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What’s in the papers: 12 December

Published on the 12 December 2006 à 16:20 by SC

[IMG41308#L]Daily sports paper l’Equipe hails OL as THE KINGS OF MONEY-TIME. An apt title considering ”OL has scored 13 of its 15 goals in all competitions in the last five minutes of play”. Also in this issue is a long interview with Michel Seydoux, President of Lille, who reflects on his side’s campaign so far. One notable question and response: “What do you think of OL?” The response: “The other night, the OL crowd at Gerland applauded our qualification. Relations between directors are excellent and I would love to see such rapport throughout French football.

[IMG41303#L]Coverage of Zinedine Zidane’s official visit to Algeria, a quasi-Presidential journey. Zizou is escorted like a head of state. Willy Maisonasse analyses the last five minutes of OL and arrives at this conclusion: “The finish was dizzying, the Parisians have seen everything now.”

[IMG41305#L]OL’s engine pumps at an unbelievable pace. At the same stage of last season, OL was five points in front of its nearest rival whereas today the gap is 14 points. Malouda explains why OL scores so many goals towards the end of matches: “It’s the desire to battle right to the end, it’s something we work on. In training, that’s how we always are.” The article finished with this thought from Juninho: “It’s not easy to explain why we so often snatch victory at the end. There’s a positive energy, and we can see in each other’s faces that we’ll never give up.”

[IMG41614#L]The off-beat football monthly features Grégory Coupet on the cover. The OL keeper spoke at length with reporters for this sumptuous interview. He speaks of the French national team, of Barthez, his former night-club boss father, why he admires Jean-Michel Aulas and his love of Linkin Park, to which, I swear to god, he listens before every game.

Finally, welcome to a new publication: FAIRPLAY… the Courrier International of sport, which takes its news from the best football sources around the globe. For example, top Spanish paper El Mundo Sportivo discusses the advent of a future France striker. His name, according to this great paper: Karim BENZEMA.
Argentine football bible OLE takes a stand on the choice of best club in the world. “No, it’s not Barça, nor Chelsea nor Bayern. The team of the new millennium is called Lyon.”
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