Under the headline: “Lyon only leaves the crumbs”, the sports daily, having named Gregory COUPET in its World XI on Tuesday, unveiled its Best XI for 2005 on Wednesday.
Olympique Lyonnais nearly cleared the board. Eight Lyonnais out of a possible eleven: Coupet, Réveillère, Cris, Abidal, Juninho, Diarra, Malouda and Carew. Completing this list were the Lens defender Hilton, Marseille winger Ribéry and the Parisian Pauleta. The coach of the French Best XI was Laul Le Guen who beat out Claude Puel and Gérard Houllier. In 2003, two Lyonnais were named in the team, in 2004 there were 7 - OL is getting stronger.