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 Alain Olio & 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]

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

No. Position Player
France GK Lucas Mocio
France GK Dorian Grange
Cameroon GK Stanislas Lebongo
Switzerland GK Anthony Racioppi
France DF Romaric N'Gouma
France DF Gédéon Kalulu
France DF Dylan Mboutbouni
France DF Jordy Gaspar
Morocco DF Adil Benjeddi
France DF Alexandre Roselli
France DF Mouctar Diakhaby
Morocco DF Fahd Moufi
Ghana DF Isaac Hemans
France DF Pierre Nouvel
France MF Maxime D'Arpino
No. Position Player
France MF Elisha Owusu
France MF Yoann Martelat
Luxembourg MF Christopher Martins Pereira
France MF Houssem Aouar
France MF Timothé Cognat
France MF Hamza Rafia
France MF Maxence Caqueret
Belgium MF Idriss Bouchentouf
France FW Alan Dzabana
France FW Thomas Richard
France FW Yann Kitala
France FW Myziane Maolida
France FW Amine Gouiri
France FW Yassin Fékir
France FW Thomas Oualembo

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 Malcolm Barcola (1999-05-14) 14 May 1999 (age 17) GK AS Lyon-Duchère
France Nicolas Garcia (1999-05-19) 19 May 1999 (age 17) GK
Switzerland Anthony Racioppi (1998-12-31) 31 December 1998 (age 17) GK
France Zachary Brault Guillard (1998-12-30) 30 December 1998 (age 17) DF
France Jafar Demdoum (1999-03-05) 5 March 1999 (age 17) DF
France Harris Gahrouri (1999-02-09) 9 February 1999 (age 17) DF
France Adrien Lebeau (1998-01-26) 26 January 1998 (age 18) DF
France Bryan N'Gwabije (1998-05-30) 30 May 1998 (age 18) DF
France Pierre Nouvel (1998-01-10) 10 January 1998 (age 18) DF Capped at under-16 level
Norway Tord Johnsen Salte (1999-02-08) 8 February 1999 (age 17) DF Capped at under-17 level Norway Bryne FK
France Quentin Vieira (1999-05-10) 10 May 1999 (age 17) DF
France Houssem Aouar (1998-06-30) 30 June 1998 (age 18) MF Capped at under-17 level
France Timothé Cognat (1998-01-25) 25 January 1998 (age 18) MF Capped at under-17 level
France Paul Devarrewaere (1999-02-19) 19 February 1999 (age 17) MF Capped at under-17 level
France Moussa Djoumoi (1998-04-09) 9 April 1998 (age 18) MF FC Lyon
Switzerland Jonathan Grossrieder (1999-04-24) 24 April 1999 (age 17) MF
Democratic Republic of the Congo Yann Kitala (1998-04-09) 9 April 1998 (age 18) MF Capped at under-18 level
France William Marie-Magdeleine (1999-11-27) 27 November 1999 (age 16) MF
Portugal César Neto (1999-02-26) 26 February 1999 (age 17) MF
France Ryan Ouazine (1999-03-27) 27 March 1999 (age 17) MF
France Hamza Rafia (1999-04-22) 22 April 1999 (age 17) MF Capped at under-17 level
Portugal Mickaël Almeida (1999-01-27) 27 January 1999 (age 17) FW Capped at under-17 level
France Florian Ankoué (1998-06-04) 4 June 1998 (age 18) FW
Belgium Foudil Bouchentouf 1998 FW
France Myziane Maolida (1999-02-04) 4 February 1999 (age 17) FW Capped at under-17 level
France Thomas Oualembo (1999-04-06) 6 April 1999 (age 17) FW Clermont Foot
Nat Player DOB Position International Caps Previous Club
Under-17 Squad
France Tanguy Girardot (2000-02-10) 10 February 2000 (age 16) GK
France Samy Torche (2000-04-18) 18 April 2000 (age 16) GK
France Melvin Bard 2000 DF
France Pierre Kalulu (2000-06-05) 5 June 2000 (age 16) DF
France Mathis Louiserre (2000-08-18) 18 August 2000 (age 15) DF
France Cyriaque Mayounga (2000-10-04) 4 October 2000 (age 15) DF
France Andy Pereira da Costa (2000-03-04) 4 March 2000 (age 16) DF
France Marly Rampont 2000 DF
France Mohamed Bahlouli (2000-02-17) 17 February 2000 (age 16) MF
France Maxence Caqueret (2000-02-15) 15 February 2000 (age 16) MF Capped at under-16 level
France Jairzinho Fumont 2000 MF
France Alexis Guérin (2000-08-05) 5 August 2000 (age 15) MF
France Basile Marc (2000-03-17) 17 March 2000 (age 16) MF
France Lilian Perrier (2000-01-30) 30 January 2000 (age 16) MF
France Romain Thunet (2000-04-18) 18 April 2000 (age 16) MF
France Amine Gouiri (2000-02-16) 16 February 2000 (age 16) FW Capped at under-16 level
France Esteban Lepaul (2000-03-18) 18 March 2000 (age 16) FW
France Théo Ndicka Matam (2000-03-20) 20 March 2000 (age 16) FW Capped at under-16 level
France Yaya Soumaré (2000-06-23) 23 June 2000 (age 16) FW

Notable academy players[edit]