Lyon Or Bust: OL At The Women’s World Cup

It’s not unusual for the world’s best female soccer players to converge on Lyon over the summer . . . it’s just that usually they’re all wearing rouge et bleu and gearing up for preseason action. But this summer brings an international twist as the FIFA 2019 Women’s World Cup sweeps across France. All roads lead to Lyon, as the Parc OL will have the privilege of hosting the tournament’s semifinals (July 2 and 3) and final (July 7).

OL Féminin sends a tournament-leading 16 players (including the all-but-officially-announced Nikita Parris) to compete with their respective nations for women’s soccer’s greatest prize. Set aside hoisting the trophy–Which World Cup-bound Fenottes stand the best chance of actually advancing to the final four to compete at their home stadium? We’ve ranked the players and their national teams’ chances below.

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Fourth And Goal: Weary Lyon Eye Another UWCL Title

OL Féminin are on the brink of a fourth straight UEFA Women’s Champions League title, a feat unseen in either the men’s or women’s game since Real Madrid swept the first five men’s titles to close out the 1950s. A star-studded showdown with FC Barcelona awaits. But do les Fenottes have enough left in the tank to bring the treble back to Lyon?

With just days to go before the big show, we’re checking in on how the teams got here, key storylines, and players to watch.

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Podcast: Episode 4 – Game of Thrones, Lyon Edition

Forget the television phenomenon–the most stressful battles of the year will be happening on the pitch, as OL Féminin attempt to defend their European hegemony against a Barcelona squad somehow playing the role of plucky underdog. Meanwhile, the men are fighting for a Champions League berth without some important defensive stalwarts. Sam (@OZOL1950), Arianna (@AScavs), and Nick (@NicholasMamo) break down the battle plans as we head toward the season finales.

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.

Topics Covered:

  • UEFA Women’s Champions League Final
    • Barcelona’s path to the final (0:40)
    • Pressure on Reynald Pedros? (5:55)
    • Consistency in results (10:00)
    • Majri moving on? (17:15)
  • De Facto Finals in Ligue 1
    • Motivation for the final sprint (23:00)
    • Strength of schedule compared to ASSE (30:10)
    • Short-staffed on defense (39:00)
    • Champions League berth at stake (45:45)
  • Mercato Predictions
    • Fekir/Memphis/Ndombele/Mendy – Choose 2 (52:15)

Cover photo via Dominique Mallen (@dommal38)

Whose Penalty Is It Anyway? A Closer Look At OL Féminin From The Spot

Death.  Taxes.  And Saki Kumagai scoring penalties for Lyon.  For years, those were the three things we could all count on.  But nothing lasts forever (except maybe Lyon’s dominance in D1 Féminine), and things took a turn as last season came to a close.  Kumagai saw a penalty saved, Coach Pedros began shuffling the deck, and all of a sudden the world’s most lethal team has become decidedly less lethal from the spot.

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No Metz-ing Around As OL Féminin Win Again

Did last-place FC Metz ever really stand a chance in this one?  No, not really.  But Lyon have always emphasized that it’s important to take every opponent seriously, and they did just that on Saturday.  The 5-0 win keeps OL in first place, two points ahead of PSG, as the showdown between the top two draws nearer. Continue reading “No Metz-ing Around As OL Féminin Win Again”

Clean Sweep: OL Féminin Beat Bordeaux To Cap Three-Win Week

It was a daunting week for the French and European champions, with two games against top teams in D1 Féminine on either side of a trip to Amsterdam for a mid-week Champions League match.  But les Fenottes came through with flying colors, beating all three opponents and conceding just one goal over the week.  The final victory in the series was a 3-0 win over Bordeaux on Sunday, ensuring that Lyon remain on top of the D1F table.

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Dominant Lyon Overpower Ajax

Ajax may be “stronger than grease” but they weren’t stronger than Lyon on Wednesday as OL Féminin picked up a 4-0 win in Amsterdam in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16.  The titleholders now have one foot in the quarterfinals after goals from four different players carried les Fenottes to a comfortable victory.

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