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Miralem Pjanic's years at Lyon

Published on 25 February 2020 at 6:00 AM
OL - Juventus : Les années lyonnaises de Miralem Pjanic
Miralem Pjanic will face his former club in the Round of 16 of the Champions League. The former OL player will return to Groupama Stadium for the second time with Juventus.

The long ball from Lloris is pushed by Garay with a header that falls to Källström. The Swede plays a one-two with Delgado, who turns up the pitch. Guarded by Ramos and running out of room, the Argentinean turns to pick out Lisandro in the area. In one touch, "Licha" deflects the ball into the path of one of his teammates. Arriving at full speed, the latter takes the ball, and, in the same breath, hits a volley with his left which leaves Casillas no chance. OL have returned from the dead and have posted their name on the Bernabeu's bulletin board. The score would not change further; Lyon had made history by eliminating the prestigious Real Madrid (1-1) and qualifying for the quarterfinals of the Champions League!

 

It is 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 when the 75th minute of play becomes frozen in time. It's a precise moment that everyone remembers and to which a youthful face will be forever linked: that of Miralem Pjanić. "Miré" is indeed inseparable from that heroic performance against the Madrid of Raúl, Ronaldo, Kaká and others. A scorer as seemingly divine as he was unexpected, he gave himself a place for life that night as an OL legend. It was the highlight of his three seasons in Lyon.

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Before becoming a reference among the midfielders of world football and sporting the colors of Juve, the native of Zvornik in the former Yugoslavia made his first steps in football at the training center of FC Metz, before landing between the Rhône and Saône in the summer of 2008. Just 18 years old, the one who would become a Bosnian international would continue his progression by rubbing shoulders with Juninho who would give him his secret on how to strike free kicks, which has become his specialty over  time.



In a little more than three seasons, Pjanić woudl play a total of 121 games, registering a total of 16 goals and 16 assists, with his peak form coming during the famous 2009-10 season, during which he will total fifty-one appearances, with eleven goals scored and as many assists. Under pressure with the arrival of Gourcuff and the development of Grenier, Pjanić finally packed his bags in 2011 for the Italian peninsula.

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It was in Rome that he decided to settle down. There, "Miré" would blossom in front of the whole of Europe, which would push the Old Lady to bet on this young man. With Juve, Pjanić would write the first lines in his trophy blotter. A three-time Italian champion, he has also won the Italian Cup twice as well as a Super Cup and was twice a beaten Champions League finalist. To say the least, since his departure the young man has come a long way!


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