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a decade of food shortage that goes badly

OL winner of the Champions Trophy in 2012 in New York (Photo by DON EMMERT / AFP)

This July 28, 2022 marks the tenth anniversary of OL’s last title. It was in New York for the Champions Trophy. Since then, the club has been eating its black bread and the supporters are pouting.

On July 28, 2012, Maxime Gonalons, captain’s armband around his arm, advanced into the presidential stand of the Red Bull Arena in New York. This image of the neo-Clermontois lifting the 2012 Champions Trophy is the last image of OL winning a title. On July 28, 2022, the ten years of scarcity are there. After winning everything for eleven years, the situation is hard for a club which has certainly always finished placed since the loss of its titles but without ever really succeeding in fighting.

On Tuesday, at the training center, the supporters had come in large numbers (1,800 people) and among this very young audience due to the school holidays, few were those who saw theOL lift a trophy. Abdul is part of. Inserted since he was old enough to go to the stadium without his father, the supporter of the north turn was present at the Stade de France for the title in the Coupe de France against Quevilly. “OL were already in the trough of the wave while PSG were not even the dominant PSG in the following years, the 35-year-old recalled as he waited for the doors to open for public practice. In Paris, the atmosphere was bizarre. Glad to have brought back a title after four seasons with nothing but the show and the performance on the field had left a taste of unfinished business. But on the return bus, we clearly did not shy away from our pleasure.


The missed opportunities


It was good for them to celebrate this success which remains the last on French soil. At a time when Maxence Caqueret or Corentin Tolisso repeat in unison their desire to win a title with their training club, among the supporters the wait is long and some even show resilience. “With the Coupe de la Ligue, you had a chance to win a trophy with almost no effort, noted Fabriceloyal to Gerland and now Parc OL with his son’s Paquetà jersey on his back. But even that, we did not succeed. There is PSG but that does not give an excuse in the cup.” Same story at Didier55-year-old pure-bred Décinois. “For ten years, it’s been a roller coaster. We’ve been building, deconstructing, etc. The old ones are back this season but that doesn’t mean it’s a miracle recipe, the proof they hadn’t won anything during their first pass.”

alexander Lacazette was part of the 2012 epic, but he was still in his infancy as an OL scorer. However, the striker and Tolisso had the opportunity to bring the supporters this title which has been so lacking for them for ten years. With two Coupe de la Ligue finals (2014 and 2020) and two Champions Trophy (2015 and 2016), there were plenty of opportunities, but they weren’t made. When some were choosy during Lyon’s golden age, “today, I take a Champions Trophy without hesitation”, assures Abdel. With the abolition of the Coupe de la Ligue in 2020 and the absence of the European Cup this season, the possibilities of winning a new title are not legion: it will be necessary either to be champion or to win the Coupe de France.


The painful memory of 2017


With just one game a week and a quality squad, OL can largely perform on both counts, especially since the last edition of the national cup did not really leave good memories in Décines with a “exclusion which has really been the pompom of this chaotic season.” While waiting to find out if Peter’s players Bosch will succeed in competing with the PSG in Ligue 1, the supporters finally have less resentment on the lost finals than on certain missed opportunities. The latter have a common denominator: Europe.

L’OL has never been so close to lifting a first European trophy but has had the opportunity to write a great story, especially in the Europa League. Whether in 2018 with a final at Parc OL but an adventure stopped in the 8th round against CSKA Moscow or in 2017 in a course that stopped at the gates of the final because of Ajax of… Peter Bosz. “The epic in 2017 is certainly the biggest regret of the past ten years. There was everything to write history, assures Didier. It was that young people from the center almost, we made an incredible comeback and finally, we finished with regrets for having missed this half.

For a decade, a whole city has lived in this nostalgia and the breath of new hope. Words must now be followed by deeds, and the last ten years have shown that this is quite another matter.

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