Olympique Lyonnais Reserves and Academy

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Olympique Lyonnais
Full name Olympique Lyonnais
Nickname(s) Les Gones, Lyon, or OL
Founded 1899/1950[1]
Ground Plaine des Jeux de Gerland,
Ground Capacity 2,500
Chairman France Jean-Michel Aulas

France Stéphane Roche & Gilles Rousset (CFA)

France Maxence Flachez (U-19s)
France Armand Garrido (U-17s)
League Championnat de France amateur
Championnat National Under-19
Championnat National Under-17


CFA Groupe B, 4th (Reserves' Champion)

Groupe B, 1st (Eliminated in Phase 2)

Groupe C, 1st (Eliminated in Phase 2)

The Olympique Lyonnais Reserves & Academy are the reserve team and academy of French club Olympique Lyonnais. The reserves squad play in the Championnat de France amateur division, the fourth division of French football and the highest division the team is allowed to participate in. Lyon have won the reserves title of the Championnat de France amateur six times. They have won in 1998, 2001, 2003, 2006, and 2009, and 2010.

The U-18 squad participates in their weekly league, the Championnat National Under-18, which is a league comprising four groups of fourteen clubs who play each other twice during the regular season. This session is dubbed Phase 1. Following the regular season, the four group winners are randomly selected to face each other in semi-final matches (dubbed Phase 2) to decide who will play each other in the Under-18 Championnat National championship match, usually held in Mayenne. There is also a third-place match, which is usually held just before the championship match. The Under-18 squad also regularly participates in the Coupe Gambardella. They have won the title on 3 occasions. They won the cup in 1971, 1994, and 1997.

The U-16 side participates in a league, the Championnat National Under-16, which is a youth league comprising six groups of twelve clubs who play each other twice during the regular season, which is dubbed Phase 1. Following the regular season, the six group winners and the two best second place clubs are randomly inserting into two groups of four, where they play each other at neutral venues once over a span of four days. This portion is dubbed Phase 2. The two winners of each group will then face each other in the championship match to determine the champion of the Under-16 Championnat National. The Under-16 squad also participates in regional cup competitions.

The current CFA manager is Robert Valette, who played for Olympique Lyonnais for almost 20 years. He has been the CFA manager since 1996.[2] The manager of the Olympique Lyonnais U-18s and U-16s are Patrick Paillot,[3] father of former Olympique Lyonnais defender Sandy Paillot, and Armand Garrido.[4][5]


Reserve squad[edit]

As of 12 July 2014 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
16 Switzerland GK Jérémy Frick
40 France GK Lucas Mocio
Cameroon GK Stanislas Lebongo
31 France DF Louis Nganioni
37 France DF Romaric N'Gouma
Guinea DF Mouctar Diakhaby
France DF Pierre Ertel
France DF Thomas Lefranc
France DF Dylan Mboumbouni
Morocco DF Fahd Moufi
18 France MF Nabil Fekir
29 France MF Fares Bahlouli
32 France MF Zakarie Labidi
No. Position Player
34 Mali MF Sidy Koné
France MF Adrien Cabon
France MF Aldo Kalulu
Luxembourg MF Christopher Martins Pereira
France MF Samuel Moutoussamy
Norway MF Ulrik Yttergård Jenssen
China MF Zhang Xiu Wei
20 Cameroon FW Clinton N'Jie
48 France FW Mour Paye
France FW Romain Del Castillo
South Korea FW Kim Shin
Switzerland FW Kilian Pagliuca
France FW Gaetan Perrin

Current Academy squad[edit]

Note: All players are eligible to play for Olympique Lyonnais's CFA squad. As of 1 February 2013[6][7]

