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Audio: The week in French sports

Text by Emmanuel VERSACE

Latest update : 2011-01-31

Every Monday, "Le Sportcast" brings you the latest news in French sports. In this first edition, we look at Ligue 1 club upsets at the French Cup, the European campaign for Top 14 clubs and French failures at the Australian Open.



In this first episode of "Le Sportcast", FRANCE 24 sport correspondent Louis Massie, France24.com's rugby expert Thibault Lieurade and France24.com sport editor Emmanuel Versace discuss the latest French sport news with Etienne Michon (Backpagefootball.com) from Lyon.


Football

France’s elite "Ligue 1" clubs have suffered a number of embarrassing setbacks in the ongoing French Cup. This past weekend, the round of 32 saw the early exit of Brest, Lyon and Bordeaux. These are disappointing losses for the clubs and critics are starting to wave their fingers, looking for someone to blame. It’s just not exactly clear who.

While in Brest and Lyon the critics may still be searching for a culprit, in Bordeaux the spotlight is shining bright on embattled coach Jean Tigana. The Girondins haven’t won a match since November 21, and any losing streak that lasts this long often comes back to haunt the manager. As far as the French sports newspaper L’Equipe is concerned, the answer is pretty clear as to what should happen next, but is he really the one to blame for Bordeaux’s dismal performance? Lyon-based sports analyst Etienne Michon recently Tweeted his disappointment with Bordeaux and joins us on "Le Sportcast" to tell us why.

Rugby

Just as in 2010, four French clubs have qualified for the H-Cup finals. Perpignan will face Jonny Wilkinson’s Toulon and Biarritz will play title-holder Stade Toulouse in a rematch of last year's final. In an effort to attract even larger crowds this year, both matches will be played on April 9 in the Spanish cities of San Sebastian and Barcelona. That means none of the French squads will compete on home turf until the final. France 24.com's rugby specialist Thibault Lieurade tells us why he thinks this actually helps the French clubs' chances of winning the title.


Tennis

For the first time in 19 years, no French players made it to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. From Gael Monfils’ extravagance to Aravane Rezai’s overly competitive father, we’ll look at what went wrong down under.

 

Date created : 2011-01-24

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