Olympique Lyonnais would like to respond to the statement of Auxerre u15’s coach Pascal VAHIRUA, this Tuesday, November 2 in the newspaper L'Equipe...
Olympique Lyonnais would like to respond to the statement of Auxerre u15’s coach Pascal VAHIRUA, this Tuesday, November 2 in the newspaper L'Equipe, which justifies the fact of not being able to attract top prospects to the AJ Auxerre training centre through unfair financial competition, and wants to make the following points.
The selection criteria are first and foremost sporting and educational, even if the financial elements can also come into play when faced with competition with other clubs.
The quality of the sporting and educational project, the infrastructure, sports performance and prospects of integrating the highest level are the main strengths of Olympique Lyonnais, which remains, in particular, the only French club to have won all the national titles in all categories (from children to professionals).
OL has also won the title of best youth club on 8 occasions, the last coming in 2009.
The emergence of players such as Alexander LACAZATTE, Jeremy PIED, Maxime GONALONS, Timothy KOLODZIEJCZAK, Isaak BELFODIL, Lamine GASSAMA, Clément GRENIER, Harry NOVILLO, as well as their elders Sidney GOVOU, Karim Loïc REMY or Karim BENZEMA, proves the high quality of the Lyon training academy, its coaches and teachers.