Olympique Lyonnais, commonly referred to as simply Lyon or OL, is a French professional football club based in Lyon in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France. The club competes in Ligue 1, the top flight of French football.
Olympique Lyonnais Youth Development System
The Olympique Lyonnais Reserves & Academy are the reserve team and academy of French club Olympique Lyonnais. The reserves squad play in the Championnat de France amateur division, the fourth division of French football and the highest division the team is allowed to participate in. Lyon have won the reserves title of the Championnat de France amateur six times. They have won in 1998, 2001, 2003, 2006, and 2009, and 2010.
The U-18 squad participates in their weekly league, the Championnat National Under-18, which is a league comprising four groups of fourteen clubs who play each other twice during the regular season. This session is dubbed Phase 1. Following the regular season, the four group winners are randomly selected to face each other in semi-final matches (dubbed Phase 2) to decide who will play each other in the Under-18 Championnat National championship match, usually held in Mayenne. There is also a third-place match, which is usually held just before the championship match. The Under-18 squad also regularly participates in the Coupe Gambardella. They have won the title on 3 occasions. They won the cup in 1971, 1994, and 1997.
The U-16 side participates in a league, the Championnat National Under-16, which is a youth league comprising six groups of twelve clubs who play each other twice during the regular season, which is dubbed Phase 1. Following the regular season, the six group winners and the two best second place clubs are randomly inserting into two groups of four, where they play each other at neutral venues once over a span of four days. This portion is dubbed Phase 2. The two winners of each group will then face each other in the championship match to determine the champion of the Under-16 Championnat National. The Under-16 squad also participates in regional cup competitions.
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Olympique Lyonnais Recruitment/Trials
To send your unsolicited applications, please send us your CV and a cover letter to the following address: [email protected]
or by mail to the following address:
Olympique Lyonnais – for the attention of the Human Resources Department
10 Avenue Simone Veil – CS 70712 – 69150 Décines Cedex
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Olympique Lyonnais History
Lyon has competed in the UEFA Champions League 17 times, and during the season 2009–10, the club advanced all the way to the competition’s semi-finals for the very first time, following three prior appearances in the competition’s quarter-final round. During the 2019–20 season, they were successful in reaching this stage once again.
The 59,186-seat Parc Olympique Lyonnais, also known as the Groupama Stadium due to its commercial naming, is located in Décines-Charpieu, which is a suburb of Lyon. Olympique Lyonnais plays its home matches there. White, red, and blue are the colors that are used for the club’s home uniforms. Lyon was a member of the G14 group, which is comprised of the biggest football clubs in Europe. Lyon is also one of the founding members of the European Club Association, which is the group’s successor.
Along with Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille, Lyon is one of the clubs in France that receives the most support from its fans. The name of the club, “Les Gones,” comes from the French-Provencal regional dialect spoken in Lyon. It translates to “The Kids.” They have a long-standing rivalry with the local club Saint-Étienne, against whom they compete in the Derby Rhône-Alpes. Saint-Étienne is located in close proximity to them.
There are 59,186 seats available at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium, which is also known as the Grand Stade de Lyon or the Stade des Lumières depending on the tournament. The stadium is located in Décines-Charpieu, which is inside the Lyon Metropolis. In January of 2016, it took the place of their old stadium, the Stade de Gerland, and became the home of the French football team Olympique Lyonnais.
The stadium hosted the UEFA European Championships in 2016, and it was also selected to host the finals of the Coupe de la Ligue in 2017 and the UEFA Europa League in 2018. In addition, the stadium is scheduled to host the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup as well as the football competition at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. In addition to football, the stadium has been used for other sports such as rugby union and ice hockey, as well as for musical concerts.
The heraldic lion, which is depicted as being upright on its hind legs, serves as both the primary symbol of the city and the club. Naturally, it does not appear the same as it did in the original because the designers at Olympique Lyonnais spent a significant amount of time experimenting before arriving at the version that would be used.
Additional aspects went through many transformations as well. For instance, the classic shield would vanish for a while before reappearing in a different form; moreover, the initials of the team would frequently shift positions.
Jean-Michel Aulas, a businessman from the Rhône region, purchased Olympique Lyonnais on June 15, 1987. Aulas is the club’s current owner. CEGID, which stands for the Company for European Management by Decentralized Information Technology, was established by him, and he currently serves as the company’s Chief Operating Officer.
Following the settlement of the club’s financial obligations, Aulas reorganized the club’s management and restructured its finances. As a result, in the space of twenty years, the club went from being a second division team to being one of the wealthiest football clubs in the world. On the other hand, Aulas has been called out by naysayers for managing the club as though it were a commercial enterprise. OL Groupe, which is abbreviated as OLG, is the name now used by the club when it trades on the European Stock Exchange.