30 professional players comprise Lyon's squad - at the moment - for the new season.From the youngest, Karim Benzema to the oldest, Grégory Coupet… we take a closer look at the quintuple champions of France.
If Coupet is the oldest, Benzema (19 years old next December 19) is the youngest ahead of Riou (19), Ben Arfa (19), Hartock (19), Bettiol (20), Benhamida (20)… Just behind Greg come Wiltord (32), Juninho (31), Diatta (31), Cacapa (30)…
In terms of goalscorers, the gong goes to Sylvain Wiltord with 84 L1 goals, ahead of Juninho 50, Govou 38, Malouda 30, Källström 20, Fred 14, Squillaci and Pedretti 10, Diatta 9, Carew 8, Diarra 7, Cris 6, Cacapa and Tiago 5, Réveillère and Müller 3, Benzema, Toulalan and Berthod 1. Juninho, Govou, Fred, Carew, Diarra, Cris, Cacapa, Tiago, Müller, Benzema and Berthod have scored all their goals in Ligue 1 with Lyon.
Müller (Spain), Réveillère (Spain), Diarra (Greece, Holland), Tiago (England), Wiltord (England) and Carew (Spain, Italy, Turkey) have played, in foreign leagues other their own national league before joining OL.
18 of the current crop of 30 are, or have been internationals at full senior level. Sylvain Wiltord is the most capped of the lot.
Certain players have been crowned champions of other leagues before joining OL: Carew (in Norway and Spain); Wiltord (England) ; Tiago (England) ; Müller (Switerland) ; Cris and Juninho (Brazil). Wiltord is the only player to have been champions of France with a club other than OL (Bordeaux in 1998).