Women’s D1: Paris to confirm, the revenge of Lyon, Bordeaux on the lookout … why should we follow the championship which resumes this Friday evening?



Three weeks after the men, the footballers resume competition. The women’s OL opens the ball on Friday August 27 by welcoming the Rémoises. Rise in power of the Bordelaises, return to Paris of Kheira Hamraoui, ambition of Sonia Bompastor with OL … here are those that will have to be kept in view this season in D1 Arkema.

The team to follow: the Girondines de Bordeaux, constantly improving

They gradually established themselves as one of the best teams in the championship. Promoted to the elite of French football in 2016, the Bordelaises continue to improve: 10th in 2017, 7th in 2018 then 4th in 2019, they then confirmed their rise to power by finishing third two seasons in a row.

The FCGB have recently entered a new dimension by qualifying for the first time in their history in the Champions League. Charlotte Bilbault’s teammates started their European campaign by winning against the Czechs of Slovacko (2-1) and the Swedes of DFF Kristianstads (3-1) in August.

Under the leadership of their new coach, the experienced Patrice Lair (ex-coach of Montpellier and OL), the Girondines are best equipped to compete with the two giants of the championship that are OL and PSG – although ‘they will do without their top scorer in recent years, Jamaican Khadija Shaw, who left for Manchester City.

The player to watch: Kheira Hamraoui, the big return to PSG

After five years of absence, Kheira Hamraoui returns to the club in the capital. The one who wore the Parisian jersey 92 times under which she scored 16 goals between 2012 and 2016, signed up this summer until June 2023 with the Rouge et Bleu.

In two seasons with the Lyon rival, then an exodus to FC Barcelona for three years, with which she won the Champions League last spring, the 31-year-old midfielder has raised many trophies and matured. The accumulated experience of the international tricolor could well benefit the Parisian club, whose ranks are filled with young talents like Sandy Baltimore or Marie-Antoinette Katoto, who will seek to retain her league title this season.

The trainer to follow: Sonia Bompastor, conductor of the Lyon reconquest

Arrived in April from the management of the Lyon women’s section training center, Sonia Bompastor took the seat left vacant by Jean-Luc Vasseur, ousted during the championship. A change on the bench that did not prevent the Lyonnaises from letting the title of French champions slip away for the benefit of the Parisians. OL’s white season, a first in fifteen years, has led to several changes within the club.

With an upset workforce (several flagship players loaned to the club’s American franchise, OL Reign, many arrivals from PSG), and a reshaped staff (including the arrival as first assistant to the former Bleue Camille Abily), Sonia Bompastor will have her work cut out for her first full season at the head of the Gones.

But the former international does not hide her ambitions: “The league treble, Coupe de France, Champions League is the priority objective, and there will be a lot of disappointment if we fail”, she told the Progress.



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