2013/14 Ligue 1 Matchday 1 Preview

Today's big question...will Lisandro's departure hurt Lyon?

Today’s big question…will Lisandro’s departure hurt Lyon?

Well, with the long awaited season upon us, it is time to pull out the jerseys, find those internet streams we haven’t used in the last few weeks, fire up the DVRs for the games we want to watch later and crack out the French-English dictionaries because Ligue 1 season is finally here. Gone are all of the preseason games that mean nothing, as well as the hype around only two teams. Now we are at the point where those “mega teams” need to prove themselves.

Of course, the transfer market this summer makes Ligue 1 a much different looking league than we had before. One of the newly promoted teams is vying for a Champions League spot. Some of the smaller teams have brought in really good talent. Other teams have lost a lot of their players in the summer, and questions remain on how they will perform this season.

So, with Matchday 1, what should we expect?
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Ligue 1 & 2 teams begin preseason, Clermont defeats Monaco.

Dijon defeats Metz in their first preseason match.

After the nightmare that is the French entry into the World Cup, we can finally start to look toward the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 seasons.

The preseason started at the start of the month, as Valenciennes defeated Ligue 2 side Reims by a score of 3-1. Reims finished 2nd in the Championnat National which saw them automatically promoted to Ligue 2.

While Reims played with one squad during the entire match, Valenciennes split their team into a first half and second half team. The Valenciennes goals came from seldom used players Seid Khiter, Nam Tae-Hee and Gael Danic. Danic is an on and off player for Valenciennes for the last two years, while Tae-Hee is a 19-year old South Korean international who shows a lot of promise (though he has hardly played for the national team). The Reims’ goal was scored by Julien Toudic, who is on loan to Reims by SM Caen.

On July 3rd, RC Lens didn’t have the start they were looking for, as they lost to Belgian First Division side R. Charleroi S.C. by a score of 2-1. Midfielder Sébastien Roudet was the lone goal scorer for Lens. While some of the traditional starters for Lens were out on the pitch, like Yohan Demont and Kevin Monnet-Paquet, it seems like Jean-Guy Wallemme also wanted to test some of his younger talent as well. David Pollet, the Belgian U-21, who scored 16 goals with Paris FC in the Championnat National got the start at striker for RC Lens.
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