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 By Ian Holyman
Aug 6, 2014

Sochaux not giving up on L1 hopes

Lens fans eventually saw their Ligue 1 status confirmed, though it may come at the expense of Sochaux.

Sochaux have announced they will ask to be reinstated in Ligue 1 after they feel they were treated unfairly by French football authorities.

Relegated after finishing 18th in the top flight last season, Sochaux were the likely beneficiaries if Lens did not win their battle to have their promotion as the 2013/14 Ligue 2 runners-up validated.

Having twice seen their arguments rejected by the DNCG, the body which oversees the financial well-being of clubs, due to a shortfall in their budget, Lens were...

Jul 15, 2014

RC Lens banned from joining Ligue 1

RC Lens will remain in Ligue 2 next season after their promotion was denied.

Newly promoted French club RC Lens will be prohibited from joining Ligue 1 this season because of financial concerns.

The National Directorate of Management Control (DNCG), which oversees French clubs, denied Lens' appeal on Tuesday, meaning the team who finished second in Ligue 2 last season will return to the second division.

The DNCG had concerns that Azerbaijani owner Hafiz Mammadov had not put enough money into the team for it to succeed at the next level, and asked for 10 million euros to...

By ESPN Staff
Apr 1, 2014

Vincent Nogueira doesn't rule out switch

Philadelphia Union midfielder Vincent Nogueira moved to the MLS to escape the goldfish-bowl pressure of playing for his local club in France, Nogueira told L'Equipe.

"It's a choice that goes beyond sport, almost philosophical. Sochaux gave me a comfortable future, and this life is the one I wanted. I can't complain. But sometimes I get the impression I missed out on something," Nogueira, who has scored once in four MLS outings, explained.

Born in nearby Besancon, Nogueira, 26, joined Ligue 1 outfit...

Jan 22, 2014

Nice survive nine-goal thriller

Nice overcame Marseille 5-4 in a thrilling Mediterranean derby to book their place in the last 16 of the Coupe de France on Tuesday night.

Nice's Christian Bruls celebrates after scoring against Marseille.
Nice's Christian Bruls celebrates after scoring against Marseille.

The all-Ligue 1 tie was the clear pick of the night's action and more than lived up to its billing as both defences took the night off at Stade Velodrome.

The opening minutes gave a clue as to what was to come, with Marseille going ahead in the third minute...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Aug 11, 2013

Monaco off to winning start

Emmanuel Riviere threatened to upstage Monaco's expensive summer imports in Saturday's 2-0 victory at Bordeaux - but €60 million man Radamel Falcao had the last word.
Big-money summer signing Radamel Falcao scored on his competitive debut for Monaco.
Lyon cruised to a 4-0 thrashing of Nice.
A bumper crowd at the Stade Chaban Delmas came both to usher in the new Ligue 1 season and to check out the wealth of talent recruited by ambitious Monaco in the few months since their promotion in May.
Falcao was the star attraction while James...