Tonight's new battle of the Olympiques is one that will make history.
Being a Coupe de la Ligue final, its result will be carved in stone. The name of the winner will
be added to the list of glorious predecessors, those who at least once have been the heroes of this
recent but well publicized competition.
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
Just view the images of Laurent Battles at the 61st minute of yesterday's game, knocked out by a
full blow free kick from Michel Bastos and you'll imagine how I felt after this derby. I needed to
sleep (or at least try) over the game to sort out my thoughts. Today I gave up trying to make a
synthesis and decided to share the four facets of this game that are still revolving in my
Once again, the "Deliverer" comes up big! Our beloved president has silenced me, 99% of the
readers of this blog and OL fans around the world by making good on his promises. After torturing
us and taking us to the brink of despair, he's delivered once again.
Lisandro Lopez: JMA himself was supposed to be in Portugal today to personaly
finalize the deal for Lisandro, but management dropped a bomb today on Porto! In L'Equipe, Bernard
Lacombe announced that management had called-off the trip to Portugal today, as well as divulging
that negotiations for Toulouse striker Andre Pierre Gignac were underway(see more
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.
...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.
Just a quick recap of what's been going on this week (besides the games, of course).
Lyon's newest player, Hamdan Al Kamali, arrived a few days ago from the United
Arab Emirates. He's the first ever player from the UAE to play in a top league. However, he'll be
starting in the reserves.
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.
I have a question for you : what is best, a good game with a loss in the end, or a -very-
average game ending with a win? That's the choice Lyon has just proposed us in the space of 4 days.
Just after offering, during the derby, a level of play unseen this season and worthy of a Champions
League game, Lyon did not shine in Tel Aviv, but secured the result.
I think it's time we talked about the coaching situation. I know many of you no longer have
confidence in Puel, and it looks like the players don't either. Many questioned why Puel was kept
on despite staying trophy-less for two seasons while a guy like Alain Perrin were forced to leave
after winning more trophies than any other OL manager.
The charm worked again. For their Champions League debut, just as they felt their back was
coming dangerously close to the wall, last year's semi-finalists -almost turned into a Ligue 1
relegation candidate this year- have found the path to success...at last, as it is their first win
since the Brest game on August 21st.
Here is the second part of my sharing with you the most recent long interviews Aulas gave in the
so far quiet Ligue 1 world (or so it seemed, as under the surface some signs of activity were
perceptible in the build up for the first signings as from today, beginning of the transfer
As a good CEO aiming at making the best use of his scarce time, he seems to have leveraged his
trip to Paris to make his presence felt in the sports media world, as between May 31st and June 1st
he gave 3 major interviews back to back.
In the past two years, Olympique Lyonnais' iconic president Jean-Michel Aulas has been less of
the media addict he used to be. But that doesn't mean he kept completely quiet, and on several
occasions throughout the season he voiced his concerns and observations, sometimes quite frankly.
But usually, in the transfer season, Lyon play the smooth operator, and little is being announced
or even discussed publicly.
The men might have completely blown their chances against Bayern, but luckily, OL Féminines
managed to overpower Swedish heavyweight Umeå in the semifinals of the women's Champions League.
That propelled them to their first ever European final (actually, the first ever for the entire
club in the modern era).
Everyone following Lyon knew this was a crucial game. By an interesting geographic coincidence,
Lyon's European fate would simultaneously be at play in two neighbouring stadiums of northern
France, and solidarity with les Lillois was an added motivation for Valenciennes who didn't really
need it given their record against "big" teams (ask Bordeaux this year.
Despite Massimo Busacca's finger flailing shenanigans and subsequent ban, he's got nothin' on the
suddenly comically under fire Fredy Fautrel of the Ligue 1. There was a great deal of controversy
last week when it was reported that Jean-Michel Aulas, president of Lyon, has skipped on down to
the referees' locker room during halftime of [.
It was bound to happy eventually. I don't know about you guys, but after the embarrassment of
last season's finish, I was dreading the oncoming ~dramah~, :tearz:, and angsty soap operas from
the players and the staff. I was expecting a meltdown of epic proportions. I thought that the sky
Where does this idea of a European Super League keep coming from? Scratch that, WE know where the
idea comes from, The European Club Association, the collective of 135 clubs dotted around Europe,
keeps trying to push for this dreadful idea to come into fruition. I can't think of anything I'd
rather watch less than [.
I'm going to take a quick break from the men's team to cover the ladies. Even if you don't care
about women's football, I advise you to stick around (as opposed to skipping to the bottom) because
what's happening has been rather interesting.
At least Lyon are on target for one European
Fred, who is currently suntanning in Brazil, has decided never to return to
Lyon. He's terminated his contract and is now free to sign with Fluminense. His decision has been
made official by Lyon. This certainly can't be a surprise to anyone - he hasn't been selected for
the first team since December and has been limited to one or two appearances on Lyon's CFA team (he
apparently cleared out his locker several weeks back).
Alain Perrin took over management of St. Etienne last November, after the last
derby that took place in August. Today will be bittersweet for him because he won more trophies
than any other OL manager (four), led the squad to their first ever domestic double, and despite a
horrible injury crisis, was a hairsbreadth away from kicking Manchester United out of the Champions
The Senegalese Savior Arrives, Just in the Knick of Time.
Sorry for the late post guys, I was pretty busy, and also waiting to see if we signed
Laurent Bonnart as well to do a double post, but no such luck. Anyway, last
Tuesday, we all breathed a giant sigh of relief as our president failed to let us down once again,
and on the eve of the closing of the mercato window, solved a problem that would have definitely
been the ruin of our season, had it been left unremedied.
It's official: Today, Lisandro Lopez was unvieled to the public in a press
conference after his tranfer arrival from FC Porto. Lisandro arrived in Lyon Saturday, after a
weeks of negotiations and JMA caving-in- much to my chagrin- to Porto's extortionary tactics, Lyon
have finally netted the prolific Argentine international striker for a reported fee of 24
mill with performance bonuses of 4mill.