Olympique Lyonnais

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 wily French businessman took just two years to propel Les Gones to the French top flight, 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 2017/2018, Fekir and his team-mates finished third in the Ligue 1 Conforama, securing a place in the UEFA Champions League on the final matchday.

After a unconvincing 2019-20 pre-season, and a series of 7 defeats in Ligue 1, 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.

Olympique Lyonnais

  • Coupe de la Ligue
    Coupe de la Ligue BKT final
    Saturday, June 27th
    Stade de France
    Date to be confirmed
    PARIS Saint-Germain Olympique Lyonnais
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    Olympique Lyonnais

Previous encounters

Paris SG - Olympique Lyonnais

On Janvier 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.

This season in Ligue 1 Conforama, the Red and Blue have defeated them 1 - 0 at Groupama Stadium on Sunday, September 22nd. 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 Sunday, February 23rd, 2020, with goals from Di Marian Mbappé and Cavani.

On March 4th, 2020, on Coupe de France 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. Both team will be competing again for the Coupe de la Ligue BKT title at Stade de France.

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Comfortably the most successful French club of the 2000s, OL relied on a squad brimming with international talent, like Antonio Augusto Ribeiro Reis Junior, better known as “Juninho”. During his time at the club, the technically gifted and creative Brazilian midfielder played a key role in the capture of no fewer than 14 trophies, and was particularly renowned for his ability to find the back of the net from dead-ball situations. In fact, he remains the most successful free-kick taker in history, scoring 75 times, ten times more than another famous set-piece specialist, David Beckham. Very attached to the club, he has been appointed Olympique Lyonnais Sports Manager on May 19th, 2019.

Player to watch

Houssem Aouar

Born on 30 June 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 this past 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 44 matches under his belt, the highly promising youngster earned a deserved call-up to the France U-21 side, coached by Sylvain Ripoll.

Olympique Lyonnais on their travel to Parc des Princes

Discover Olympique Lyonnais starting lineup on Ligue 1 Conforama matchday 6 against Paris Saint-Germain!

Lopes, Denayer, Andersen, Marcelo, Aouar, Thiago Mendes, Reine-Adélaide, Dubois, Koné, Depay, Dembele

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 16 May 2018, it provided the stage for the final of the UEFA Europa League, from which Antoine Griezmann’s Atlético Madrid emerged victorious.


10 Avenue Simone-Veil

69 150 Décines-Charpieu


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.

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