2007–08 Olympique Lyonnais season

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Lyon
2007–08 season
ChairmanJean-Michel Aulas
ManagerAlain Perrin
StadiumStade de Gerland
Ligue 11st
Trophée des ChampionsWinners
Coupe de la LigueQuarter-finals
Coupe de FranceWinners
Champions LeagueQuarter-finals
Top goalscorerLeague: Karim Benzema (20)
All: Karim Benzema (31)
Highest home attendance40,381 vs Bordeaux (9 March 2008)
Lowest home attendance20,012 vs Sochaux (18 March 2008)

The 2007–08 season was Olympique Lyonnais's 49th season in Ligue 1 and their 19th consecutive season in the top division of French football. They were the defending champions having won the title the past six consecutive seasons.

Current squad[edit]

As of 8 March 2008. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 France GK Grégory Coupet (vice-captain)
2 France DF François Clerc
3 Brazil DF Cris (vice-captain)
4 Switzerland DF Patrick Müller
5 France MF Mathieu Bodmer
6 Sweden MF Kim Källström
8 Brazil MF Juninho (captain)
9 Brazil FW Fred
10 France FW Karim Benzema
11 Italy DF Fabio Grosso
14 France MF Sidney Govou
18 France MF Hatem Ben Arfa
19 Argentina FW César Delgado
No. Position Player
20 France DF Anthony Réveillère
21 Spain MF Marc Crosas (on loan from Barcelona)
22 Brazil DF Anderson
23 Ivory Coast FW Kader Keïta
24 France MF Romain Beynié
25 France GK Joan Hartock
27 France FW Anthony Mounier
28 France MF Jérémy Toulalan
29 France DF Sébastien Squillaci
30 France GK Rémy Vercoutre
32 France DF Jean-Alain Boumsong
33 France DF Mickael Charvet
35 France GK Frédéric Roux

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

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

No. Position Player
5 France MF Mathieu Bodmer (6.5M from Lille[1])
11 Italy DF Fabio Grosso (7M from Internazionale [2][3])
21 Algeria DF Nadir Belhadj (loan return from Sedan)
22 Brazil DF Anderson (4M from Benfica)
23 Ivory Coast FW Kader Keïta (18M from Lille[1])
No. Position Player
35 France GK Frédéric Roux (free agent from Ajaccio)
19 Argentina FW César Delgado (10M from Cruz Azul)[4]
21 Spain MF Marc Crosas (on loan from Barcelona until the end of the season)
32 France DF Jean-Alain Boumsong (3M from Juventus)
-- Brazil MF Ederson (15M from Nice, official in June 2008)

Out[edit]

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

No. Position Player
5 Brazil DF Caçapa (Free transfer to Newcastle United)
10 France MF Florent Malouda (21M to Chelsea[5])
15 France MF Alou Diarra (7.75M to Bordeaux[6])
20 France DF Eric Abidal (15M to Barcelona[7])
21 Portugal MF Tiago (13M to Juventus[8])
23 France DF Jérémy Berthod (2M to Monaco[9])
No. Position Player
38 France FW Gregory Bettiol (0.33M to Troyes)
39 France DF Mourad Benhamida (Free transfer to Montpellier)
-- France GK Rémy Riou (0.8M to Auxerre)
22 France FW Sylvain Wiltord (1.5M to Rennes)
21 Algeria DF Nadir Belhadj (3.6M to Lens)

Players out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
26 Brazil MF Fábio Santos (6 month loan to São Paulo)
17 Czech Republic FW Milan Baroš (6 month loan to Portsmouth)
12 France FW Loïc Rémy (on loan to Lens until the end of the season)[10]
15 France DF Sandy Paillot (on loan to Grenoble until the end of the season)[10]

Club[edit]

Management[edit]

Position Staff
Manager France Alain Perrin
Assistant manager France Rémi Garde
Assistant manager France Christophe Galtier
Assistant manager France Bruno Genesio
Club doctor France Jean-Jacques Amprino
Goalkeeping coach France Joël Bats
Special Advisor France Bernard Lacombe

Last updated: 30 May 2007
Source: Olympique Lyonnais

Kit[edit]

Supplier: Umbro
Sponsor(s): Novotel (home), Ticket Restaurant (away), Renault Trucks (alternate)

Home
Away
Third/Euro Kit
Alternate Away

Source: OL Boutique

Other information[edit]

Chairman France Jean-Michel Aulas
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Stade Gerland (41,044 / 112x65 yards)

Source: Stade Gerland Profile

Competitions[edit]

Ligue 1[edit]

After a tough Ligue 1 season marred by injuries to key players, Lyon became champions for the seventh consecutive season holding off Bordeaux. They claimed the title after defeating Auxerre on the final day of the season.

