Player Profile: Episode 3 – Ndombélé Beast Mode Confirmed

Beyond Comparisons – Respect the Name

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One and Only

Kante, Touré, Pogba…These are just some of the names to whom Tanguy Ndombélé is compared, which helps people with limited knowledge about him to have a sense of who this next starlet from France is and could be in the future. But to all Olympique Lyonnais supporters and Ligue 1 followers who have had the pleasure of watching him tear through midfields for the past year, it comes as no surprise to see this midfield monster being linked to almost every top side in Europe, as well as receiving his first national team selection.

Regardless of the injury to Corentin Tolisso, it was only a matter of time until Deschamps could no longer ignore Ndombélé’s all conquering performances for OL. As the trend typically goes, people outside of France don’t bat an eyelid at Ligue 1 unless their clubs are linked to the “next *insert cliché name here” star from France. It’s a shame because unlike so many French midfielders before him, Ndombélé is a completely different entity, a player that deserves more credit than merely being linked to a big money move abroad. Ignore the comparisons in the upcoming months and years because soon, we are not going to be talking about the next somebody but the first of a new wave of all action French midfielder.

 

 

 

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International break: no rest for the weary

It’s October, which means another international week. While the world is still in recovery from this summer’s World Cup, two major tournaments are on the horizon: the Women’s World Cup and UEFA’s U21 Championship. In addition, the newly created League of Nations (whatever that is) will be in full swing.

It’s pretty much the same cast of characters, with two major exceptions: Tanguy Ndombélé has made the jump from France’s U21s to the senior team. It’s well deserved, though Didier Deschamps made it clear that Ndombélé’s inclusion is the direct result of Corentin Tolisso’s injury. The other big news is Jason Denayer’s return to the Belgian NT after two years, which is welcome after his outstanding performances the past two months.

Keep your fingers crossed that both will remain fixtures for their national teams.

Boss.

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Reeled In: Welsh Midfielder Jess Fishlock Joins OL Féminin On Loan

For a second there, Jess Fishlock may have thought she might get a chance to relax this offseason.  She’s been bouncing back and forth between the Seattle Reign in the NWSL and Melbourne City in Australia’s W-League for a few years, and no one could have blamed her if this time around she wanted a few months to relax and recover after the NWSL season wrapped up.

Then Lyon came calling.  Big club, meet tiny dragon.

It’s already been quite a week for the central midfielder.  Since the club announced her arrival on loan on Monday, Fishlock has made it to Lyon, picked up her #24 jersey, met the French press, rediscovered the perils of driving a stick shift, and, oh yeah, hit the field with her new teammates.  And with Coach Reynald Pedros announcing Wednesday that Fishlock could be ready for game action as soon as Sunday in Rodez, things are moving fast.

So where does the Seattle Reign star fit in with the European champs?

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Drama at Right-Back! the Kenny Tete Story

This past summer transfer window has turned Lyon into a made-for-TV movie. There’s broken promises, betrayal, and greed – all that’s missing is an evil stepmother and a clueless boyfriend.

Oh wait, that’s Aulas and Genesio.

To recap, Lyon has what can only be termed “a colossal fuck up of epic proportions” in the right-back position. As most of you know, I don’t break out the “f word” unless it’s serious.

It’s serious.

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Women’s International Round Up: Who’s Headed to France?

Lucy Bronze, Izzy Christiansen, and Carolin Simon all punched their ticket to next summer’s World Cup, while Shanice van de Sanden’s Netherlands squad has another battle ahead.  Plus France stays hot and Canada bounces back.  With the team reunited in Lyon, we’re catching up on all the international action from OL Féminin.

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Internationals take over Lyon

It’s that time of the year again when national teams call up players for international friendlies. It’s especially tough on teams that have a lot of internationals. While domestic leagues are on “break” next week, clubs worry about injuries to their players and a disruption in momentum.

For everyone else, it’s fun times!

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