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Club Information

Full name: Olympique Lyonnais

Nickname: Les Gones or OL

Founded: August 3, 1950

Ground: Stade de Gerland (Capacity: 41,044 seats)

Chairman: Jean-Michel Aulas

Manager:

Major Rivals: AS Saint-Étienne, Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain

Minor Rivals: FC Nantes, FC Girondins de Bordeaux, FC Gueugnon, Grenoble Foot 38

Affiliates: -

Club Legends: -

Clubs Icons: Jean-Michel Aulas, Alain Cavéglia, Juninho Pernambucano, Sonny Anderson, Jacques Santini, Fleury Di Nalio, Serge Chiesa, Sidney Govou, Grégory Coupet, Cláudio Caçapa, Bernard Lacombe.

Favoured Personnel:

Media Prediction: 1st

Club Captain: – Sidney Govou

Corporate Facilities: Good Corporate Facilities

Training Facilities: Top Training Facilities

Youth Facilities: Excellent Youth Facilities + Youth Academy

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Club Finances

Estimated Value: £120M

Balance: £8.6M

Sponsors:

- 3 years stadium sponsorship deal at £8.11M per season (Ends 2010)

- 8 year main kit sponsorship deal at £826K per season (Ends 2013)

[b][u]Start of Season Expectations[/b][/u]

Title Challenge:              Transfer Budget: £8.75M		Wage Budget: £700K
Winner:                       Transfer Budget: £11M          	Wage Budget: £775K

History

On August the 3rd 1950, Olympique Lyon was formed. The newly formed club President Grosvelin charged former LOU coach Oscar Heisserer with recruiting players with the aim of earning promotion to the first division in that very same year. However after achieving this target, Lyon were soon relegated back to the second division, after spending a season in the Ligue 1.

After, manager Julien Darui rebuilt the squad, the club gained promotion back to the first division for the second time in five years. Lyon enjoyed a relatively successful period in the 60's and the 70's where they won three Coupes de France titles, and a Trophée des Champions; taking note that five managers had joined and left Lyon during this era.

However, the club suffered a long period of drought and were relegated in 1983. With the team underachieving and failing to retain any form of domestic trophy.

The Jean-Michel Aulas Era - European Aspiration

Jean-Michel Aulas took control of the club in 1987. Aulas invested in the club with the objective of turning Lyon into an established Ligue 1 side and also developing the club on the European level, within a time-frame of no more than fifteen years. Under the coaching of Denis Papas and Marcel Le Borgne, the club gained promotion to the top flight on two occasions, but unfortunately was relegated the following season on both occasions.

Raymond Domenech, who was born in Lyon, was appointed as their successor and achieved promotion to Ligue 1, after a scoreless draw against Olympique Alès. Lyon were crowned champions of Ligue 2 for the third time. Olympique Lyonnais first top-flight season under Raymond Domenech saw them finish eighth in the league, and more importantly safe from relegation. Domenech managed a fifth place finish in his second season, which secured Lyon a UEFA Cup spot. European qualification was achieved after a mere two years at the top level, and only four years after Aulas had taken control.

Domenech decided to leave after the end of the 1992/93 Ligue 1 season, after being selected as the new French U21 coach. Aulas' first choice replacement was former French international, Jean Tigana. He was part of the celebrated 'Magic Diamond', along with Michel Platini, Luis Fernández and Alain Giresse. Tigana developed the Lyon side into genuine French Ligue 1 title contenders, with the emergence of new players such as Abédi Pelé, Manuel Amoros, and Alain Caveglia. Tigana was forced to leave the club in 1995 after media pressure.

Guy Stéphan took in charge in 1995, following the exit of Tigana, and helped Lyon assure a place in European competition, once more through the 'back-door' system of the Intertoto Cup. Stéphan resigned at the start of the new season, and former Lyon great Bernard Lacombe was brought in as the new manager. Lyon achieved a place in the UEFA Cup, but failed to make it through to the second round after losing to Inter Milan, the eventual winners of the tournament. The club's league positions continued to rise at the final stages of the 20th century - sixth in 1998 and third in 1999 and 2000.

