French Football Friday: Lyon still flying high, Paris St Germain sinking like a lead balloon


30th, November 2007

There are two very different stories at the moment for French football giants past and present. Lyon are currenly numero un – still top of the table after their 0-2 win at Rennes at the weekend. Former champions Paris St Germain on the other hand are sitting in the relegation zone after their 2-1 defeat at Nice.
Lyon – on course for a seventh successive title – won courtesy of a Juninho penalty and the excellent Hatem Ben Arfa goal in the video above.

All the Ligue 1 action for your viewing pleasure:

Frederic%20Thiriez.JPGSlightly scary French football chief Frederic Thiriez has been announcing his plans for the future of the LFP and stadiums are his priority. He said: “Some years again when I came into the post, I made the following diagnosis; France was behind in two ways – TV rights and stadia which would allow the country to be up their with the best in European leagues.
“With the TV rights, the gap has been filled for the moment. But with the stadia, we have 15 years of catching up to do. It is vital. There doesn’t exist a club stadium in France that could host a Champions League final. It is not good for French football. That is why France has to be a candidate for Euro 2016. That would be a way of accelerating our programme of stadia construction. The future of football is in the renovation of its stadia.”

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