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Olympique Lyonnais

Olympique Lyonnais
Football club information
Full nameOlympique Lyonnais
NicknameLes Gones (The Kids)
Lyon
OL
Founded1899/1950
StadiumStade de Gerland, Lyon (capacity : 40494)
OwnerJean-Michel Aulas
ChairmanJean-Michel Aulas
ManagerRémi Garde
LeagueLigue 1
2010 113rd
Current season2011 12 Olympique Lyonnais season

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Olympique Lyonnais (-frɔlɛ̃pik ʎɔnɛ; commonly referred to as simply Lyon, or OL) (Euronext - OLG) is a French association football club based in Lyon. They play in France's highest football division, Ligue 1. The club was formed as Lyon Olympique Universitaire in 1899, according to many supporters and sport historians, but was nationally established as a club in 1950. The club's most successful period has been the 21st century. The club won its first ever Ligue 1 championship in 2002, starting a national record-breaking streak of seven successive titles. Lyon have also won a record seven Trophée des Champions, four Coupe de France titles and three Ligue 2 Championships.

Lyon have participated the UEFA Champions League 12 times, and during the 2009 10 season, reached the semi-finals of the competition for the first time after three previous quarter-final appearances. Olympique Lyonnais play its home matches at the 40,494-seat Stade de Gerland in Lyon. In 2013, their new stadium will be ready, tentatively named OL Land, in Décines-Charpieu, a suburb of Lyon. The club's home colours are white, red and blue. Lyon were a member of the G14 group of leading European football clubs and are founder members of its successor, the European Club Association.

Olympique Lyonnais is one of the most popular clubs in France. About 11% of the country's population support the club. Lyon share this number with Paris Saint-Germain and only trail Olympique de Marseille. Lyon hold the honor of being the richest club in the country having generated an annual revenue stream of -139.6 million for the 2008 09 season. The club's nickname, Les Gones, means "The Kids" in Lyon's regional dialect of Arpitan. The chairman of Lyon is Jean-Michel Aulas and club is managed by Rémi Garde. Olympique Lyonnais also has a successful women's football team having won its league a record nine times. The women's team has also won three Challenge de France titles and the UEFA Women's Champions League in 2011.


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