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Rétro 04-05-2002 : The story of the first title: By the numbers

Published on 04 May 2020 at 9:15 AM
Rétro 04-05-2002 : l’histoire du 1er titre de Champion de France en chiffres
On May 4, 2002, 18 years ago today, OL hosted Racing Club de Lens in a real 1st Division "final" and left the Stade de Gerland with the title under their arms, their first in the French championship. Here's a look back in figures on the 2001-02 season and this extraordinary evening.


As in the number of losses at home. It is thanks to its status as the best performing team at home (13 wins and 3 draws against no losses) that OL hosted Lens in a "final" for the 1st Division title on May 4, 2002. It was a definite advantage but the teammates of Grégory Coupet, were nonetheless facing off that evening with the team most comfortable on the road with a record of 8 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses before this fateful match.


The club's first title of champion of France. The promise of the season prior, with a title in the Coupe de la Ligue, did not go unnoticed. 52 years after the club's founding, and at the end of an incredible 2001-02 season, OL lifted the first league title in its history. The trophy was secured against Lens in a winner-take all match,  in a 3 to 1 win, which was the beginning of a night of celebration at the Stade de Gerland and then in the streets of Lyon. The legend was only getting started ... 2002 was only the beginning of Lyon's hegemony.


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As in the number of matchdays OL had spent as leaders. While Lens had been comfortably installed at the top for 28 days without interruption, Jacques Santini's men came to dislodge the, at the best of times, on the 34th matchday, to take up a place they had occupied only once, back on the 9th matchday, making this title the perfect heist!



As in the number of points OL were behind on the evening of the 24th matchday. The deficit to make up against Lens had been increasing before melting away during the run-in. Lyon, surely keeping in the back of their minds the prospect of hosting Lens on the last matchday,  had brought the margin to just one point on welcoming the Sang et Or.


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Like the number of goals from Sidney Govou and the number of assists from Juninho in Ligue 1. The former was a young striker fresh out of the academy, and followed a very promising first season by scoring 10 goals, the best total in his league career. To power him to this success, "Sid" could count on a certain Juninho, who had just arrived from Brazil. The midfielder delivered 10 assists that season ... it was just a small sample of everything that the maestro was capable of and would achieve with OL!


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Like the number of goals Sonny Anderson scored in Ligue 1. The Brazilian, "Sonnygoal" was already well known to French defenses. After finishing top scorer in D1 in his first two seasons in Lyon with 22 and 23 goals, he continued by finishing top scorer in the league's best attack with 14 goals.



As in the number of players who participated in this memorable season. It was a title won by the entire club.

L'effectif : Coupet – Bak, Bréchet, Caçapa, Chanelet, Deflandre, Delmotte, Edmilson, Laville, Müller – Carrière, Foé, Hauw, Juninho, Laigle, Linarès, Violeau – Anderson, Bergougnoux, Govou, Luyindula, Marlet, Née. Le staff : Jacques Santini (entraîneur), Dominique Cuperly (adjoint), Robert Duverne (préparateur physique) et Joël Bats (gardiens).


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34 844.

The average attendance at Stade de Gerland. With nearly 35,000 spectators on average, the mythical home of Lyon was quite the stadium with the best average attendance during this 2001-02 season, including a spike to more than 42,000 spectators during the "final" against Lens.


200 000.

The number of tickets requested for the "final" against Lens. It would have taken more than five Stade de Gerlands to accommodate them all! While the 42,000 tickets were snatched up in a few hours for the match against Lens, more than 200,000 people had tried to attend the big match It was many of the people of Lyon who hoped to join in seeing one of the most important evenings in the club’s history that night.