Paris vs Lyon

Olympique Lyonnais in short

Founded in 1950, Lyon’s modern history is closely linked with that of their iconic president, Jean-Michel Aulas, who took over the club in 1987. The French businessman took just two years to turn Les Gones into a French elite team, before building a veritable dynasty in the 2000s, a decade notable for seven consecutive league title triumphs between 2002 and 2008.

The team boast one of France’s best youth academies, which has, over the years, yielded top-quality footballers such as Karim Benzema, Nabil Fekir and Alexandre Lacazette. During season 2019-20, Oussem Aouar's teammates finished 7th in the Ligue 1 Uber Eats, behind Stade de Reims and OGC Nice. At the end of a promising 2019/20 UEFA Champions League, they reached the semi-final and were only beaten by future winner Bayern Munchen. On the previous stages, they had succeeded in defeating Juventus Turin in Round of 16, then Manchester City in Round of 8.

After a unconvincing 2019-20 pre-season, and a series of 7 defeats in Ligue 1 Uber Eats, Olympique Lyonnais decided to dismiss Sylvinho, named coach at the end of June. Jean Michel Aulas and Juninho chose Rudi Garcia as the new coach, after having coached LOSC, AS Roma or Olympique de Marseille.

Olympique Lyonnais' best Champions League result to date is a semi-final against Bayern Munich in the 2009/10 and 2019/20 editions.

The encounters

49 matchs joués

July 31th, 2020
Semi-final - French Cup 19/20
March 4th, 2020
D24 - L1 19/20
February 9th, 2020

The Parisians against Lyon

On January 21st, 2018, Lyon set a new attendance record of 57,582 during their encounter with Paris Saint-Germain. Bruno Génésio’s players recorded a 2-1 win that day, with Memphis Depay scoring a memorable goal.

On September 22nd, 2019, in Ligue 1 Uber Eats, the Red and Blue have defeated them 1 - 0 at Groupama Stadium. The Parisians were able to count on a superb sequence of Neymar JR, beating Anthony Lopes, who had been irreproachable until then. The Gones have been defeated once again at Parc des Princes 4 - 2, on February 23rd, 2020, with goals from Di Maria, Mbappé and Cavani.

On March 4th, 2020, on French Cup semi-final at Groupama Stadium, Olympique Lyonnais have been defeated 5 - 1 against Paris Saint-Germain. Despite Terrier's early goal, the Red and Blue then scored 5 times, including a hat-trick from Kylian Mbappé, plus 1 goal from Sarabia and Neymar Jr. On July 31th, 2020, the Parisians won their 9th League Cup trophy at Stade de France after defeating Lyon at the end of the penalty shootout (6 - 5).

Paris Saint-Germain have not finished behind Olympique Lyonnais in the Ligue 1 Uber Eats standings since the 2010/11 season.

Players to follow


Kyllian Mbappé

Striker 20/12/1998
After spending two years at AS Monaco, Kylian Mbappe joined Paris Saint-Germain on August 31st, 2017. On October 8th, 2018, the Red and Blue hosted Olympique Lyonnais at Parc des Princes for a Ligue 1 Uber Eats match. On that night, Kylian Mbappé scored four goals to Anthony Lopes in just 13 minutes. That year he also became, at 19 years and 11 months, the youngest player in the Ballon d'Or top five, behind Modric, Ronaldo and Griezmann.

Houssem Aouar

Midfielder 30/06/1998
Born on June 30th, 1998, in Lyon, Houssem Aouar is an attacking midfielder who came through his home-town club’s respected youth set-up, signing his first professional contract during season 2016/17. After impressing at various levels at Lyon, he made a significant breakthrough on 2017-18 season, establishing himself in the starting line-up and gaining a reputation as one of the team’s most creative players. With seven goals and seven assists in 2018-19 Ligue 1 Uber Eats, the highly promising youngster earned a deserved call-up to the France U-21 side, coached by Sylvain Ripoll.

Groupama Stadium

The Groupama Stadium has been Lyon’s official home since 2016; prior to that, the club had played at Stade Gerland since 1950. Boasting a capacity of nearly 60,000, it is currently France’s third largest stadium. The arena was used for several matches – the semi-final between Portugal and Wales, for example – during UEFA Euro 2016, which took place in France. And on May 16th, 2018, it provided the stage for the final of the UEFA Europa League, from which Antoine Griezmann’s Atlético Madrid emerged victorious.

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Practical information
To get to Groupama Stadium, catch the tram from Lyon Part-Dieu station or from Vaux-en-Velin La Soie. You can also take the T5 tram, get off at the Eurexpo stop and then take the shuttle bus. A number of park-and-ride car parks, including one operated by the TCL (Lyon’s public transport agency), facilitate motor vehicle access. It is also possible to purchase a parking spot at Groupama Stadium via Lyon’s ticketing website.

Following the Government’s announcements made on October 14th, the professional sport meetings (including the games at the Parc des Princes) will take place, but will be played behind closed doors. Therefore, there will be no ticket sales.