Made in Ligue 1: Origi, Lucas light up Champions League
The UEFA Champions League final between Tottenham and Liverpool in Madrid on June 1 will feature a number of players who have plied their trade or even learned their craft in Ligue 1 Conforama...
The list of UEFA Champions League champions who have passed through Ligue 1 Conforama will grow even longer on 1 June 2019. Indeed, in the wake of the semi-final return legs, seven players are in with a chance of joining the list that currently counts 88 great players in its ranks - but a maximum of four will see their dreams come true, depending on which side claims Europe's top footballing prize.
The impending final will thus allow either Hugo Lloris (OGC Nice: 1997-2008 (youth academy and first team); Olympique Lyonnais: 2008-12), Serge Aurier (RC Lens: 2002-12 (youth academy); Toulouse FC: 2012-15; Paris Saint-Germain: 2014-17), Moussa Sissoko (Toulouse FC: 2002-13 (youth academy)) and Lucas (Paris Saint-Germain: 2013-18) or Dejan Lovren (Olympique Lyonnais: 2010-13), Fabinho (AS Monaco: 2013-18) and Divock Origi (LOSC: 2010-15 (youth academy)) to enter into the history books as UEFA Champions League winners.
Liverpool's Sadio Mané ocluid also be added to the list if one were to also take Domino's Ligue 2 history into account - the Senegalese striker plied his trade with FC Metz in France's second tier in season 2011-12. Meanwhile, for Tottenham, former Nantes and Marseille winger Georges-Kévin Nkoudou began the season with the London club but made no European appearances before going out on loan to Monaco in January.
Pochettino to follow Zidane?
Finally, the list ends with Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino, who could follow in the footsteps of Zinedine Zidane, who coached Real Madrid to the last three UEFA Champions League titles. The Argentine former defender played his football in France with Paris Saint-Germain and - like Zizou - with Bordeaux.