Lyon V2.0 – a football reboot

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Three seasons ago a young, exciting Olympique Lyonnais team filled with homegrown talent and coached by Hubert Fournier threatened to upset the PSG juggernaut and knock the Parisians off their perch as champions. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Les Gones but there was a genuine sense of excitement at what a side featuring the likes Anthony Lopes, Alexandre Lacazette, […]

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Clement Grenier to Roma : From Lyon to i Lupi

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As far as farewell goals go, Clément Grenier’s strike against Bourg-en-Bresse Péronnas is as distant and lowkey as you’ll find.  Set against the backdrop of the French national team’s Euro 2016 campaign, the one-time international stepped up in a friendly match to caress a trademark free kick into the opponent’s net leaving the poor goalkeeper rooted to the spot. The […]

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Memphis Blues: Can Depay Relaunch His Career At Lyon?

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“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some become strong at the broken places.” Ernest Hemmingway There’s a Japanese art form known as kintsugi which is the reconstruction of shattered pottery with lacquer mixed with gold. The idea is to recognize the beauty in broken things and embrace the damage. If any player is in need of a footballing version of […]

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Rachid Ghezzal – Standing At A Crossroad

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Following the career of Rachid Ghezzal feels similar to watching a mystery filled with plot twists. Just when you think the story has finally settled there’s a sudden, sharp deviation that puts one’s mind in a spin; so much so that a sense of distrust builds whenever normality peeps its head over the parapet. Ghezzal’s career at Olympique Lyonnais has […]

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Corentin Tolisso: Heir to the Lyon Fortune

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In a parallel football universe there may well be a version of Corentin Tolisso plying his trade in Serie A wearing the famous sky blue shirt of Napoli. Maybe he’s reveling in the new climes of Italy’s top flight; conversely the midfielder could be kicking his heels on the bench pondering the merits of his move to Naples. It’s actually […]

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Le Coeur de Lyon: What Does the Future Hold for OL?

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Another game, another win, it’s all starting to get a bit hum-drum and predictable for Bruno Génésio’s Olympique Lyonnais, not that anyone connected with OL will mind. The defeat of Montpellier was a fifth win in six league games, a run that began by ending the unbeaten streak of the champions Paris Saint-Germain. The goals are flowing, the points are […]

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Hatem Ben Arfa: His Best Friend and His Own Worst Enemy

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He has frustrated about as many fans that have revelled in his brilliance. Thariq Amir looks at both sides of OGC Nice’s Hatem Ben Arfa. For a player whose who has never quite realised his outrageous potential Hatem Ben Arfa has quite the medal collection.  He’s won five Ligue 1 titles, the Coupe de France, the Coupe de la Ligue and […]

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The Rapid Demise of Lyon and Hubert Fournier

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Just like pulling off a plaster, Jean-Michel Aulas waited for the unexpected moment to call time on Hubert Fournier’s reign as manager of Olympique Lyonnais. Everyone knew it was coming, but to officially announce the decision on Christmas Eve is classic, no-nonsense Aulas. The announcement was followed up with the news that Fournier’s assistant, Bruno Genesio will take charge of […]

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