Time to face their demons: Lyon vs. Reims preview

Tomorrow, Lyon will face their most challenging enemy to date: Stade de Reims.

Reims set the tone for the year when, in the second game of this season, they imposed Lyon’s first defeat. It was a rather prophetic moment that heralded two things – Lyon’s inability to chain matches, as well as their propensity to drop points against smaller clubs.

Friday, January 11th, 2019
Parc OL, Lyon
2:45 PM EST (20h45 CET)

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Thierry’s coming to town: Lyon vs. Monaco Preview

I wish I could be excited about this match. Playing the 19th worst team in the league, one with a myriad of injury and morale problems…it’s a dream come true. An easy 3 points, right?

Wrong.

Lyon’s greatest skill is their ability to sympathy struggle. Teams in the worst form of their life arrive at Parc OL and then revive their flagging campaigns. Just ask Nice. Or Nantes. Or Rennes.

They should rebrand Groupama Stadium as Groupama Spa. The possibilities for EBITDA are endless.

Sunday, December 16th
Parc OL, Lyon
3 PM EST (21:00 CET)

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Sink or Swim: Shakhtar vs Lyon

As usual, Lyon likes to make life as difficult as possible. That means waiting until the last possible second in order to qualify for the next round of the Champions League.

“The last possible second” isn’t an exaggeration. Given the sheer amount of stoppage time goals conceded this season, we’re not going to know until the 90+5 minute if they’ve made it through.

The way Lyon fans have been tortured this season is probably a violation of the Geneva Convention.

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
NSC Olimpiyskiy, Kiev
3 PM EST (21:00 CET)

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Derby du Rhône: Lyon vs. Saint-Étienne

Marseille and PSG can posture all they want, but we all know that the real derby in Ligue 1 is between Lyon and AS Saint-Étienne. A tradition that goes back decades, these two clubs have been fighting for regional pride and honor for almost 70 years.

The cities are only 50 kilometers apart, but the different cultures of the two cities ensures a fierce rivalry. Saint-Étienne is France’s most successful club, but they reigned in the ’60s and ’70s, whereas Lyon were nobodies in the football scene until the turn of the century. OL vs. ASSE has always been a battle of the haves and have-nots, and this Friday will be no different.

Friday, November 23rd, 2018
Parc OL, Lyon
9 PM EST (21:00 CET, 20:00 UST)

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No Metz-ing Around As OL Féminin Win Again

Did last-place FC Metz ever really stand a chance in this one?  No, not really.  But Lyon have always emphasized that it’s important to take every opponent seriously, and they did just that on Saturday.  The 5-0 win keeps OL in first place, two points ahead of PSG, as the showdown between the top two draws nearer. Continue reading “No Metz-ing Around As OL Féminin Win Again”

Clean Sweep: OL Féminin Beat Bordeaux To Cap Three-Win Week

It was a daunting week for the French and European champions, with two games against top teams in D1 Féminine on either side of a trip to Amsterdam for a mid-week Champions League match.  But les Fenottes came through with flying colors, beating all three opponents and conceding just one goal over the week.  The final victory in the series was a 3-0 win over Bordeaux on Sunday, ensuring that Lyon remain on top of the D1F table.

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Dominant Lyon Overpower Ajax

Ajax may be “stronger than grease” but they weren’t stronger than Lyon on Wednesday as OL Féminin picked up a 4-0 win in Amsterdam in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16.  The titleholders now have one foot in the quarterfinals after goals from four different players carried les Fenottes to a comfortable victory.

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