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Olympique Lyonnais and Ho Chi Minh City football federation extend their partnership until 2023

Published on 23 March 2021 at 10:00 AM
L'Olympique Lyonnais et la fédération de football d'Hô Chi Minh-Ville prolongent leur partenariat jusqu'en 2023
Fortified by a first 5-year cycle, Olympique Lyonnais and Ho Chi Minh City Football Federation have chosen to extend their cooperation for another 3 years, until December 31, 2023.

Olympique Lyonnais is pleased to extend its support to the Ho Chi Minh City Federation, and to this now benchmark project in Vietnam in terms of football education.


Started in January 2016, this strategic partnership aims to support the authorities of Ho Chi Minh City in the development of an elite program, in order to train the next generations of professional football players in Vietnam. Beyond the football ambition, this academy now brings together more than 80 young local talents within a triple project around sports, school, and citizenship, in which they are trained according to a methodology inspired by OL Academy's DNA.


In line with its international development strategy, based on staff and players training as well as supporting the first generations towards high-level football, a new Technical Director, David Gonnet, has been seconded by Olympique Lyonnais to manage the entire sports project on site and work with the local management in a logic of skills transfer. Various recruitment and coaching support workshops will also be set up over the next 3 seasons.



« We are delighted to continue this brilliant joint adventure that began with our partners from the Ho Chi Minh City Federation the day before the club entered Groupama Stadium. This cooperation fully illustrates OL's desire to commit internationally through a different model based on the transmission and construction of structuring and sustainable football projects. » 

Jean-Michel Aulas, Olympique Lyonnais’ President


« The cooperation between Olympique Lyonnais and Ho Chi Minh City contributes to tightening the friendship between Vietnam and France in general, and between Ho Chi Minh City and Lyon City in particular. This program helps construct a more methodical youth training system in Ho Chi Minh City where young players are educated to become professionals, focusing on both technical development and schooling, building the identity for Ho Chi Minh City football. »

Tran Anh TU, Ho Chi Minh City Football Federation’s President.


CP partenariat mars 2021 photos


About Olympique Lyonnais international development strategy


Since 2010, Olympique Lyonnais has chosen to base its international development strategy on the recognized know-how of its Academy and the success of its professional teams. Recognized in the top 3 of the best training clubs in Europe for almost 10 years, OL has chosen to build technical collaborations aimed at sharing its expertise and adapting the Lyonnaise methodology to the context and to the project of targeted local elite structures.


Through this model, Olympique Lyonnais aspires to bring lasting benefits to each of its partners and their staff.