Back in Lyon, it feels like I never left ... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Maryan Mahieu   
Monday, 26 July 2010 17:53

For a few days now I am back in Lyon after about a month of vacation, and it already feels like I never left ... Last season ended great with the 4th consecutive win of the French championship, so in the end we got our title after losing the final of the UEFA Woemn's Champions League against Potsdam in May and the semi final loss in Paris against PSG in the French Cup. It felt great to be rewarded somehow after such a long season. We worked hard from the beginning to the end and were so close to winning all the titles we set ourselves as goals.

Vacation was much deserved as well, but first I went to play two World Cup qualifiers with Switzerland in Russia and Kazakhstan, which we absolutely had to win in order to be able to finish first at the end of the group stage. The Russia match was like a final for us, with a wn we could still qualify, with a tie or a loss it wouldn't have been possible anymore. We expected a strong, fast combining, fast transitioning Russian side we encountered in the first game at home, however it was us that controlled the game largely and had the better chances. One of those went in and at halftime we were laeding 1-0. We needed another goal since we lost 2-0 in Switzerland, and in the end the difference of the two games against Russia would matter. They came to a few good chances all around, but it was us that scored another two goals in a game where we could finally leave all we got out on the field. I was proud of my teammates, but afterwards it was important to stay focused on the Kazakhstan game that was coming up. It 's never easy to play an almost completely unknown team so we got surprised twice by their extremely quick forward and at halftime it stood 2-2. We managed to control her better in the second half where they didn't get another shot on goal and the final score was 4-2. Happily and with lots of great memories and surprises we left Eastern Europe (or is it Asia?) some girls ready for vacation, others to prepare the U20 World Cup in Germany.

Now I am back in Lyon. We have been back in practice since Saturday. So far we made two new additions to the team (Eugénie Le Sommer, Sabrina Viguier) and got an almost new coaching staff, which is really exciting. Our focus right now is to prepare ourselves as good as possible in order to improve from last year and to accomplish the high goals we are setting again for this year. I am looking forward to contributing as well as I can and to work in such an ambitious and challenging environment.

Talk to you soon,

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 July 2010 14:25
Escape to La Manga ... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lara   
Tuesday, 26 January 2010 21:37

A little over a week ago we (OL feminin) escaped to La Manga, Spain, due to bad training conditions here in Lyon. Ever since we got back to France after christmas break it's been snowing and we had to practice inside on a field where we could play 5-5 at the most. Not the perfect conditions to prepare for the second half of the season. After a long trip where we took the bus to Geneva, where we found a closed airport and therefore lots of flights pushed back or cancelled, we were stranded there for a start. After hours of waiting, we finally got on a flight to Madrid, where we came across similar conditions and spent our time playing uno or doing shopping, while our flight was by turns on time or 2 hours delayed. Finally, they let us depart from Madrid as well, but when we got to Alicante, we still had to take the bus for an hour and a half to arrive at La Manga. By 230am we were all in bed after 18 hours of travel. nine and a half hours later we all stood, more or less ready, on the pitch to play the national team of China. Despite the long trip we played surprisingly well and won the game 3-1. In the afternoon we had time to relax in the pool, sauna, and Turkish bath. the following two days we practiced once or twice a day and went shopping at a nearby mall. When we didn't practice, we spent our time playing Super Mario wii or with walks around the big resort. On sunday we had another game against a local u16 boys team who supposedly plays against Barcelona and Real Madrid in their championship. We put most of the younger girls on the field and let the older ones give their bodies a rest because it's been a hard week after all. We still managed to play well and win the game 4-1. Sadly, on Monday we had to leave the warmth of Spain where it was over 20 degrees at times in order to return to France. The trip back was even worse. when we got to Alicante airport our flight to Madrid was cancelled. At that point we weren't even surprised anymore, but after many phone calls and rescheduling we found our way home anyhow. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 January 2010 21:48
A new season much different than before PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lara   
Thursday, 22 October 2009 16:32

It's been a while since I've written, but things have been pretty exciting here in Lyon for me lately. The season started back up again, so far it's been going well, and it's much different for me now because I am actually getting a lot of playing time, which is nice, and I hope it stays that way, but I guess that depends on me.

Additionally, i started back up with school two weeks ago, I am doing this master program in international business, which consists of 6 months of classes in french and english, and then another 4 to 8 months of internship, but where I am going to do that I don't know yet. I am glad I get to use my brain a little bit again, I think it fell asleep during the last 8 months. Playing soccer is really fun, but for me it can't be my only occupation. The classes have been really interesting so far, we have lots internationals even though the masters program consists only of 75 people. That creates a nice business atmosphere though and I am happy to meet people from all over the world, including the french of course.

This week half of the team left with their national teams for world cup qualifiers, so the numbers are reduced at practice, which can be a lot of fun too. This weekend it will be my turn to leave, as we are playing Israel in Ness Ziona, just outside of Tel Aviv, next Wednesday. I am excited to travel there since I have never been, and its going to be about 30 degrees, while here in Lyon its freezing cold. So I am glad to get out of here for a little while, but i have a lot of respect for all the news and stories surrounding the country. I think everyone is ready to play a good game in Israel, we need three points badly since we lost to Russia last month. Unfortunately, Ramona (Bachmann) injured her thigh (gueti besserig!!), so she won't be able to come with us.

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 October 2009 22:58
Friendlies with club and country PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lara   
Monday, 07 September 2009 21:22

After a 6 hour bus ride from Lyon to Saarbruecken, Germany, we arrived at the hotel, changed, and just shortly after went to practice at the stadium we were going to play the next day. It was a few degrees colder in Germany, so we were all happy when the training finally started. Afterwards we returned to the hotel where we ate kudos for the ones who are doing ramadan, It must be hard not to eat and drink on a bus all day when everyone around you keeps passing around goodies...

The next day we got up early because the game started at 11, so that we had enough time to get back home after. As we all have made our past experiences with German teams, we were prepared for a physical game. Like for the friendlies before we played with a young team, only a few girls from the last years first team were available. Our goal was to keep the ball and move it around in order to avoid Saarbrueckens physical game, with what we succeeded for the most part. We mostly dominated the game and didnt leave the Germans many opportunities to score. In the end we won 2-0; both goals were scored in the first half. Now I'm with the Swiss National team in Kloten to prepare for the friendly game against Scotland on Wednesday. It will be the rematch of last years games, of which we won the first one 5-0 and lost the other one 4-0. 

Night of Swiss Soccer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lara   
Tuesday, 18 August 2009 09:24

On the first night of our three day camp which would finish with a game against Sweden ’s U23, we were invited to the Night of Swiss Soccer in Bern . For that, we all received a nice robe and therefore looked pretty altogether. The men’s national team was there as well, so we got to hang out with them and take pictures, which was nice because we don’t get to see them too often. Then, the award ceremony started, where Ramona Bachmann won Best Female Player in Switzerland . Congratulations again, with her brilliant season in Sweden with Umea , and her games for the full and the u19 National team she deserves the trophy very much. After all the other awards for the men were handed out, we ate, and at the end tried to find Gotthard, the Swiss band who gave a mini concert, and the event’s hosts backstage. Soon we had to leave however because the next day was going to be hard with two practices and a photo shoot.

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