« The Champions League, they play it on the PlayStation », the 10 biggest punchlines of Aulas in 36 years of presidency

Iconic Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas will step down as club president this year. The greatest leader of French (Site notre bureau spécialisé) is about to bow out, after 36 years in office. Extraordinary longevity at a time when the lifespan of leaders tends to shrink.

Arrived at the head of OL in 1987, at the age of 36, the former boss of Cegid (a company he founded in 1983) changed the fate of the Rhone club, transforming a club which was then vegetating in the 2nd division. in unimaginable proportions, even placing it at the top of French (Site notre bureau spécialisé) at the start of the 21st century. It was the hegemony of the OL decade.

Then came the decade without a title. A time when the president of OL consolidated the strengths of his club while striving to stay in the spotlight. From television sets to social networks, Jean-Michel Aulas knew how to be omnipresent to capture attention, thanks to a few emblematic declarations. Exaggeration, bad faith, panache… A look back at the most striking outings of a visionary entrepreneur whom his rivals have always loved to hate.

With Monaco, it is tax exemption (Site notre bureau spécialisé) that is in the semi-finals.

Ten years later, in 2015, when AS Monaco returned to its glorious European destiny by obtaining the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Jean-Michel Aulas did not fail to congratulate the Principality club. But in 2004, it was time for detestation, or rather condemnation, of the tax advantages enjoyed by AS Monaco, in an interview with AFP.

We lost against Saint-Étienne for the first time in sixteen years. We play in the Champions League like the Stéphanois, they play it on the PlayStation.

September 25, 2010. The final whistle of the long time held at Gerland, sealing OL’s defeat (0-1) against Saint-Etienne in the derby. Moment chosen by Jean-Michel Aulas to appear in front of his supporters, microphone in hand.

I told Vincent Labrune that it was a puppet and that it will not last as long as he thinks in (Site notre bureau spécialisé).

President of OL since 1987, Jean-Michel Aulas opposed several OM presidents during his reign, including Vincent Labrune, with whom tensions were already high when, in September 2015, the shock of the The 6th day of Ligue 1 between the two teams is interrupted following the throwing of projectiles, in an eruptive context. Jean-Michel Aulas does not wish to resume the game, Vincent Labrune puts the incidents into perspective. The Lyon president explodes on the question of the match.

It’s worth it … What is the name of this Welshman from Real Madrid, again? I think Alexander is much better. But Alexander is priceless.

Customary of shocking phrases, the intrepid Jean-Michel Aulas, in an interview with Le Parisien in 2015, compared the value of Welsh international Gareth Bale – who had just offered La Decima to Real Madrid – to that of his attaché Alexandre Lacazette. Aulas considered that his player was worth at least as much money or even more than the price paid by Real Madrid to secure the services of Gareth Bale, which is more than 100 million euros. Lacazette will finally leave two years later for Arsenal, in 2017, against a check for 53 million euros.

Paris has the oil, we have the ideas

Jean-Michel Aulas’ numerous press conferences, whether organized for the presentation of a player or to draw up OL’s annual economic report, are all opportunities for the Lyon leader to send spades to the competition. And the PSG QSI version was entitled to a few …

Juventus seems like an unattainable Himalayas… But when you can compete with Toulouse, the best home team in the championship, overpowering, you might go and tease Juve.

This one does without the slightest comment. Biting irony, one of his trademarks. Your great Jean-Michel Aulas.

Pascal Dupraz, it’s the hospital that doesn’t give a damn about charity, minus the skill: Mr. Dupraz is not very nice. Pull yourself together, control yourself, you will have less discomfort and more results!

The current coach of Dijon, Pascal Dupraz, who officiated on the Toulouse bench in 2018 then explained how much he « hallucinated » of the effect produced, according to him, the president of OL on the referees. He should not have. The response to the interest on Twitter is scathing.

Nasser or Bertrand Desplats? Choosing between the plague and cholera is difficult.

The year 2018 had started very strong with this sensational declaration, on January 25. Remember, however, that it was a joke. A small spade certainly, but sent to his best enemy Nasser Al-Khelaïfi on the ton of the joke during a questionnaire to which he had been submitted on the set of the L’Equipe channel. Note that the president of OL ended up choosing « Nasser » rather than Desplats. The latter, as president of Guingamp, had defended PSG against the repeated attachés of Jean-Michel Aulas. In October 2016, the meme had opposed Jean-Michel Aulas by taking the head of the sling of « small clubs wishing to be more heard at the LFP.

I have the same eyes for Nabil (Fekir) as the president of Barça has for a little Argentinian who relies a lot on his left (Site notre bureau spécialisé) too. He’s my own Messi

Jean-Michel Aulas was sincerely convinced that he had a phenomenon in his ranks, hence the bold comparison.

Very disappointed with the scorched earth policy of Rudi Garcia who rewrote history, forgetting that he had the best squad. It’s a pity that Rudi didn’t know how to work with Juni who had nevertheless chosen and accompanied him. June has our full support. What bad excuses from Rudi!

The divorce was long overdue. Knowing that the ax was going to fall, Rudi Garcia had preceded his leaders by announcing his departure himself at the end of the last day of the championship in a press conference, May 23, 2021. It is an understatement to say that Jean-Michel Aulas did not like this untimely approach. Unsurprisingly, the reply was quick to fuse … on Twitter.

Article originally published on RMC Sport

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