Wolfsburg v Lyon: Women’s football giants collide


Just like in 2013, 2016 and 2018, the 2020 UEFA Women’s Champions League final will match Wolfsburg with holders Lyon.

Wolfsburg and Lyon will meet in Sunday’s 2019/20 UEFA Women’s Champions League final in San Sebastián.

Lyon are in a ninth final in 11 years (having also broken another of their old records by reaching five consecutive finals) and aiming for a seventh title and five in a row, extending records they already hold.

Wolfsburg, in their fifth final in eight attempts, beat Lyon for the first of their two titles in 2013 but for the last four years have fallen at some stage to the French giants, including in two epic finals.

When Wolfsburg, on debut, beat Lyon 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in the 2013 final, it was the first time OL had been defeated over 90 minutes in 120 games and ended their bid for an unprecedented third straight title.


Since then Lyon have dominated and, in the last four seasons have beaten Wolfsburg at some point on their way to lifting the trophy, including the epic finals of 2016 and 2018 and quarter-finals in 2017 and 2019.

What the coaches say

Stephan Lerch, Wolfsburg: “Lyon are the top European side who have dominated over the last few years. It is really sensational, and I have a lot of respect for them. In Germany we have been very successful recently and managed to reaffirm it every year, and that cannot be taken for granted. “Every year it is a great challenge, so I have a lot of respect for them. I think they benefit from having a very settled side who have grown closer over the years. They’re very familiar with these big games like finals.”

Jean-Luc Vasseur, Lyon: “We’ve savoured [beating Paris], because it’s always important; they’re never small matches. We’ve not reached the end yet, because there’s still the final, but we wanted to be there.

“We wanted to be in this competition and not be knocked out, so we’ve done that. Now, we have another aim for the final. We’ve now changed basecamp, and yes, things are being done calmly. So we digested it well, there is no stomach ache!”

Five key facts

  • This will be the fourth final between the teams (all since 2013), beating the previous record of three FFC Frankfurt vs Umeå encounters between 2002 and 2008.
  • Wolfsburg are the only team to beat Lyon in regulation time in a final, in 2013; that was OL’s first competitive loss over 90 minutes in 120 fixtures.
  • Lyon have knocked out Wolfsburg in the last four seasons; the only other side to have ever eliminated the Wolves were Paris Saint-Germain in the 2014/15 semis (they had earlier beaten Lyon in the round of 16, OL’s last elimination to date).
  • Lyon’s six titles and nine finals are records; Wolfsburg’s two and five respectively are only also bettered by Frankfurt (four and six).

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