Podcast: Episode 10 – Samba Cut Short?

It’s almost that time of the year again. By that, I most certainly don’t mean the Champions League group stage. I mean the annual retreat that Neymar likes to take back in his home country, Brazil. This year, Sylvinho might beat Neymar. Starved for the sweet taste of victory, Arianna (@AScavs), Nicholas (@NicholasMamo) and Sam (@OZOL1950) get together for an emergency reunion turned therapy session.

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Lyon’s Transfer Window Swan Song

On Monday, new sporting director Juninho Pernambucano opened the door for another transfer – a necessary postscript to a busy and expensive transfer window. Who is Lyon’s Mister X? If you know, maybe let Juninho in on the secret, because he remains on the look-out for the perfect complement to Sylvinho’s squad.

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Dr Memphis and Mr Depay: The Two Faces of Lyon’s Dutchman

There are many versions of Memphis. There is rapper Memphis and there is fashionista Memphis. Fernando Marçal once claimed there is even a pastor Memphis. Crucially, there also exists footballer Memphis – the most contentious version – or versions – of them all.

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Award-Deserving Anthony Lopes (And the Defense He Has to Thank for It)

Lyon currently sits third in Ligue 1, just one point ahead of Saint-Étienne. That point could be the bare minimum to stay ahead of the local rivals as Lyon is behind in goal difference. The culprit: Lyon has the tenth-worst defense in Ligue 1. Paradoxically, Anthony Lopes is nominated to win the UNFP Best Goalkeeper award, and he would be a deserving winner.

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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.

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Breton Homecoming: Lyon vs Rennes Preview

Wednesday-night football is back, but not accompanied by a dramatic hymn. Instead, the race for the podium resumes as Lyon welcomes Rennes for the 16th Ligue 1 matchday.

This time, there won’t be just 11 Lyonnais on the pitch at the Groupama Stadium. A Rennes side in turmoil visits from the North with a slew of ex-Lyon players like White Walkers trying to reclaim their old home.

Source: @MarceloGuedes02 on Twitter

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
Parc OL, Lyon
1 PM EST (19:00 CET, 18:00 UST)

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