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Bordeaux - OL : A reunion with Jimmy Briand

Published on 08 September 2020 at 7:00 AM
Bordeaux - OL : retrouvailles avec Jimmy Briand
This Friday, OL face Bordeaux at the Matmut Atlantique (9pm). For their second Ligue 1 match of the 2020-21 season, OL will be reunited with an old acquaintance in Jimmy Briand. A Lyon player for four years (2010-2014), the striker left an indelible mark in the memory of the Red and Blue supporters.

It's impossible not to remember it. On Sunday November 10, 2013, OL had failed to make the difference at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard (1-1). The minutes are ticking by and the match seems to have already reached its conclusion, except for the motivation of Yoann Gourcuff. The midfielder beats his marker on the left flanks and crosses to the penalty spot. Jimmy Briand rises and fires home a ferocious header which gives victory to his team at the end of added time (90 + 3').




This oh-so-important goal gave him an eternal place in the hearts of Lyon's supporters, who do not fail to thank him for this legendary finish each time he visits Décines. Moussa Dembélé can attest to this, these legendary goals in the derbies give a special place to a player in the history of the club. It's a fair reward for a hard-working striker who has always given everything for the badge with the lion and for the French team (5 caps).

In four seasons, the native of Vitry-sur-Seine played 160 matches, recording 34 goals and 23 assists. Apart from a stint in Hanover after his time in Lyon (2014-15), he has spent his entire career in France among Rennes (2002-10), OL (2010-14), Guingamp (2015-18) and now Bordeaux. This longevity gives him honorary status: with the departure of Edinson Cavani this summer, he is now the top active scorer in Ligue 1 (99 goals). If he could wait a week before he turns a hundred ...

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