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!”

Career Watch: Luca Gagliano

Welcome to a new feature that’s somewhat of an expanded version of One to Watch. In years to come, I intend to provide at least a brief update of how the future (Or past!) has panned out for all those players to have featured in my One to Watch Series. In Career Watch, I’ll goContinue reading “Career Watch: Luca Gagliano”

One to Watch: #8) Iñaki Williams

It’s hard not to be drawn to the story of a footballer whose parents walked over 5,000km and traversed the Sahara Desert on foot. That footballer is Inaki Williams. 21 goals in 32 games for Bilbao Athletic was, not surprisingly, the kind of goal scoring exploits that earned the now 26-year-old Williams promotion to AthleticContinue reading “One to Watch: #8) Iñaki Williams”

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!”

FIFA 19: Career Mode – AFC Bournemouth – Season’s End!

The final five games of my first season in charge of The Cherries were fraught with danger as we got sucked into a relegation battle that we thought we’d done enough to avoid! We lost 2-0 at Brighton, missing a plethora of second half chances to complete an ugly 5-0 season aggregate at the handsContinue reading “FIFA 19: Career Mode – AFC Bournemouth – Season’s End!”

FIFA 19: Career Mode – AFC Bournemouth – The Artists!

Formerly known as The Cherries they now call us The Artists… because we like to draw! 1-0 to the good against struggling Manchester City courtesy of the instrumental Lewis Cook’s third goal of the season, we literally threw the lead away from a throw-in, allowing Kevin de Bruyne to equalise. There then followed three consecutiveContinue reading “FIFA 19: Career Mode – AFC Bournemouth – The Artists!”

FIFA 19: Career Mode – AFC Bournemouth – Goal Shy!

Following the conclusion of the January transfer window, we commenced February with a comfortable 2-0 win at home to struggling Cardiff City. Top scorer Josh King scored both goals to take his season tally to 8. In truth, we’ve should’ve scored 8! There then followed a frustrating run of results where King and co. couldn’tContinue reading “FIFA 19: Career Mode – AFC Bournemouth – Goal Shy!”

FIFA 19: Career Mode – AFC Bournemouth – King Shows Character/Bird Flies In!

Matchday twenty in the Premier League ended in a heartbreaking defeat at Old Trafford. Having fallen behind in the first half, our ex-Man Utd frontman Josh King ended a barren spell in-front of goal by finishing off a great team move early in the second half to level the score. Anthony Martial restored the homeContinue reading “FIFA 19: Career Mode – AFC Bournemouth – King Shows Character/Bird Flies In!”