Choc des Olympiques (Lyon v Marseille)
The encounter between Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique de Marseille is known as the Olympico, clearly a reflection of the names of the two teams involved. Unlike Le Classique (the matches that Marseille play against Paris St Germain) there is no bad feeling between the two teams but there is instead intense competitiveness regarding these fixtures from players, managers and supporters alike. One of the reasons that the rivalry is often regarded as of key importance is that the two clubs are consistently among the most successful in French football, both often being contenders for the top slot. Marseille and Lyon (along with Saint-Étienne) are the only French clubs to have won the French first division four straight times with Marseille doing it on two occasions.
It was not until after the Second World War in September 1945 that the two clubs first met ending in a 1–1 draw. In 1989, Marseille began an impressive streak of five consecutive French league titles, though the fifth and final title was stripped, due to a scandal which saw the club relegated to the second division. Marseille also won the European Cup in 1993. During 1990-91 Marseille had a very emphatic 7-0 win.
When the matches between the two recommenced after Marseilles returned to the top flight, Lyon got revenge during the 1996–97 season with a humiliating 8–0 win at the Stade de Gerland, scoring all their goals inside 55 minutes. This is still their biggest win in the league to date. At the start of the current century, Lyon managed seven consecutive French league titles, easily surpassing Marseille's streak of four. During Lyon's national record-breaking streak, Marseille finished runner-up only once, during the 2007–08 season.
The overall picture on a head-to-head basis just couldn’t be closer with both sides having won 30 games apiece. The goal tally is equally close this time in Marseille’s favor: as of the end of the 2014-15 season, Marseilles had scored 155 goals in this fixture compared to 149 for Lyon.
Looking at recent seasons: in 2013-14 Lyon and Marseille were third and fourth respectively in La Ligue with just one point separating the two sides. In terms of results, a 2-2 draw in December with Lyon surrendering a two goal lead was followed by an emphatic 4-2 win for Marseille at their home ground of the Stade Vélodrome.
In 2014-15, a home victory for Lyon due to a single goal was followed by a goalless draw in the return match. The final table of La Ligue showed Lyon second to Paris St Germain and finishing six points above Marseilles who were in fourth place.
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