Cup winners at a glance
From Aimé Jacquet to Gérard Houllier, from Michael Essien to Karim Benzema, find out all you need to know about Olympique Lyonnais ahead of Saturday's Trophée des Champions in New York City…
- OL are making a record eight appearance in the Trophée des Champions and also hold the record number of victories with 6 triumphs.
- OL won seven consecutive French Ligue 1 titles between 2002 and 2008 - a record in Europe's top five leagues.
- OL reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in 2010.
- OL also qualified nine times in a row for the last-16 of the UEFA Champions League from 2003 to 2012.
- Since 2001, OL has won 16 domestic trophies (7 Ligue 1, 6 Trophée des Champions, 2 Coupe de France and 1 Coupe de la Ligue).
- OL has finished in the top four of Ligue 1 for the last 14 Ligue 1 seasons (since 1999).
- OL counts a 57% win ratio in Ligue 1 over the last 11 seasons.
- OL boast the most number of Champions League victories for a French club with 55 wins.
- OL have won five Coupe de France crowns (1964, 1967, 1973, 2008 and 2012), the most recent of which at the
- Stade de France last May booked their place in this Trophée des Champions.
- Jean-Michel Aulas has been president of Olympique Lyonnais since 1987.
- UEFA Champions League semi-finalists in 2010, Olympique Lyonnais are ranked the 10th best club in Europe by UEFA (Best-ranked French club).
- Hugo Lloris captained France as Les Bleus defeated the United States 1-0 at the Stade de France on 11 November and he also captained the side at Euro 2012.
- Hugo Lloris has been voted UNFP Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the year three times (2009, 2010 and 2012).
- Midfielder Maxime Gonalons earned his first France cap in the international friendly against the USA, in November 2011.
- Four Lyon coaches have also coached the French national team: Gérard Houllier (OL coach from 2005 to 2007), Aimé Jacquet (OL coach from 1976 to 1980), Jacques Santini (OL coach from 2000 to 2002) and Raymond Domenech (OL coach from 1988 to 1993).
- Michael Essien (2005), Juninho (2006), Florent Malouda (2007), Karim Benzema (2008) and Lisandro Lopez (2010) have all been named Ligue 1 Player of the Year while defending the OL colors.
- In the last two seasons, Lisandro Lopez (48 goals in 88 Ligue 1 matches) was the most efficient goal scorer in the league in terms of his goals to playing time ratio, netting a goal every 122 minutes in 2010-11 and a goal every 140 minutes last season.
- Brazilian striker Sonny Anderson received two if his Ligue 1 Golden Boot titles while playing for OL (23 goals in 2000 and 22 goals in 2001).
- In the last six Ligue 1 seasons, Bafétimbi Gomis has scored at least ten goals per season for a total of 70 goals. No other Ligue 1 player can match his consistency over the same period.
- In the current OL squad, five players took part in the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa: Hugo Lloris, Anthony
- Réveillère, Yoann Gourcuff (France), Michel Bastos (Brazil) and John Mensah (Ghana). OL also boasted three players at Euro 2012: Hugo Lloris, Anthony Réveillère (France) and Kim Källström (Sweden).
TOTAL NUMBER OF FRANCE CAPS EARNED BY OL PLAYERS WHILE AT CLUB: 417
- Sidney Govou (49), Jérémy Toulalan (36), Grégory Coupet (34), Florent Malouda (30)...
- Currently at club: Hugo Lloris (37), Anthony Réveillère (18), Yoann Gourcuff (7), Bafétimbi Gomis and Maxime Gonalons (2), Jimmy Briand and Aly Cissokho (1)
COACH: Rémi GARDE
- PLAYING CAREER
- An OL academy graduate, the former midfielder made his professional debut with Lyon as an 18-year-old under the orders of Robert Herbin. The current OL coach was captain of the side that earned promotion back to Ligue 1 in 1989. In July 1988, in the opening round of the Ligue 2 season, a young Rémi Garde (22yrs) came off the bench after just half an hour against a Nîmes Olympique side featuring midfielder René Girard. In the final match of the 1988/89 season, between the Ligue 2 Group A and B champions, Rémi Garde scored the winning goal against Mulhouse, synonymous with promotion. In the 1991/92 term, OL captain Rémi Garde scored the first goal in European competition after a 16-year absence with the only goal against Swedish side Oster Vaxjo. The current OL boss played six times for France and was part of Michel Platini's Euro '92 squad. He was one of two initial recruits brought in by Arsène Wenger when he took over at EPL outfit Arsenal: in August 1996, Rémi Garde signed his contract on the same day as Patrick Vieira. Rémi Garde was wore the captain's armband during his first season at Arsenal, where he eventually played 45 times (28 starts) in three seasons. His made his debut for Arsenal off the bench against Leeds in October 1996. In 1998 Rémi Garde won the Premier League and FA Cup double, making 11 appearances.
- COACHING CAREER
- Before becoming head coach in June 2011, Rémi Garde was already a member of the OL coaching staff as assistant to Paul Le Guen and then Gérard Houllier for four years before becoming director of the club's youth academy. Rémi Garde was a member of the OL coaching staff that won five consecutive Ligue 1 titles between 2004 and 2008. In his first season as head coach, Rémi Garde won the Coupe de France and reached the final of the Coupe de la Ligue. The Coupe de France was OL's first trophy since the historic treble in 2008 (Ligue 1, Coupe de France and Trophée des Champions). Rémi Garde recorded a 55% win ratio last season with OL (32 victories in 58 matches) with 102 goals scored (OL's best attack since 2005/06). He began his coaching career with an undefeated run of nine matches.