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Lyon (C) 38 24 7 7 74 37 +37 79 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Bordeaux 38 22 9 7 65 38 +27 75
3 Marseille 38 17 11 10 58 45 +13 62 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Nancy 38 15 15 8 44 30 +14 60 2008–09 UEFA Cup First round
5 Saint-Étienne 38 16 10 12 47 34 +13 58
Source: French Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 24 7 7 74 37  +37 79 14 4 1 44 16  +28 10 3 6 30 21  +9

Last updated: May 17, 2008.
Source: Olympique Lyonnais Statistics

Results by round[edit]

Round1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829303132333435363738
GroundHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA
ResultWLLWWWWDWWWWWLWWLDDWLWDWLWWWWWWLDWDDWW
Updated to match(es) played on May 17, 2008. Source: Olympique Lyonnais Results
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss
Date Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance League

position

5 August 2007 Auxerre H 2 – 0[permanent dead link] Baroš Goal 33', Benzema Goal 70' 35,537 3rd
11 August 2007 Toulouse A 0 – 1[permanent dead link] 24,980 7th
18 August 2007 Lorient A 1 – 2[permanent dead link] Benzema Goal 32' 14,612 8th
26 August 2007 Saint-Étienne H 1 – 0[permanent dead link] Benzema Goal 54' 38,438 7th
29 August 2007 Sochaux A 2 – 1 Benzema Goal 20', Bodmer Goal 57' 15,744 4th
1 September 2007 Le Mans H 3 – 2[permanent dead link] Govou Goal 71', Benzema Goal 76', Baroš Goal 78' 35,042 2nd
15 September 2007 Metz A 5 – 1[permanent dead link] Benzema Goal 4'36'38', Ben Arfa Goal 58', Juninho Goal 86' 21,988 1st
23 September 2007 Lille H 1 – 1 Govou Goal 58' 32,658 2nd
29 September 2007 Lens H 3 – 0[permanent dead link] Santos Goal 42', Källström Goal 81', Benzema Goal 90' 38,420 4th
7 October 2007 Bordeaux A 3 – 1[permanent dead link] Anderson Goal 5', Benzema Goal 23', Källström Goal 59' 31,919 2nd
20 October 2007 Monaco H 3 – 1[permanent dead link] Juninho Goal 12' (pen.), Réveillère Goal 18', Benzema Goal 50' 36,254 1st
28 October 2007 Paris Saint-Germain A 3 – 2[permanent dead link] Ben Arfa Goal 40'43', Govou Goal 84' 39,787 1st
3 November 2007 Valenciennes H 2 – 0[permanent dead link] Juninho Goal 40', Govou Goal 87' 38,631 1st
11 November 2007 Marseille H 1 – 2[permanent dead link] Juninho Goal 7' 38,811 1st
24 November 2007 Rennes A 2 – 0[permanent dead link] Juninho Goal 5' (pen.), Ben Arfa Goal 18' 28,596 1st
2 December 2007 Strasbourg H 5 – 0[permanent dead link] Källström Goal 13'80' (pen.), Juninho Goal 19', Benzema Goal 64', Clerc Goal 78' 34,595 1st
8 December 2007 Caen A 0 – 1[permanent dead link] 20,664 1st
15 December 2007 Nice H 0 – 0[permanent dead link] 37,280 1st
22 December 2007 Nancy A 1 – 1[permanent dead link] Baroš Goal 80' 19,898 1st
12 January 2008 Toulouse H 3 – 2[permanent dead link] Ben Arfa Goal 17', Juninho Goal 56', Benzema Goal 66' 36,587 1st
20 January 2008 Lens A 0 – 3[permanent dead link] 32,734 1st
23 January 2008 Lorient H 2 – 0[permanent dead link] Ben Arfa Goal 29', Benzema Goal 74' 37,780 1st
27 January 2008 Saint-Étienne A 1 – 1[permanent dead link] Benzema Goal 90' 31,537 1st
9 February 2008 Sochaux H 4 – 1[permanent dead link] Bodmer Goal 2'76', Govou Goal 90', Benzema Goal 90' 35,904 1st
16 February 2008 Le Mans A 0 – 1[permanent dead link] 14,051 1st
23 February 2008 Metz H 2 – 0[permanent dead link] Fred Goal 10'69' 37,281 1st
1 March 2008 Lille A 1 – 0[permanent dead link] Fred Goal 32' 77,840 1st
9 March 2008 Bordeaux H 4 – 2[permanent dead link] Bodmer Goal 11'24', Benzema Goal 50', Keïta Goal 90+3' 40,381 1st
15 March 2008 Monaco A 3 – 0[permanent dead link] Keïta Goal 20'38', Fred Goal 35' 12,321 1st
23 March 2008 Paris Saint-Germain H 4 – 2[permanent dead link] Fred Goal 8'36', Govou Goal 65', Juninho Goal 72' 37,895 1st
30 March 2008 Valenciennes A 2 – 1[permanent dead link] Keïta Goal 8', Govou Goal 66' 15,313 1st
6 April 2008 Marseille A 1 – 3[permanent dead link] Cana Goal 45' (o.g.) 56,271 1st
13 April 2008 Rennes H 1 – 1[permanent dead link] Cris Goal 15' 39,900 1st
19 April 2008 Strasbourg A 2 – 1 Bodmer Goal 62', Grosso Goal 68' 26,006 1st
26 April 2008 Caen H 2 – 2[permanent dead link] Benzema Goal 33'60' 39,068 1st
3 May 2008 Nice A 0 – 0[permanent dead link] 14,206 1st
10 May 2008 Nancy H 1 – 0[permanent dead link] Macaluso Goal 63' (o.g.) 38,190 1st
17 May 2008 AJ Auxerre A 3 – 1[permanent dead link] Benzema Goal 1', Fred Goal 10', Källström Goal 53' 19,799 1st

