Olympique Lyonnais know as Lyon FC is a French club formed by Lyon Olympique Universitaire in the year 1896 initially as Racing Club de Lyon but formed it football department in 1899 it was based in Lyon in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes but was not nationally recognized until 1950, nicknamed Les Gones (The Kids) and its home ground is the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, but the naming right was sold and renamed “Groupama Stadium” with a capacity of 59,186.
The team wears a combination of white, blue, and red for its home games, while a dark shade of blue/black is used as their away jersey.
In 1951 the club came into prominence when it won the second division championship and moved to the first division, but it was a short-lived experience as they were relegated back to the second division.
Lyon FC is one of the most widely supported football clubs in France with a survey in 2009 showing that over 11% of the country’s population support the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes based club, with only Paris Saint-German and Marseille sharing the same ratio.
Some of the most important matches in the club’s footballing calendar are usually against its Ligue 1 rival Saint-Etienne tagged “Derby Rhone-Alpes.” At the same time, games against Bourdeaux, Marseille, PSG, and Lille are also a mini derby.
Lyon FC experienced its most successful era in early 2000 when it won a record seven straight Ligue 1 titles and won five Coupe de France and three Ligue 2 titles.
The team had also participated in the UEFA Champions League twelve times with their best achievement coming in 2009/10 when they got to the semifinals of the tournament for the first time.
On Saturday, August 15, 2020, Lyon defeated English side Man City 3-1 to advance through to the semifinal of the Champions League and book a date with German Champions Bayern Munich.
However, this year’s semifinal will see two French clubs (PSG and Lyon) and German clubs (RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich) meeting each other for the first time since 2012/13 different countries were in the semifinals.
The club’s average salary is low compared to most of the clubs in other leagues with an average Lyon player earning €1.5 million/year. Here a look at the wages of Lyon players.
|Player Name||Age||Weekly wages||Contract until|
|Memphis Depay||25||€ 80,500||2021|
|Bertrand Traoré||23||€ 69,000||2022|
|Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa||30||€ 69,000||2020|
|Anthony Lopes||28||€ 50,500||2020|
|Moussa Dembélé||23||€ 48,000||2023|
|Maxwel Cornet||22||€ 41,404||2021|
|Thiago Mendes||27||€ 41,404||2021|
|Jason Denayer||24||€ 38,327||2022|
|Lucas Tousart||22||€ 34,615||2023|
|Kenny Tete||23||€ 32,192||2021|
|Houssem Aouar||21||€ 26,827||2023|
|Ciprian Tatarusanu||33||€ 23,000||2022|
|Léo Dubois||24||€ 23,000||2022|
|Martin Terrier||22||€ 22,077||2022|
|Pape Cheikh||21||€ 19,173||2022|
|Youssouf Koné||24||€ 11,250||2024|
|Oumar Solet||19||€ 10,673||2022|
|Lenny Pintor||18||€ 9,577||2023|
|Amine Gouiri||19||€ 8,115||2022|
|Maxence Caqueret||19||€ 6,135||2023|
|Anthony Racioppi||20||€ 3,385||2021|