Lyon Youngster Interesting Celtic and the Premier League

Lyon Youngster Interesting Celtic and the Premier League

Reports have emerged within the French press tonight that suggest Scottish champions Celtic and a host of English Premier League teams are interested in Olympique Lyonnais and Morocco under-23 international Fahd Moufi. According to sources at Foot Mercato, the 19-year-old right-back is also attracting attention from a number of Les Gones’ Ligue 1 rivals. The promising youth prospect is said to be hopeful of signing a first professional contract with his current club which would…

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The Melancholy of Yoann Gourcuff

The Melancholy of Yoann Gourcuff

Arguably the biggest Ligue 1 enigma of recent years is Yoann Gourcuff. Practically unplayable on his day, particularly in leading Bordeaux to the title in 2009, those days have been too few and far between during his time at Lyon. As recently as last month, matchdays 28 to 30 provided a resumé of Gourcuff’s whole Lyon career in microcosm: superb against Montpellier, laying on two great assists; missing from the squad to play Marseille with…

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Postmortem on Nabil Fekir’s decision to pick France over Algeria

Postmortem on Nabil Fekir’s decision to pick France over Algeria

A few months ago, Nabil Bentaleb spoke about his decision to play for the Algerian national team. Bentaleb explained, ‘When I was younger and I used to watch matches on TV and France lost, I didn’t cry. But when Algeria lost, I would cry for hours.’ In late February Nabil Fekir made a very different declaration. He said, ‘I’ll announce my decision (to play for a national team) at the end of March. I’ll choose what’s best…

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Nabil Fekir Picks France: Where Will Deschamps Use Him?

Nabil Fekir Picks France: Where Will Deschamps Use Him?

The front page of Tuesday’s L’Equipe featured Olympique Lyonnais forward Nabil Fekir, confirming his decision to play for the country of his birth, France, over Algeria, the country where his parents were born. Front page of L’Equipe today. Fekir has made his decision. #FRA #OL pic.twitter.com/GnS3rIsY0o — FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) March 10, 2015 It is wonderful news for France as Fekir follows in the footsteps of Zinedine Zidane and Karim Benzema in choosing Les Bleus over Les…

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What Arsenal, Spurs and the Premier League can learn from Lyon

What Arsenal, Spurs and the Premier League can learn from Lyon

A hushed silence settled over the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night as Arsenal were stunned by Ligue 1 side AS Monaco in the first-leg of their Champions League last 16 tie. The London club still have a chance to turn things round in the second-leg, but the plaudits have to go to Monaco’s young side and the risks taken by Portuguese Coach Leonardo Jardim. Monaco had a 20-year-old defender, Wallace, playing in the middle, 18-year-old Almamy Touré…

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Le Grand Choc Féminin : PSG v OL

Le Grand Choc Féminin : PSG v OL

Tonight sees a match that could decide the Division 1 title and see it go somewhere other than Lyon for the first time since… (reaches for archive folder) 2006 when Juvisy took the honours. PSG welcome OL to Charlety and the situation could not be closer. PSG currently top the table with 73 points, but given their continuing involvement in the WCL, are actually ahead of schedule, having played 19 games – two more than Lyon…

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FC Lorient v Olympique Lyonnais: Preview – Week 25

FC Lorient v Olympique Lyonnais: Preview – Week 25

The final match of this weekend has the feel of a must-win match for both Lorient and Lyon. Whilst a Lyon win would put them four points clear at the top after Marseille and PSG could only manage draws, les Merlus are now only one point and one place above the relegation zone, and could urgently do with a little breathing space. Despite their plight, Lorient’s recent from is not too bad: after four straight defeats around…

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Arsenal Looking To Steal One of Lyon’s Crown Jewels

Arsenal Looking To Steal One of Lyon’s Crown Jewels

Behind the 21 goals of Alexandre Lacazette, Olympique Lyonnais are top of Ligue 1 after 24 weeks, but he is not the only player making an impact this season. Nabil Fekir has almost come from nowhere to take France by storm. On Tuesday, British Newspaper The Sun has linked the 21-year-old with a summer move to Arsenal. With eight goals and five assists this season, it’s no surprise to see the young forward linked with…

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