“If you’re good enough, you’re old enough!” The cliche mantra that all aspiring young Olympique Lyonnais academy players whisper to themselves as they drift asleep every night, it’s also a mentality that runs rich through the veins of the clubs DNA. From the president Jean Michel Aulas and to the supporters Lyonnais and worldwide, it’s no longer a well kept secret that the club is topped to the brim with young talented players all fizzing to become the next breakout star, and add their name to the rich list of stars to have passed through the colours of Olympique Lyonnais.Continue reading “Out With The Youth, In With The Youth”
It’s statistically proven that right before and after Champions League matches (and often times, during), Lyon forget how to play football. We’re so used to seeing it that when they do play well, we don’t recognize them.
Seriously, whoever played Toulouse last weekend should be reported for stealing Lyon jerseys.
It’s lucky for Strasbourg, who won the Ligue 1 lottery by getting to play Lyon right before their match against Barcelona match. The Alsatians already knocked them out of the Coupe de la Ligue, so taking 3 points won’t seem like a big deal to them.
Saturday, March 9th, 2019
11 AM EST (17h CET)
Stade de la Meinau, Strasbourg
Benzema, Lacazette, Martial, Tolisso, Ben Arfa, Umtiti, Fekir, Aouar, Lopes etc… Okay! We get it! The Olympique Lyonnais academy conveyor belt’s ability of producing quality footballers, gift wrapped and ready for a high level international career is well documented, and to quote Moussa Dembélé #IfYouDontKnowNowYouKnow! Around the academy is an incredibly successful recruitment cell led by OL’s secret weapon and chief recruiter Florian Maurice, whose ability to still find hidden gems at low prices in this modern age of football is both astounding and vital to the OL DNA and its ongoing success.
Despite only Anthony Lopes and Nabil Fekir left at the club (Jordan Ferri is currently out on loan to Ligue 1 club Nîmes Olympique), supporters and onlookers have become accustomed to the revolving door of exciting young talent passing from the academy through to the first team. Youngsters at the club are drawing more and more attention from supporters and the footballing world alike as the next big talents.
The strong generation of Ferri, Lacazette, N’jie, Grenier, Fekir, Umtiti, Tolisso, Benzia, Plea and Lopes, most of whom came into prominence during Rémi Garde’s tenure as coach between 2011-14 came to fruition during the 14-15 season under new coach Hubert Fournier. Fournier himself greatly benefited from the trust that Garde was somewhat forced to place on the academy players coming through at the time. Since these players came through, there had been a frustrating gap in quality between the reservists and the first team causing OL to rely more on canny and smart recruitment. Now it’s far different, the current crop of u19 players (not to mention a handful of 15/16 year olds), are already starting to knock on Genesio’s front door for a first team place.
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.
On deadline day, Lyon secured the signing of Celtic’s 22-year-old French-Malian forward Moussa Dembélé for a reported figure of €22 million; the most Lyon have spent on a single player since Yoann Gourcuff arrived from Bordeaux in 2010 – also for €22 million. With Spanish-Dominican forward Mariano Díaz re-joining Real Madrid, Les Gones needed to sign a forward to supplement the attacking capabilities of the likes of Memphis Depay, Nabil Fekir and Bertrand Traore.