Ben Arfa: Heading back to France sooner than expected…

October 3rd, 2010 | By: Sarah | 19 Comments

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Ben Arfa Stretchered Off in Newcastle’s game versus Manchester City

And not under the best of circumstance.  Though it would have been hard to guess that he would be returning to France in worse condition than when he left.  When Hatem left, he boycotted training at Marseille to push forward a (previously agreed upon) loan to Newcastle.  A month later, he returns with leg fractured in two places.  Read the rest of this entry »


 
September 25th, 2010

Ligue 1, Matchday 7: The games you don’t want to miss!

By: Sarah | Comments 16 Comments

J7 Ligue 1 fixtures Ligue 1, Matchday 7 fixtures courtesy of the LFP

So many games, so little time!  Here are some recommendations of the games you don’t want to miss and why they matter!


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September 24th, 2010

Lyon: Claude Puel vs History

By: Sarah | Comments 3 Comments

As if Claude Puel’s job wasn’t hard enough these days with his current Ligue 1 competitors, he also has to deal with being compared to his illustrious predecessors at Lyon.  Many of whom accumulated stellar, if not specular, records that most coaches would pale in comparison to.


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August 29th, 2010

Ligue 1, Matchday 4: Bordeaux vs Marseille Liveblog

By: Sarah | Comments 2 Comments

Will Bordeaux prove they can win without Gourcuff beating defending champions, Marseille? We’ll chat about that and more…


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August 7th, 2010

Ligue 1: Match Day 1 is here!

By: Sarah | Comments 8 Comments

Ligue 1 kicks off today – and after a series of computer problem, I finally managed to get something on the front page.


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July 23rd, 2010

Cheat Sheet: Ligue 1 Summer Training, friendlies and transfer activities!

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Just in case some of you were too distracted by the World Cup (and then needed time to recover from said World Cup) – here is a cheat sheet for you to catch up on the training schedules, friendlies and transfer activity that has happened in Ligue 1 (to date).  To be updated as the [...]


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July 17th, 2010

French Football Dose: 7/17/10

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I challenge you all to find a video with a better display of dribbling than this. A Concise Round-Up of Ligue 1 Transfers (Global Football Today) Ligue 1 Schedule for Season 10/11 (Ligue 1 Official) Complete Ligue 1 Transfer Listing (iSocios) Analyzing the Loic Remy Saga (Ligue 1 Talk) If you haven’t seen it, The Infamous Lyon Kit Unveiling [...]


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July 15th, 2010

PSG: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous (Story of its Life)

By: Thomas | Comments 2 Comments

Or possibly ridiculous to the sublime, as we should say in this case. Anyway, yesterday PSG played a sublime and ridiculous (mostly ridiculous) friendly match against Liga Sagres club Sporting Club de Portugal. It starts out with the ridiculous, then moves on to the sublime. The sublime, in case you were wondering, is a four [...]


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July 15th, 2010

My Case for Firing Every Kit Designer in France

By: Thomas | Comments 16 Comments

4791696803_2a35671db2_b What a team wears makes much more of a difference than many of you may think, in fact, the jersey of a team can be a primary reason for a prospective fan to develop an affinity. Watching the World Cup with relatives that know nothing of football [...]


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July 14th, 2010

Ligue 1 Perspective: The 2010 FIFA World Cup (Part 3)

By: Thomas | Comments 3 Comments

Korea Republic:
Park-Chu Young of Monaco played in all four of South Korea’s matches at the World Cup, scoring once on a brilliant free kick against Nigeria:

His performances have generated interest from big clubs, particularly Liverpool, who are reported to have tabled a seven million euro bid for the striker.


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Bordeaux vs Lyon : Jean-Michel, we need the voodoo dolls again!

Dear Jean-Michel

Considering that:
- Lyon only won 2 out of the last 10 L1 games versus Bordeaux, for 3 draws and 5 defeats
- We're curently 6th, just 2 points ahead of Bordeaux
- Somebody sent a curse to our midfield. We're playing without Gourcuff (no kidding), Grenier and Fofana, all injured.
- Without ...

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Lyon vs Montpellier : A matter of pride and ambition

Today's game is no ordinary match.
It is a key test of our sense of pride. As Jean-Michel Aulas poetically put it, our bottom is still red after the 5-1 spanking from the first leg.
Asked if he would insist on that aspect, Rémi Garde replied "I don't need to. At least ...

Mar 02, 2014 | Read this article...
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Europa League, round of 32, Lyon vs Odessa : Nous sommes l'Olympique Lyonnais, remember?

(Post in preparation)

Probable team, given that Gourcuff and Gonalons are not ...

Feb 27, 2014 | Read this article...
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Lille - Lyon : Now this is getting serious

6 points, no less. That's what is at stake tonight.

In one of his typical understatements, Rémi Garde admits the game is " important in the race to catch up on the leaders."

As five points separate Lille, 3rd before this matchday, from Lyon, 6th, what is striking here is the ...

Feb 23, 2014 | Read this article...
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Europa League, round of 32 , Odessa vs Lyon: The reserves visit Ukraine this time

We've discovered it in the previous rounds, Rémi Garde is not afraid of bold choices when it comes to preserving his starters for important games ahead, like the derby and, this time, the 6-point Lille game next weekend.

Hence a starting 11 looking like a kindergarten:
Lyon : Vercoutre - Bisevac, Sarr, ...

Feb 20, 2014 | Read this article...
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Lyon - Ajaccio : hit, but not sunk yet. Or are we?

Hit by Lens who ousted them from the Coupe de France, Lyon meet Ajaccio today for the 25th Ligue 1 matchday.

There's a big question mark on this game, for several reasons:
- we'll see how deeply affected the team wil be after their elimination. To what extent will their confidence be ...

Feb 16, 2014 | Read this article...
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Coupe de France, round of 16: OL vs Lens

The only French team still alive in all 4 competitions (L1 Championship, France Cup, League Cup and Europa League), the Olympique Lyonnais apparently has no intention to let anything go. Today's game is no exception, and whilst Garde is adept of a moderate turnover in the Cups, in order to ...

Feb 13, 2014 | Read this article...
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I MOVED!

Change is good, right? I've been wanting a new look for my blog for quite some time and finally decided on a move to Tumblr. So please update your bookmarks to phoceenatic.tumblr.com I'm still working on the aesthetic kinks of it all, but it's shaping up rather well. Hope to ...

Feb 12, 2014 | Read this article...
Lyon RSS

Nantes - OL : passing the hurdle

Lyon's busy road to Europe goes West today as FC Nantes stands up as this week's hurdle.
After last week's hiccup in Rennes, OL can't afford to stop gaining ground on the teams above. The problem is, Nantes is hardly a good candidate to go past.

Currently 9th with 1 point less ...

Feb 09, 2014 | Read this article...
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Coupe de la Ligue, Lyon vs Troyes : Final call

(post in preparation)

The teams:
Lyon : Lopes - Zeffane, Bisevac, Koné, Bedimo - Mvuemba, Gonalons, Fofana, Lacazette - Gomis, Briand
Troyes : Dreyer - Saunier, Colin, N'Diaye, Carole - Darbion, Nivet, Thiago, Ben Khalfallah, Court - Gimbert

Feb 05, 2014 | Read this article...

 

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