OL in Europe
Since 1997-98, OL has been an everpresent in Europe. This will be the club's 17th consecutive season in Europe, even though it remains, for the moment, just the third preliminary round of the UCL.
For the fifth time, OL must go through qualifying or a play-off, as was the case in 1999-2000 against Maribor (defeat and elimination 1-0 and 2-0), in 2000-01 against Inter Bratislava (victory and qualification 2-1 and 2-1), and 2009-10 against Anderlecht (victory and qualification 5-1 and 3-1) and finally in 2011-12 against Rubin Kazan (qualification with one win 3-1 and 1-1).
29th participation and a 203rd match. For the record: 102 victories, 39 draws and 61 losses; 342 goals scored and 261 conceded. At home: 100 matches played for 59 victories, 23 draws and 18 losses.
OL, who will qualify for the group stage of the Champions League with victory over both legs, followed by a play-off tie, have played 114 matches in 12 UCL campaigns, without counting the two play-off matches in 1999-2000.
This is the first time OL will play a Swiss side in European competition.
Goalscorers: Juninho is OL's top scorer in Europe 18 goals Europe, followed by Anderson 16, Gomis 14. Lisandro has netted 12 goals… Briand 4… Lacazette and Gonalons 3… B. Koné, Fofana, Gourcuff, Benzia 2… Sarr and Umtiti 1…
The summer recruits Gaël Danic and Miguel Lopes have very little European experience. The former Valenciennes player was involved in the Intertoto Cup in 2000-01 with Stade Rennais (2 matches) and the Portuguese defender played 2 UCL matches with Porto and one Europa League match with Braga.