Olympique Lyon

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Olympique Lyon
Basic data
Surname Olympique Lyonnais
Seat Lyon , France
founding August 3, 1950
president Jean-Michel Aulas
Website ol.fr
First soccer team
Head coach Rudi Garcia
Venue Groupama Stadium
Places 59,186
league Ligue 1
2019/20 7th place (quotient regulation)

Olympique Lyon (officially Olympique Lyonnais , "OL" for short) is a French football club from Lyon . His men's team has dominated the French league since winning the first national title in 2002 and set a new league record in May 2008 with seven consecutive championships. On the international stage, Lyon reached the semi-finals in the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1963/64 and in the Champions League in 2009/10 , there from 2004 to 2006 the quarter-finals and the second round from 2007 to 2009 . In 2007, Olympique Lyon became the first club to win the French championship in both men and women that same year. The club's first European title was won by its women in the 2011 UEFA Women's Champions League .

The club's president is currently Jean-Michel Aulas; the league team is coached by Rudi Garcia , who replaced Sylvinho in October 2019 .


Lyon Olympique was created as early as 1902 through the merger of four clubs ( Racing Club Lyon , Stade Lyonnais , Philegie Club Lyon and Club Sportif Lyonnais ). In 1910, Lyon Olympique was renamed Lyon Olympique Universitaire (LOU). Until the 1920s, LOU was overshadowed by FC Lyon , which reached the first official cup final in France in 1918 .

After FC Lyon merged with AS Villeurbanne around 1930 , it merged with LOU in 1935. Since August 3, 1950, the association has been called Olympique Lyonnais ; Nowadays the club only names this day as its official founding date.

Club crest history

League affiliation

First class ( Division 1 , called Ligue 1 since 2002 ) Lyon played in 1942/43 and 1944-1946 (as LOU) and then again in 1951/52, 1954-1983 and since 1989 (as OL).


The club played its home games in the 40,480 seated, urban Stade Gerland (officially Stade Municipal de Gerland ). It was built in 1926 and completely renovated in 1998 for the World Cup . However, a new, club-owned arena with around 60,000 seats was planned in Décines-Charpieu , east of Lyons and near Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport . The original plan was for completion for the 2010/11 season, but could not be met due to numerous objections from neighboring parties and other obstacles to approval. Construction could finally begin on October 22, 2012. The last game at Olympique Lyon's Stade Gerland took place on December 16, 2015 in the Coupe de la Ligue against FC Tours .

The new building project, initially referred to as OL Land , was officially named Stade des Lumières (literally translated as “Stadium of Lights”) from January 2011 . This name refers on the one hand to the Gallic “capital of light”, which is celebrated annually on December 8th, and on the other hand to the Lumière brothers who work in this region . However, it was intended to sell the name to a sponsor during the construction phase. When it opened, the stadium was named Parc Olympique Lyonnais . On January 9, 2016, the new football arena with 59,186 seats was inaugurated with the league game against ES Troyes AC (4: 1). Since 2017, the stadium has been sponsored by Groupama Stadium , after the insurance company Groupama ( Groupe des Assurances Mutuelles Agricoles ).


In addition to rivalries with other top French football clubs such as PSG and Olympique Marseille ( Le Classique ), the games against the French record champions AS Saint-Étienne have been highly explosive for decades. There is often talk of the only real derby in Ligue 1, as the two cities are only about 60 km apart. In addition, Saint-Étienne is a working-class town, while Lyon is dominated by the bourgeoisie . According to French standards, the games are to be viewed as risk games, as demonstrated , for example, when they met in the second half of the 2006/07 season .




Squad 2019/20

As of April 25, 2020

No. Nat. Surname birthday in the team since Contract until
01 PortugalPortugal Anthony Lopes 10/01/1990 2011 2022
16 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Anthony Racioppi December 31, 1998 2018 2021
30th RomaniaRomania Ciprian Tătărușanu 02/09/1986 2019 2022
02 FranceFrance Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 05/15/1989 2015 2020
03 DenmarkDenmark Joachim Andersen 05/31/1996 2019 2024
04th BrazilBrazil Rafael 07/09/1990 2015 2021
05 BelgiumBelgium Jason Denayer 06/28/1995 2018 2022
06th BrazilBrazil Marcelo 05/20/1987 2017 2021
14th FranceFrance Léo Dubois 09/14/1994 2018 2024
20th BrazilBrazil Fernando Marçal 02/19/1989 2017 2021
23 NetherlandsNetherlands Kenny Tete 10/09/1995 2017 2021
26th FranceFrance Oumar Solet 02/07/2000 2018 2022
28 MaliMali Youssouf Koné 07/05/1995 2019 2024
31 FranceFrance Melvin Bard 11/06/2000 2018 2022
08th FranceFrance Houssem Aouar 06/30/1998 2016 2023
12 BrazilBrazil Thiago Mendes 03/15/1992 2019 2023
17th FranceFrance Jeff Reine-Adélaïde January 17, 1998 2019 2024
22nd BrazilBrazil Jean Lucas 06/22/1998 2019 2024
24 BrazilBrazil Camilo 02/23/1999 2020 2024
25th FranceFrance Maxence Caqueret 02/15/2000 2018 2023
29 FranceFrance Lucas Tousart 04/29/1997 2015 2023
35 FranceFrance Boubacar Fofana 09/07/1998 2019 2023
39 BrazilBrazil Bruno Guimarães 11/16/1997 2020 2024
07th FranceFrance Martin Terrier 03/04/1997 2018 2022
09 FranceFrance Moussa Dembélé 07/12/1996 2018 2023
10 Burkina FasoBurkina Faso Bertrand Traoré 09/06/1995 2017 2022
11 NetherlandsNetherlands Memphis Depay (C)Captain of the crew 02/13/1994 2017 2021
18th FranceFrance Rayan Cherki 08/17/2003 2020 2022
19th FranceFrance Amine Gouiri 02/16/2000 2017 2022
21st CameroonCameroon Karl Toko Ekambi 09/14/1992 2020 2020
27 Ivory CoastIvory Coast Maxwell Cornet 09/27/1996 2015 2023

