Until December 31, 2005, join us as we take a look back at all the major footballing news, day by day, month by month. Today we take a look at January…
January 5: The frosts are back at Tola Vologe. But the big news of the day is that Bixente Lizarazu has quit Marseille and returned to Bayern Munich.
January 8: In the Coupe de France, last 64, OL beat CFA side Viry Chatillon, coached by former Lyon player Jean-Pierre Orts (1986-1988), 2-0 – goals to Juninho, 28, and Nilmar, 65.
The Elber Affair: OL release the following statement, after club medical staff reveal Elber is in no state to play football: “Due to the current affair, a decision has been made and Nilmar will be registered for the rest of the season.”
January 10: Olympique Lyonnais learn they will be playing Toulouse in the last 32 of the Coupe de France.
January 11: First league matches of the year with round 20. Troussier struggles at OM while OL, Bordeaux, Lille and Auxerre are still undefeated at home.
January 12: (Round 20) Sochaux-OL. Bergougnoux turns 22. He celebrates his first start for his 22nd league appearance and scores after just 6 minutes, Diarra adds the second on 41 minutes. It’s OL’s 6th away win of the season. OL leads, 6 points ahead of Lille and 9 ahead of Monaco
January 14: Claudio Cacapa signs a two-year contract extension with another two-year option. Karim Benzema sings his first professional contract for three years, taking effect on July 1.
January 15: (Round 21) OL beat Metz 2-0 in freezing conditions. Juninho opened the scoring with a free-kick – his 15th in a Lyon shirt in the 85th minute. Bergougnoux completed the scoring in the 88th.
Monaco thrashed Caen 5-2; Lille beat Bordeaux. OL maintain their advantage at the top of the table.
January 16: Morientes quits Real Madrid to join Liverpool.
January 21: Emmanuel Petit retires at 34 years of age.
January 22: (Round 22) LILLE-OL at Stadium Nord. In terrible conditions OL lose 2-1 to Lille for Paul Le Guen’s 200th match in charge. Moussilou scores twice (3rd and 68th), Juninho reduces the score with a 75th minute penalty. Les Dogues close to within three points at the top of the standings. The loss means there is no team still undefeated on the road.
January 24: A bad day for Joen Muller, fired as coach of Lens. Training at Tola Vologe is freezing cold.
January 26: (Round 23) OL-RENNES 2-1. Abidal is back. Goals to Bergougnoux (44) and Govou (45) after Rennes opened the scoring through Perriér-Doumbé (31). Marseille lose at home to Sochaux 2-0, Lille draw away to Nice and Auxerre climb into contention. OL leads, five points ahead of Lille, Auxerre move third.
January 31: Anelka finalises his three-year deal with Fenerbaçhe, quitting Manchester City… OL heads to Bastia but the match is called off due to heavy snowing in Corsica.