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Football Travel Podcast: Scottish Football History and France

Please share:    The History of Scottish Football (00:42): Sports historian Andy Mitchell introduces us to the evolution of football in Scotland. Did a football culture exist in Scotland long before the foundation of Sheffield FC in 1857, recognised as the world’s first football club?   Introducing French Football (09:42): Agence France Presse’s Tom Williams introduces us to […]

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Football Travel: Olympique Lyonnais

Please share:France’s second city can boast a truly world class stadium. Here’s how you can plan your trip to Lyon to see “OL”.   Understated Lyon is not often the first place people may think of for a weekend break, but this elegant city on the banks of the Rhône claims to be the gastronomic […]

Football Travel: AS Saint-Etienne

Please share: The club perhaps best known for fielding Michel Platini is a big draw for football fans from across the globe. Euro 2016 venue Le Stade Geoffroy-Guichard was also the venue of that Michael Owen goal at France ’98.   L’Association Sportive Saint-Etienne Loire (ASSE) was formed in 1919, turning pro in 1933. ‘Les […]

OGC Nice

Football Travel: OGC Nice

Please share: For one of the easiest travel-football experiences you could want in a brand new stadium, check out OGC Nice on the Côte d’Azur.   I feel sorry for the French Ligue 1. It’s Europe’s sixth most-attended league, and yet has just one European Cup to show for it; that great Marseilles team of […]

Whatever Happened to… Joël Bats?

Please share:The 1980s were great for flamboyant goalkeepers. The spaghetti-legged Grobbelaar of Liverpool, the outrageous Harald Schumacher of Germany, and then there was Joël Bats of France. I recently came within 10 metres of the great man, thus answering a question I could had never previously asked: Whatever happened to Joël Bats? What? You don’t […]