#OL70Years One day, one season : 1987-88
The men of the season
Squad : Alliel, Bajeot, Benstiti, Breton, Cabanel, Corian, Durix, Fournier, Frechet, Fugier, Garde, Gauge, Havet, Kabongo, Lemasson, N’Domba, Ngotty, Nono, Orts, Priou, Sevcenko, Valke, Zago.
Managers : Robert Nouzaret then Denis Papas then Marcel Leborgne
President : Jean-Michel Aulas
The story of the season
For the first season with Jean-Michel Aulas at the head of the club, the recruitment was spectacular. But Lyon are unlucky enough to come up against what remains perhaps the best Division 2 team in history: FC Sochaux in1987/1988. The team had a crazy level of talent and even reached the final of the Coupe de France, after having eliminated all of the favorites from Division 1. The elimination of OL in the play-offs by Caen was a real trauma but it does not prevent not the leaders of Lyon to say loud and clear that the next season would be one of immediate recovery.
The match of the season: SM Caen-OL
It is 9.50 p.m. at the Stade de Venoix in Caen. Stade Malherbe de Caen would force OL into extra time in the play-off match. For 90 minutes, Lyon had many opportunities to decide their fate and dream of a rise to Division 1. Without success. OL central defender Mario Corian stumbled and unintentionally deflected the ball towards his goal. A Caen striker found himself face to face with the Lyon goalkeeper. Goal. There were 20 seconds left to play. The Normandy side celebrated. OL bowed and missed their chance to go up to Division 1. Infuriating.
The player of the season: Laurent Fournier
When the final whistle sounded in Caen on June 4, 1988, Laurent Fournier had wet eyes. Not only had OL failed for the fifth time in a row to climb back into the top flight, but he knows that he has just played its last match in the Lyon jersey. Trained at the club, born in Villeurbanne, and rising through the levels, Laurent Fournier started his career in Division 1 at 16 years and 1 month. After 262 matches with OL, he leaves for new horizons. He is not yet 23 years old. His career will take him from Marseille to Paris and will allow him to become a French international and to compete in 4 European Cup finals. He is one of the greatest talents to have trained at OL. Even today, Laurent is 5th all time in the club's assists leaders since 1950.
The season in numbers