Monday, November 9, 2009
What is up with French Football?
It seemed that every year you'd hear Paul Doyle on the Football Weekly podcast give his Ligue Un summary with everyone dozing off as he concluded that Lyon were pulling away to win their next inevitable title even though they'd long been jacked out of the Champions League.
That changed last year, with Bordeaux winning the league, and French football has been on a tear since. Lyon and Marseille have been imperious in the CL group stages, and yesterday's Lyon v. Marseille game ended in a thrilling 5-5 draw.
The purists, and they know who they are, will say, look, look at that horrible defending, it's not a proper league yet, you idiot romantic (they'd be right of course, at least three goals came from goalkeeper mistakes, and the rest from poor execution of offside traps leaving mile-wide gaps in the middle). But speaking as a former Setanta subscriber, one who whiled away his bored winter afternoons absorbing whatever le championnat obliged to offer, which was for a time the lowest goals scored average in Europe, this is a huge move forward.