Olympique Lyonnais

Founded In
1950
Location
Lyon, France

Olympique Lyonnais

About Olympique Lyonnais

Olympique Lyonnais, sometimes known more simply as Lyon, has a history dating back to the foundation of Racing Club de Lyon in 1896, although the current club was not established nationally until 1950. Historically, Saint-Étienne have been the club's main rival and the two clubs contest the Rhône derby.

Over the last few decades, Lyon have established themselves as one of the Europe's biggest clubs and arguably the biggest team in France. In 2008, they were ranked as the 13th most valuable team in the world and in 2009 they were ranked 12th in terms of revenue generated. Prior to Paris Saint-Germain's takeover, they were France's richest clubs and have emerged as one of the most-supported Ligue 1 sides. Their success over the last two decades has spawned rivalries with Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille and Bordeaux.

The turn of the millennium brought in a period of unprescedented success for Lyon. In 2001–02, they won Ligue 1 for the first time, starting a period of complete dominance. Lyon would go on to win seven back-to-back league titles, a record for the top division in France, and added two Coupe de France victories in 2008 and 2012 and a Coupe de la Ligue win in 2001 to their trophy haul. During this time, Lyon regularly advanced to the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League, reaching the quarter final stage of the competition on three occasions.

During their successful period in the 21st century, Lyon housed some of football's best talents. Notable footballers to represent the team include Karim Benzema, Michael Essien, Éric Abidal, Juninho Pernambucano and Florent Malouda. Fleury Di Nallo is the club's record goal scorer, having scored 182 during his time with Lyon.

Since the club's foundation in 1950, it has played its home matches at the Stade de Gerland. The stadium has a four star rating from UEFA and holds a maximum total of 40,500 supporters.