One to Watch: #10) Runar Runarsson

Just the mention of an Icelandic player is enough to send shivers down the spine of England fans. To their relief however, it’s more likely to be French football fans witnessing Dijon goalkeeper Runar Runarsson in action. The 5-cap Icelander finished the curtailed campaign between the sticks in Ligue 1 but faces serious competition fromContinue reading “One to Watch: #10) Runar Runarsson”

Career Watch: #3) Luca Gagliano

Luca Gagliano made his first professional start last night as Cagliari hosted newly crowned Serie A champions Juventus at Sardegna Arena. With only eight minutes on the clock the youngster had notched his first career goal, instinctively poking the ball past Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon. By half-time Gagliano had provided the assist for Giovanni SimeoneContinue reading “Career Watch: #3) Luca Gagliano”

One to Watch: #9) Helder Costa

Newly promoted Leeds United have signed Portuguese midfielder Helder Costa on a permanent deal from Wolverhampton Wanderers following an encouraging loan spell. £14m is no small sum but aged 26, Costa, who has been capped at various youth levels for Portugal (61 caps!) and scored on his only outing for the full national side, hasContinue reading “One to Watch: #9) Helder Costa”

Ligue 1 is Back… well, almost!

Ligue 1 will soon be back so you can get your French football fix! You know all about Neymar and Mbappe etc but Left Back Footy presents some lesser known players to look out for… Walter Benitez – Nice 27-year-old Argentinian shot stopper Benitez kept an astonishing 16 clean sheets in 35 appearances last season.Continue reading “Ligue 1 is Back… well, almost!”

Career Watch: #2) Luca Gagliano

Left Back Footy’s Career Watch prodigy Luca Gagliano debuted for Cagliari yesterday in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Lazio. Six minutes on the pitch in Rome was enough to make some kind person put in the effort to create a Wikipedia page for the young frontman… https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luca_Gagliano The Alghero born forward turned 20Continue reading “Career Watch: #2) Luca Gagliano”

What are FC Nantes’ Ambitions?

I’ve followed my wife’s hometown club for about a decade now and my frustration is growing. The club are perceived to be one of the better run establishments in France. They have a history of developing homegrown players but the likes of Leo Dubois and Valentin Rongier now seem set to be followed out theContinue reading “What are FC Nantes’ Ambitions?”

Jack Charlton 1935-2020

England World Cup winner and former Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton has passed away at the age of 85. Those two snippets of information alone are almost enough to ensure that Charlton’s contribution to football isn’t underestimated. Only eleven men have ever walked onto a field and won a World Cup for England. ItContinue reading “Jack Charlton 1935-2020”

Au Revoir Maxime!

Goalkeeper Maxime Dupé has departed Nantes and signed for relegated Toulouse. Dupé made 45 league appearances for Les Canaris but was never able to fully convince when deputising for the likes of Remy Riou and Ciprian Tatarusanu. Dupé did however impress (8 clean sheets) whilst on loan at Clermont Foot last season and will againContinue reading “Au Revoir Maxime!”

One to Watch: #9) Adrien Thomasson

26-year-old Adrien Thomasson was a regular in the Nantes side when I really got in the habit of following my wife’s home team. Like most of the players in yellow, he was frustrating to watch. He could clearly play but just like Adryan, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, Emiliano Sala and the rest, putting the ball in theContinue reading “One to Watch: #9) Adrien Thomasson”

Following FC Nantes… for my sins!

A decade ago in a far away land, I met a French woman who would later become my wife. She couldn’t be from Paris or even Lyon though could she… she’s from Nantes! As a result, I’ve spent a ten years watching a conveyor belt of players wearing yellow shirts running around like headless chickens!Continue reading “Following FC Nantes… for my sins!”