Lyon the dominate force

Olympique Lyonnais dominated the top French level, in the early years of the 21st century. After their second-place finish in 2001, Lyon won seven consecutive Ligue 1 titles, becoming the first club in French history to do so. However, despite the domestic success, Lyon's European ambitions were never realized only reaching as far as the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Jacques Santini was appointed in 2000 after leaving his position at FC Sochaux-Montbéliard. Santini quickly restored the team and in 2001, Lyon had won Coupe de la Ligue (French League Cup), which surprisingly was the club's first major silverware since the 1973 Coupe de France win. He also steered the side to a 2nd place finish, which, as a result, guaranteed the club UEFA Champions League qualification.

Despite these successes, Santini was still not popular with the fans, they did not approve of his defensive approach to the game. In 2002, Santini went one better and guided Lyon to their first ever Ligue 1 title, after a win, on the last day of the season, over second place RC Lens. It still didn't convince the majority of Lyon supporters that he was the right man, after suffering an early knockout in the Champions League, and a fortnight after the win, Santini announced his resignation with Lyon.

The man who was responsible for delivering three consecutive league titles with Lyon was former Rennes manager Paul Le Guen. Le Guen was highly noted for developing players during his time at Rennes, but he was feared as another failure by sections of the media. He undoubtedly proved them wrong, with Lyon improving in Ligue 1 and in the Champions League. Despite finishing third in the Champions League group stages, Lyon were only knocked out due to the goal against rule, which meant that Lyon were placed in the UEFA Cup. Lyon lost to Turkish side, Denizlispor after drawing at home. Le Guen won the league once again by one point.

Le Guen's second season saw Lyon win their third title and second during his reign. Lyon were also top of their group in the Champions League, despite the threat of previous winners, Bayern Munich. The team had beaten Real Sociedad in the round of 16, but their luck ran out against F.C. Porto, who ultimately won the competition.

The club had won the league for a fourth time by a majority margin, but were knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the second straight season. It had looked like Lyon were going to cruise through the semi-finals, after trashing German opponents Werder Bremen 10–2 on aggregate. They were cruelly knocked out on penalties by Dutch club PSV which left Lyon fans waiting another year for a Champions League final.

A night after Lyon's league success, Le Guen resigned from his position as manager. The news surprised Lyon fans, who thought that Le Guen would sign a contract extension and commit himself to the club. He was offered a three-year extension, but decided to leave and be proud of his achievements.

Gérard Houllier was appointed Lyon boss in 2005, after the resignation of Le Guen. He had inherited a worthy championship side, with the likes of Juninho, Sylvain Wiltord, Sidney Govou, Florent Malouda and Grégory Coupet. He placed Juninho as captain and brought Portuguese international Tiago to the club from Chelsea, in a part-exchange deal for Michael Essien.

In his first full season, he had guided the side to a fifth consecutive league title but failed to make an impact in the Champions League, after crashing out to AC Milan at the San Siro. It was their third consecutive quarter-final appearance in the Champions League. Houllier was successful in signing French U-21 international Jérémy Toulalan from Nantes, as well as Swedish play-maker Kim Källström from Rennes. Gérard, however, lost the services of Mali's Mahamadou Diarra, who had agreed a five-year contract with Real Madrid worth up to €25 million.

In order to replace Diarra, Gérard signed another French international, Alou Diarra, from RC Lens. Yet despite a triumphant season debut in which Lyon thrashed championship challengers Olympique de Marseille 4–1 and Lens 4–0, scoring 50 points in the first part of the season alone, Lyon didn't recover from the winter break and lost or drew nearly all the matches in January, including the Coupe de France knockout against Marseille. They managed to regain confidence by beating rivals AS Saint-Étienne 3–1, but were not in form and were decisively beaten by A.S. Roma at Gerland, thus being eliminated from the Champions League.

During the 2007–08 season, Lyon changed their coach, bringing in former Portsmouth boss Alain Perrin from Sochaux. They also recruited Italian World Cup winner Fabio Grosso, as well as Mathieu Bodmer and Abdul Kader Keïta from Lille. The season started badly, with defeats against Toulouse and Lorient, as well as important players such as Grégory Coupet and Cris being injured.

The UEFA Champion's league campaign started in disaster, with the club suffering two humiliating defeats against FC Barcelona (3–0) and Rangers (3–0). These difficulties were due to a lack of defensive discipline and because of Perrin's 4-4-2 system, a formation the players weren't used to.

