Olympique Lyonnais Logo

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Olympique Lyonnais is the name of the French football club, established in 1950 and based in Lyon. Today the club, nicknamed “Les Gones” (which means “The Kids”), is one of the most popular and successful in France, having Rudy Garcia as a head coach.

Meaning and history


the visual identity of the French club has always been very classy and traditional. Based on the golden principles of the heraldic crests, its logo is powerful, bright, and instantly recognizable. Only one emblem in the team’s history was completely different from all the other versions, but it was a pretty short experiment.

1970 — 1980

Olympique Lyonnais 1970
The Olympique Lyonnais logo from 1970 was a very bright and strong emblem with a Royal character and courage. The main element of the logo was a red rampant lion in a gold outline. The heraldic animal was standing on a black and white football and holding a stylized key in his hands.
The key was composed of two intertwined letters, “O” and “L”, standing for the club’s name. Executed in blue, they were also outlined in gold.

1980 — 1989

Olympique Lyonnais 1980
The redesign of 1980 brought a new color palette to the club’s visual identity and modernized its contours. Now the lion on the ball and the key had no outline but were drawn in a smooth contemporary manner with clean sleek lines.
The lion remained red, but both the football and the key were now executed in light purple. The ball was more white, with only thin lines colored, while the “OL” lettering was bold and solid.

1989 — 1996

Olympique Lyonnais 1989
In 1989 a completely new emblem was designed. Stylish and minimalist, it was a celebration of patriotism and looked powerful and confident.
The new laconic logo was composed of two capital letters “OL”, executed in a geo-metric sans-serif typeface, with the white body and thick black outline. The letters also featured a delicate shadow, which made the whole image even stronger.
The main detail of the emblem was the French national flag pattern, which was placed on the letters like a chevron.
This version of the visual identity stayed with the team until the middle of the 1990s and is really a remarkable example of a football club badge.

1996 — 2006

Olympique Lyonnais 1996
The traditional style and the lion rampant came back to the Olympique Lyonnais logo in 1996. But the composition was different from the one created in the 1979s. Now the gold lion was placed inside a white letter “O”, located inside the blue crest, near to the whole “L”. Both bold letters were outlines in yellow-gold, which was balanced not only by the lion but also by a yellow wordmark on the top part of the shield.
The top featured a red rectangle with the gold outline, and a capitalized nameplate, executed in a simple and clean sans-serif.

2006 — Today

Olympique Lyonnais logo
The logo was redesigned again in 2006. The composition remained untouched, but the color palette was switched to a more intense one, and the contours of the lion were modernized.
The logo of Olympique Lyonnais, created in 2006 is composed of a dark blue and red crest with a gold outline, two solid “OL” letters in white, the lion rampant placed in the middle of the “O” and a white wordmark, placed on a red background.
Featuring the colors of the French flag, outlines in gold, the club’s logo looks powerful and patriotic, reflecting the winning spirit of the players and their professionalism.