Olympique Lyonnais is a men’s and women’s French professional football club based in Lyon in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes. The club is commonly referred to as simply Lyon or OL. Meanwhile, the men play in France’s highest football division, Ligue 1.


Founded in 1950, the club won its first Ligue 1 championship in 2002, starting a national record-setting streak of seven successive titles. Lyon was a member of the G14 group of leading European football clubs and is a founder member of its successor, the European Club Association.


Lyon has also won eight Trophées des Champions, five Coupes de France, and three Ligue 2 titles.

Lyon has participated in the UEFA Champions League seventeen times. Meanwhile, during the 2009–10 season, reached the semi-finals of the competition. They reached the semis for the first time after three previous quarter-final appearances. They once again reached this stage in the 2019–20 season.

Stadium and kits

Olympique Lyonnais plays its home matches at the 59,186-seat Parc Olympique Lyonnais. This stadium is commercially known as the Groupama Stadium. Meanwhile, the stadium is located in Décines-Charpieu, a suburb of Lyon. The club’s home colors are white, red, and blue. The club’s nickname, Les Gones, means “The Kids” in Lyon’s regional dialect of Franco-Provencal.

They have a long-standing rivalry with the nearby club Saint-Etienne. Meanwhile, they contest the Derby Rhone-Alpes. Lyon has been owned by Jean-Michel Aulas since 1987. However, recently, American businessman John Textor purchased the club in June 2022.

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