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Lyon made their seventh-straight appearance in the UEFA Champions League. They were pitted in the so-called "group of death", which featured German champions VfB Stuttgart, Spanish giants Barcelona and Scottish giants Rangers. After two disappointing 0–3 losses to Barcelona at the Camp Nou and Rangers at home, Lyon rebounded picking up two important wins in their home-away series against Stuttgart. Following their 2–2 draw at home against Barcelona, Lyon faced a tough challenge as they needed to defeat Rangers at Ibrox in order to advance to the knockout stages. As Rangers only needed a draw, odds were against Lyon. However, after an early goal by Sidney Govou, Lyon ended Rangers hope with two late goals from Karim Benzema sending Lyon to the knockout stages for the fifth consecutive season.

Group E[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Barcelona 6 4 2 0 12 3 +9 14
France Lyon 6 3 1 2 11 10 +1 10
Scotland Rangers 6 2 1 3 7 9 -2 7
Germany VfB Stuttgart 6 1 0 5 7 15 -8 3
Results by round[edit]
Date Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance Group

position

19 September 2007 Barcelona A 0 – 3 78,689 4th
2 October 2007 Rangers H 0 – 3 38,076 4th
23 October 2007 VfB Stuttgart A 2 – 0 Santos Goal 55', Benzema Goal 79' 51,000 3rd
7 November 2007 VfB Stuttgart H 4 – 2 Ben Arfa Goal 5'37', Källström Goal 15', Juninho Goal 90' 38,215 3rd
27 November 2007 Barcelona H 2 – 2 Juninho Goal 7'80' (pen.) 38,113 3rd
12 December 2007 Rangers A 3 – 0 Govou Goal 16', Benzema Goal 85'88' 50,260 2nd

First knockout round[edit]

Lyon were paired against English champions Manchester United in the Round of 16. After a 1–1 draw at home, Lyon failed to respond at Old Trafford, losing 0–1 on a Cristiano Ronaldo goal just before half-time.

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
20 February 2008 First knockout round
First leg
Manchester United H 1 – 1 Benzema Goal 54' 39,230
4 March 2008 First knockout round
Second leg
Manchester United A 0 – 1 75,521

Coupe de la Ligue[edit]

Lyon entered this year's Coupe de la Ligue as the defending runners-up after losing to Bordeaux in the 2007 final. Having made it to the Champions League, Lyon were given their annual bye into the first knockout round, where they defeated Caen 3–1. With that win, they were pitted against Le Mans in the quarter-finals. After an early goal by Le Mans midfielder Daisuke Matsui, Lyon could not break through their sturdy defence as they bowed out of the League Cup for the seventh-straight season, their last cup triumph being in 2001.

