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Family ties: Fekir brothers become OL's 10th sibling duo

Published on 20 December 2018 at 9:29 PM
Après Amiens - OL : la fratrie Fekir dans le Top 10
Nabil and Yassin have joined an exclusive list of footballer brothers to both wear the Olympique Lyonnais jersey.

With four minutes remaining in Wednesday's 3-2 Coupe de la Ligue win over Amiens, the Fekir family wrote a new chapter in OL's record books. Wearing #31 on his jersey - the same number older brother Nabil wore in his debut five years ago - Yassim Fekir became the 529th player in Olympique Lyonnais history as well as joining an elite group of siblings who have represented the club over the years.  

The first sibling duo in club history were Charles and Jean Banguillot, who both played at OL during the 1952-53 season before moving to other destinations and seeing the emergence of the Bossy brothers . Robert Bossy played with Les Gones that same season, his only year at Lyon, but brother Michel wore the team's colors between 1959 and 1964. The latter would also share a dressing room with two other brothers: Lucien and Raymond Gardon, twins who spent four (1957-1960 then 1961-1962) and six years (1958-1964) with the club, respectively. 


The late sixties and early seventies was the era of the most famous siblings in OL history. Club legend Ángel Rambert, an Argentine-born winger who turned French international, spent ten seasons at the club between 1960 and 1970, playing his last campaign alongside brother Nestor. These two barely missed out on being teammates with the Domenech brothers. Raymond, captain and OL icon, left an indelible mark at OL between 1970 and 1978, spending four of those years (1971-75) with brother Albert

A year after Raymond Domenech's departure, the Ferrigno brothers, Antoine-Denis and Bernard, joined the ranks of Lyon for one season (1978-1979). A year later, Stéphane Solomenko arrived for a three-year spell (1979-1982) while never getting the chance to play with younger sibling Philippe, who spent the 1985-1986 season with Les Gones. The same went for Franck and David Durix, who had separate tenures (1984-1988 for Franck, 1988-1989 for David) at the club.

The following decade. Yann Bardon (1990-1994) paved the way for younger sibling Cédric, who also spent four years at OL from 1994 to 1998. Twenty years later, the Fekirs also joined this exclusive group of Olympique Lyonnais brothers - and their adventure is just beginning.