How Messi became the latest superstar dragged into PSG’s ‘player power’ row

The quality of the Paris Saint-Germain squad cannot be questioned but on occasion the attitude has been. The invisible work that the best teams and individuals do away from the field is not always evident at the French capital club, where some players have earned a reputation for living life in the fast lane and … Read more

Messi’s worst start in 15 years – Why is Paris Saint-Germain’s star signing struggling to settle in France?

When Lionel Messi hastily completed his summer move to Paris Saint-Germain on August 10, he probably did not expect that nearly three months on he would still be waiting for his first Ligue 1 goal. Adapting to the Champions League with his new side has not proven a problem. He has scored three goals in … Read more

Hugo Ekitike: Europe’s top teenage goalscorer out to emulate Mbappe

If you’re planning a football-based quiz to pass the time with family and friends around the New Year period, then one question sure to stump any supporters who do not follow Ligue 1 closely is: ‘Who is the top scoring teenager in Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues through the first half of the 2021-22 season?’ The … Read more

The beginning of the end? PSG claim 10th Ligue 1 title amid acrimony and uncertainty

Paris Saint-Germain’s record-equalling 10th league title should have been the cause of much jubilation in Parc des Princes but instead it was simply reason for much soul searching. The 16-point advantage that PSG boast over second-placed Marseille does not reflect their struggles in many matches this season, and it was in some ways fitting that … Read more

No bonuses and a mass exodus – How PSG-conquering Lille’s Ligue 1 champions fell apart

The gloss has quickly worn off Lille’s Ligue 1 title win – a remarkable underdog upset which left Paris Saint-Germain in second place at the end of last season – and the fruits of that success are unravelling under a new regime. On the pitch, Lille were deserved title winners, but off the pitch, there … Read more

Elye Wahi: Meet the top teenage goalscorer in Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues

The top-scoring teenager in Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues in 2021-22? Unless you have been paying particular attention to French football this season, it is not an easy question to answer. Despite marking the first day of May with his 10th league goal of the campaign, Elye Wahi’s performances for Montpellier have gone under the radar … Read more

PSG vs Lyon: A game about much more than the Women’s Champions League final

When Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon meet in the second leg of their Women’s Champions League semi-final on Saturday night, it will be the 54th meeting between these two French rivals. However, despite the latter only coming out 3-2 winners in last week’s very competitive first leg, for a long time, they were not rivals. Indeed, … Read more

PSG vs Lyon: A game about much more than the Women’s Champions League final

When Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon meet in the second leg of their Women’s Champions League semi-final on Saturday night, it will be the 54th meeting between these two French rivals. However, despite the latter only coming out 3-2 winners in last week’s very competitive first leg, for a long time, they were not rivals. Indeed, … Read more

Four league goals and booed by his own fans: Has Messi’s first PSG season really been that bad?

With just four Ligue 1 goals to his name, and with four matches remaining of the 2021-22 season, this is Lionel Messi as we have never seen him before. At Barcelona, ​​the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner regularly hit astronomical goal tallies. For 12 seasons in succession at Camp Nou, Messi scored at least 25 league … Read more

Lyon’s win over PSG sends message to Barcelona as they book place in UWCL final

A little less than a year ago, Lyon relinquished their Women’s Champions League title for the first time since their relentless run of five successive triumphs began in 2016. Next month, though, they will go to Turin to do battle with the Barcelona team that took it from them, having overcome Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 at … Read more