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#OL70years one day, one season : 1974-75

Published on 29 June 2020 at 7:00 AM
#OL70ans un jour, une saison : 1974-75
In 2020, Olympique Lyonnais celebrates its 70th anniversary. For the occasion, the club's media will, from May 26, the date of the official announcement of the club's creation, offer a look back into the team's history with a season every day of the week and thus go back in time to August 27, the date of the club's first official match.

The men of the season


Squad: Baldassara, Bernad, Cacchioni, Chauveau, Chazal, Chemier, Chiesa, Di Nallo, A. Domenech, R. Domenech, Ferrigno, Jacquet, Lacombe, Lhomme, Maillard, Maneiro, Mariot, Mihajlovic, Thiry, Valette, Zuang.

Manager: Aimé Mignot

President : Edouard Rochet


1974-1975 equipe


The story of the season


Fleury Di Nallo's departure at the end of November was one that would mark this season. The Little Prince of the Gerland left for Red Star, where he reunited with Nestor Combin. Two other big occasions would distinguish this season. First would be OL-PSG at the Stade Gerland. After 65 minutes of play, Lyon are behind 4 to 0. The crowd is whistling heavily. And then, suddenly, the match changes: In twenty minutes OL  turned everything on its head and managed to obtain a draw (4-4). Then there was OL-Bastia. The Corsicans were second in the league with the best defense when coming to Lyon. OL won with a table football score (8-1). OL retained its place on the Division 1 podium.


The match of the season: OL - Borussia Mönchengladbach


On November 5 1974 OL hosted Borussia Mönchengladbach in the second round of the UEFA Cup. In the first leg, the Germans had won (1-0). OL needed less than two minutes to catch up, thanks to a fantastic goal from Robert Valette. The 35,000 supporters were excited and believed in a huge performance. But the dream will last just twenty minutes. Borussia played absolutely extraordinary football and crushed OL (5-2). This German team was made up of exceptional players: four starters had been world champions in 1974, the Danish forward Simonsen would win the Ballon d'Or 1977 and the young Stielike would win plenty with Real Madrid. This team was perhaps the greatest sight to have played in Lyon in the 20th century: they would win the UEFA Cup that year, having scored thirty-two goals in twelve games. They were a machine that would also win the Bundesliga for three consecutive years (1975, 1976, 1977).


The player of the season : Michel Maillard


Michel Maillard


Michel Maillard was a pure product of Lyon football. He started with St Priest, before joining OL and winning the 1971 Coupe de Gambardella Cup. A striker with a formidable shot, he also knew how to bring his teammates into play, thanks to his good technical quality. On January 26, 1975, started in what would remain one of OL's best performances during the 1970s. Bastia traveled to the Stade Gerland, with the best defense in Division 1, after 24 matchdays. 90 minutes later, OL had won by a big margin (8-1). Michel Maillard, author of several assists, scored the last goal in this exceptional match.


The season in numbers


1974 1975 stat