However, the team managed to maintain itself in first place, thanks to fantastic performances by Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa. Lyon qualified for the next stage in the Champion's League thanks to wins against VfB Stuttgart (2–0 and 4–2) and Rangers, at Ibrox Park (3–0).

The season was marked by some erratic performances, and by a much less marked domination; Bordeaux emerged as serious contenders for the title. The league was eventually decided on the final day. In Lyon's match against Auxerre, Benzema scored a goal (his twentieth that season in Ligue 1), a mere 24 seconds after kick-off, followed by goals from Fred and Källstrom, securing the League for Lyon.

Had Lyon lost, Bordeaux would have been crowned champions as they also won on the final day. Olympique Lyonnais also managed to win the Coupe de France for the first time in more than 30 years with a 1-0 (goal scored by Sidney Govou) win in extra-time against Paris Saint-Germain. This victory assured the club their first ever double.

Lyon appointed a new coach in Claude Puel for the start of the 2008-2009 season to replace the unpopular Alain Perrin. Lyon started the season well and by Christmas were top of the league and looking good. However below par performances and Lyon being knocked out by Barcelona in the first knock out stage of the Champions League seemed to unsettle Lyon and their performances in the second half of the season started to dip a little to allow both Bordeaux and Marseille to close and over take Lyon. In the end Lyon relinquished their tight grip of the Ligue 1 crown with Bordeaux finishing top and Lyon managing only third.

Achievements

National Honours

- Ligue 1 Championship: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

- Trophée des champions: 1973, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

- Coupe de France: 1964, 1967, 1973, 2008

- Coupe de la Ligue: 2001

- Ligue 2 Championship: 1951, 1954, 1989

Olympique Lyonnais

GK: [url=http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg169/kadafi_/FM10/Lyon/Lloris.png]Hugo Lloris[/url], Rémy Vercoutre, Joan Hartock.
CB: Mathieu Bodmer, Cris, Jean-Alain Boumsong, Nicolas Seguin, Sébastien Faure, Cléber Anderson.
RB: François Clerc, Anthony Réveillère, Lamine Gassama.
LB: Aly Cissokho, Thimothée Kolodziejczak.
DM: Jérémy Toulalan, Jean II Makoun, Maxime Gonalons, Saïd Mehamha.
MC: Kim Källström, Clément Grenier, Enzo Réale.
MR: Ederson Honorato Campos, Sidney Govou.
ML: Michel Bastos Fernandes, César Delgado.
AM: Miralem Pjanić.
ST: [url=http://i248.photobucket.com/albums/gg169/kadafi_/FM10/Lyon/Lisandro.png]Lisandro López[/url], Bafétimbi Gomis, Yannis Tafer, Ishak Belfodil.

First Team Coaches:

[b]Name[/b]			[b]Star Rating[/b]		[b]Category[/b]
Joël Bats		[color=gold][b]****[/b][/color]			Goalkeeping.
Robert Valette		[color=gold][b]***[/b][/color] 			Ball Control, Shooting.
Patrick Collot		[color=gold][b]***[/b][/color]			Defending, Tactics, Ball control, Attacking, Shooting, Set Pieces.
Bruno Génésio		[color=gold][b]***[/b][/color] 			Tactics, Defending, Attacking.
Guy Genet		[color=gold][b]***[/b][/color]			Defending, Ball control, Attacking, Shooting, Set Pieces.

Reserve Team Coaches:

[b]Name[/b]			[b]Star Rating[/b]		[b]Category[/b]
Armand Garridio 	[color=gold][b]***[/b][/color]			Defending, Tactics, Ball Control, Attacking, Shooting, Set Pieces.
Patrick Paillot		[color=gold][b]***[/b][/color]  			Defending, Tactics, Ball Control, Attacking, Shooting, Set Pieces.
Gilles Rousset 		[color=gold][b]****[/b][/color] 			Tactics.
Sonney Anderson 	[color=gold][b]****[/b][/color]			Attacking.
Pierre Chavrondier 	[color=gold][b]***[/b][/color] 			Defending, Tactics, Ball Control, Attacking, Shooting, Set Pieces.

