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The Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven

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Publish on 05/13 at 16:13 - D. CROSSAN

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Thiago Silva and Marco Verratti have joined an exclusive seven-man club to have won Ligue 1 Conforama on seven occasions. ligue1.com looks at the ASSE and OL stars to have also achieved the feat.

JEAN-MICHEL LARQUE

Champion with Saint-Etienne in 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976

The midfielder made his Saint-Etienne debut in March 1966 and the following season he took advantage of a serious knee injury to future Les Verts coach Robert Herbin to become a first-team fixture, lifting the first of his seven French titles under the coaching of Jean Snella. Albert Batteux succeeded Snella and Saint-Etienne did the first Ligue 1 - Coupe de France in club history in 1968. The golden era for the club was only just beginning with Larqué at the heart of it and further titles followed in 1969 and 1970.

Larqué made his France debut in 1969 and went on to win 14 caps in seven years, his contrubutions more respected at club level. By the time of the 1974 double he'd become club captain and Herbin was the coach. Another double followed in 1975 while the following season saw Larqué's seventh title and ASSE reach the final of the European Cup final which they lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich in the famous "poteaux carrés" game at Hampden Park, Glasgow, as ASSE hit the woodwork twice.

HERVE REVELLI

Champion with Saint-Etienne in 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976

Revelli was ASSE's lethal marksman in that special era, twice finishing top scorer in Ligue 1 (31 goals in 1966-1967 and 28 goals in 1969-1970). Revelli made his Saint-Etienne debut in 1966 as a 20-year-old and hit the ground running as Stade Georrfroy-Guichard quickly identified the 1m75 forward as the man who would score the goals to take Les Verts to glory.

In 1971 Revelli left to join Nice but returned to Saint-Etienne in 1973 ready to add more trophies to his collection. The French international (30 caps, 15 goals) ended his career with 216 Ligue 1 goals and from 1975 to 1978 - when Delio Onnis overtook him - was the record scorer in the French game. He remains third on the list behind Onnis (299 goals) and Bernard Lacombe (255 goals).

GREGORY COUPET

Champion with Olympique Lyonnais in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Coupet joined Lyon from Saint-Etienne in 1997 and under the tutelage of goalkeeping coach Joël Bats his career took off. OL finished on the podium three seasons running before obtaining a historic first title in 2002. Coupet made his France debut the previous year and ended his career with 34 international caps. At club level he had a preponderant influence and was voted goalkeeper of the season every year between 2003 and 2006.

Coupet was key to the installation of the winning culture at OL. Outspoken, he frequently told coaches at club and international level exactly what was on his mind. An outstanding goalkeeper, since 2018 he has been passing on his knowhow to his successors as OL's goalkeeping coach.

JUNINHO

Considered Lyon's greatest player, Juninho was the shining light in that outstanding OL side. Deadly from free-kicks, he scored 44 of them among his 100 career Lyon goals in all competitions. The midfielder was signed in 2001 from Vasco da Gama, won the Ligue 1 title in his first season and never looked back.

Juninho netted 75 goals in 248 league games for OL and won the title in every season apart from his last in 2008-2009. The Brazilian international was voted Ligue 1 player of the year in 2006 and was unfortunate not to win more individual accolades. The idol of the Lyon faithful returned to the club in 2019 as sporting director.

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SIDNEY GOVOU

The youth product was a mainstay of all OL's titles. Having signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2000, the wide attacker made his real breakthrough the following season before contributing a PB 10 goals to Lyon's first title campaign. While his overall OL record of 49 goals in 292 league games is modest, Govou's energy and good humour made him an essential part of the side. He also won nearly 50 France caps.

It's fair to say Govou didn't fully realise the early promise that saw him score two goals against Bayern Munich in the Champions League in 2001 and scoop the Ligue 1 young player of the year prize the same year, but he left a deep imprint on OL and is part of the elite club of those with seven Ligue 1 winners' medals.