Olympique Lyonnais Féminin
Lotta Schelin on Lyon’s new coach, Gérard Prêcheur:— We have only had our new coach for a couple of trainings but it already feels very good. He is ambitious and has high demands, but on a good level. As for the team it looks very good. We have a very good squad and have, just like before, the ambition to continue to win everything that we participate in. 
On the toughening competition in Division 1:— It will be tough but it is still us who have won the league and the cup when the other teams have started to invest. But that probably says more about Lyon than the other teams. First and foremost it is fun that there is investment. We need that too, if it is too easy it will be difficult motivate yourself. So it is just fun for women’s football. 
On the Swedish invasion in the French league:It is fun. It was not like that six years ago when I arrived. It is really fun that the French league is being seen. Especially considering that it is us who have been leading the way for a lot of years now. That feels great. It will be fun to have the others here even if we will not see each other a whole lot.Extracts from an interview by Axel Ohlsson for Expressen.

Lotta Schelin on Lyon’s new coach, Gérard Prêcheur:
— We have only had our new coach for a couple of trainings but it already feels very good. He is ambitious and has high demands, but on a good level. As for the team it looks very good. We have a very good squad and have, just like before, the ambition to continue to win everything that we participate in. 

On the toughening competition in Division 1:
— It will be tough but it is still us who have won the league and the cup when the other teams have started to invest. But that probably says more about Lyon than the other teams. First and foremost it is fun that there is investment. We need that too, if it is too easy it will be difficult motivate yourself. So it is just fun for women’s football. 

On the Swedish invasion in the French league:
It is fun. It was not like that six years ago when I arrived. It is really fun that the French league is being seen. Especially considering that it is us who have been leading the way for a lot of years now. That feels great. It will be fun to have the others here even if we will not see each other a whole lot.

Extracts from an interview by Axel Ohlsson for Expressen.

France U-20 with Olympique Lyonnais’ Eve Perisset and Mylaine Tarrieu prepare for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada at Clairefontaine.

Photos from Lyon’s training on July 23 by Alex Ortega.

Olymique Lyonnais train on July 23, 2014
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Footage from Lyon’s training on OLTV’s Culture Club and interviews with Ada Hegerberg (in English) and Gérard Prêcheur (in French). 

OL Féminin’s first training of the season with new recruits Ada Hegerberg and Méline Gerard.

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, was not present.


Ada Hegerberg has arrived in Lyon and earlier today signed her contract with the club.

Ada Hegerberg has arrived in Lyon and earlier today signed her contract with the club.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Division 1 Féminine 2013/14 - The top 10 goals

You asked, Sabrina Viguier answeredPour 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, SwedenThe 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, ScotlandI 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, FranceYou 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, FranceThe 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, GermanyI 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? AnonymousIt 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? AnonymousI 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? AnonymousIn 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, FranceI 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? AnonymousI 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!In conclusion…
Favorite - 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.

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!

In conclusion…

Favorite 
- 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.

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.