And former Spain Under-21 international Darder ensured his manager's wishes were realised before Rachid Ghezzal made sure late on.
Jean-Louis Triaud talks wine production, club culture and the side's prospects under new coach Jocelyn Gourvennec - as well as new faces like Jérémy Toulalan and Jérémy Ménez - with the Ligue 1 Show's Matt Spiro.
Managerial careerBesançon (adjoint : 01-05, 05/06), Olympique Lyonnais (adjoint : 2006-15, depuis déc. 2015)
The Stadium is fantastic with clear views all round and plenty of legroom around the seats, however the toilets are a real slow and badly planned experience. I left my seat at half time and missed 5 minutes of the second half whilst waiting?
Lyon is home to the Ligue 1 football team Olympique Lyonnais, a seven-time winner of the French first division championship (2002–2007). The team played until December 2015 at the 43,000-seat Stade de Gerland, which also hosted matches of the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Since 2016, the team plays at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, a 59,000-seat stadium located in the eastern suburb of Décines-Charpieu.
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Last weekend's league defeat in Lorient, followed by a slender Champions League loss at Sevilla, left Bruno Genesio hopeful of an immediate response from his team.
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In 2008, an 'RER' (commuter rail) project was started, with the objective of linking Lyon with the surrounding cities which are growing fast. It should have a total of 8 lines and will replace the actual TER lines operated by the SNCF (National French Railway Network). It was planned to be fully finished by 2010.
To explore Lyon in the winter, bring a hat and gloves and a warm winter coat. There's plenty to see and do in the city during the winter months, including a range of fascinating museums.
Hotel Grand Est and B&B Hotel Lyon Meyzieu are decent mid-range options located right on the other side of the N346. Click here for an overview of hotels near Parc Olympique Lyonnais.
Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon were among five French clubs to pull out of elections to the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) board of directors on Wednesday after a number of other sides launched a "sort of putsch" aimed at OL president Jean-Michel Aulas.
A city of merchants and industry, Lyon has a long tradition of centre-right governments and mayors, even if some neighbourhoods, most notably Croix-Rousse, have a very strong left-wing inclination. In 2001, however, Gérard Collomb, a member of the moderate left-wing Socialist party, was elected mayor. Although many controversies surrounded Collomb, he adopted a strategy of creating public infrastructure projects to gain popularity.
The Lyon academy graduate scored 13 goals in the 2014-15 Ligue 1 campaign, but could not participate in Euro 2016 as he continued his rehabilitation. However,...
16 – retired in 1999 in recognition of goalkeeper Luc Borrelli. Borrelli was killed in a road accident in February of that year. In 2011, the number was brought out of retirement and given to back-up goalkeeper Anthony Lopes
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One of Lyon's newer sights is the Fresque des Lyonnais Célèbres, the "Fresco of Famous Lyonnais". When Lyon's twin city Barcelona inaugurated a huge fresco displaying famous people from Catalonia in...
The Lyon chief has long been pushing for teams finishing higher up the Ligue 1 table to get a bigger slice of the league's television revenue and this stance has made him extremely unpopular with the leaders of the division's smaller clubs.
Lyon received the final building permit in February 2012 and later that year started initial works. Subsequent delays however postponed the expected completion date from the summer of 2014 to January 2016. Parc Olympique Lyonnais officially opened on 9 January 2016 with a league match between Lyon and Troyes (4-1).
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Minor sponsors of the club include LG, APICIL, and MDA Électroménager. During Coupe de France matches, the club wear kits sponsored by SFR, Caisse d'Épargne and Pitch as they are main sponsors of the FFF. During Coupe de la Ligue matches, Lyon wear shirts with the Speedy Triangle logo on the front of their shirt, as they are main sponsors of the LFP.
The Stadium Guide has been around for over a decade now and has grown from an obscure geocities page to one of the leading websites that cover the world of football stadiums.