Nat Player DOB Position International Caps Previous Club
France Dorian Grange (1996-05-10) 10 May 1996 (age 18) GK Capped at under-18 level
Cameroon Stanislas Lebongo (1997-09-21) 21 September 1997 (age 17) GK
France Robin Vauthey (1997-04-06) 6 April 1997 (age 17) GK
France Adil Benjeddi (1997-01-29) 29 January 1997 (age 17) DF
France Waly Diouf (1997-05-05) 5 May 1997 (age 17) DF
France Jordy Gaspar (1997-04-23) 23 April 1997 (age 17) DF -
France Gédéon Kalulu 1997 DF
France Dylan M'Boumbouni (1996-02-20) 20 February 1996 (age 18) DF Capped at under-18 level -
France Alexandre Roselli (1997-03-17) 17 March 1997 (age 17) DF Capped at under-17 level
France Damien Andrey (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 16) MF
France Ronald Bafounta (1997-04-17) 17 April 1997 (age 17) MF
France Maxime D'Arpino (1996-06-17) 17 June 1996 (age 18) MF
France Jérémy De Sousa (1996-01-16) 16 January 1996 (age 18) MF -
France Yoann Martelat (1997-01-16) 16 January 1997 (age 17) MF
Luxembourg Christopher Martins Pereira (1997-02-19) 19 February 1997 (age 17) MF Capped at A level Luxembourg Racing FC
France Samuel Moutoussamy (1996-08-12) 12 August 1996 (age 18) MF Capped at under-18 level
France Habib Oueslati (1997-08-10) 10 August 1997 (age 17) MF
France Elisha Owusu (1997-11-07) 7 November 1997 (age 16) MF
France Blaise Tohou N'Gague (1997-01-17) 17 January 1997 (age 17) MF
China Zhang Xiu Wei 1996 MF Capped at under-18 level
France Alan Dzabana (1997-04-25) 25 April 1997 (age 17) FW
Ghana Isaac Hemans Arday (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 18) FW
France Boris Mathis 1997 FW
France Thomas Richard (1997-03-21) 21 March 1997 (age 17) FW
Nat Player DOB Position International Caps Previous Club
Under-17 Squad
France Jérémy Coste 1998 GK
France Nicolas Garcia 1999 GK
France Léopold Maitre 1998 GK
France Hugo Wantz 1999 GK
France Zachary Brault Guillard 1998 DF
France Jafar Demdoum 1999 DF
France Mathieu Gadet 1999 DF
France Thadée Kaleba 1999 DF
France Adrien Lebeau 1998 DF
France Bryan N'Gwabije 1998 DF
France Pierre Nouvel 1998 DF
France Ahamadou Sy 1998 DF -
France Alexis Taipa 1998 DF -
France Anthony Adel 1998 MF
France Houssem Aouar 1998 MF
France Eddy Badoux 1999 MF
France Léonard Chevalier 1999 MF
France Paul Devarrewaere 1999 MF
France Diego Giuly-Tamburini 1999 MF
France Yann Kitala 1998 MF
France Enzo Loisi 1998 MF
France Rémi Mestrallet 1998 MF
France Myziane Maolida 1999 MF
France Dorian Maussière 1999 MF
France César Neto 1999 MF
France Hamza Rafia 1999 MF
France Kleri Serber 1998 MF
France Mickaël Almeida 1999 FW
France Timothé Cognat 1998 FW Capped at under-16 level
Bosnia and Herzegovina Adel Dekic 1998 FW
France Kriss Hyseni 1998 FW
France Jean-Philippe Javaloyes 1999 FW
France Loïc Jean-Baptiste 1998 FW
France Lee Marving Kouakou 1998 FW -
France Ryan Ouazine 1999 FW

Notable academy players[edit]


  • Championnat National Under-18 : 3
    • Champions: 2005, 2000, 1993
  • Championnat National Under-16 : 3
    • Champions: 2004, 2000, 1994
  • Coupe Gambardella : 3
    • Champions: 1997, 1994, 1971
    • Finalists: 2006, 2005, 1992, 1970
  • Coupe Nationale Under-16 (with Rhône-Alpes) : 2
    • Champions: 1996, 1960


  • CFA Manager: France Stéphane Roche & Gilles Rousset
  • U-18 Manager: France Christophe Delmotte
  • U-16 Manager: France Armand Garrido
  • Sporting Coordinator: France Guy Genet