Ligue 1: What Will French Football Look Like After COVID-19?

Sports is not a priority right now. The COVID-19 pandemic has rightfully taken its place. It is important that you follow the instructions of your local government and health institutions: even if you think that COVID-19 will not affect you, you could spread it to someone who would be affected by it. This article does not seek to belittle the ongoing pandemic, but while most of us are cooped up at home, it’s nice to be able to talk about football.

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At the time of writing, football worldwide has faded in the background. On Tuesday afternoon, UEFA suspended European competitions and made the unprecedented move to postpone EURO 2020 to next year in the hope that the current season can conclude. France, like most of the world, is battling a pandemic that is straining health resources and personnel.

Amid all the uncertainty brought on by the pandemic, the future of the 2019/2020 Ligue 1 season, like football elsewhere, has clouded over. For a few days, weeks or months, football was set to become secondary. That changed with jarring effect over the weekend, when the pandemic gave way to a polemic.

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Podcast: Episode 12 – Topsy-Turvy in 2020

It’s a new year and everything is upside down for Lyon. Is this optimism and positivity we’re feeling for the men’s team? Nerves and dread for the women’s team? 2020 is a strange new world, but Sam (@OZOL1950) and Arianna (@AScavs) are back to break down these surprising developments in Episode 12 of the Lyon Offside Podcast.

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Podcast: Episode 11 – A Grinchy Lyonnais Christmas

Gather around the hearth, bring all the mulled wine you can carry—you will need the booze, trust us—because the Lyon Offside team is back with some depressing Christmas-time crisis stories. Join Arianna (@AScavs), Nicholas (@NicholasMamo) and Sam (@OZOL1950) as they break down the current impasse at Lyon.

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Jeff’s New Team vs. Jeff’s Old Team: Lyon vs. Angers Preview

Arguably, the battle between these two teams has already been fought. Lyon and Angers spent all of last week in negotiations over Jeff Reine-Adélaïde, former Arsenal reject turned Angers phenom. The final sticking point was whether The Jeffster could play against Lyon on Friday.

The answer was soundly no. Angers – also known as the French Juventus – did not feel like getting scored upon by a player who was just in their jersey a few days ago.

Friday, August 16th, 2019
Parc OL, Lyon
2:45 PM EST (20:45 CET)

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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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Podcast: Episode 8 – Preseason Panic Meter

Four losses in five preseason games isn’t quite the auspicious start to the Sylvinho era that we all had in mind. With the season opener against Monaco just days away, the Lyon Offside crew wonders is it too soon to panic? Nick (@NicholasMamo) and Rabeeta (@OffsideBeet) are troubled by the tactics they’re seeing from the new coaching staff, and Sam (@OZOL1950) wonders why the players have been struggling with even the basics; meanwhile Arianna (@AScavs) thinks everyone needs to chill out until the real games get underway.

Have a listen below and let us know who you think has it right! You will also find timestamps for specific topics if you’d like to jump around. If there are any topics you’d like us to cover, just tweet at any one of us, or you can send us an email at LyonOffside@gmail.com.

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Nabil Fekir moves to Real Betis. Yeah, you read that right.

Everyone’s favorite reality show, Finally Signing the Fekirs, switched networks yesterday. Next season, it will be syndicated in Spain, not France.

Am I being dramatic? Abso-feking-lutely not. It’s a transfer saga that’s gone on for over a year, one that’s emotionally drained Lyon fans, Liverpool fans, and everyone else in between.

Nabil Fekir in Saint Etienne colors. It’s a dark day for Lyon fans.

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