Olympique Lyonnais–AS Saint-Étienne rivalry

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Derby Saint-Étienne - Lyon
Other names Le Derby
Locale Rhône-Alpes, France
Teams Lyon & Saint-Étienne
First meeting 28 October 1951
Latest meeting ASSE 2–0 OL (Sunday, 05 February 2017)
Next meeting ?
Most wins Saint-Étienne (42)
Most player appearances Serge Chiesa (28)
Top scorer Hervé Revelli (14)
Largest victory OL 1–7 ASSE (5 October 1969)

The Olympique Lyonnais–AS Saint-Étienne rivalry, is a football rivalry between French clubs Olympique Lyonnais and AS Saint-Étienne, with matches between them referred to as the Derby Rhône-Alpes, Derby Rhônealpin or simply Le Derby.[1] Both clubs are located in the region of Rhône-Alpes. Saint-Étienne is not located along the Rhône River nor belongs to the Rhône département, but rather belongs to the Loire département, taking its name from another famous French river, the Loire. Consequently, the appellation Derby du Rhône is incorrect, although it is nevertheless sometimes used in French media.

The two clubs first met in 1951 and, due to the clubs' close proximity, being separated by only 50 kilometres (31 mi), a hotly contested rivalry developed.[2] The derby is cited as one of the high-points of the Ligue 1 season and, like other major rivalries, extends outside of the pitch. The rivalry is locally considered a symbolic challenge between the two cities, as the city of Lyon is considered white collar while its counterpart Saint-Étienne is viewed by the locals as more blue collar.[1]

During the 20th century, Saint-Étienne was the most successful club in French football winning ten league titles between 1957–1981, a record that still stands today. During that span, the club also won six Coupe de France titles and performed well at European level.[1] However, the club's performance declined in the 1980s and it even suffered a relegation to the second division in 1984, causing its stranglehold on the national and regional consciousness to weaken. Lyon began a similar ascension into French football at the beginning of the new millennium when the club won their first-ever Ligue 1 championship in 2002. The initial title started a national record-setting streak of seven successive titles. Lyon have also reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, a feat that has not been matched by a French club since 2004 when Monaco reached the final.

Currently, both clubs are among the best-supported in Ligue 1, and each has participated in European competition in recent years.

Head-to-head record[edit]

As of 17 January 2016
Competition Matches Winners Goals scored
Lyon Draw Saint-Étienne Lyon Saint-Étienne
League Ligue 1 100 33 30 37 113 132
Ligue 2 4 1 1 2 3 7
Coupe de France 5 3 1[3] 1 9 3
Coupe Charles Drago 1 0 0 1 0 4
Trophée des champions 1 0 0 1 0 3
Coupe de la Ligue 1 1 0 0 2 1
Total 112 38 32 42 127 150

Switching clubs[edit]

Due to the clubs' ongoing rivalry, few players have played for both Lyon and Saint-Étienne. Since the two clubs first contested each other in 1951, only 27 players have played for both Lyon and Saint-Étienne and only 13 players have transferred directly from Lyon to Saint-Étienne and vice versa. The first player to "commit" the offense was Antoine Rodriguez in 1951, when after having a nine-year spell at Saint-Étienne, he moved to Lyon, where he spent only one season. Other notable players who made the switch were Aimé Jacquet who, after having a successful 13-year career with Saint-Étienne, departed the club for Lyon, where he spent three seasons. Jacquet later went on to manage Lyon and coached the team to the 1973 Coupe de France Final. Similarly, striker Bernard Lacombe established himself as one of Lyon's all-time leading goalscorers before leaving the club for Saint-Étienne in 1978 where he was often booed and jeered, which led to the player departing the club for Bordeaux after one season. The other players who transferred directly between clubs are François Lemasson, Alain Moizan, André Calligaris, Romarin Billong, Jean-Luc Sassus, Christopher Deguerville, Grégory Coupet, Franck Priou, Lamine Diatta and Bafétimbi Gomis. Steed Malbranque, a product of OL youth system and a former OL first-team regular, signed for Saint-Étienne from Sunderland, but then resigned after one month, allegedly calling quit to his career. He surprisingly signed for OL a few months later.

OL, then ASSE[edit]

David Hellebuyck started his career at Lyon before making over 100 appearances with Saint-Étienne.
Name Pos Lyon Saint-Étienne
Career Apps Goals Career Apps Goals
France Bernard Lacombe FW 1969–78 230 128 1978–79 32 14
France Alain Moizan MF 1980–82 1982–84
France Franck Priou MF 1980–88 1988–90
France Laurent Fournier MF 1986–88 53 15 1995 10 3
Cameroon Romarin Billong DF 1988–95 111 5 1995–2000 102 5
France Patrice Ferri DF 1992–93 1995–96
France Jean-Luc Sassus DF 1994–97 1997–98
France David Hellebuyck MF 1996–2000 3 0 2001–06 167 14
France Laurent Morestin DF 1997–98 3 0 2003–04 24 0
France Patrice Carteron DF 1997–2000 101 6 2001–05 100 16
Senegal Lamine Diatta DF 2004–06 40 0 2006–08 27 1
France Sylvain Monsoreau DF 2005–06 19 0 2008–12 30 0

ASSE, then OL[edit]

Bafétimbi Gomis joined Lyon from Saint-Étienne in 2009.
Name Pos Saint-Étienne Lyon
Career Apps Goals Career Apps Goals
France Michel Cristobal DF 1945–49 1950–52
France Antoine Rodriguez DF 1942–51 1951–52
France Andre Calligaris DF 1957–60 1960–61
France Aimé Jacquet MF 1960–73 176 12 1973–76 26 2
France André Guy FW 1962–65 82 52 1967–71 116 66
France José Broissart MF 1969–73 1976–80
France Jean-François Larios MF 1973–83 167 36 1984–85 27 1
France Olivier Roussey MF 1977–78 1979–80
France Patrice Ferri DF 1981–88 1992–93
France François Lemasson GK 1986–87 5 0 1987–90 101 0
France Christopher Deguerville DF 1987–95 1995–97
France Grégory Coupet GK 1993–97 88 0 1997–2008 518 0
France Frédéric Piquionne FW 2004–07 97 27 2008–09 26 4
France Bafétimbi Gomis FW 2003–09 162 49 2009–14 50 16
Senegal Pape Diakhaté DF 2010 18 1 2010–2011 3 0


  1. ^ a b c "Power struggle on the Rhone". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 19 December 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "OM-PSG D-2: The match that divides a nation". Ligue de Football Professionnel. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ Penalty win for Lyon but officially counts as a draw

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