Podcast: Episode 5 – Brazilians, Hat Tricks, and Saucy Things

It’s been an epic two weeks at Chez Lyon. Between the changes to Lyon’s hierarchy to OL Féminin’s continued domination, there’s a lot to unpack. Lucky for you, Sam (@OZOL1950), Arianna (@AScavs), Nick (@NicholasMamo), and Rabeeta (@OffsideBeet) are here to break down the appointments of Juninho and Sylvinho and what they can bring to the club, as well as OL Féminin’s extra special masterclass against Barcelona to win their 4th consecutive Women’s Champions League title.

Have a listen below! 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 an email to LyonOffside@gmail.com.

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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.

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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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Lyon and UEFA are back at it again

If you’re already over the Lyon/UEFA love affair, I don’t blame you. The club has been appealing one thing or another since it came into existence in 1950, so the fact that they’ve been in a constant punishment/appeal cycle for the past two years doesn’t faze me at all.

We reported a month ago that UEFA reduced Lyon’s punishment to one closed match with another on probation. That was after Lyon appealed an even earlier sanction for what was pretty shitty fan behavior.

The closed match is scheduled to be Lyon’s first home match in the Champions League against Shakhtar Donetsk on October 2nd. At this point, most clubs would shrug, accept it, and move on – that’s what Ligue 1 rivals Marseille are doing.

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The Ex Watch: Hugo Lloris arrested for drunk driving

It’s been a long time since Hugo Lloris wore Lyon colors, and even though I wasn’t pleased at how his departure had unfolded, I still wish him well and was happy for him during France’s World Cup win.

It was disappointing beyond measure to read this morning that he had been arrested for drunk driving in London. Thankfully, no one was injured, but he failed a breathalyser test, arrested, and then released on bail.

It’s very strange and out of character for a man whose personality is as sedate as they come. There are a 100 ex-OL players I’d expect this to happen to before ever getting to Lloris, a father of two adorable daughters who is known for his goofy dad jokes and terrible taste in music.

It remains to be seen what the fallout will be. Besides the legal issues that will surely unfold, his captaincy for both Tottenham and Les Bleus are on the line. In fact, his place in Les Bleus could be in question. Players with legal issues have been dropped from the squad before, and this has come right before Didier Deschamps was due to release the list of players for France’s upcoming friendlies.

I hope things work out for Lloris. He’s a great player and should be remembered for a lot of other things besides this.