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Coupe de la Ligue : Amiens SC vs Olympique Lyonnais Preview

Amiens SC are hosting OL on Wednesday night in the round of 16 in the Coupe de la Ligue. Coming off the high of qualifying for the Champions League round of 16, most OL fans can be forgiven for not highlighting this match in the calendar with great importance.

Lyon’s first, last and only trophy in the Coupe de la Ligue came in 2001. In fact OL are more of the bridesmaids of the competition rather than the bride, as they equal AS Monaco with the most runners up “trophies” since the current competition started in 1994. Tonight OL can start their romantic journey to become the unsuspecting bride or simply be another ugly “one-match-stand”, to suppress into the subconscious memory bank.

Olympique Lyonnais CDL winners 2001

Wednesday, December 19th
Stade de la Licorne, Amiens
(18:45 GMT+1)

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A New Olympique For Jordan Ferri

It was announced yesterday that Lyon academy graduate Jordan Ferri has left on loan to join Nîmes Olympique. While not a fresh face out of the academy, he has only known Olympique Lyonnais as a professional player. It’s a new chapter for Jordan Ferri in a career that has never reached the heights of other famous OL graduates.

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Player Profile: Episode 3 – Ndombélé Beast Mode Confirmed

Beyond Comparisons – Respect the Name

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One and Only

Kante, Touré, Pogba…These are just some of the names to whom Tanguy Ndombélé is compared, which helps people with limited knowledge about him to have a sense of who this next starlet from France is and could be in the future. But to all Olympique Lyonnais supporters and Ligue 1 followers who have had the pleasure of watching him tear through midfields for the past year, it comes as no surprise to see this midfield monster being linked to almost every top side in Europe, as well as receiving his first national team selection.

Regardless of the injury to Corentin Tolisso, it was only a matter of time until Deschamps could no longer ignore Ndombélé’s all conquering performances for OL. As the trend typically goes, people outside of France don’t bat an eyelid at Ligue 1 unless their clubs are linked to the “next *insert cliché name here” star from France. It’s a shame because unlike so many French midfielders before him, Ndombélé is a completely different entity, a player that deserves more credit than merely being linked to a big money move abroad. Ignore the comparisons in the upcoming months and years because soon, we are not going to be talking about the next somebody but the first of a new wave of all action French midfielder.

 

 

 

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The Olympico – A True Derby? OL vs OM Preview

The battle of the Olympics has more narratives than you can poke a stick at, and it’s transforming itself into a derby and one of the fiercest in France! Coming away from a comfortable 2-1 win against English Premier League Champions and the apparent favourites to win the Champions League, Manchester City, Olympique Lyonnais are full of confidence heading into this must win tie. The form coming into this match for both teams has drastically switched from a week ago, with OM losing at home 2-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt, despite their positive results in Ligue 1.

Just a week ago, after another lacklustre performance in Ligue, President Aulas was scoffing at the idea of OL turning their season around against Man City and OM in the one week. However, since that glorious Wednesday night for OL at the Etihad Stadium  which left all the English pundits in chaos control, trying to save their reputations while wiping the egg off their face, things couldn’t be more positive for OL. The form graph/chart/diagram/whatever you want to call it, couldn’t have swung more in OL’s favour.

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“Farmers” to world beaters…The Real Pep stand up!

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Boiling Point! Genesio Assaulted?

Just when you thought you had forgotten the bad result against OGC Nice and the infuriating image of Genesio and Aulas feeding us false positivity and propaganda in a post match press conference. The name Genesio again crawls its way into your brain, except this time the reasons are outside the confines of football.

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Redemption: Olympique Lyonnais vs Strasbourg Match Preview

Olympique Lyonnais have just experienced one of their worst weekends ever. And the season has barely started.

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Despite it only being the second week of Ligue 1, our most promising young striker suffered a torn knee ligament in training while the team experienced an embarrassing defeat to a promoted club. Worse yet, the search for a central defender has been equally underwhelming.

The pressure is already heaped on “Pep” Genesio as this Friday, OL will host an eager Strasbourg side who are looking to repeat last season’s upset. We’ve all tried to bury that 3-2 loss deep into our memories, (just like the time that you accidentally killed your neighbor’s bird when babysitting it while they were away on vacation). Dimitri Lienard pulled a stunning Memphis Depay-esque last minute winner out of his arse that shocked the OL and gave Strasbourg all 3 points.

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