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Formation Analysis

4-4-2

Let’s start with the basics shall we, a 4-4-2 is advised for anyone who isn’t really into tactics or who likes to keep it simple. Choosing a 4-4-2 will allow you to utilise the powerful Gomis with the dangerous Lisandro, this could well lead to plenty of goals between the two as they should be able to form a strong partnership. You’d ideally want Gomis to play the more TM role with Lisandro being the box poacher or the player who can link play from midfield.

Using four in midfield will allow you to select a strong line-up, with the only real weakness being who do you place on the right side? Govou is the only real option but he’s not good enough as a winger and he’s no where near good enough to be a striker either. The middle pairing will depend on how controlling you want to be; ideally you will use Toulalan and then either Makoun, Källström, Ederon or Pjanić. The left side will be either Bastos or Källström, for me Bastos has the edge as a true out and out left sided winger.

The back five picks it self really, you’ll want Cris and either Bodmer or Boumsong as his partner they will marshal the backline and keep any opposition strikers in check, with Cissokho and either Clerc or Réveillère providing the support on the flanks while also carrying out the defensive duties. Lloris will obviously be the outstanding choice for goalkeeper.

Positives

- Wouldn’t take long to setup.

- Is ideal for any one who doesn't real too confident with tactics.

- You will be able to get a good balance between attack, support and defend.

Negatives

- Your weak in the right wing position.

- This would mean using your only two established strikers, should any injuries happen you will be significantly weakened upfront.

- The English style 4-4-2 isn't really suited to Lyon or French football (i.e. out and out wing play).

4-2-2-2

The 4-2-2-2 would resemble more how Lyon line up in real life, but how you layout this formation would depend on how attacking you wish to be or how controlling you want to be.

For the more adventurous you’d have Lisandro and Gomis as the front two, Gomis will be a good option to play as the TM man striker, with Lisandro playing as the poacher or complete forward. Bastos and Govou playing in the AML and AMR positions respectively which will provide plenty of attacking options when Lyon attack. If you chose that starting formation, it would be advised to have two sitting DM’s who could mop up any sign of a counter attack from the opposition and allow Lyon to continue to press/attack. Toulalan and Makoun would be ideal in this role. The back four would not really change from the 4-4-2 above, but it might be advised to slightly lower the attacking instincts of your fullbacks as you could be caught out if you lost possession higher up in the pitch.

If you instead choose to go with a more Brazilian/controlling style 4-2-2-2 then it would again by Gomis and Lisandro up front, with two AM’s or CM’s who would provide the service to your two front men. Again depending on if you had two AM’s or CM’s would depend on the starting position for your two sitting midfielders (If you have two AM’s then those defensive minded players would start in the CM positions, if you chose two MCa’s then the defensive minded players would start in the DM positions) once again Toulalan and Makoun/Källström are perfect for this role. The back four would not really change from the 4-4-2, however you will need your full backs to provide any width as the two MC’s/AMs would be quite central and fairly narrow, so finding the balance between attacking and defending for your full backs could take a little while.

Positives

- It would resemble more Lyon in real life.

- The attacking benefits would mean you would be one hell of a goal threat and will play exciting, attacking football.

- You can control the game.

Negatives

- Your AMR position is weak.

- The Brazilian style 4-2-2-2 could leave you too narrow and you could be over run if the opposition plays very wide.

- This would mean using your only two established strikers, should any injuries happen you will be significantly weakened.

4-5-1

A 4-5-1 would allow you to use Lyon’s depth in midfield to the fullest, while also allowing you to keep a striker on the bench incase of any dips in form or injuries to the lone man. For me, Lisandro is the ideal lone man, his pace, strength and sharpness in front of goal will be crucial as at times he will have to play smart in order to wait for the midfielders to join the attack.

The midfield options would be pack full of your best players, Bastos and Govou would provide the width and service from midfield and Ederson, Källström or Pjanić in the MCa role would provide the playmaker qualites in order to provide the service and killer ball(s) to the attacker.

Toualan and Makoun sitting in the two DM positions allows Lyon to keep hold of the ball and control the game, thus reducing the chances of the opposition and keeping OL on the front foot. Again the back four would not really change from the 4-4-2, but having the five in midfield would mean you could strike a good balance for your full backs to bomb forward while also making sure they defend when they are required to.

