Europa League Preview : Lyon v AZ

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Lyon’s occasionally confusing season continues with a home return tie into which they bring a 4-1 lead after a reasonably comprehensive battering of AZ in Alkmaar last week. Even the ‘1’ was described by L’Equipe as “un penalty inexistant” after Levi Garcia fell over but Emanuel Mammana got the blame. At that point Lyon were 3-0 up through Lucas Tousart’s first senior […]

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Europa League Previews – AZ v OL and Manchester United v Saint Etienne

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Ah, the Europa League. In the qualifying rounds you can find your Game of Thrones name by sticking a pin in the fixture list, and France usually lose a team (Lille, this year). In the group stages, this is often made up by somebody dropping out of C1 qualifying (well done Monaco for bucking that trend, as well as many others, this season). […]

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FFW Podcast : wow PSG

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Phil, Jeremy and Rich look back on PSG’s 4-0 win over Barcelona – Barcelona – in the Champions League, review the last three rounds of Ligue 1 and look ahead to the Europa League and the next league round. The podcast is available on… SOUNDCLOUD

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Clement Grenier to Roma : From Lyon to i Lupi

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As far as farewell goals go, Clément Grenier’s strike against Bourg-en-Bresse Péronnas is as distant and lowkey as you’ll find.  Set against the backdrop of the French national team’s Euro 2016 campaign, the one-time international stepped up in a friendly match to caress a trademark free kick into the opponent’s net leaving the poor goalkeeper rooted to the spot. The […]

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Memphis Blues: Can Depay Relaunch His Career At Lyon?

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“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some become strong at the broken places.” Ernest Hemmingway There’s a Japanese art form known as kintsugi which is the reconstruction of shattered pottery with lacquer mixed with gold. The idea is to recognize the beauty in broken things and embrace the damage. If any player is in need of a footballing version of […]

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Coupe de France 2017 32emes – Sunday Part II

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The weekend’s 32emes draw to a close tonight with six matches (after postponements) taking place. The headline match is Lyon vs Montpellier, with some tantalising matches on the undercard – including last year’s surprise quarter finalists Granville hosting Ligue 1 opposition. Istres (DHR) – Marseille Consolat (Nat) The lowest-ranked team remaining in the competition are facing a local derby as FC […]

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Rachid Ghezzal – Standing At A Crossroad

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Following the career of Rachid Ghezzal feels similar to watching a mystery filled with plot twists. Just when you think the story has finally settled there’s a sudden, sharp deviation that puts one’s mind in a spin; so much so that a sense of distrust builds whenever normality peeps its head over the parapet. Ghezzal’s career at Olympique Lyonnais has […]

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Preview : Olympique Lyonnais v Sevilla – Champions League

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Lyon welcome Sevilla in a match where qualification for the knock-out stages is still possible, the hosts needing to win by two goals to progress. Lyon’s trip to Metz at the weekend was never supposed to be the maelstrom of distraction that it became. Bruno Genesio had put out a rotated side, with Corentin Tolisso, Nabil Fekir and in-form Mathieu Valbuena all […]

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