OGC Nice v Olympique Lyonnais: Swifter than eagles; stronger than lions

OGC Nice v Olympique Lyonnais: Swifter than eagles; stronger than lions

So, game 12. After the Olympico last round, and looking forward to the Classico in the next, there is maybe not a stand-out match in this round. It feels a bit like everyone is waiting for the cymbals to clash and the trumpets to blare at the Parc des Princes next Sunday as the top two face off. This is a pity, as there are some interesting fixtures to come this weekend, and the potential for…

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Coupe de la Ligue Seiziemes or Thereabouts

Coupe de la Ligue Seiziemes or Thereabouts

Midweek league cup action ahoy! This round, the seiziemes are actually the dixiemes, to accommodate most of the Ligue 1 teams joining in and ensure the numbers are right when the European teams (and Lyon) get involved in the next round. All six of the Ligue 2 teams who have progressed are playing away from home, as are Montpellier, sort of, as they relocate to the Altrad Stadium while Mosson recovers from the recent flooding. Second Round Round-Up…

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Gour-Woof! Lyon stop Marseille winning streak #FFWTOTW

Gour-Woof! Lyon stop Marseille winning streak #FFWTOTW

Game 11, sandwiched between two midweek rounds in Europe and the League Cup, promised much. We were not disappointed. Lens travelled to Toulouse on Friday night as the lanterne rouge and with a squad full of youngsters including 19-year-old reserve goalkeeper Valentin Belon and a couple of defenders without shirt numbers listed on the club website, so this looked like a routine win for the Tefece, who dominated the possession, shots and pass completion statistics. Ptooey….

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Europa Euround-up : Panning for Goals

Europa Euround-up : Panning for Goals

Well. First there was the Champions League, where on Tuesday the participants collectively hit the giddy heights of 5 goals per game, but PSG took until the 87th minute to get one past APOEL Nicosia, and on Wednesday a more restrained set of fixtures featuring the only 0-0 of the round – Monaco v Benfica. Then Thursday, and the Europa league, where in 24 fixtures there were four goalless games – three of which featured the French teams (Standard Liege v…

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Lyon Back on Track – The Kids are Alright

Lyon Back on Track – The Kids are Alright

Allow me, if you will, to rewind the clock to 17 May 2014. Lyon had just won their final game of the season away at Nice to secure a 5th place finish in Ligue 1. It was the culmination of an disappointing campaign overall which had seen them as low as 14th at one point. It was a season where a number of players had been out injured. It was a season which saw local…

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Olympique Lyonnais v Olympique de Marseille: Return to the old days

Olympique Lyonnais v Olympique de Marseille: Return to the old days

In some ways, it feels like a bit of a return to the days of Le Championnat before Qatari and Russian billionaires took over at PSG and Monaco. The days in which former giants Marseille, and more particularly Lyon, were the form teams in the league, and where an Olympico fixture would dominate the footballing chatter in France. This Sunday promises to captivate the imagination. Consider last season, where the two Olympiques scuffled for a meagre…

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Can Liverpool’s Loanee Down Everton in the Europa League?

Can Liverpool’s Loanee Down Everton in the Europa League?

Round three is here, roll up roll up. The midpoint of European competition with its back-to-back fixtures approaches; for the Champions League teams, these look do-able – for two of the Europa contingent, less so. Tuesday 21 October 19.45 BST – APOEL Nicosia v Paris Saint Germain PSG are in a strange position, despite having an apparently limitless budget, FFP or no FFP; after very nearly running out of centre-backs, they have somehow now managed to run out…

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Gourcuff turns back the years as Lyon demolish Montpellier #FFWTOTW

Gourcuff turns back the years as Lyon demolish Montpellier #FFWTOTW

Journée 10 started with a bang, continued with a bagarre, and the worked its way gently up to a shellacking on Sunday night. Something for everyone. Friday night saw PSG travel…sort of, to Lens, where a 3-1 win was garnished with three red cards including one for Edinson Cavani for inappropriate celebration / inappropriate touching of the referee. This means that the reigning champions, who had already run out of central defenders and fielded Thiago Motta alongside…

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