Jean Michel Aulas for 30 (29 to be precise) years is probably the alpha and omega of Lyon. The astute businessman took over the fortunes of the French club on June 15, 1987. At that time the team was fighting to stay in Ligue 2, while its debts reached 15 mil. Euros and rising.
Olympique Lyonnais, had just three officials and one at half-time. So nobody was involved and with her. But Aulas had his own vision. He could not see the St Etienne starring everyone constantly talking about it. Thus began his own revolution. Besides, he knew very well that I had to give a battle for his career again. Born on 22 March 1949 in the ports of Lyon, the son of the journalist and the professor was a great fighter.
After studying computer science and after management failed soon create a small own company to Cegi. Things were going very well and two years later sold it to CEGOS.
He was just 21 years of commissioned management post. In 1983 because incredibly restless resigns. Together with his partner Jean-Claude Sansoe, creates CEGID (company information systems), the history of which was rapid. Within just four years managed to put on the Stock Exchange, which is very impressive for the time. Even went to have 1,000 employees.
Alongside that took put Lyon in front big plans. Basically gave great attention to two things: something in marketing, word was unknown to most football and the racing track. And the movements of the completely vindicated.
Lyon won seven times the French championship and played in the semifinals of the Champions League the season 2009- 2010 but was blocked.
On July 14, 2006, the President of the Republic, Jacques Chirac declared him Knight of the Legion of the President of the Republic. A great price for Aulas.
We met at Aulas in Meridien hotel after the draw for the UEFA Champions League groups. Happily agreed to talk exclusively to Discoveryfootball.com for everyone and everything.
DF: Mr President, what are the goals for this year in Lyon?
R/: «To fight for the championship. We had no losses beyond the stopper, Umtiti we sold in Barcelona. We managed and keptAlexandre Lacazette is a big weapon for us. I must admit that the pressure to concede him was intense, but not those that might like. So we will pursue with all our strength to win the championship»
DF: Yes, but Paris and the title holder, again experts say that will be the top favorite …
R/: «The Paris last year should not forget dropped us back 31 whole points (96 versus 65). But this year things will be completely different. First – first he does not have to attack the Zlatan Ibrahimovic. And we all know how important football is Swedish. It is extremely difficult to cope with any defense. So he left the Ibrahimović for Manchester United. Then you have a new coach, Unai Emery, who at least so far shows that not even know well his new team. It will need such a time frame is reasonable to realize it. And here´s what we we´re ready to play as best we can so we are always on top or close to it. Lyon is compact and complete team. Ready to fight».
Maybe give him Valbuena
DF: Yes, but from that we learn may sell international extreme winger Valbuena…
R/: «Right. We have some important suggestions especially from groups of Russia the study. If finally go on sale the Valbuena , who is a great striker extreme, then with the money you collect will arrange to get another with the same characteristics as its own. We want to have everything extreme strikers who know how to create problems for opposing defenses».
Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real
DF: To switch over to the next Champions League. What do you think will have some surprising new season or possibly the favorite will be the same?
R/: «I do not think we will have some surprise. The groups will compete to the end of the Champions League I think it will be Bayern Munich again, the Barcelona and Real Madrid. Now if you look another and surprise us welcome but hardly believe it can happen»