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Football / Ligue 1: Roles Reversed For High-Flying Lyon And Lowly St Etienne

Posted on: November 15, 2008

PARIS: The French league spotlight shines on champions Lyon and Saint Etienne this weekend, showing how the wheel of success and failure has spun full circle for the once great St Etienne.

Seven-time reigning champions Lyon host title rivals Bordeaux tomorrow knowing that even if Marseille see off Lorient at the Velodrome stadium the previous evening they will remain top regardless of their result.

In contrast, a sixth straight loss for Saint Etienne, who reached the 1976 European Cup final, at Europe-chasing Lille bottom of the table.

Lyon’s seven titles in a row — after none previously — has turned French football on its head, not least in the central eastern region which hosts both the club from the country’s culinary capital and Saint Etienne, lying 60km away.

Times have changed, however, from when Saint Etienne won their 10th and last French title in 1981 — just as Lyon were facing a six-year spell in division two.
Now as Lyon look to extend their dominance, Saint Etienne, who qualified for Europe for the first time since 1982 last May, head for Lille with a new coach, Alain Perrin, formerly of Lyon.

TODAY: Auxerre v Sochaux, Le Havre v Paris Saint Germain, Le Mans v Valenciennes, Marseille v Lorient, Nancy v Caen, Toulouse v Grenoble, Lille v St Etienne.

TOMORROW: Nice v Nantes, Rennes v Monaco, Lyon v Bordeaux. — AFP

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Football / Ligue 1: Roles Reversed For High-Flying Lyon And Lowly St Etienne

Posted on: November 15, 2008

PARIS: The French league spotlight shines on champions Lyon and Saint Etienne this weekend, showing how the wheel of success and failure has spun full circle for the once great St Etienne.

Seven-time reigning champions Lyon host title rivals Bordeaux tomorrow knowing that even if Marseille see off Lorient at the Velodrome stadium the previous evening they will remain top regardless of their result.

In contrast, a sixth straight loss for Saint Etienne, who reached the 1976 European Cup final, at Europe-chasing Lille bottom of the table.

Lyon’s seven titles in a row — after none previously — has turned French football on its head, not least in the central eastern region which hosts both the club from the country’s culinary capital and Saint Etienne, lying 60km away.

Times have changed, however, from when Saint Etienne won their 10th and last French title in 1981 — just as Lyon were facing a six-year spell in division two.
Now as Lyon look to extend their dominance, Saint Etienne, who qualified for Europe for the first time since 1982 last May, head for Lille with a new coach, Alain Perrin, formerly of Lyon.

TODAY: Auxerre v Sochaux, Le Havre v Paris Saint Germain, Le Mans v Valenciennes, Marseille v Lorient, Nancy v Caen, Toulouse v Grenoble, Lille v St Etienne.

TOMORROW: Nice v Nantes, Rennes v Monaco, Lyon v Bordeaux. — AFP

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Football / Ligue 1: Roles Reversed For High-Flying Lyon And Lowly St Etienne

Posted on: November 15, 2008

PARIS: The French league spotlight shines on champions Lyon and Saint Etienne this weekend, showing how the wheel of success and failure has spun full circle for the once great St Etienne.

Seven-time reigning champions Lyon host title rivals Bordeaux tomorrow knowing that even if Marseille see off Lorient at the Velodrome stadium the previous evening they will remain top regardless of their result.

In contrast, a sixth straight loss for Saint Etienne, who reached the 1976 European Cup final, at Europe-chasing Lille bottom of the table.

Lyon’s seven titles in a row — after none previously — has turned French football on its head, not least in the central eastern region which hosts both the club from the country’s culinary capital and Saint Etienne, lying 60km away.

Times have changed, however, from when Saint Etienne won their 10th and last French title in 1981 — just as Lyon were facing a six-year spell in division two.
Now as Lyon look to extend their dominance, Saint Etienne, who qualified for Europe for the first time since 1982 last May, head for Lille with a new coach, Alain Perrin, formerly of Lyon.

TODAY: Auxerre v Sochaux, Le Havre v Paris Saint Germain, Le Mans v Valenciennes, Marseille v Lorient, Nancy v Caen, Toulouse v Grenoble, Lille v St Etienne.

TOMORROW: Nice v Nantes, Rennes v Monaco, Lyon v Bordeaux. — AFP

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