Results by round[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
31 October 2007 First Knockout Round Caen A 3 – 1[permanent dead link] Keïta Goal 14', Bodmer Goal 76', Benzema Goal 89' 16,336
16 January 2008 Quarter-Finals Le Mans A 0 – 1 7,934

Coupe de France[edit]

Lyon got their Coupe de France season off to a strong start defeating Championnat National side Créteil 4–0, with Karim Benzema picking up a hat-trick. This match was notable as it marked the return of Lyon goalkeeper Grégory Coupet who had been out for four months with a torn medial ligament.[11] Following their Round of 32 success, they were pitted against the surprising, yet upset-minded CFA side Croix de Savoie. After a hard-fought first half, it took an 80th-minute strike from Fred to pull Lyon through to the next round where they faced the defending champions Sochaux. Following an unimpressive first half from both clubs, Benzema opened the scoring for Lyon in the 56th minute. After holding the score at 1–0, Lyon failed to keep a clean sheet as Kandia Traoré equalised for Sochaux near the beginning of injury time. With extra time looming, Benzema again scored for Lyon to give them the victory and the right to move to the quarter-finals, where they faced relegation-bound Metz.

Metz, looking to create something special out of a disappointing league season, played very bravely as they tried to pull off a historic upset. Benzema, however, again scored for Lyon (his 28th of the season and sixth in the Coupe de France) to give them a 1–0 lead in the 39th minute. That would be the eventual scoreline as Lyon advanced to the semifinals where they faced Ligue 2 side Sedan. In one of the more entertaining matches of the cup, with both teams displaying their attacking prowess and both goalkeepers stepping up in times of need, it took one of Juninho's vintage free kicks to finally knock out the tough Ligue 2 side and thus book Lyon's place in the final at the Stade de France, where they faced rivals Paris Saint-Germain. The final was heavily contested and eventually headed into extra time. Lyon finally broke through with a goal from Sidney Govou. Lyon would hold on to that scoreline as they prevailed to capture their fourth Coupe de France title in their history and the first in the Jean-Michel Aulas era. For more information on the final, click below.

Coupe de France Final 2008

Results by round[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
6 January 2008 Round of 32 Créteil A 4 – 0[permanent dead link] Benzema Goal 15'38'80' (pen.), Juninho Goal 44' 10,640
3 February 2008 Round of 16 Croix de Savoie A 1 – 0[permanent dead link] Fred Goal 80' 7,500
18 March 2008 First Knockout Round Sochaux H 2 – 1[permanent dead link] Benzema Goal 56'90+1' 20,012
15 April 2008 Quarterfinals FC Metz H 1 – 0[permanent dead link] Benzema Goal 39' 27,015
7 May 2008 Semi-finals CS Sedan H 1 – 0 Juninho Goal 88' 33,057
24 May 2008 Final PSG N 1 – 0 Govou Goal 102' 79,204

Statistics[edit]

Last updated on 24 May 2008.
No. Pos Nat Player Total Ligue 1 Champions League Coupe de la Ligue Coupe de France
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK France Grégory Coupet 28 0 19 0 2 0 1 0 6 0
2 DF France François Clerc 40 1 21+7 1 4+3 0 0 0 5 0
3 DF Brazil Cris 17 1 13 1 1 0 0 0 3 0
4 DF Switzerland Patrick Müller 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 MF France Mathieu Bodmer 51 7 30+8 6 2+3 0 2 1 6 0
6 MF Sweden Kim Källström 54 6 29+9 5 7+1 1 2 0 6 0
8 MF Brazil Juninho 47 13 30+3 8 8 3 2 0 4 2
9 FW Brazil Fred 31 8 14+8 7 1+2 0 2 0 4 1
10 FW France Karim Benzema 52 31 33+4 20 7 4 2 1 6 6
11 DF Italy Fabio Grosso 44 1 31 1 7 0 1 0 5 0
14 FW France Sidney Govou 45 9 26+6 7 8 1 1 0 4 1
18 MF France Hatem Ben Arfa 43 8 18+13 6 5+3 2 1 0 3 0
19 FW Argentina César Delgado 10 0 2+6 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
20 DF France Anthony Réveillère 40 1 22+6 1 6+1 0 2 0 3 0
21 MF Spain Marc Crosas 12 0 4+5 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
22 DF Brazil Anderson 19 1 11+1 1 5 0 1 0 1 0
23 FW Ivory Coast Kader Keïta 41 5 19+11 4 0+6 0 1 1 4 0
24 MF France Romain Beynié 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 GK France Joan Hartock 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 FW France Anthony Mounier 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 MF France Jérémy Toulalan 41 0 30+1 0 5 0 1 0 4 0
29 DF France Sébastien Squillaci 50 0 35+1 0 8 0 2 0 4 0
30 GK France Rémy Vercoutre 26 0 19 0 6 0 1 0 0 0
32 DF France Jean-Alain Boumsong 13 0 8 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
33 DF France Mickael Charvet 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 GK France Frédéric Roux 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

References[edit]

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  8. ^ TIAGO transferred to Juventus
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