Archive for category: Europa League

Europa League Last 16 : Lyon v Viktoria Plzen

Europa League Last 16 : Lyon v Viktoria Plzen

Yet again, Lyon have Thursday Night FootballTM with a key Ligue 1 match looming just behind it; yet again, Remi Garde has to try to keep several plates spinning simultaneously. As they prepare to welcome Viktoria Plzen to Gerland, with injuries to Gourcuff and Grenier ruling them out and Henri […]

The six-way race for Europe is coming to the boil

The six-way race for Europe is coming to the boil

With 11 rounds left to play until the curtain falls on the 2013-2014 season, the race for Le Championnat is pretty much over. Except for a major cataclysm at the Camp des Loges, Paris will secure back-to-back Ligue 1 victories, as AS Monaco manager Claudio Ranieri himself admitted before facing […]

Europa League: Lyon v Chernomorets Odessa

Europa League: Lyon v Chernomorets Odessa

This Thursday, Lyon welcome Chernomorets Odessa to the Stade Gerland for their seizièmes de finale second leg, after a goalless draw in Ukraine last week. There was much talk before the first leg about the squad selected by Remi Garde, with a choix entraineur list so long it didn’t fit on L’Equipe’s […]

Bordeaux v Maccabi Tel-Aviv: Europa League Preview

Bordeaux v Maccabi Tel-Aviv: Europa League Preview

Perhaps the only comforting thought for Francis Gillot regarding Thursday night’s match is that he doesn’t have to face Frankfurt again for a few weeks. Next up are the Israeli champions and league leaders Maccabi Tel-Avi. With the hosts languishing just outside the relegation places in Ligue 1, it should […]

Lyon v Vitoria de Guimaraes: Europa League Preview

Lyon v Vitoria de Guimaraes: Europa League Preview

First travels to meet second in Group I in the second week of the Europa League group stage but oddly neither side are demonstrating the sort of form that suggests they might be back again next year. After rather fortuitously escaping their game on the weekend against Lille with a […]

Lyon hold strong as Bordeaux crumble in Frankfurt

Lyon hold strong as Bordeaux crumble in Frankfurt

Eintracht Frankfurt 3 – 0 Bordeaux  When the teams were announced, there was a slight suspicion that Francis Gillot was more worried about addressing les Girondins’ league position and preparing for the trip to Lorient this weekend. Having scored only three goals in five games, none of the scorers were […]

Sleeping with the enemy: French and English clubs do battle in Europe

Sleeping with the enemy: French and English clubs do battle in Europe

Entente cordiale? This week the Champions League gets into gear with the start of the group stages and match-day one sees an Anglo-French match-up in the shape of Olympique de Marseille taking on Arsenal at the Vélodrome. In this piece, we will look other similar memorable games involving sides from […]

Wouldn’t it be Nice: European dream is Apoll-ON

Wouldn’t it be Nice: European dream is Apoll-ON

After a winless preseason and a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Lyon during the opening weekend, Nice welcomed Rennes to the Stade du Ray badly in need of a positive performance. Though fans were banned due to their use of flares during the final home match last season, Nice […]