Bruno Genesio: Anatomy of a Crash-and-Burn

It made for a pitiful sight. On Saturday afternoon, Bruno Genesio presented himself at a press conference to announce his decision – no longer Jean-Michel Aulas’ decision, but his – that the 2018/2019 season would be his last at the helm of Olympique Lyonnais.

Genesio was all alone; there was no Jean-Michel Aulas, who had had his back for years on end. Against Dijon and Nantes, it seemed even the players were no longer behind their coach anymore.

As for the supporters, many had abandoned him long ago, and with good reason. Lyon had the second-highest operating budget in Ligue 1 at €285M, but you would not know it by watching them play. On Saturday evening, they found themselves in third place deservedly behind Lille.

Genesio’s press conference brought to an end a will-they-or-won’t-they saga surrounding his future at the club. It was a drawn out story, unworthy of a club of Lyon’s stature – a tale that, much like Genesio’s own tenure, should have ended far earlier than it did.

Continue reading “Bruno Genesio: Anatomy of a Crash-and-Burn”

Podcast: Episode 3 – PR disasters, accidental title fights, and angry fans

It’s been a traumatic month for Lyon, but Sam (@OZOL1950), Arianna (@AScavs), Nick (@NicholasMamo), and Rabeeta (@OffsideBeet) bravely overcame their anxiety to discuss all things going wrong for OL, including the fallout from Bruno Genesio’s contract extension (or lack thereof), but also the fact that OL Féminin might not win their 1000th title because they forgot how to score.

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

 

Topics Covered:

Continue reading “Podcast: Episode 3 – PR disasters, accidental title fights, and angry fans”

Podcast: Episode 3 – PR disasters, accidental title fights, and angry fans

It’s been a traumatic month for Lyon, but Sam (@OZOL1950), Arianna (@AScavs), Nick (@NicholasMamo), and Rabeeta (@OffsideBeet) bravely overcame their anxiety to discuss all things going wrong for OL, including the fallout from Bruno Genesio’s contract extension (or lack thereof), but also the fact that OL Féminin might not win their 1000th title because they forgot how to score.

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

 

Topics Covered:

Continue reading “Podcast: Episode 3 – PR disasters, accidental title fights, and angry fans”

Fleury Faux Pas: Lessons From An Unexpected Draw

Can a result be a shock without being a surprise? Just days after slotting four goals past perennial European powerhouse Wolfsburg on the Germans’ own field, Lyon were unexpectedly held to a 1-1 draw by FC Fleury 91–D1 Féminine’s sixth-place club. And yet it somehow felt like this was always coming.

Continue reading “Fleury Faux Pas: Lessons From An Unexpected Draw”

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

Continue reading “Barcelona vs. Lyon: Squeaky Bum Time, French Edition”

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.

Topics Covered:

Continue reading “Podcast: Episode 2 – Barcelona, Memphis, and taking over the NWSL”

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

Continue reading “A really pessimistic preview of Strasbourg vs Lyon”