Footage from Lyon’s training on OLTV’s Culture Club and interviews with Ada Hegerberg (in English) and Gérard Prêcheur (in French).
First session of the new season for Lyon
Lyon returned to training on July 23 as Ada Hegerberg, Méline Gerard, Noémie Carage, Lucie Pingeon, Cindy Perrault and the rest of the team took part of new coach Gérard Prêcheur’s first session at the Plaine des Jeux.
Eve Perisset, who is preparing for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup at Clairefontaine, and goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin were not present.
Sarah Bouhaddi extends with Lyon
Goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi has after long discussions with the club extended her contract for two years, until the summer of 2016.
Lotta Schelin nominated for Best Women’s Player in Europe Award
Olympique Lyonnais’ Lotta Schelin is one of eleven players on the shortlist for the Best Women’s Player in Europe Award. The shortlist was voted for by the coaches of the eight teams that took part in last season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-finals. The ten other nominated players are Verónica Boquete, Nilla Fischer, Lena Goessling, Nadine Kessler, Lena Lotzen, Marta, Martina Müller, Alexandra Popp, Christen Press and Caroline Seger.
In the second round, the voting jury for the women’s award will be composed of twelve journalists. The three final nominees are scheduled to be named on Thursday 14 August 2014. The same jury will then cast their votes live in Monaco during a special ceremony on the occasion of the UEFA Champions League group stage draw, with the journalists using an electronic system to determine the winner.
In addition to Lotta Schelin, Louisa Necib and Wendie Renard received votes in the initial poll which consisted of a total of 20 players. Necib tied for 12th place with Ramona Bachmann, Melanie Behringer and Karen Carney, while Renard tied for 16th place with Kim Little, Anja Mittag and Julia Simic. In 20th place was Patrizia Panico.
Olympique Lyonnais confirm: Hegerberg to join the team
Olympique Lyonnais have today confirmed that Ada Stolsmo Hegerberg will join the team within the next few days, and should presumably therefore be present for the team’s first pre-season training on Wednesday, July 23.
Norwegian Hegerberg is 19 years old and was part of the Turbine Potsdam squad that defeated Lyon in the 2013/14 UEFA Women’s Champions League. She previously played for Staebek and Kolbotn in Norway, where she was awarded Young Player of the Year at the age of just 16 years old in 2011. The following year, she was the top goalscorer in Toppserien, scoring an impressive 25 goals in 18 matches.
Ada Hegerberg to join Olympique Lyonnais
Norwegian international Ada Stolsmo Hegerberg will join Olympique Lyonnais from Turbine Potsdam according to German media. Hegerberg is a regular with the Norwegian national team, and last year helped them to a second place in the UEFA Women’s Euro 2013.
You asked, Sabrina Viguier answered
Pour lire cette interview en français, visitez footdelles.com.
On her experiences in Sweden and Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC
What is it like to play in Damallsvenskan compared to Division 1? What are the biggest differences between French and Swedish league teams? Milla, Sweden
The Swedish game is a hard game! In Sweden, the teams are more athletic. The players run a lot and are very physical. The game is more direct in contrast with the French champonship where the players are more technical and where the plays are more developed. The characteristics that can be found in the Swedish league are those of their national team, and it is the same with the French league and the national team.
Which style of play suits you more (the Swedish or the French)? Owen, Scotland
I don’t know, I am not very physical or very technical! I think I am average in all areas so I try to use my head to adapt!
With the long career that you have had, and spending the past four years playing for one of the best team’s in the world, are there things that you are discovering or learning about football during this Swedish experience? Sophie, France
You are always learning something regardless of where you are! The teammates, the opponents, the staff, the way to train, everything is different!
What are Göteborg’s goals this season? Sophie, France
The goal is to finish in the top two in order to play in the Champions League next season.
How do you like Sweden and have you learnt any Swedish? Is there anything in particular that you love in Sweden, or perhaps something that you find strange? Katharina, Germany
I like the mood, the Swedish mentality. They don’t complicate things, they exude an impressive collective strength. They are always happy when someone succeeds, there is no jealousy. They discuss a lot but rarely criticize. That can be strange when you are French. Criticism comes easy for us. Here, we talk about the positives, they put things in perspective. Language-wise, I am beginning to understand a lot of things but I have to continue to work at it because I am far from fluent in Swedish!
You were known to be the best cook on the team at OL (My note: Lotta Schelin claimed you were in our “The fans ask the questions” interview earlier this year, at least). Have you discovered anything about Swedish cuisine since arriving in Göteborg? A favorite dish? Anonymous
It is different from the French food. There are fewer specialties than in France and Swedes love all kinds of sauce! My favorite remains köttbullar with rödbetssallad on crispbread! It is meatballs on a crispbread covered with beetroot! OK, it sounds weird, but it’s really good! Swedes are proud of their bread which they put a lot of tubes on (caviar, cheese …). There are food aisles full of tubes! We do not have that in France. The fish is also very good here. They also make sandwiches with little shrimps (räksmörgås), so good!
On her career and Olympique Lyonnais
What is your favorite memory from your career? Anonymous
I have a lot, from all of the teams I have played for. Regarding the most recent ones, I would say the first Champions League title and the qualification for the semifinals in the World Cup with the French national team.
Which forward that you have ever played against made it the most difficult for you as a defender? Anonymous
In Lyon, already in training, I had my hands full with Lara, Lotta, Eugénie, Camille, Thomis, but I will also say Abby Wambach and Birgit Prinz, two very impressive, athletic forwards with great careers.
