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ASSE-OL: Brazilians in the derby

Published on 19 January 2021 at 4:30 PM
ASSE - OL : Les Brésiliens et le derby
For more than 20 years, Olympique Lyonnais have always had plenty of Brazilians in their ranks, and Sunday there will be three ready to stake their claim for a place in the eleven, with Lucas Paqueta being suspended. Before this match, we invite you to (re) discover some of those Brazilians who have made their mark in the derby.

The first to feature in a derby: Constantino Pires

Arriving in Lyon in 1956, he is the first Brazilian player in the club’s history. So he naturally became the first Brazilian to play a derby for Olympique Lyonnais. In total he played 77 matches, scoring 14 goals in a Lyon jersey.

 

The first scorer: Sonny Anderson

We would then have to wait 30 years for a Brazilian to put his name on the derby scoresheet. And who other than Sonny Anderson to accomplish this for Lyon? In his first season, "SonnyGoal" left his mark on the derby. On November 10, 1999 he scored the first goal in the 83rd derby in history, and his first. Two more goals would follow in the 2000-2001 season before ASSE’s descent into Ligue 2 at the end of that season would prevent him from adding to his total.

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They played their first match for OL in a derby: Marcelo Dijian and Claudio Caçapa

For these two defenders, learning in the derby had to come quickly. Having arrived from Corinthians a few months earlier, Marcelo was in October 1993 the first Brazilian to wear the Red and Blue jersey since Constantino Pires. On October 29 of that year he played his first match with Les Gones, at the Stade de Gerland, against Saint-Etienne. With a victory to follow, we can call it a perfect start, for a player who was the forerunner of the Brazilian "colony" that arrived in the early 2000s.

Signed a few years later, in the winter of 2001, the man who is now one of Rudi Garcia's assistants also had a remarkable baptism by fire with OL. At 24, Claudio Caçapa, who was yet to play in Europe, played his first match with OL in the Coupe de France against Saint-Etienne. He started and played 120 minutes before finally seeing his side win on penalties.

 

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Top scorer: Juninho (5 goals)

Having arrived in 2001 when Les Verts were in the second division, Juninho had to wait until 2004 to play his first derby. But from this first encounter he made his opponents understand that he would not cut them any slack. The Brazilian playmaker opened the scoring with a free kick that left Janot glued to his line, before scoring a second goal, the equalizer, just minutes from the end of the game. "Juni" would score three more, including the last on a free kick, in this fixture. The podium of scorers is completed by Sonny Anderson and Michel Bastos with three goals each.

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Player with the most derbies to his credit: Cris

Arriving at OL in the summer of 2004, Cris quickly became one of the first names on the team sheet in central defense. His nickname, "Policeman" was always more than apt, and very often the defender has shone in particular in the derby. He would play a total of 13 for Lyon (all as a starter) for a record of 11 wins and two draws.

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