The Basilique Notre Dam de Fourviere sits on hill right above Vieux Lyon, and had a wonderful view over the city of Lyon and the Soanne and Rhone Rivers below. It was built between 1872 and 1876. It...
The best goals, the best saves and the funniest moments from an action-packed Week 8 - check out our Best of Week 8 round-up.
One supporter was given a suspended two-year jail term with the three others handed suspended sentences of four months by a Seville court following the incidents that occurred outside Sevilla's Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium prior to Lyon's...
Nabil Fekir is "a bit like [Lionel] Messi," according to France international and Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny.
Parc Olympique Lyonnais, also referred to as Grand Stade OL or Stade des Lumières, is the recently opened new home of Olympique Lyonnais and as such replaced Stade Gerland.
If using public transport, the stadium can be reached by tram. The stadium is only a 10-minute walk from station Decines Grand Large of tram line 3, which runs just north of the stadium, but a new branch will bring you right in front of the stadium. Line 3 departs from Gare Part-Dieu on the eastern edge of Lyon’s city centre.
Go skiing from Lyon. In winter, the nearest ski resorts are less than two hours away. Several travel agencies sell day "packages" (journey by coach and ski pass); the coaches depart from Lyon between 6 and 7AM and come back around 8PM. This is a convenient and inexpensive way to go skiing; these one-day trips cost €30-40, excluding equipment hire and food. This is about the regular price of the ski pass alone! , , .
The four Lyon fans arrested during disturbances ahead of their team's Champions League loss to Sevilla on Tuesday have all been handed suspended prison sentences as the Ligue 1 club decried the use of what they called "unjustified" violence by Spanish police.
Lyon is certainly a great starting point to explore the French vineyards: Beaujolais, Burgundy, Rhône Valley and the less known Jura, Savoie and Bugey are all within two hours drive. It is therefore unsurprising to see an increasing number of wine bars in Lyon. Here are a few addresses.
Tickets for Lyon matches can be bought online through the official website or through official ticket partner viagogo.
The dry mistral wind funnels down the Rhone Valley to warm Lyon in the summer, and daytime temperatures reach a pleasant 25-27°C. Nights are not too hot, in the low to mid teens Celsius, so it's a comfortable summer all round.
The stadium, located right next to the N346 / E15 motorway, is easily reached by car. Get on the N346 from the A42 in the north or the A43 in the south and take exit 6.
On 22 September 2009, French newspaper L'Equipe reported that OL Land had been selected by the French Football Federation (FFF) as one of the 12 stadiums to be used in the country's bidding for UEFA Euro 2016. The FFF officially made their selections on 11 November 2009 and the city of Lyon was selected as a site to host matches during the tournament.
Olympique Lyonnais and AS Saint-Étienne renew one of the most hostile rivalries in French football when they meet for the first time at the Parc OL in Sunday's Rhône derby. Ligue1.com's Ian Holyman looks at the passion behind the clash.
The following players have won the Bravo Award while playing for Lyon:
The oldest church in Lyon, the Abbaye Saint-Martin d'Ainay was built in the 11th century on the site of a 4th-century Roman temple. The Abbey church originally belonged to a Benedictine abbey founded in the 6th century. A wonderful example of Romanesque architecture, the church contains four classical columns, a 12th-century mosaic pavement in the choir, and 19th-century gilded paintings by the Lyon artist Hippolyte Flandrin.
Mario Balotelli's brilliant winner ensured OGC Nice top the table going into the international break, but AS Monaco are right behind them after recording their record away win. Meanwhile, Olympique Lyonnais claimed the derby honours.
17 – retired in 2003 in recognition of midfielder Marc-Vivien Foé. Foé died while playing for Cameroon in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup at the Stade de Gerland, Lyon. The number was brought out of retirement in 2008 to allow Cameroonian player Jean Makoun to wear it. Following Makoun's departure, the number went without use for a year. In 2011, it was given to Alexandre Lacazette.