The revolving door comes to a halt?

Benzema, Lacazette, Martial, Tolisso, Ben Arfa, Umtiti, Fekir, Aouar, Lopes etc… Okay! We get it! The Olympique Lyonnais academy conveyor belt’s ability of producing quality footballers, gift wrapped and ready for a high level international career is well documented, and to quote Moussa Dembélé #IfYouDontKnowNowYouKnow! Around the academy is an incredibly successful recruitment cell led by OL’s secret weapon and chief recruiter Florian Maurice, whose ability to still find hidden gems at low prices in this modern age of football is both astounding and vital to the OL DNA and its ongoing success.

Despite only Anthony Lopes and Nabil Fekir left at the club (Jordan Ferri is currently out on loan to Ligue 1 club Nîmes Olympique), supporters and onlookers have become accustomed to the revolving door of exciting young talent passing from the academy through to the first team. Youngsters at the club are drawing more and more attention from supporters and the footballing world alike as the next big talents.

The strong generation of Ferri, Lacazette, N’jie, Grenier, Fekir, Umtiti, Tolisso, Benzia, Plea and Lopes, most of whom came into prominence during Rémi Garde’s tenure as coach between 2011-14 came to fruition during the 14-15 season under new coach Hubert Fournier. Fournier himself greatly benefited from the trust that Garde was somewhat forced to place on the academy players coming through at the time. Since these players came through, there had been a frustrating gap in quality between the reservists and the first team causing OL to rely more on canny and smart recruitment. Now it’s far different, the current crop of u19 players (not to mention a handful of 15/16 year olds), are already starting to knock on Genesio’s front door for a first team place.

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Jean-Mimi’s Diary – August 6th, 2018

this is my diary where i keep all my sekrets. do not read unless your name is also jean-michel aulas, president of ol but soon to be president of all football

Mood: Annoyed

dear diary,

i am very mad at all other clubs in the world. their players want to come to ol but their clubs won’t let them follow their dreams

ruben called me today and was crying to come to lyon. benfica has locked him in his apartment and threw away the keys.

yerry emailed me yesterday to tell me that barcelona were trying to force him to play for everton even though he wants to play for lyon. barca said they would send him back to colombia if he didn’t listen

victor also really wants to come to ol but jose mourinho not only said no but also took away victor’s phone. that’s why no one has heard from him ever since. but victor found a pigeon who delivered a note to me, so i know he’s alive

and no one knows this but cristiano ronaldo winked at me a few months ago, which in football sign language means he also wants to play for lyon. sadly it didn’t work out because i cannot afford all his hair products

but all these clubs gave me a good idea. i will take away nabil’s phone. only if liverpool pay me 70 millions euros will I give it back

i will look into it tomorrow

i have the best ideas! no wonder i am best club president in the world!!!

Lyon Post Secret: Week 1

Olympique Lyonnais is a great club to play for. They have a zombie manager, a president who micromanages at nanoscopic levels, and a mascot that looks like it walked out of a child’s nightmare. In return, all Lyon ask of their players is to keep their mouths shut, to stay away from prostitutes and orgies, and to drive under the speed limit. But for those who can’t handle it, struggle with temptation, and are hemmed in by the pressure, they can turn to Lyon PostSecret.

(Lyon PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where the players, coaches, and anyone affiliated with them mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.)

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Jean-Mimi’s Diary – July 30th, 2018

this is my diary where i keep all my sekrets. do not read unless your name is also jean-michel aulas, president of ol but soon to be president of all football

Mood: Elated

dear diary,

today i found out that lyon is france’s most hated club

very good news!

we are the most popular disliked club. hate = passion, so ol are number in passion. we are winners.

it’s not easy to be at the top, but when it comes to popularity, lyon will always surpass psg.

i am also a celebrity. people always want to take pictures with me. although i’m just a gifted, talented, amazing, genius entrepreneur, i am also humble. but i know the little people see me as a pillar of all that is annoying about my club, so i will step up to the task.

even my friend nasser at psg hates me more than uefa’s financial fair play laws. and he really hates fair play laws.

i am such a winner. i don’t even have to try

 

 

Jean-Mimi’s Diary – July 27th, 2018

this is my diary where i keep all my sekrets. do not read unless your name is also jean-michel aulas, president of ol but soon to be president of all football

Mood: Confused

dear diary,

i don’t understand, liverpool don’t write, they don’t call

why are they ignoring me???

i am being so nice, letting them know they can have nabil. all they have to do is meet my price of a billion euros

what more do they want

english people are losers. unless they are giving me money. then i love them

they keep whining about nabil’s knee. i don’t know what world they’re living in, but show me a footballer who never got injured and i’ll show you a st etienne team that can win the league. lol

plus we all know that premier league turns healthy people into patients, so nabil will come to them all ready to go

whatever. i don’t want to sell nabil anyway. i’m going to keep him and we will win the champions league after a penalty shootout with liverpool, and nabil will score our last penalty and also block their last shot, and then he will call the police and get their team bus towed

then when they try to buy him again i’m going to tell them to take a knee because i’m vindictive like that

Jean-Mimi’s Diary – July 26th, 2018

this is my diary where i keep all my sekrets. do not read unless your name is also jean-michel aulas, president of ol but soon to be president of all football

aulaswinkMood: Greedy

dear diary,

today, west ham sent me another bid for marcelo, this time for 25m. are they dumb or what.

we found him in the bargain basement of a turkish rug store last year. he was covered with cobwebs and smelled like mothballs. i got him for 7m, which is less than my yearly scarf allowance.

haha! joke’s on them!!!!!

marcelo’s not even that good, plus he’s already a million years old. any contract he signs will need to include a retirement pension.

west ham still want him anyway, but i guess there’s no accounting for taste. i said no again because they are dumb enough to offer more money.

i am so smart

i don’t want to hurt marcelo’s feelings because he’s a nice guy, even if he has the personality of a carpet. so i am acting like i want him to stay. i offered him a salary increase of 0.01 percent. i also threw in a few discount meal vouchers for the groupama restaurant and a mug that said “my mug”

i am also so generous

best president ever, amirite????