Europa League Round of 32 Draw | Opponents for French sides Lyon, Nice and Marseille revealed

Here are the opponents for French sides Lyon, Nice and Marseille from today’s Europa League Round of 32 draw.

There were three French teams in the group stages of the Europa League and all three qualified for the Round of 32 as runners up- Lyon behind Atalanta, Nice behind Lazio and Marseille behind Red Bull Salzburg.

There could have been a fourth Ligue 1 representative in the Round of 32 had Monaco atleast managed to finish third in their Champions League group, but the principality outfit finished last and bowed out of Europe altogether. Continue reading

Houssem Aouar | Barcelona interested in Lyon starlet

According to news reports in France and Spain, Barcelona are reportedly interested in Lyon starlet Houssem Aouar. The teenager has been enjoying a fantastic season at OL, and his performances have attracted the attention of scouts across Europe.

Barcelona have been long linked with Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, but the 19 year old Aouar, with his versatility across midfield, is also being looked upon as a potential signing.

With the likes of Aouar and Nabil Fekir in fine form, OL have surged to second in the league behind Paris Saint-Germain, and will be hopeful of a return to the Champions League

Monaco and Lyon both score four against British opposition in pre-season friendlies

Reigning champions AS Monaco and domestic giants Olympique Lyonnais both scored four goals against British opposition in their pre-season friendly. Monaco beat Stoke City 4:2 with Falcao scored, while Lyon were too strong for a Celtic side that fielded a second string outfit owing to their Champions League commitments, beating Brendan Rodgers’ side 4:0 Continue reading

Ligue 1 Team of the Season 2016-17 Official- UNFP Team of the Year 2017

The Ligue 1 Team of the Year 2017, as voted for the UNFP has been officially revealed. PSG, who had eight players in the 2015-16 Team of the Season, have only three players in the 2016/17 edition- an indication of how tightly fought Ligue 1 has been this season.

Monaco have been the surprise packages in France this season- they look set to dethrone PSG and also reached the ladt four of the Champions League. No surprise then that ASM dominate the UNFP Team of the Season with 6 players- Subasic, Sidibe, Glik, Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Mbappe all feature in the list.

The three PSG players in the team are Cavani, Thiago Silva and Verratti. Nice and Lyon have one representative each- John Michael Serie for OGCN and Alexandre Lacazette for OL Continue reading

UNFP Trophy Awards 2017- France Ligue 1 Player of the Season 2016-17

Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani has been named Ligue 1’s player of the Season at the UNFP Trophy awards (Trophees UNFP- France’s version of the PFA). Cavani succeeds Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who won it last year before opting for a free transfer to Man Utd.

Monaco’s Subasic won Goalkeeper of the Year, while the Young Player of the Year, as expected, went to Kylian Mbappe.

Player of the Year– Edinson Cavani (PSG)
Young Player of the Year– Kylian Mbappe (Monaco)
Goalkeeper of the Year– Danijel Subasic (Monaco) Continue reading

Lyon 3 Ajax 1- OL bow out of Europe after spirited effort at Parc Olympique Lyonnais

The last French side left in European competition, Bruno Genesio’s Lyon, bowed out it last night despite beating Ajax 3-1. OL were facing a mountain after being beaten 4-1 in Amsterdam last week, and things got worse for Les Gones when teenager Kasper Dolberg put Ajax ahead.

However Alexandre Lacazette bagged a pair before half time to put them back into the contest and Ghezzal’s second half effort forced a nervy ending, with Ajax also reduced to ten men following Nick Viergever’s dismissal. However the Dutch side just about held on to seal their first European final since 1996.

Could this have been a final for OL instead if Lacazette had been fit for the first leg? Perhaps yes, given that injury allowed him to play only fifteen minutes at the Amsterdam Arena. The striker himself admitted that it could have been a different ball game if he had been fit, and added that his side had their chances, but didn’t take them, and needed to be more clinical. Continue reading