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Henry joins Paris as quarter-finalists prepare

Published: Tuesday 31 January 2017, 15.46CET
Paris Saint-Germain made signings including former Lyon stalwart Amandine Henry; UEFA.com brings the latest from the quarter-finalists as the countdown to the March ties continues.
by Paul Saffer
Henry joins Paris as quarter-finalists prepare
Amandine Henry has been loaded to Paris ©Getty Images

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  • Griedge M'Bock Bathy (Lyon) & Jill Scott (Manchester City)
  • Jill Scott (Manchester City) & Amel Majri (Lyon)
  • Lyon players celebrate
  • Alex Morgan (Lyon)
 
Published: Tuesday 31 January 2017, 15.46CET

Henry joins Paris as quarter-finalists prepare

Paris Saint-Germain made signings including former Lyon stalwart Amandine Henry; UEFA.com brings the latest from the quarter-finalists as the countdown to the March ties continues.

UEFA.com has all the latest from the UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-finalists with Paris Saint-Germain overcoming domestic disappointment by signing a former Lyon favourite and other contenders honing their close season and winter break preparations.

Fortuna Hjørring (DEN) v Manchester City (ENG)**
Rosengård (SWE)* v Barcelona (ESP)
Wolfsburg (GER) v Lyon (FRA, holders)
Bayern München (GER) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)

All games 23 & 29 March except *first leg 22 March and **second leg 30 March

FRANCE: Lyon, Paris
Lyon captured the transfer headlines in December with the addition of Alex Morgan but last week Paris showed their ambition with the confirmation of Amandine Henry's loan move from Portland Thorns for the rest of the season following their earlier signing of Canada midfielder Ashley Lawrence. France midfielder Henry, 27, joined Portland last summer after nine seasons, as many league titles and three UEFA Women's Champions League victories at Lyon.

Then on Tuesday Paris made to further additions, One, FYR Macedonia forward Nataša Andonova, has already featured in Europe this season for Rosengård but the other, Brazilian midfielder Formiga, brings experience from a joint-record six FIFA Women's World Cup finals. Her compatriot Erika has left Paris after suffering injury last month.

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Amandine Henry won a third European title with Lyon last season

At Paris, Henry will link up with her old Lyon coach, Patrice Lair, and she said: "Joining Paris Saint-Germain is a new challenge for me. I need challenges to progress. I know Patrice Lair very well and I have a great confidence in him." Henry was presented on Sunday during the men's Ligue 1 game with Monaco at Parc des Princes, where Paris host Bayern in the second leg of their quarter-final on 29 March.

On the pitch Paris, having beaten Lyon at the end of last year, lost their league lead after a four-point deduction for fielding at ineligible player in their season opener against Albi. Then, on 14 January, Paris lost 2-1 at Montpellier, who joined Lyon four points ahead of the capital club, though MHSC have played a game more.

There have been better fortunes for Paris in the French Cup. They won 19-0 at Bourges and 5-0 at Arras to reach the last 16. Lyon won 8-0 at Ambilly and beat Grenoble 5-0 but suffered a blow in the international break when Delphine Cascarino was ruled out for the season with a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered in France training.

GERMANY: Bayern, Wolfsburg
The German winter break runs until 12 February, when Wolfsburg visit Jena hoping for a win that would take them ahead of Bayern into second and within four points of leaders Turbine Potsdam. Wolfsburg are currently on training camp in Faro, where this week they face Spain's Huelva and England's Arsenal in friendlies. Meanwhile Ewa Pajor and Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir have both signed contract extensions until June 2019.

Bayern themselves face 2007 European champions Arsenal on Wednesday as part of their training camp in Spain, and they have already been thinking ahead to next season by agreeing to sign Germany defender Kristin Demann, who will arrive from Hoffenheim in the summer.

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SPAIN: Barcelona
Like in France, the league action has continued in Spain, but Barcelona are now four points adrift of unbeaten Atlético Madrid, who defeated the Blaugrana in December. Barcelona began 2017 by beating Levante 4-0 and Tenerife Sur 3-0 but on Sunday lost 2-0 at Santa Teresa.

DENMARK: Fortuna
The second part of the Danish season starts in April, by which time Fortuna hope to have beaten City to the semi-finals. This month they have been preparing with indoor tournaments: a fortnight ago they were defeated on penalties by Essen in the final of the Weltklasse in Bielefeld having earlier beaten Bayer Leverkusen, Genk, Turbine Potsdam and Sparta Praha.

Last weekend, Fortuna were in Potsdam for the Turbine Hallencup and beat Stabæk 5-3 for fifth place having finished behind St Pölten and Sparta Praha in their group. Hosts Potsdam beat Sporting CP in the final.

CLOSE SEASON: Manchester City, Rosengård
English champions Manchester City made their first winter signing at the end of December in the shape of attacker Melissa Lawley, a 2013/14 UEFA Women's Champions League semi-finalist with Birmingham City. They have also given a first professional contract to England youth forward Georgia Stanway, who scored five league goals last season at the age of 17.

Rosengård began their pre-season at the weekend with Lotta Schelin scoring in a 1-1 draw against Kristianstad. Midfielder Sofie Junge Pedersen continued her comeback from concussion but having only just returned from a long absence at the end of 2016, striker Gaëlle Enganamouit is out again following a fresh knee injury suffered for Cameroon at the Africa Women Cup of Nations. "We have to assume that she will be out for a long time," said coach Jack Majgaard Jensen.

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