Positives

- You will be able to utilise your depth of quality midfielders.

- The attacking benefits would mean you will play exciting, attacking football.

- You can control the game.

Negatives

- Your lone man could become isolated at times.

4-3-3

A 4-3-3 would be only advised for those feeling adventurous, having three front men could take a long time to develop, it’s hard to strike a balance between three attackers and having two of them drop a little deeper when Lyon do not have the ball. For me, Gomis would play the middle front man option, with Lisandro and Govou/Delgado/Bastos on the other side, these two will need to have lower mentalities than Gomis in order to ensure they drop a little deeper to provide a link between attack and midfield.

The midfield will also be not as dominate as advised because they would be quite narrow and against a 4-5-1 system they would be outnumbered meaning Lyon would have to play counter attacking. Toulalan/Makoun should play the most defensive minded middle CM in order to ensure he drops a little deeper to protect the back four. Källström, Bastos, Makoun, Pjanić or Ederson will play in the reaming two CM positions.

The back four would not really change, but it would be a good idea to have all four of them focusing on purely defence duties so they don’t get outnumbered if and when the opposition attacks.

Positives

- You will pose plenty of thread in attack.

- You will be excellent as a counter attacking threat.

Negatives

- Your midfield could become outnumbered.

- You don’t really have three established front men.

- Defending against 4-5-1 or 4-4-2 formations could be difficult to set up.

Note: This is based on the default squad and is only a suggestion as to what possible formation to consider when managing Lyon; this is not meant to be an in-depth look at each tactic.

Squad Analysis

Goalkeeper

The goalkeeper position is one you shouldn't have to worry about, the only concern is a backup for Hugo Lloris with question marks on how good a backup either Rémy Vercoutre or Joan Hartock really are. However when you start the game you shouldn't have to worry too much about this, in the long term a good backup will provide good competition for Lloris.

- Key man:
Hugo Lloris

- Youth Prospect: N/A

Right Back

The right back position is an interesting one with François Clerc and Anthony Réveillère being very similar in style of play and attribute-wise. For me, at the moment Réveillère is just ahead of Clerc because of his better defensive attributes, but Clerc will provide excellent cover in the mean time. Lamine Gassama is the best youth prospect at RB, so ensure he can get first team action to aide his development.

- Key man:
Anthony Réveillère

- Youth Prospect:
Lamine Gassama

Centre Back

The centre back position is in immediate concern, with Cris being the only recognised quality centre in the Lyon starting squad. My advice would be to look at strengthening this position straight away. Bodmer is an able centre back to play alongside Cris but he just lacks that real quality in my opinion. Boumsong is a good squad option but cannot be relied on as a first teamer and Cléber Anderson is someone you should look to move on as soon as possible. Youth options like Seguin and Faure will take time to develop.

- Key man:
Cris

- Youth Prospect:
Nicolas Seguin

Left Back

The left back position will be taken up by Aly Cissokho who will provide good service in both attack and defence. You may wish to bring in an experienced left back to provide competition and act as a backup to Cissokho but in the long term you should look at bring through Kolodziejczak who can turn into an excellent player.

- Key man:
Aly Cissokho

- Youth Prospect:
Thimothée Kolodziejczak

Defensive Midfield

One of Lyon’s strongest area’s, with Toulalan and Makoun providing able options should you wish to use a defensive midfielder in your formation. Maxime Gonalons will be the best youth option in this area so take time to develop him and allow him to progress.

- Key man:
Jérémy Toulalan

- Youth Prospect:
Maxime Gonalons

Right Midfield

Probably one of Lyon’s weakest areas in midfield with only Sidney Govou as the only recognised right winger I would look to improve this area immediately. Miralem Pjanić is another option, but realistically in the long term he is more suited to the AMC or MCa role in the team. You could try and use François Clerc as a backup, but I would advise you look to bring in a quality right winger to improve the right sided service.

- Key man:
N/A

- Youth Prospect:
Jérmy Pied

Left Midfield

Left midfield – The left sided midfield options are good enough for the short to medium term, with Bastos providing a touch of quality and Kim Källström also able to cover this area you should be fine even if injury hits this side. Lyon have no real long term youth prospect so it’s probably a good idea to look round and bring one in if possible.

