Is football under the French flag doomed to disappear?


In the summer of 1987, the Girondins de Bordeaux, led by Jean Tigana, were at the top: for the third time in four seasons, they won the French championship, and they scored twice by winning the Coupe de France for the second year in a row. Their trainer is none other than Aimé Jacquet. A certain Bernard Lacombe, second top scorer in the history of what is still called « D1 », is ending his playing career with Bordeaux, and is preparing to join the staff of a young football wolf: Jean-Michel Aulas, 38 years old.

The founder of the management software publishing company Cegid has just accepted the presidency of Olympique Lyonnais, then in the second division. Thirty-five years later, the Girondins, passed from the hands of American financiers to those of a Luxembourg magnate, are on the brink of collapse: relegated to Ligue 2 BKT because of their sporting results, they could be demoted administratively to National, semi-professional level, and are even on the verge of compulsory liquidation. As for Jean-Michel Aulas, after the prosperous period of OL in the 2000s (seven consecutive titles of champion of France), the construction of a stadium owned by the club and the stock market listing of the Lyon group, he he is preparing to sell 66.5% of the shares of OL Groupe to the American John Textor.

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