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OL - ASSE: When the legend of the derby is written by Les Gones

Published on 04 November 2020 at 3:00 PM
OL - ASSE : Quand la légende du derby est écrite par des Gones
The derby between OL and Saint-Etienne is certainly one of the most divisive and exciting in France. One of the ingredients that has made this fixture so famous is also the high number of locally-born players, on both sides, who left their mark on this legendary rivalry. On the occasion of the 121st derby, we have chosen to highlight those Gones who have made the history of the derby their own.

Fleury Di Nallo (1960-1974), born in Lyon

 

No need to introduce the Little Prince of the Gerland, top scorer in the history of Olympique Lyonnais with 222 goals in 495 matches, Fleury Di Nallo is a true legend at the club but also in the city of Lyon.

The stat

Di Nallo is the top scorer in derby history with 14 goals, including a hat-trick in the Coupe de France.

 

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Raymond Domenech (1970-1977), born in Lyon

 

Player and then coach at OL, Raymond Domenech notably enabled the club to rise to the top flight in his first season in charge. A derby man by definition, he has always fiercely defended the colors of his club.

The statement

On several occasions, Domenech stood out for his commitment on the pitch but also his statements such as the famous: "From here to there, the green jersey gives me a rash".

 

Joël Fréchet (1981-1989), born in Bourgoin-Jallieu

Player then coach and now manager of the OL futsal team, Joël Fréchet is a true child of the club and one of its most loyal servants. 

The baptism

In 1981, Joël Fréchet made his professional debut in a match against Saint-Etienne. He was then 15 years 10 months and 16 days old. He is the youngest player in OL history and the second-youngest in French league history.

 

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Sidney Govou (1999-2010), born in Puy-en-Velay

 

Although born in Haute-Loire, Sidney Govou joined the OL academy at 17, and is, along with Grégory Coupet and Juninho, the only player to win seven consecutive titles in Ligue 1. He is also undefeated in the derby.

The miracle

In 2004, the Stéphanois believe they will win after 10 years of failing to beat OL, and were leading with three minutes remaining. But after a goal from Juninho in the 87th minute, Sidney Govou silenced the Chaudron in the last minute.

 

Karim Benzema (2005-2009), born in Lyon

 

Top scorer in Ligue 1 at 20, the former Bron Terraillon man wasted no time in showing his talent. For this purebred Lyonnais, derbies have always had a special flavor. Karim Benzema declared: "I can only have very good memories of those matches because I have never lost a single one in my career, even as a youth player".

The kick

On January 28, 2008, OL were on the verge of losing their first derby since 1994. Karim Benzema, at the age of just 20 years, took responsibility for taking the free kick and scored, like Govou, a goal for his team that would save the result.

 

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Alexandre Lacazette (2010-2017), born in Lyon

Called on to take his place among the great Lyon attackers, the Gone, from Mermoz, was able to live up to the standards set by his elders. Alexandre Lacazette scored 129 goals for OL, including 100 in Ligue 1.

The parting gift

For the last derby in history at the Stade de Gerland on November 8, 2015, Alexandre Lacazette signed off with a hat-trick in a resounding 3-0 victory.

 

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Anthony Lopes (2012-…), born in Givors

A season ticket holder in the Virage Nord during his years at the academy, Anthony Lopes bleeds Red and Blue. A fixture in the Lyon goal since 2012, he should play his 15th derby on Sunday, which still places him 15 behind record holder Serge Chiesa and his 30 derbies played out of 30 possible!

A twist of fate

While making his way to being a first team regular in the Coupe de la Ligue, Anthony Lopes made his debut in Ligue 1 during a derby at the Gerland on April 28, 2013.

 

Nabil Fekir (2013-2019), born in Lyon

 

After an inconclusive first stint at the OL training center at the age of 15, Nabil Fekir showed exceptional strength of character to return to be a winner with his favorite club and ultimately to become its captain. He left OL in 2019 after scoring... 69 goals.

The celebration

Starter and captain in November 2018 on a crazy winter evening at the Geoffroy-Guichard, Nabil Fekir scored a double in a 5-0 victory. By brandishing his jersey in front of the supporters of Saint-Etienne, he definitively made his mark on the history of OL and that of the derby.

 

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