- Key man:
Michel Bastos Fernandes

- Youth Prospect: N/A

Attacking Midfield

The attacking midfield options are decent for the short term, Miralem Pjanić is obviously the outstanding talent who should be given as much time to develop as possible. Aside from the Pjanić, Ederson can also do a good job in the AMC role.

- Key man:
Miralem Pjanić

- Youth Prospect:
Miralem Pjanić

Strikers

The striking options are quite good but with only two recognised strikers you may need to invest in another established striker while talents like Befodil or Tafer develop. Lisandro is the obvious stand out striker, with his ability to score goals from virtually anywhere key to how well you do this season. Gomis provides able support and depending on the formation you choose will decide whether you use one striker at a time or utilise both men.

- Key man:
Lisandro López

- Youth Prospect:
Yannis Tafer

Note: The squad analysis is based on the default squad and should only be used to give you a brief low down on the squad and each position.

What positions should I look at improving?

Centre Back

Easily the most worrying position, Cris is the only quality centre back so it’s important you are able to find a partner of equal quality.

Left Back
*

You don’t really need a first choice left back, merely a backup so I would advise you look to bring in an experience player who is happy to be a squad player and be a good tutor to any young promising left back you may have coming through the ranks.

Right Midfield

Sidney Govou and César Delgado are the only real wide right options; both players are not good enough to be considered first team starters. So my advice would be to search for a quality right winger as soon as possible.

Striker
*

With only two established first team strikers this position is a slight worry, if you were to have a bad injury crisis it would mean relying on two very raw strikers in Tafer and Befodil which in my opinion are not quite ready yet. Look to bring in an established striker, but not for too much as someone will have to play the bench role unless you decide to use three upfront.

Note:
*
means back-up

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Thanks guys, no I did not jammy. I started writing out the history from scratch but I got to eleven pages (:D) and seeing as the demo was out early I decided to use Wikipedia and simply correct bits and change some sections. So it's part mine, part wiki. :thup:

Will have the squad analysis up soon, once I finish de-waffling it.

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Thanks guys, no I did not jammy. I started writing out the history from scratch but I got to eleven pages (:D) and seeing as the demo was out early I decided to use Wikipedia and simply correct bits and change some sections. So it's part mine, part wiki. :thup:

Will have the squad analysis up soon, once I finish de-waffling it.

11 pages :eek:, what were you doing naming every tea lady they have ever had? ;)

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It's like an Off Topic Thread reunion in here :D

Agree :thup:

Now bring back jams :mad:

Disagree :thdn:

From a brief glance at the squad, and from the little I've seen of him, shouldn't Cissokho be better than he is?

Considering how much they paid for him he should be much better.

Can't believe Boumsong is a reasonable squad player on FM10.

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Just started as we speak :)

Currently looking through the squad and also the recommended players.

What about you SJ?

Yeah just set it up today it is the best i have ever played so far. :D

Also Ott reunion ftw.

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From a brief glance at the squad, and from the little I've seen of him, shouldn't Cissokho be better than he is?

He's a little under rated, a few tweaks and he would be about right from the start of the game.

Just one question to Lyon fans: Do you like any of your managers after reading that? :$

Yes, but ambitions mean some coaches don't match up to the high standards that are demanded.

Great thread HoPeY, quality stuff. But why didn't you put Hugo Lloris as a promising youngster or at least a key player?

I could only have one key player; it was tough but Toulalan is in his prime, I don't class Lloris as a promising youngster as he's an established quality first team player that is why.

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Thanks, it's abit waffly but you know me. :D I’ve just finished my French based shortlist, 153 players. Woot. :*) Alphonse Aréola is like the French version of Fiorillo this year. :thup:

Anyone you can recommend to me?

On the look out for a DL to either start or backup Cissoko? Got £4.6m left to spend.

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Well I have only compiled a list of French players, or players that play in France at the moment. Still working on other possible targets, if you mean from France look at Mathieu? Muratori? Jean-Alain Fanchone? M'Bengué? All of them will be an okay back-up for Cissoko.

