Olympique Lyonnais are perhaps considered one of the biggest sides in French football and their continued participation in the Champions League will certainly have helped their status in the sport. The club have been a mainstay in Europe’s elite club competition for the last two decades or so, although finishes in the tournament have been rather varied over the years. Nonetheless, the 59,186 capacity Groupama Stadium has become a great venue to watch the action unfold when it is on the schedule for the Ligue 1 outfit.
Nicknamed Les Gones, Lyon have had a number of top players in their squads over the last two decades that they have been in the Champions League, with men such as Hugo Lloris, Tanguy Ndombele, Karim Benzema and Alexandre Lacazette having all featured before moving on, whereas stars such as Memphis Depay, Moussa Dembele, Houssem Aouar, Bruno Guimarães and Bertrand Traore have all featured for the club in more recent memory.
Indeed, over the last 20 years or so, Olympique Lyonnais have managed to obtain plenty of experience in the Champions League and have managed to finish in a variety of positions.
Whilst many of their runs have ended prematurely, either at the Preliminary Stages or in the Group Stages, Les Gones have been able to reach the later knockout rounds on occasion and cause some surprises along the way; including a semi-final in 2009/10.
That year’s competition is one that has produced some of the most memorable achievements for the French powerhouses in more recent times, as it saw them edge out of a group that contained Liverpool, Debrecen and AFC Fiorentina, before beating Real Madrid in the Round of 16 and fellow French side Girondins de Bordeaux in the quarter-final. Bayern Munich, however, stood too tall in the semi-finals for Lyon.
Olympique Lyonnais will also remember their achievements of reaching successive quarter-finals in the 2003/04, 2004/05 and 2005/06 instalments of the Champions League, however they were unable to progress any further.
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