Club Profile


Right before PSG took over French football, Olympique Lyonnaise were the unquestioned leaders, cranking out famous young players and winning seven consecutive league titles. Today they are a solid Ligue 1 club with a beautiful stadium in a wonderful city.

LOCATION: Lyon, France

CONTACT: , 04 51 08 70 40, #Lyon #OL

NICKNAMES: Les Gones (The Kids)

Lyon History

Lyon was originally formed under the multisport group Lyon Olympique Universitaire in 1896. The manager at the time pushed for Lyon to break off and form their own club, but this did not end up happening until 1950. This was the year the club truly was formed and they played their first match against CA Paris-Charenton. In 1951, in Lyon’s second…

Lyon Rivalries

Lyon has a heated local rivalry with AS Saint-Étienne, known as the Derby Rhône-Alpes. The rivalry first began in 1951 and due to the clubs only being located 50 km apart, it soon became one of the most heated rivalries in France. Saint-Étienne was also the most successful French club during the 1900s, and with Lyon’s great success in the early…

Lyon Women's Team

Arguably the global standard in women’s football, the team was initially formed in 1970 as part of FC Lyon, but underwent a rebrand in 2004 to become the official women’s team of Olympique Lyonnais. Since 2004, Olympique Lyonnais Féminin have won the Division 1 Féminine 16 times and the Coupe de France 10 times. They have also won the…

Lyon Songs

Here are the fans singing their club

Lyon Stadium

Lyon played at the Stade de Gerland from 1950 to 2016, when they built their new stadium Parc Olympique Lyonnais. The Parc Olympique Lyonnais has a capacity of 59,186 and has hosted a number of competitions including the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, Europa League Final, and UEFA Euro 2016. It’s known as the Groupama Stadium for sponsorship…

Going to a Game at Lyon

GETTING THERE: The stadium is kind of on the edge of town, but there’s a tram stop right next to it called Décines OL Vallée. You can get there from the main train station in town, Gare de part Dieu, by takinng line T3 to Vaulx-en-Velin La Soie and switching to line T7. Or just stick with T3 to Décines Grand Large, which is a 15-minute walk…

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