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Rudi Garcia - The Last Chance

Started on 17 November 2013 by Inquisition
Latest Reply on 30 November 2013 by Inquisition
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First update will be very soon. Looking forward to getting back into it boys!
Ngl, bit sad you chose LOSC over Montpellier, but good luck anyways! Will be following :)


So my story is to be of what could have been Rudi Garcia's final chance to bring further glory and a much needed essence of stability among the club that many fans in France call Les Dogues (Lille OSC)

This is a club that has seen many changes from its early up bringing. From the start the club showed dominance in the Ligue 1 between 1944-1955 where they found themselves sitting in a strong position winning the league twice in the span of ten years accompanied by many top four finishes.

After their spell of command in the French League they found themselves with a lack of resources and facilities to continue the reign. Which in turn brought them down into the second division a handful of times. Leaving the fans distraught and disappointed.

The ownership of the club turned over many of times till the early 90's when finally the ownership was put into good hands where LOSC managed to finally bring stability and instant change in their usual disappointing form. Rudi Garcia eventually took over and led the club to its first title in decades. Unfortunately he wasn't able to retain this and eventually left for AS Roma.

My story is to be about a what if. A what if he stayed? Where would the club go? A further dominance or more failure? Who knows only you and I will find out

(look forward to this one. Feedback is more than welcome)

Thank you
Looking forward to it!
Good start and good luck ;)


Lille Preseason Expectations



The bookies are expecting a new Lille to show their face this year as Rudi Garcia has stated the push for Champions League football is very well under way. The exciting passing football we see every season from the Northern French club will undoubtedly be a deciding factor into where they finish come the end of the season. In Rudi Garcia's favoured 4-3-3 style utilizing the wings, fullbacks and defensive midfielders to punish and protect.

Other factors to consider are the clubs assets Salomon Kalou, Rio Mavuba, Marvin Martin and Florent Balmont will all be looked upon to put their best foot in. Much like them the stand out youngsters, Divock Origi, John Ruiz, Ryan Mendes De Graca and Djibril Sibide will be looked upon to break their way into the senior team this season.

This though doesn't take away from the fact that the squad could do with some serious bolstering in the wings and defence. Along with the aging Vincent Enyeama (LOSC first choice between the sticks) could be on the way out.

We haven't even mention the return of AS Monaco to the top division which looks to put a spanner in most clubs ambitions this season. Many believe the competition will be won by them or PSG. Which all depends on Monaco's returning form which could be a little touchy at first.

Yet the bookies still believe Lille will mount a serious threat to the top of the table and with a few new additions to the squad, the bookies odds look favourable on Lille.
Will certainly follow this, especially if you can make it as good as your Hannover story :)
I agree with Louis. It's been a great start, too.


Preseason: Week #1



Rudi Garcia and LOSC started off their season with friendlies against the LOSC reserve side and against German team Wuppertaler SV. Both games looked like easy wins and a good way to start off the season.

The game with the reserves would also give Garcia the time to gauge which U-19 and reserves players could be of use during the season. As there was already talk of the Belgium 18 year old striker Divock Origi potentially being part of the senior team during the season. Provided he lived up to the hype.


LOSC Lille 3-2 LOSC Lille Reserves

Kalou (14), Roux (39), Pennacchio (90+1)
Roux 8.2
60% - 40%


Wuppertaler SV 0-2 LOSC Lille

Ruiz (29), Origi (64)
Sidibe 7.9
43% - 57%
It's nice to see a non-English story in general, with France very underrepresented amongst the top leagues. Can't really say much about the first two games because they're against dubious competition, and I don't know your team, but winning them both is very nice!



Rudi Garcia has jumped into the transfer window with the signings of two young talents. Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette and Girondins Bordeaux's Henri Saivet.

Lacazette jumped ship for a fee thought to be around the 7m range and Saivet for around 3.8m. Both have been met with keen eyes as the Les Dogues fans understand the exciting prospect of having both these wingers among the ranks.

Lacazette explained his motives in moving during the off season as he felt his chances to play with Lyon this season were slim with Jimmy Briand also contending for the Right winger position, not to mention many other attackers. Stating "With Lyon I feel my chances of improving are slimmer."

Henri Saivet's move came with a surprise as many thought he was settled but the excitement of moving to bigger team proved to be too much. The young Senegalese will be looking to work his way into the first team in the near future.






SV Wehen Wiesbaden 1-2 LOSC Lille

Melo (9), Roux (85)
51% - 49%
Some good updates and signings :)
Especially Lacazette!


Lille to hold trials



Garcia has bolstered his words in finding young talent by holding a trial during the preseason in hopes of finding some hidden young gems. He has also been using a mainly U-19 side for friendlies which proves that Lille are looking to show some serious home grown talent in the future.

On that note it is thought that Lille chairman Michel Seydoux is looking for a feeder club to send some of their talented youngsters to. No word of which club it will be yet but, many believe the club will be in Ligue 2.

In other news, newbies Lacazzete and Saivet featured in their first game with Lille against Bulgarian PSFC Chernomorets. Where Nolan Roux scored a glorious double for the French side. Lacazzete being the brewer of one of those goals.


PSFC Chernomorets 0-3 LOSC Lille

Roux (18, 42)
Valkov (49) courtesy of Lacazzete
Roux 8.6
49% - 51%

LOSC Lille's next game is against Manchester City in a friendly at home.



Lille have announced their third signing of the transfer window coming as a loanee. Genoa's left back Luca Antonelli has been on the out skirts of the squad for quite sometime now, which has made him available for loaning this season.

Lille who were in search of a left back for the season jumped on the opportunity to sign the 26 year old Italian. Antonelli isn't expected to feature in Lille's next upcoming fixture against Manchester City this coming Saturday at the Stade Pierre Mauroy. Antonelli will most likely being getting his first introduction as a temporary Lille player when the team flies to the USA to try their luck against Houston Dynamo in the last friendly before they kick off against FC Lorient in the Ligue 1 opener.

Good updates :)

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