Otherwise, maybe look at Morel Rodríguez (Boca), Kadlec, Kléber (Internacional), Monzón, Eichner? I’ve not really looked into transfer lists other than French based ones at the moment. :D

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It will just be a shortlist, so it can be imported into the demo or the full version. But yeah, sure. :thup: I'm not playing this serious at the moment anyway, using it to test some theories out and develop some rule sets for me when the full game is release.

Loving Lisandro, Toulalan, Lloris and Pjanić.

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Lyon failing to win Ligue 1 last year has also more than ever, made me want to start a Lyon save. :)

So when the full game comes out, Im pretty sure you will be seeing me a lot more in here, I hate having limititations like on the demo, so im not going to start one yet :rolleyes:

Also, Great OP Hopey :thup: especially the formation part.

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I've managed to get in a bit of playing time, and the first thing that struck me was the new layout. I like it :thup:. It seems a bit easier to navigate (when you get used to it).

Anyway back to Lyon. The squad is nowhere near as good as last year. There's obviously the loss of Benzema, but many players seem to have been downgraded. Therefore I bought in some quality players to strengthen the squad.

Transfers

I've tried to recreate the tactic I used to great effect on FM09, but despite dominating every game the results have been hit & miss. Creating loads of chances but struggling to score.

Results so far

We had a good aggregate win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Qualifier.

Champions League Group Stage draw

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For the problematic right if midfield/AMR position, I bought Loic Remy. It was a pretty pricey £14million, but the fee broke down like this;

£7million upfront

£6million over 24months

20k per league game for 50games - which adds up to £1million

It is an awful lot of money, and due to his real life prejudice HoPeY may not be all that happy with the fee, (joke of course), and I would have got him for just £6.5million and Cesar Delgado in part/ex - if Delgado had accepted Nice's offer. But so far he has certainly been repaying the fee with 1 goal and 6 assists from 5 starts and 2 sub apps.

If you take a look at Remy I would try and get the fee lower though - I overpayed simply because I was in need of another olayer for the wide right position/cover for the strikers.

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I am currently 7 games into the season, (5 in Ligue 1), and I'm going along very well with 6 wins out of 1 draw so far. My best player in a way has been Lisandro, yet he has also been my poorest due to his patchy performances. He has scored 2 hattricks, and 8 goals so far, yet has had a couple of really weak performances aswell.

A full report will come later when I have played aslong as the demo will let me.

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I've managed to get in a bit of playing time, and the first thing that struck me was the new layout. I like it :thup:. It seems a bit easier to navigate (when you get used to it).

Anyway back to Lyon. The squad is nowhere near as good as last year. There's obviously the loss of Benzema, but many players seem to have been downgraded. Therefore I bought in some quality players to strengthen the squad.

Transfers

I've tried to recreate the tactic I used to great effect on FM09, but despite dominating every game the results have been hit & miss. Creating loads of chances but struggling to score.

Results so far

We had a good aggregate win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Qualifier.

Champions League Group Stage draw

Great price for Cléber Anderson, not so much with Clerc though. Why did you sell him? Your In's look good, what do you think of Franchone?

I think your doing alright Spike, well take a while to adjust to the changes so frankly your doing great. What formation are you using a 4-4-2?

For the problematic right if midfield/AMR position, I bought Loic Remy. It was a pretty pricey £14million, but the fee broke down like this;

It is an awful lot of money, and due to his real life prejudice HoPeY may not be all that happy with the fee, (joke of course), and I would have got him for just £6.5million and Cesar Delgado in part/ex - if Delgado had accepted Nice's offer. But so far he has certainly been repaying the fee with 1 goal and 6 assists from 5 starts and 2 sub apps.

If you take a look at Remy I would try and get the fee lower though - I overpayed simply because I was in need of another olayer for the wide right position/cover for the strikers.

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I am currently 7 games into the season, (5 in Ligue 1), and I'm going along very well with 6 wins out of 1 draw so far. My best player in a way has been Lisandro, yet he has also been my poorest due to his patchy performances. He has scored 2 hattricks, and 8 goals so far, yet has had a couple of really weak performances aswell.

A full report will come later when I have played aslong as the demo will let me.

£14Million for Loïc Rémy? Dear god! /o\ I'm not prejudice about Rémy, I like him but not at the price Lyon were prepared to go in the summer, €18Million? That's about €10-12Million too much.

Late but great OP Hopey

Thanks.

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