La Vie à Lyon

Living, learning and loving in Lyon !

Allez les verts…

I was baptised in the cauldron last weekend. No, I haven’t turned to religion or witchcraft – I went to my first Saint Etienne (yes, ASSE…) match at Stade Geoffroy Guichard, which is nicknamed ‘The Cauldron.’ St Etienne played Bordeaux in the French Cup, a national competition in which every soccer club in France can compete.

Action! Note the stadium work underway for the 2016 European Cup.

Crowd antics were just as, if not more, interesting than the match! I learnt lots of new songs, well, lots of ways to chant ‘Allez les verts’ to different tunes and as smoking isn’t taboo, I passively smoked a packet of normal cigarettes and 4 funny ones!

Allez les verts…to the tune of When the Saints go Marching In, Auld Lang Syne and even Tetris!

Bordeaux scored around the 30 minute mark and, with 4 minutes extra time, St Etienne around the 93 minutes and 58 seconds mark! Bring on another 30 minutes in which noone scored, then the penalties. Bordeaux won. But I’m not allowed to say that out loud!



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