Boredeaux!

FC Nantes commenced the new season with a woeful 0-0 draw away against 10-man Bordeaux last night. Mehdi Zerkane was harshly sent off on his professional debut for the home club who had inexplicably installed their new manager only eleven days ago. Bordeaux hadn’t even been able to play under their new boss due toContinue reading “Boredeaux!”

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”

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!”

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?”

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!”

The Premier League is Back!

Premier League football returns tomorrow. Fans will be able to follow on TV (Including free to air), radio and online text. I’ve really enjoyed watching highlights of Germany’s Bundesliga since its restart. I know that a lot of people are disappointed by the lack of atmosphere. Some people think that matches have a training groundContinue reading “The Premier League is Back!”

Simon the Fans’ Favourite!

Moses Simon has been recognised by FC Nantes fans by being awarded the Player of the Season award for the 2019-20 campaign. Simon said “I dedicate this moment to by beloved wife…”. The Nigerian born Levante loanee contributed 8 goals and 5 assists in 28 appearances across league and cup competitions before Ligue 1 reachedContinue reading “Simon the Fans’ Favourite!”

Chirivella a Canary?

Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella looks set to sign for FC Nantes on a three-year-contract in what would be a fantastic coup for Les Canaris. Chirivella, who spent nearly a decade in hometown Valencia’s youth set-up winning 15 Spain under-17 caps for good measure, would add significant quality to an at best mediocre Nantes team. ChirivellaContinue reading “Chirivella a Canary?”