Former players and coaches important to the club

In the summer of 2007, five journalists who had followed Olympique's career for decades put together the following "team of the best of all time" ( "équipe type" ):

  • Goal: Grégory Coupet (at OL from 1997–2008); Substitute: Marcel Aubour
  • Defense: Jean Djorkaeff (1958–1966) - Cris (2004–2012) - André Lerond (1951–1959) - Aimé Mignot (1955–1965); Substitutes: Raymond Domenech, Éric Abidal
  • Midfield: Mahamadou Diarra (2002-2006) - Juninho (2001-2009) - Serge Chiesa (1969-1983); Replacement: Jean Tigana, Angel Rambert
  • Forwards: Fleury di Nallo (1960–1974) - Bernard Lacombe (1969–1978) - Sonny Anderson (1999–2003); Replacement: Nestor Combin, André Guy

Serge Chiesa (ahead of Juninho and di Nallo) was chosen as the “best of these best”.


Women's soccer


In 1970 FC Lyon founded a women's team. This won the championship four times and the cup twice . In the summer of 2004 the department moved to Olympique Lyon. In 2007 the women of Olympique became national champions for the first time; After winning the doublé in 2008 , the Olympique women developed a similar solo effort in the French league as the men of the club had to show in the first decade of the new millennium: in 2019 Olympique Lyonnais Féminin won its thirteenth national championship in a row. Since 2012, the Fenottes have only lost one national cup final.

In the European championship competition, the Lyonnaises reached the semi-finals in 2008 and 2009 and the final for the first time in 2010 , and in 2011 the Olympiques women's team also won their first international title. The team was able to defend this in 2012 ; by 2019 OLs Palmarès has grown to six title wins at European level.

The exceptional position of Lyon women not only in their own country is reflected in the fact that they always won at least one, but usually several titles in these three competitions from 2007 to 2019: "only" one in only three seasons, but six doubles and four triples (referred to in French as doublé or triplé ).

Only five coaches were responsible for this road to success : Farid Benstiti (2004–2010, previously with FCL), who had also played for OL in the 1980s, Patrice Lair (2010–2014), Gérard Prêcheur (2014–2017), Reynald Pedros (2017–2019) and since then Jean-Luc Vasseur . In addition to a seven-figure seasonal budget (2012/13 around 3.5 million euros), Lyon can rely on its good work with young talent; For example, four young women from the club became B youth world champions in October 2012 .

At the end of 2019, the club acquired 89.5% of the capital of Reign FC with a value of a good 3.1 million US dollars. The OL Groupe is thus also a shareholder in the women's professional league NWSL , whose board of directors will be chaired by Olympiques President Jean-Michel Aulas 2020. Tony Parker , ambassador for the OL brand in the United States, secured another 3% of the shares .



  • Thierry Berthou / Collectif: Dictionnaire historique des clubs de football français ; Pages de Foot, Créteil, 1999; Volume 1 (A-Mo) ISBN 2-913146-01-5 ; Volume 2 (Mu-W) ISBN 2-913146-02-3

Web links

Commons : Olympique Lyonnais  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Notes and evidence

  1. Communiqué de presse , ol.fr, accessed on October 14, 2019 (French)
  2. ^ France Football of March 1, 2011, pp. 26/27
  3. https://www.ol.fr/fr-fr/masculins/effectif-et-staff#spg_SeasonDisplayName=2019-20&spd_SeasonDisplayName=2019-20&spm_SeasonDisplayName=2019-20&sps_SeasonDisplayName=2019-20&sts_SeasonDisplayName=2019-209-20D
  4. France Football, June 12, 2007, pp. 16-23
  5. ^ Classy Lyon take women's title from Potsdam ( Memento of May 29, 2011 in the Internet Archive ), UEFA , May 26, 2011
  6. see the French U-17 World Cup squad on the website of the FFF football association
  7. Article “ OL acquires the Reign FC ” from December 20, 2019 at footofeminin.fr