Europa League Play-Off : NK Domzale v Olympique Marseille

Germain hatttick v Oostende

Marseille continue their European campaign with a 1,000km trip* to Ljubljana to face Slovenian cup-winners NK Domzale in the first leg of the play-offs, in fairly sprightly mood. Beating Belgium’s Oostende 4-2 on aggregate in the 3rd qualifying round was pleasing enough, but seeing new acquisition Valere Germain score a hat-trick on his debut in the home tie was even more […]

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France in Europe 2017

European Destinations 2017

It’s the Champions’ League final today – which sadly will not feature a French participant. Similarly in the Europa League, a French team reached the semi-final – but went no further. However – how far did the French teams actually go, in European competition this season? Our attention was drawn to this cool infographic (see below) that rounded up the […]

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Europa League Preview : Olympique Lyonnais v Ajax

OL fail v Ajax

OL. Oh dear. Oh well. A 4-1 defeat in their semi-final first leg against Ajax gives les Gones a mountain to climb when they still seem a decent bet to trip over their own feet if the opportunity presents itself. It was a heavy defeat, despite the best efforts of Anthony Lopes, who made 12 (twelve) saves, the most in any […]

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Europa League Preview : Ajax v Olympique Lyonnais

OL beat Besiktas

Given everything Lyon have been through recently, it seems slightly ironic – if not portentous – that their next game is against a character from the Iliad. Fourth in Ligue 1, the last couple of weeks for OL have seen them losing 4-1 at home to Lorient, losing any chance of the Champions League next season, their fans taking to […]

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Europa League Preview : Besiktas v Olympique Lyonnais

Morel v Besiktas

It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for Lyon. First they contrived to lose 4-1 at home to Lorient, who had only just managed to drag themselves off the bottom of the table, with a series of defensive screw-ups, and after an ill-judged-in-retrospect Lions v Fish tweet from Memphis. Then the first leg against Besiktas saw kick-off delayed by 45 […]

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Europa League Preview : Roma v Lyon

Lacaz v Roma crop

The first leg of this clash ended 4-2 to Lyon, but there were some nervy moments as Roma went in at half-time 2-1 up, and let’s face it, nobody in France right now is looking at first-leg scorelines and going “ooh, comfortable“. Things started well at the Parc OL as break-out centre back Mouctar Diakhaby opened the scoring inside ten minutes […]

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Europa League Preview : Lyon v Roma

Dzeko v Lacaz

Thursday night, and Lyon are the last French team standing in the Europa League after another traditionally shaky set of performances from the Ligue 1 contingent: LOSC didn’t make it through the qualifying rounds, Nice didn’t make it out of the group, and Saint-Etienne didn’t make it past Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who must feature in Stephane Ruffier’s nightmares. OL, of course, […]

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