Tag: lyon

A-Z of the 2000s: Juninho Pernambucano

Try as they might, studying his game as fervently as they can, nobody will ever strike a dead ball quite like Juninho Pernambucano. Nobody

What happened to Yoann Gourcuff, the next Zidane?

It was a goal that was impossible to ignore, the kind of high-level showboatery that’s worth the price of admission alone. On a misty January evening inside the Stade Chaban-Delmas in Bordeaux,…

The tricks, trials and tribulations of Michel Bastos

IT WAS LESS than a decade ago that Michel Bastos was setting French and European football alight with his mix of thunderous power and Brazilian style. He was one of Lyon’s brightest…

The brilliance and the bravery of Éric Abidal

ÉRIC SYLVAIN ABIDAL is one of the most decorated French footballers in recent history. A powerful left-back, he amassed over 400 club appearances, as well as 67 international caps, across a career…

Michael Essien: the most complete Ghanaian export of all

Illustration by Federico Manasse The goals, the power, the engine; all done with that unmistakable beaming smile on his face for club and country. Few players are eulogised about fondly across supporter partisanships,…