Champions League Draw and Other Irrelevant News

It’s Barcelona.

Blah.

To be fair, any of the teams Lyon could have drawn in the Round of 16 would be a difficult challenge, but I really didn’t want to see Eric Abidal’s face again. Now I’ll have to suffer through multiple pre-match interviews where he’ll talk down about his old Lyon days. Can’t wait.

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A New Olympique For Jordan Ferri

It was announced yesterday that Lyon academy graduate Jordan Ferri has left on loan to join Nîmes Olympique. While not a fresh face out of the academy, he has only known Olympique Lyonnais as a professional player. It’s a new chapter for Jordan Ferri in a career that has never reached the heights of other famous OL graduates.

Ferri derby

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Lyon tells UEFA to FEK OFF

[We might be paraphrasing a bit, but the sentiment is still valid.]

In the most unsurprising decision ever, UEFA dismissed Lyon’s latest appeal for a reduction in their punishment, which was given for terrible fan behavior during last season’s home match against CSKA Moscow.

Just guess what Lyon’s response was.

That’s right. They’re going to appeal the refusal of their appeal. Is there anything more quintessentially OL than that?

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Boiling Point! Genesio Assaulted?

Just when you thought you had forgotten the bad result against OGC Nice and the infuriating image of Genesio and Aulas feeding us false positivity and propaganda in a post match press conference. The name Genesio again crawls its way into your brain, except this time the reasons are outside the confines of football.

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Battle of the Coaches in Lyon’s European Campaign

One year is long – far too long – to be out of the Champions League. Fans have to settle for Thursday night football, players look to move away for more glamorous nights, and most importantly, Olympique Lyonnais’ coffers weep quietly.

It’s fair to say that Lady Luck has smiled upon Lyon in recent Champions League campaigns, though in true Lyonnais fashion, they struggled to capitalize. This time, the draws brought mixed fortunes for Genesio’s side.

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UEFA keep trying to punish Lyon, who keep appealing

UEFA suspensions are gifts that keep on giving.

Yesterday, UEFA finally handed down their sentence for last season’s Europa League match against CSKA Moscow. You know, the racist fan behavior, crowd riots, and illegal fireworks? Fun times.

In their infinite wisdom, UEFA has decided that the punishment will be one home match played behind closed doors, with another on probation – that is, fans better be on their best behavior, or Lyon will have to play a second closed match.

Nightmare on OL Street.

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