Barcelona vs. Lyon: Squeaky Bum Time, French Edition

This Wednesday, Lyon face their hardest test of the season – attempting to walk away from Camp Nou with a score draw (or win!). No one had expected Lyon to be in this position in the first place. When Lyon were paired with Barcelona back in December, the outcome seemed certain.

And while a Barcelona win is still a likely scenario, Les Gones do have a fighting chance. The 0-0 draw in the first leg ensured that Barca do not have an away goal, so if Lyon can live up to their reputation – a team that plays its best against superior opposition – perhaps a berth in the quarterfinals is possible after all.

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
Camp Nou, Barcelona
4PM EST

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Podcast: Episode 2 – Barcelona, Memphis, and taking over the NWSL

The Lyon Offside crew is still up to no good. This week, Sam (@OZOL1950), Arianna (@AScavs), Nick (@NicholasMamo), and Rabeeta (@OffsideBeet) talk about all the latest involving our favorite bi-polar French team, as well as their better half, OL Féminin.

If there are any topics you’d like us to cover, just tweet at any one of us, or you can send an email to LyonOffside@gmail.com.

Have a listen below! You will also find timestamps for specific topics if you’d like to jump around.

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A really pessimistic preview of Strasbourg vs Lyon

It’s statistically proven that right before and after Champions League matches (and often times, during), Lyon forget how to play football. We’re so used to seeing it that when they do play well, we don’t recognize them.

Seriously, whoever played Toulouse last weekend should be reported for stealing Lyon jerseys.

It’s lucky for Strasbourg, who won the Ligue 1 lottery by getting to play Lyon right before their match against Barcelona match. The Alsatians already knocked them out of the Coupe de la Ligue, so taking 3 points won’t seem like a big deal to them.

Saturday, March 9th, 2019
11 AM EST (17h CET)
Stade de la Meinau, Strasbourg

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The revolving door comes to a halt?

Benzema, Lacazette, Martial, Tolisso, Ben Arfa, Umtiti, Fekir, Aouar, Lopes etc… Okay! We get it! The Olympique Lyonnais academy conveyor belt’s ability of producing quality footballers, gift wrapped and ready for a high level international career is well documented, and to quote Moussa Dembélé #IfYouDontKnowNowYouKnow! Around the academy is an incredibly successful recruitment cell led by OL’s secret weapon and chief recruiter Florian Maurice, whose ability to still find hidden gems at low prices in this modern age of football is both astounding and vital to the OL DNA and its ongoing success.

Despite only Anthony Lopes and Nabil Fekir left at the club (Jordan Ferri is currently out on loan to Ligue 1 club Nîmes Olympique), supporters and onlookers have become accustomed to the revolving door of exciting young talent passing from the academy through to the first team. Youngsters at the club are drawing more and more attention from supporters and the footballing world alike as the next big talents.

The strong generation of Ferri, Lacazette, N’jie, Grenier, Fekir, Umtiti, Tolisso, Benzia, Plea and Lopes, most of whom came into prominence during Rémi Garde’s tenure as coach between 2011-14 came to fruition during the 14-15 season under new coach Hubert Fournier. Fournier himself greatly benefited from the trust that Garde was somewhat forced to place on the academy players coming through at the time. Since these players came through, there had been a frustrating gap in quality between the reservists and the first team causing OL to rely more on canny and smart recruitment. Now it’s far different, the current crop of u19 players (not to mention a handful of 15/16 year olds), are already starting to knock on Genesio’s front door for a first team place.

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It’s here! Lyon Offside’s first ever podcast!

You asked, we listened.

The Lyon Offside team finally got together and put together an English language podcast. Sam (@OZOL1950), Arianna (@AScavs), Nick (@NicholasMamo), and Rabeeta (@OffsideBeet) take a stab at covering both the men’s and women’s teams, their upcoming matches, and everyone’s unfavorite coach, Bruno Genesio.

If there are any topics you’d like us to cover, just tweet at any one of us, or you can send an email to LyonOffside@gmail.com.

Have a listen to our very first podcast below!

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Women’s International Round Up: Red, White & Bleue

France put an end to top-ranked USA’s 28-game unbeaten streak, Shanice van de Sanden racked up the air miles, and Jess Fishlock is a superhero. As the teams turn the corner for the final stretch before the World Cup kicks off, we’re catching up on all the international break action from the stars of OL Féminin.

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