning left foot volley from just inside the area for his 2nd goal of the week, both sides had chances to win late on but Le Mans will certainly see this as 2 points dropped.

AC Ajaccio had a fruitful trip to Northern France to face 2nd bottom Vannes, a 2nd half strike from Richard Socrier giving the Corsicans maximum points ,lifting them into 2nd spot as the division’s top scorers Evian TG drew a rare blank at home to mid table Dijon, Sebastien Ribas notching a double to take his season’s tally to 12. Le Harve claimed all 3 points in Monday night’s promotion clash with Tours at the Stade Jules Deschaseaux in a seven goal thriller.

The visitors lead twice through Jeremy Blayac and Karim Saidi with Yohanne Riviere pulling the hosts back into the game, Brice Jovial pulled Le Harve level on 58 minutes and just 11 minutes later they led for the first time through Loic Nestor’s first goal of the season. Tours battled on and look to have earned a point on 83 minutes when Haiti defender Romain Genevois notched his 2nd goal in 3 games, but the celebrations had hardly died down when the visitors were caught napping and Jovial nipped in for his 2nd of the game and 10th of the season as Le Harve move into 4th place 1 point from an quick return to Ligue 1.

Boulogne travelled south to face a Laval side looking nervously at the relegation battle just below them, the Mayenne side unbeaten at the Stade Francis Le Basser and the visitors boasting the League’s best defence with just 15 goals conceded in 24 games and on a 5 match winning streak which saw leaders Le Mans beaten last week, however just 22 minutes in Boulogne found themselves 2-0 down and reduced to 10 men thanks to goals from Pierre Talmont and former Vannes striker Ghislain Gimbert. The visitors battled hard to get a foothold back into the game but were caught out just after the hour mark when Gimbert netted his 2nd, the first time this season Boulogne had shipped more than 2 goals. The night was to belong to Gimbert and he completed his hat trick on 77 minutes firing in from close range to bring Boulogne’s winning run to an abrupt end at the same time easing Laval’s relegation worries.


Grenoble remain 7 points from safety as they were defeated 2-0 at Troyes, the 3rd game running Grenoble have failed to hit the net, a problem which must be rectified soon or a second successive relegation looms, a goal of the week contender from Gregory Bettiol and a fine finish from substitute Benjamin Psaume sealed the points at the Stade De L’Aube.

Third bottom Metz gained what could be a valuable point in a goalless draw at home to Chateauroux  , although the home side would have been looking at this fixture as one to take maximum points, they will however take heart with the results for Grenoble and Vannes and also Nimes who remain 4th bottom on 27 points just 1 point above Metz after a 2-1 home reverse against Clermont, Rachid Hamdani fired the visitors ahead early on before a Yannick Boli stooping header 13 minutes from time brought the hosts level, with the game heading for a draw a clumsy challenge gave on loan Sochaux man Sloan Privat the chance for his 14th goal of the season and he duly sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot to sentence Nimes to their 5th successive defeat.

Reims stay 3 points from the drop zone with a useful  1-1 draw at Nantes in front of almost 15000 fans, Serbian striker Felipe Djordjevic’s close range strike gave Nantes a 56 minute lead but a goal 4 minutes from time from substitute Cedric Faure gave Reims a point as they look forward to a French Cup Quarter Final at home to Nice on Tuesday. Another Ligue 2 side in Cup action on Tuesday are Angers and they earned a point at an Istres outfit that came into the game with only 1 defeat in 12. Bordeaux loanee Henri Saivet looped a header over Denis Petric for his 3rd Angers goal. Petric and the woodwork kept Angers from extending their lead and it was against the run of play when the home side drew level, midfielder Riad Nouri firing home to share the spoils.