Week 2 – Ligue 1, Stade Municipal de Gerland, 1700 CET
Meeting Troyes for the first time since 2007, Lyon knows why no newly promoted club can be taken
as an extended training exercise ever again. The 2009 promotees Montpellier sit on top of the
podium in just a few seasons of being regulars in the top flight, and have en-route taught many new
lessons to Ligue 1 clubs.
Amateur side US Quevilly were the darlings of the Coupe de France this season, toppling Ligue 1
sides like Marseille and Rennes on their way to an improbably appearance in the final. On Saturday,
Lyon (wearing their new 3D kit) put an end to the fourth-division club's giant-killing ways by
winning the final 1-0.
Just last season, one could see Auxerre trying to fight their way in the Champions League group
stages, against Real Madrid, AC Milan, and Ajax. Heck, they even beat Ajax at home! But things have
changed, things have changed.
Tonight's main event is six pointer of a game. Saint-Etienne (46 points) now looks down upon
Lyon (43 points) with strength that has placed it very firmly in the race for the final European
spot. At 7th place in the standings, Lyon can only reasonably expect to fight for Europa
Unbelievable but true : the 2012-2013 championship starts this weekend.
Lyon are not ready yet. The friendlies went so-so , and according to the press, most of the senior
players, when not gone (Kallström) are still likely to be purchased (Bastos, Cissokho, Lloris, of
course, but also Gomis, Lisandro, etc.
Short post today as Nikhil won't be able to post the preview due to personal circumstances.
There's precious little to say other than Lyon are pretty much assured to keep the 4th spot, so
this game is of little importance... except for Gourcuff and the other European internationals who
want to be noticed and selected for the Euro championship.
Short post today. After winning the Coupe de France against Quevilly (1-0) and therefore qualified
for the group stages of the Europa League, the OL players (currently 5th with a game in hand) will
try to end the season with panache and climb onto the podium. Les Gones stand nine points behind
the third (Lille) and one point behind current fourth Rennes, but they rely on a postponed game to
play against Evian TG on May 10.
A final. That's what this game is, as will be every game until the end of the season. With no
cards left, the Lyonnais have no other choice than doing their very best to win all games
remaining, and hope that the 5 clubs ahead don't.
After the bitter taste left by the draw with QSG, it may be difficult to remobilize a team who
did everything to win that game, and who could -and should have won.
...aka Let's Not Talk About Lyon's Shitty Performance Against Bordeaux.
The transfer rumor mill has fired up. Word on the street is that Kim Kallstrom
secretly met with Rubin Kazan, who are offering to triple his salary. However, the €5m they
offered for him had Jean-Michel Aulas say "LOLZ, eff that.
Stay cool, it may feel like deja vu but you're not in the Matrix. It's just this French
invention of adding to the venerable Coupe de France a modern nemesis called Coupe de la Ligue, and
programming them at the same period.
This cup is the least respected of the two and many presidents already said it should be
abandoned, but it has at least two advantages : First, it is the shortest route to a title, meaning
it's an opportunity to salvage your season when you've missed the top spot of the championship
(thinking of anyone?
Ding ding, the international break is over, it's time to wake up as the Ligue 1 championship
resumes this weekend. All teams will have rested their players -especially those who only have a
few or no internationals- and taken the time at training to work on aspects they don't usually
touch upon, all this in a more relaxed atmosphere.
The following article has been written by our new guest blogger Dan. Enjoy!
To use the crudest of paradoxes, if PSG were a fisherman, he would starve. Because, time after
time they are given a golden opportunity through a Lyon slip-up to take and cement third place. But
time and again, time and again.
In the following article, guest blogger Dan reviews the last two matchdays before
introducing the next one. Enjoy!
Predictable...in lack of Predictability
Typical, typical Lyon. First, les Gones played like Titans in a brilliant Olympico. Delgado was
monstrous (if only he could manage to stay fit; he has only started 19 games for OL in the last 2
(The following article was entirely written and illustrated by Nikhil Apte, our new
Stunning comeback against Marseille on Sunday! Yes, there shouldn't have been a need for one in
the first place, but who's complaining! Captain fantastic Cris came up with a goal that would make
many a striker (or hitman for that matter) proud.
Pressure cooker ready to burst, or bowl of overboiled noodles?
Difficult to anticipate the spirits in which the players will face Lens today. A week after the
draw against Nice (2-2), much has been leaked, distorted, or exaggerated, about the atmosphere
within the squad. Yes, Hugo Lloris exploded after the match, on his way back to the locker
25 or 7 ?
25% vs 7 times. That pretty much sums up the whole uncertainty around this game. Statistically,
Lyon only have a 25% chance to qualify after the draw (1-1) conceded at home, three weeks ago. But
this small percentage is opposed to the record of confrontations between the two teams, largely in
favor of OL : 7 games against Real, 0 loss.
The second half of the season is about to begin, we have our eyes set on that first game against
Lorient, but there are a couple of interesting things that have been said or done around the club
Against Caen today, Lyon will compete in the 217th Coupe de France match in its history. So this
little known competition goes a long way, and few people know that the Football Club de Lyon played
in 1917 already in the final of the very first edition of this competition, against Olympique .. de
Pantin (a Paris suburb).
In the 2011/12 season we are approximately 35% of the way through the campaign and it is the
same two players who stand out on the world stage as usual. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Since Cristiano Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 he has scored 106 goals in 108
matches, an incredible feat that would appear unbeatable in the modern age.
LYON, France — Striker Bafetimbi Gomis scored a late equalizer Tuesday as Lyon drew 1-1 with Real
Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 meeting in the Champions League, denying the Spanish team
its first win against the former French champions. Brazilian defender Cris headed on a free kick
and Gomis clipped the ball [.
On to the most exciting competition of the season! Lyon looks to stamp its authority on the
competition it has truly made its presence felt in. Group Stages are probably the only part of the
Champions League that Lyon look comfortable in, so start off well, Les Gones!
A quick glimpse of Galatasaray SK reveals a few things. First, Galatasaray currently sit atop the Turkish Super League, three points ahead of rivals Beşiktaş JK, after already having won last year's title. Secondly, they are into the last 16 of the Champions League and face a compelling tie with Schalke 04.
I'm Ronaldo. Barry Ronaldo. Cristiano Ronaldo's identical twin brother. Since everybody always
thinks I'm him, sometimes Cristiano lets me take his place and pretend to be him. You probably
think that sounds like fun, but it's not because everything always goes wrong for me. For example,
my leg falls asleep every time I use my iPhone and I think I'm developing an allergy to all
When the Philadelphia Union acquired former United States Men's National Team player Freddy Adu
last year, head coach Peter Nowak made it clear to media members that the team did not have its
first ever designated player.
According to Major League Soccer's Press Box, an online hub of information for the league's
media, Adu has a salary cap impact of a Designated Player.
It's been a while since we have felt the need to critique Cristiano's sartorial elegance. But
we're guessing he's been so busy with his bubba and Irina over the summer break that he simply
hasn't had time to offend us with his trouser/shoe combos.
However, training has a now recommenced and a whole season of fashion fails awaits us.
After grading and analyzing the performance of Lazio defense during the last season (which if you
missed can be found here) today it is the turn to grade the performance of Lazio midfielders.
Ledesma 7,5: This was probably Cris`s best season since he arrived at Lazio. Leaving his
contractual problems behind, he had focused all [.