Real Madrid 1956–60, Ajax 1969–73, AC Milan 1988–94 or perhaps Barcelona 2008–13? In the future, when we look back at club team football’s most successful teams of all time, Olympique Lyonnais’ current women’s team should be impossible to overlook. A team that gets far from the same attention as its male counterparts but which for almost a decade has dominated football both nationally and internationally. In Stéphanie Gillard’s documentary The Squad, we get close to the champions in how they prepare for decisive matches, discuss the regrowth of the players’ respective national teams, and see how team captain Wendie Renard acts as a mentor to the squad’s younger talents. It is a deeply impressive insight into how the conditions as professionals within the elite are today, but also an important reminder of how long it took to get there.
– Daniel Tollefsen Altamirano
The screenings of The Squad are made with support from Institut Français de Suède.