Right Place, Wrong Time: A Tribute to Bafetimbi Gomis

Gomis

Watching Galatasaray’s humiliating Europa Cup elimination to Ostersunds last month, it struck me that Bafetimibi Gomis has a remarkable knack of being in the right place at the wrong time. Now 31, the French striker finds himself in Istanbul as part of a squad overhaul prompted by Gala’s wretched fourth place finish in last year’s Super Lig. There is little doubt […]

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Lyon V2.0 – a football reboot

OL preseason Gouiri Maolida

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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Le50 2017 – Maxwel Cornet

Cornet OL

Year in and year out, French football sees the rise of a bevy of talented young attackers, but such was the remarkable ascent of Ousmane Dembélé two seasons ago that the success of others went, at that time, somewhat unnoticed. Monaco’s trio of Kylian Mbappé, Thomas Lemar and Bernardo Silva have emerged from the shadows to a greater degree in […]

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Le50 2017 – Houssem Aouar

Aouar OL

While it is never wise to read too much into squad numbers, Lyon have raised more than a few eyebrows with the new recipient of their number 8 shirt, Houssem Aouar. Once worn by Juninho Pernambucano and more recently Corentin Tolisso, the shirt doesn’t quite have iconic status, but a certain weight of expectation comes with it. As Lyon prepare […]

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Le50 2017 – Lucas Tousart

Tousart OL

The Olympique Lyonnais Under-19 coach Joël Fréchet is probably as good a person as any to sum up the merits of Les Gones’ number 29, Lucas Tousart: “He is a modest, hard-working young man who knows what he wants. His profile matches the modern holding midfielder: skillful and physically strong. He is a great team player who embodies the values […]

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Le50 2017 – Mouctar Diakhaby

Diakhaby OL

What’s this? Another Olympique Lyonnais youth graduate making the step up to the first team and impressing? Wait a minute, he’s effectively stepped into the breach to replace fellow graduate Samuel Umtiti? Hang on, he’s also been a near ever-present at centre back despite Lyon possessing more experienced options in Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Nicolas Nkoulou? Who is this young man? […]

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Le50 2017 – Emanuel Mammana

Mammana OL

Over the years the nation of Argentina has gifted the world with numerous talented playmakers from Diego Maradona to Juan Román Riquelme, Ariel Ortega to some chap named Lionel Messi. They’ve also provided their fair share of cultured central defenders and if Emanuel Mammana goes on to fulfill his undoubted potential then Lyon have got themselves a player who could […]

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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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