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As one of the most prominent clubs in the top tier of French football, Lyon contest different rivalries with clubs of similar stature such as Marseille, Bordeaux of Paris Saint-Germaine. However, Lyon’s biggest rival from a historical point of view are Saint-Etienne.
These two clubs contest what’s universally known as Derby Rhone-Alpes. Also referred to as Le Derby, this match pits two clubs located in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region. The rivalry dates back to 1951 when Lyon and Saint-Etienne played their first-ever official match.
Today, matches between these two clubs are seen as one of the highlights of the Ligue 1 calendar and draw plenty of interest both on and off the pitch. As the two clubs separated by not more than 50 kilometres, Lyon and Saint-Etienne have, over time, developed a hotly-contested rivalry. It’s a game between white-collar and blue-collar communities which, by default, carry great weight and importance.
Olympique Lyonnais as commonly called Les Gones which translates as The Kids. The club was formed in 1899 but had not been officially registered and nationally established until 1950. The turn of the century marked the beginning of the most successful period in the club’s history.
Seven-time Ligue 1 champions, Lyon won their first-ever domestic title in 2002. The year marked the beginning of a French record for successive Ligue 1 titles, currently standing at seven in a row. Apart from 7 Ligue 1 trophies, Lyon are also five-time winners of Coupe de France. They also lifted the Coupe de la Ligue trophy in 2000/01 and won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1997.
Lyon play their home matches at the Groupama Stadium which boasts a capacity of nearly 60,000 people. The new venue was built in 2016 and replaced Lyon’s previous home – Stade de Gerland.