The third leg of the FFW team that got this website up and running. A fellow Scot like Andrew, just proves the Scottish definitely know their football.
I’m Jason and I’m a fan of Olympique Lyonnais. I live in Lanarkshire, Scotland and I am a qualified linguist and teacher by trade. I have spent extended periods living abroad, particularly in France where some of my family originates from. It is thanks to this connection that I grew interested in the world of French football, selecting the team from where I lived during my time in the country. I could see the Stade de Gerland from my balcony window and was able to soak up the match day experience as a result – whether at the match or not! I have a strong interest in all things French, especially the football. This was a passion which further developed when studying modern languages and cultures at university. I write as a columnist and editor for French Football Weekly having joined the team last year, and I also cover French football on a weekly basis for STV in Scotland.
My favourite all-time player in Ligue 1 is Juninho Pernambucano who made his name playing for Olympique Lyonnais. His free-kicks are still the stuff of legend in France and the team have clearly missed his midfield magic since he moved on from the side. It could be argued that Juninho’s ability to spread possession, shoot from distance and his set-piece ability were the reason why Lyon were so successful over the 2000s.
This year I believe Paris Saint-Germain will be crowned Champions of France, which was also my (inaccurate) prediction for last year. I believe that their financial muscle will begin to make an impact this season, having come close to clinching the title last year. Their spending power over the summer months has been impressive and it is difficult to rule them out with the amount of class talent they now have at their disposal. Players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva should, in theory, prove to be the basis of their success this year.
I think the domestic cups may be headed to one of the teams who regularly fight it out for a Europa League spot. Teams like Rennes and St Etienne may look to make their mark on the Coupe de France and the Coupe de la Ligue this season but the lower-league sides cannot be ruled out when looking at their achievements of last season. Lyon were taken the distance by Quevilly in the Coupe de France and some of these smaller sides may look to more potential giant-killings this year.
It will be interesting to see the impact of the French sides in European competition. Last season saw a disappointing show from the French sides in both the Champions League and Europa League competitions but their chances could be a lot better now.
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