You are still a part of the group in the hearts of the players and supporters. How did you experience Lyon’s double from Sweden? Sophie, France
I was very happy for the team. I felt a twinge in my heart because it reminded of some great memories. I followed the last few games because I’m still attached to the team and I’m proud of what the girls achieved.
When you someday finish your career as a player, will you continue to be active in football? What are your dreams for the future? Anonymous
I am a P.E. teacher, so I am calm about the future. But of course, I have been in the football world since I was born and I love it, so I will probably stay in it to give back for everything that this sport has given me. I do not know how or where, we’ll see … I do not have a particular dream except living my life and being healthy!
- club team? OL féminin!
- place to travel? Aveyron.
- thing to do in your free time? Go home and visit my family.
- football player as a child? My brother.
- team to win the 2015 World Cup? I would like it to be France, of course!
Photo by Per Montini.
OL President Jean-Michel Aulas on the club’s goals
— With the girls, to win the Champions League. There is still a case to be finalized with Sarah Bouhaddi. I am working on this on a daily basis… We also want to compensate for the departures of Laëtitia Tonazzi and Sabrina Viguier, so there should be one or two more signings aside from Méline Gerard, the goalkeeper from ASSE.
Méline Gerard on her move to Olympique Lyonnais
Interview by Thibault Rabeux for Foot d’Elles
You just signed a 3 year contract with OL. I am guessing you could not ask for more?
It is obvious that when you have a proposal from a club like Olympique Lyonnais, it is difficult to refuse. I am very happy to get involved with OL. It is difficult at this time to beat Lyon since it is one of the best clubs in Europe and the world. I’m really happy.
Your arrival at OL has been known for a while now … How is it that it was only formally done now? Was something holding up the move?
No, not at all. We simply agreed with leaders to see us at this time. There was no concern in particular. It was only a matter of time and patience.
Have you been contacted by other clubs?
No, just Olympique Lyonnais. I do not have an agent so I did not necessarily shout from the rooftops that I wanted to leave AS Saint-Étienne.
What memories will you keep from your four years at AS Saint-Étienne?
Each of the past years there helped me a lot, made me grow and evolve. I am eternally grateful to AS Saint-Étienne. The people at club were great from beginning to end. It is there that I experienced my most beautiful moments of football and I will keep them in my memory for a long time. My leaving went very well, the people were very happy for me. It was difficult to have to say goodbye to everyone.
What are your goals with your new club?
To progress and to get to a higher level. I want to evolve and get the means to achieve my personal goals. At the back of my mind is playing for the French national team and I know I have a lot of work to get there, so I am joining OL with the idea of evolving.
The 2015 World Cup in Canada is your goal?
The World Cup, I think like any player who has high level of ambition. However, I know I’m still far away. I was called up to the B team and I am already very satisfied. My primary goal is to keep my place with Team B and hope that I will perhaps have a nice surprise soon.
Do you think your departure from Saint-Etienne was inevitable in order to dream of France A?
I do not think that the departure was mandatory, I just want to start a new challenge for me and put myself in a little danger. I’m not the coach, I do not know if my arrival at Lyon changes anything, I just wanted to find a new challenge to move forward. I wanted to be with the best to put all the odds on my side.
Sarah Bouhaddi told us that her future at Lyon was in no way related to your arrival. Was it the same for you?
Absolutely. We have only talked about me and not Sarah Bouhaddi. We had not agreed that I would join if she left and vice versa. That was not the idea at all.
Do you know if Sarah Bouhaddi will remain at Olympique Lyon next year?
I have no idea, you must ask her.
Do you know if you will be the starting goalkeeper at Lyon next season?
We have not spoken of that, it is not specified in my contract. I knew that coming to Lyon, no one would place a red carpet under me with a throne waiting for me after that. I knew there would be tough competition, and that is also why I came. If I have to be number two next year, I will accept that and I will do everything to become number one. If it is the case that I get to start, then I’ll do anything to stay that way. We need competition in order to give our all. It is important to confront the best and Sarah Bouhaddi is the best in her position so it’s convenient.
Méline Gerard joins OL, Eve Perisset signs a professional contract
24-year-old Méline Gerard has joined Olympique Lyonnais from AS Saint-Étienne on a three-year deal. She has commented on her arrival, saying “It is an honor for me to sign with OL. It is a dream of every player to join this great club, maybe the best in the world. This is a club who believes in their girls, I am very happy and I can not wait to get to work. I have come here with a lot of desire and determination to progress.”
Eve Perisset, who is an own product, has signed her first professional contract with the club. Only 20 years old, she was offered a two-year contract after a very promising 2013-14 season. She says ”I am happy to sign my first professional contract, especially with OL. It’s a little bit of a reward for work done during the previous season with my federal contract. I intend work harder to increase my playing time and continue to progress. “
Submit your questions to… Sabrina Viguier!
Sabrina Viguier, who signed for Swedish club Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC in Damallsvenskan just a couple of months ago after almost four years with Olympique Lyonnais, has graciously agreed to answer your questions.
Sabrina has won the Division 1 as many as six times with Lyon as well as Toulouse, the French Cup another six times with Lyon, Montpellier and Toulouse, and of course the UEFA Women’s Champions League twice with Lyon. In addition, she has been capped 92 times by the French national team, participating in a number of tournaments from the 2001 Women’s Euro to the 2012 Olympics.
Submit your questions to Sabrina Viguier now by using the hashtag #AskSabrina on Twitter. You can also ask your questions by submitting them in my Ask Box. Remember to include your name and country, and your question may be one of the few that Viguier will answer. The last day to submit questions is Sunday, June 22.