1. All Eyes on Ligue 1 as France Win the World Cup 2018

    World Cup fever swept the nation over the past few months, and now the tournament has finished the spectators’ attentions are waiting for the next big thing. After France achieved the 1st place trophy in Russia, the interest in watching Ligue 1 clubs compete has greatly increased.

    Due to this curiosity when it comes to the French club teams, we thought we would put together this article to discuss all things French football. From the upcoming players to how the make-up of the French soccer leagues is, you will find this all out below.

    About Ligue 1 and its Influence

    Ligue 1 is the top tier league for French club teams with the Ligue 2 and Champtionnat National beneath it. Therefore, the highest scoring sides are seen in the top division compared to those of smaller lesser skilled ones.

    How the transition between these three work, is that at the end of a tournament, the bottom three teams are relegated to the league beneath it and the top 3 teams from lower leagues are promoted. And when the winners of Ligue 1 are established, these then go onto the UEFA Championships. However, due to this they often find lower level teams coasting for an easier ride by being moved to a lesser league. And there are also playoffs called Coupe de France which is a separate tournament.

    Entering the World Cup the French national side had a relatively young side with their youngest being the renowned Mbappe at 19 years old. This representation of youth players will have a fantastic influence on fans back in France who aspire to become professional top league players. As this choice of squad shows younger players that there is a great opportunity out there to progress through the rankings, this would increase their strive to progress in the football world.

    Notable Ligue 1 Players in the French National Squad

    The squad used to take on the World Cup in Russia was an excellent mixture of speed and defence, and this i

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  2. Max Gradel Joins Toulouse On Season Long Loan Deal

    21st August 2017. By Edward Stratmann.
    The future of Max Gradel has been a topic of much contention this summer, with conflicting reports regarding where he'll be plying his trade this season whirring relentlessly.

    Having not started a single Premier League game last season for Bournemouth, the injury troubled Ivory Coast international unsurprisingly attracted the interest of the likes of Toulouse and Sunderland. Eddie Howe, the Cherries manager, however, insisted the explosive winger was still very much a part of his plans for the 2017/2018 campaign, especially after his strong work in preseason. "His attitude has been so good that we would be very reluctant to lose him. He has had a good pre-season so far, he has trained very well and is an important part of our squad," Howe explained.

    "This preseason, he has shown he is back to his best. He has been really sharp and really impressive. He always has a smile on his face and he is very passionate about the game, about Bournemouth, and I have a lot of time for him."

    The rumours about his departure persisted, though, as newly relegated Sunderland rose up and became the front runner for his signature. But despite the Black Cats having an agreement with the speedster, Gradel eventually opted to return to Ligue 1 and join Toulouse on an initial loan deal, with his desire for regular first team football a key motivating factor ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

    "I understand the French league and coming back here was not a difficult decision," Gradel revealed to BBC Sport. "There was no problems or whatsoever with Bournemouth, but the chance to play regular football was too good an opportunity to turn down.

    "Even though it's tough when you are not getting regular football, but I always enjoyed support from everyone connected to the club.

    "So my decision

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  3. Wissam Ben Yedder Excels Under the Tenure of Pascal Dupraz

    30th April 2016. By Edward Stratmann.
    When Pascal Dupraz took over the managerial reigns at Toulouse at the beginning of March, he knew he had his work cut out to save le Tefece from relegation.

    With the club 19th on the table and a whopping 10 points from safety, Dupraz was eager to get stuck in and set about reversing the club's fortunes. Firstly, before he could even really get started, the 53-year-old had to overcome a major health scare that he suffered on just his second day in charge.

    "The first moments with Toulouse were tough for me, I signed on a Wednesday then collapsed on the training pitch on the Thursday. It will be remembered as part of my time here with Toulouse," Dupraz explained to the Ligue 1 Show.

    The signs were indeed ominous for the seemingly doomed club, but Dupraz's tenure has been an overwhelmingly positive one so far, especially considering the horrific rut Toulouse were in when he took over. Dupraz has overseen his side get to within just three points of safety now by taking a credible 11 points from his seven games at the helm, with the players clearly happy and willing to embrace their new boss's methods.

    "I think he has brought us together and helped us focus. Tactically, he is always on point - we know what we have to do each weekend," explained the talented Alexis Blin.

    With Dupraz adding some much needed clarity, direction and solidity to the squad, it's been fantastic to see Toulouse rally together and obtain some brilliant results, like the 4-0 demolitions of Bordeaux and Bastia, while also playing some entertaining yet well regimented football.

    Ahead of their crunch home game against Lyon at the weekend, Dupraz urged the Toulouse supporters to come out in their droves to support their team in this massive clash.

    "I call on the women of Toulouse to kick their husbands off the sofa and come and fill the stands at the Stadium against Lyon," encouraged Dupraz.

    "It's not

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  4. Toulouse FC 2015 - 2016: Can They Perform Better Than They Did Last Season?

    For Toulouse FC 2015 - 2016 is a new start following a disappointing season in 2014/15. Toulouse FC fans didn't have a lot to be happy about during the 2014 2015 football season. Their club had a decent start to the season, winning four of their first nine games and reaching as high as eighth place on the Ligue 1 standings table. But a disastrous run from October to December-they lost seven games in a single two-month period-put TFC in dire straits heading into the New Year. When all was said and done, Toulouse ended the season with a record of 12 wins, six draws, and 20 losses, and finished at 17th place on the Ligue 1 table.

    In other words, TFC managed to avoid relegation, but only narrowly. They ended the 2014 2015 campaign five points ahead of Evian and, therefore, weren't in much danger of tumbling into the red zone. Still, the poor performance resulted in the March sacking of manager Alain Casanova-who had been with the team for nearly seven years-and puts them in a tough spot as the 2015 2016 football season gets underway.

    What Went Wrong?

    The question is, what went wrong at TFC during the 2014 2015 season? What can the soccer club fix in 2015 2016 that would keep them well outside of the red zone?

    Certainly, not all of the blame can simply be placed on Casanova. After all, the French football manager never led Toulouse to a title victory, but he did have significant success with the soccer team. In 2008 2009, his first season with TFC, Casanova coached the club to a fourth-place finish in the Ligue 1. That was a tremendous jump from the previous season's 17th place finish and even earned Toulouse qualification into the Europa League.

    The 2008 2009 season was also the breakout season for French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, who scored 24 goals in 38 appearances-the highest total in the league. Playing for Olympique Marseille in 2014 2015, Gignac scored

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