Lyon 2.0: Is The Reboot Turning Into An Upgrade?

Fekir v ASSE

“The times they are a-changin’,” a wise, well-known musician once mused, and in the case of Olympique Lyonnais perhaps things are “changin’” for the better. The Great OL Turnover This time last season Lyon’s starting eleven against Angers going into the winter break lined up like this: Lopes, Yanga-Mbiwa, Diakhaby, Jallet, Morel, Gonalons, Tousart, Lacazette, Ghezzal, Fekir and Valbuena. 12 […]

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Coupe de la Ligue 8emes – goalkeeping heroics and officiating fails

Rennes v OM CDL

This midweek saw the Coupe de la Ligue huitiemes (round of 16) as the European teams joined in with a schedule featuring only one survivor from Ligue 2, lanterne rouge Tours. The junior cup competition in France may not be the most intriguing, and with the European teams having played twice a week since the international break, and two Ligue […]

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Champions League and Europa League Draws: All Winnable, All Losable

PSG v LOSC

This week’s draw for the first knock-out stage of the Champions League and Europa League handed the four remaining French teams some intriguing ties. None are straightforward, all are losable, but they are all winnable too, and will provide a good challenge to PSG, Lyon, Nice and Marseille. PSG vs Real Madrid It’s probably a safe assumption that this would […]

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Europa Preview : Lyon, Marseille and Nice all still second

Konyaspor v OM

The final round of the Europa league sees only one game that will decide if a French team goes through, as Marseille host Salzburg in Group I. Elsewhere as predicted it’s a straight shoot-out between Atalanta and Lyon for top spot in Group E, as they are level on 11 points with the Italian team ahead on goal difference, and Nice travel […]

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FFW Podcast : Midweek Football and Project Monaco

ASM v PSG

With a midweek round going on all around them, Kris is joined by Jez and Phil to discuss PSG’s increasing lead, Lyon’s increasing goal difference, Caen v Bordeaux, Ligue 2, and Project Monaco v3.0. There’s also a nod to Les Bleues’ recent matches, Bielsa in a cafe, early shouts for goalkeeper of the year, and Kris forgets what Jez is called again. […]

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Europa Preview : Nice, Marseille and Lyon all in second place

OL v Everton

The group stages of the European competitions are getting to the interesting bit, so while Monaco have fairly fundamentally screwed up their Champions League campaign while PSG are cheerfully laying waste to all before them so far, the Europa League teams are all sitting in second place in their groups after four games. Group K – OGC Nice v Zulte Waregem […]

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FFW Podcast : Leaves on the Line

Fekir shirt tribute crop

After a day’s delay, with Kris out injured, Phil, Jez and Rich get together to discuss Amiens, Lille, Fekir, Nice, Monaco and the upcoming Breton Derby, before a large chunk of the pod is rendered redundant as Bielsa is “momentarily suspended” shortly after we finish recording. If you have any questions for next week, send them over on Twitter @FrenchFtWeekly, or leave a comment […]

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FFW Podcast : Everybody wants to see that kind of thing

Fekir v ASSE

The team is back as Kris is joined by Phil, Jez and Rich to discuss the Rhone Derby, and whether we want to see that kind of thing, if PSG are the best team in Europe at the moment, Monaco’s recent form, and whether Metz are doomed. Also tops and flops, why OL are kicking off at 6am in the […]

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