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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It’s Pep against Pep: Manchester City vs. Lyon Preview

From a purely sporting standpoint, even the most optimistic Lyon fans expect Manchester City to win on Wednesday. In all honesty, this preview should end right here because the game should be a foregone conclusion.

But if there’s one team on this planet that never does what they’re supposed to, it’s Lyon. They lose when they’re supposed to win, they win when they’re supposed to lose. I can’t remember the last time when everything went as planned.

So who knows what Wednesday will bring. After losing to a bunch of relegation-level teams these past two months, Lyon are ready to face one of the best teams in the world.

Let’s go.


Wednesday, September 19th, 2018
Etihad Stadium, Manchester
3 PM EST (21:00 CET, 20:00 UST)

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The Great Lion Hunt: Caen vs. Lyon Preview

If you haven’t visited Caen’s website, immediately drop what you’re doing and do so now. Their match preview for this weekend’s game is so good that I absolutely cannot beat it.

Some might think that the beast that will enter the Caen arena on Saturday evening has lost its presence, and that other chimeras now reign in the jungle of French football, starting with the Parisian ogre, who leaves its victims barely alive in order to keep a little room in his stomach so that it can swallow bigger prey the following week.

Lyon, however, remains cloaked by an aura and a history that no one dares to challenge: carrying an attack that their feline dispositions render graceful, their mere presence offering the certainty of a rare spectacle, while giving rise to the desire for an exploit.

Amazing, amirite??? I haven’t seen so many scary hunting references since I went on a safari in South Africa, when guides took me and my friend on a terrifying game drive in the middle of the night and thought it would be hilarious to take us close to feasting hyenas. Nope, never again.

Saturday, September 15h, 2018
Stade Michel d’Ornano, Caen
11 AM EST (17:00 CET, 16:00 UST)

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Bring on the Pretenders: Sizing Up the D1F Competition

Last week, Lyon’s all-world team of superstars kicked off their quest toward a 13th straight D1 Féminine title with an 8-0 win over Lille.  Lyon are top of the table just one week in, and we fully expect they’ll be there when the season wraps up in May.  But every team of heroes needs its supervillains, and D1F has its share of pretenders aiming to knock les Fenottes off the throne.  While the team is off for the international break, let’s get to know the challengers. Continue reading “Bring on the Pretenders: Sizing Up the D1F Competition”

Patrick Vieira is desperate to save his job: Lyon vs Nice Preview

As a Lyon fan, I’m usually too busy feeling sorry for my own team to care much over the troubles of others. But Nice’s predicament is woeful enough that it’s caught notice around the world, and frankly, it makes Lyon look like a club that has its shit together.

Yeah, Nice is that badly off.

We’re only 3 games in, and a lot can change, but Nice have played some of their easier opponents – Reims, Caen, and Dijon. Two of those games have been at home, and yet Nice have taken only 1 point and have conceded 6 goals (while scoring only 1). Their journey only becomes harder because after Lyon, they’ll next be facing Rennes, Montpellier, and PSG.

Friday, August 31st, 2018
Parc OL, Lyon
2:45 PM EST (20:45 CET, 19:45 CET)

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Lucky Number 13? OL Féminin 2018-2019 Season Preview

“There’s no particular pressure, except that we must win everything.”
~ Reynald Pedros, August 2017

The confetti has been swept off the field in Kiev, two shiny new pieces of hardware have been added to the bulging trophy cabinet, and we’ve just about stopped replaying the last kick of the Coupe de France final to look for the phantom foul that wiped Lyon’s late equalizer off the board.  The summer is wrapping up, and that means it’s time for “l’ogre lyonnais” to awaken from its slumber to lay waste to the competition for another year.

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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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