Ligue 1: The Battle for Europe

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PSG secured their fourth consecutive title last month, so as they motor gently onwards, unencumbered by any distractions, focus turns to the battle for who will join them in Europe next season. This is slightly complicated by the fact that PSG could also win the Coupe de France, so at this point it’s not clear if sixth in the league […]

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Le50 2016: Aldo Kalulu – Olympique Lyonnais

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Heading into Lyon’s fourth home match of the season, against Bastia, with the team still winless at the Gerland and missing Nabil Fekir who had just sustained a serious knee injury, coach Hubert Fournier needed to do something different. He gave 19-year-old Aldo Kalulu his first start. Less than 20 minutes in and Fournier’s gamble had already paid off. A […]

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Le50 2016: Corentin Tolisso – Olympique Lyonnais

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The gesture was strangely familiar. After volleying a late equaliser for Lyon against Marseille, Corentin Tolisso immediately turned to the Lyon fans, one hand on his heart/badge, the other raised in apology for his derby-losing error the previous week. Tolisso had done likewise last year, after scoring against Reims, again a week after a poor showing in the derby. But […]

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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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Montpellier v Lyon: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 33

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This weekend’s fixtures open with a match between Montpellier and Lyon at the Stade de la Mosson. It’s a capital match for both teams for differing reasons and has the added attraction that they both welcome back returning heroes. Montpellier have been battling around the bottom quarter of the table all season and – despite only three defeats in 10 matches […]

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Rennes v Lyon: Ligue 1 Preview – Week 30

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As we come to the business end of the season, every game takes on a higher level of importance and with the league being so widely spread, an opportunity to take points off a rival cannot be missed. Sunday evening’s game sees Rennes host Lyon and it could go a long way in deciding who claims a place in the […]

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PSG Stunned by Lyon in First Defeat of Ligue 1 Season

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They’ve done it, they’ve finally done it…that’s right, Stade de Reims scored four goals in a game for the first time since the end of August. Oh! You thought I meant Paris Saint-Germain finally losing to Lyon – ok, that was better. Let’s start at the Stade des Lumières. Lyon, with a whole host of players missing through injury and […]

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Olympique Lyonnais v Paris Saint-Germain: Ligue 1 Preview + Predictions

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When Laurent Blanc’s team travelled to the Stade Gerland last season the Ligue 1 landscape was much different, as Paris Saint-Germain trailed Olympique Lyonnais by two points. They would ultimately overcome their challengers and now, 12 months later, there are no challengers. Although Lyon go into the weekend in fifth place, just two points off the Champions League places, they […]

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