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There is something going on in the French Ligue 1, which has previously received less attention in comparison to other top European football leagues.

Paris Saint-Germain for instance has just spent €64 million to buy Napoli striker Edinson Cavani. This is the highest amount that has ever been payed for a transfer within the French League. Thanks to its rich Qatari owner PSG has made it from finishing 16th in 2008 to win Ligue 1 this year. No doubt that money had a significant impact on this outcome. This high-buying definitely increases the reputation of the French football league on the one side but on the other side clubs like Marseille or Nice will have problems to compete. We can wait in suspense for their performance next season and use the free Unibet promotional code.

However there is another club that draws the attention of the media lately – it’s AS Monaco. Owned by Dmitry Rybolovlev, a rich Russian businessmen, the club is going for top players this transfer window. Despite strong interest from Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid Rybolovlev managed to get the Columbian striker Radamel Falcao for over £50 million. Altogether the Russian billionaire has already spent £100 million to reach his goal to build a new football empire and has also signed other players like Ricardo Carvalho, Jeremy Toulalan and the Porto duo Joao Moutinho and James Rodrigue.. Taking into account these facts AS Monaco might be an equal competitor of Paris Saint-Germain next season.


The 2011/12 seasons are kicking off all round Europe. The Premier League in England starts today and the leagues in Germany and Scotland are already underway. I called together the talents of some of the best writers around to give you a glimpse into their predictions for the season ahead.

Terry Duffelen is one half of the excellent “Bundesliga Show” podcast and the fantastic new website “Bundesliga Lounge” be sure to check it out. Here are Terry’s predictions for new Bundesliga season.

Who do you think is the favourite for the title in your respective league and why?

I’m placing my fiver on FC Bayern Munich for the title. Mainly because they rarely go two seasons without winning it but also because I think they have finally addressed their defensive problems with the recruitment of Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and Rafinha to their ranks. I think Bayern could win the league by ten points or more.

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Sunday night saw the end of the 2010/11 season in Ligue 1 and Andrew and Chris have recorded their last regular podcast of the season to discuss all the thrills and spills of the final days action.

After rounding up all the best action from Week 38 in Ligue 1 they then discuss some of the comings and going from the league. A look at who will be joining the league from Ligue 2 and doff a cap toward Les Bleus three international matches next week.

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Yesterday, in South-West Paris, Lille secured their first Ligue 1 Championship since 1954.  James Davenport our man in Paris was there to tell us the tale from the Parc des Princes

The match was an important game for both teams; Lille needed just a point to secure top spot in the League and Paris Saint-Germain were fighting for a place in next seasons Champions League. The stage was set for an entertaining and attacking game and it certainly did not disappoint.

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Tonight league leaders Lille OSC travel south to Paris knowing that if they avoid defeat they will be crowned champions of France, for the first time since 1954. After winning the Coupe de France last weekend in the Stade de France it would be fitting if the double was secured in the same city, however defeat to Antoine Kombouare’s PSG side and a Marseille win would see the title race go to the last day of the season. Just like it did back in 1954.

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In episode 34 of the gibfootballshow podcast Andrew this week is joined by Scott Johnston and Mohamad Moallim.

This weeks topics include the Neil Lennon bomb situation in Scotland followed by a look at the SPL and this weekends Old Firm match up between Celtic and Rangers.

Mohamed runs us through the last three weeks left in the Eredivisie season. Also explains the situation in Ajax since Martin Jol left.

Mohamed then takes some questions from twitter, Andrew gives us an update on how Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France are shaping up and we wish Brent good luck in his bid to become host of World Football Daily.

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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.



Due to a very busy schedule gibfootballshow has not been able to provide Preview and Review podcasts. “Le Beau Jeu” has been on hold, hopefully it will be back shortly (Monday) to tide you French football lovers over till then, here’s a bit of a recap of all the goings on.

Brest remain top of the pile dispite their 3-1 defeat to Lille, the win moves the northerners to fifth, touching distance from the summit, to boost morale even more forward trio of Sow, Gervinho and Harzard got the goals. Romain Poyet scored Brest’s only goal his third in as many weeks.

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