Celebrations: Bernard Lacombe in the spotlight
Forty years of a career, four decades of devotion and more than half a life will be honored this Sunday. On the initiative of President Jean-Michel Aulas, OL will celebrate Bernard Lacombe, one of the greatest players in its history, undoubtedly one of its best scorers and a symbol of its training before, during and after the match between OL and Rennes.
For this special day dedicated to him, one which will take place fifty years and a week after his first match and his first goal for Lyon, the legendary n ° 9 will be surrounded by his family, his friends and a multitude of former teammates.
His family, represented by his wife Mireille, his children and grandchildren, as well as by his sisters Monique, Jocelyne and Régine, who accompanied the young Bernard during his first matches at the Gerland in his beginnings within the professional world, will once again take their place in the stands.
His closest friends will also be alongside him for this special moment along with those who supported him at the ground. André Guy, who gave the assist that enabled the best French goalscorer in the history of the French Championship to get off the mark, will be there, as will many other famous players who promised their "Nanard" that they would be there.
Among them, former OL legends, including the two other members of the famous trio, Fleury Di Nallo and Serge Chiesa, other immense figures within the game, with whom Lacombe rubbed shoulders with Les Bleus, in the form of Michel Platini, Alain Giresse and Bernard Genghini, or some teammates from his youthful exploits, such as Nicolas Saccinto, captain during the victory by Bernard and the other Rhone youngsters during the 1971 Gambardella Cup.
We should also not forget former and current members of OL staff, such as coaches Jacques Santini, Rémi Garde and Bruno Genesio, trainers Armand Garrido and Gérard Bonneau, but also Joël Bats and Guy Genet, whose father greatly participated in the emergence of Lacombe during his time at CS Fontaines.
There will be enough stars in attendance to make several legendary elevens and celebrate with dignity the entire career of Bernard Lacombe. OL supporters are asked to meet at 4:15 p.m. in the stands of Groupama Stadium, for the start of the celebrations and to make sure you don't miss out on the event.