Lyon makes it seven in a row

[CHAMPIONS] Lyon added to its legend when it won its seventh straight French league title, beating Auxerre, 3-1, on Saturday to finish four points ahead of Bordeaux, which tied, 2-2, at relegation-bound Lens.

No other team from a big five European league has won six straight titles, let alone seven. The European record is 14 straight league titles by Latvian club Skonto Riga.)

Lyon has survived the sale of French stars Eric Abidal (Barcelona), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Ghanaian Michael Essien (Chelsea) and Malian Mahamadou Diarra (Real Madrid).

Lyon, which will bid for a first domestic double in next Saturday's French Cup final against Paris St. Germain, was led by 20-year-old Karim Benzema, who topped the Ligue 1 with 20 goals.

Lyon's two biggest young stars are French internationals Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa, who is only 21. Manchester United and Arsenal are reported to be hot on the trail of Benzema and Ben Arfa, respectively.

LYON 2008-09
PLAYER (COUNTRY) GP-G
Kim Kallstrom
(Sweden) 37-5
Karim Benzema (France) 36-20
Mathieu Bodmer (France) 37-6
Sebastian Squillaci (France) 34-0
Juninho (Brazil) 32-8
Sidney Govou (France) 32-7
Hatem Ben Arfa (France) 30-6
Fabio Grosso (Italy) 30-1
Kader Keita (Ivory Coast) 30-4
Jeremy Toulalan (France) 30-0
Antony Reveillere (France) 28-1
Francois Clerc (France) 27-1
Remy Vercoutre (France) 19-0
Fred (Brazil) 21-5
Gregory Coupet (France) 19-0
Cleber Anderson (Brazil) 12-1
*Milan Baros (Czech Rep.) 12-3
Cris (Brazil) 13-1
*Badir Belhadj (Algeria) 9-0
*Fabio Santos (Brazil) 8-1
Jean-Alain Boumsong (France) 8-0
*Marc Crosas (Spain) 8-0
Cesar Delgado (Argentina) 7-0
*Loic Remy (France) 6-0
Patrick Mueller (Switzerland) 1-0
Anthony Mounier (France) 1-0
*Sandy Paillot (France) 1-0
*Sold or loaned out during season.

CONSECUTIVE EUROPEAN TITLES
TEAM (COUNTRY) TITLES (YEARS)
Skonto Riga (Latvia) 14 (1991-2004)
Rosenborg BK (Norway) 13 (1992-2004)
Dynamo Berlin (GDR) 10 (1979-88)
Dinamo Tbilisi (Georgia) 10 (1990-99)
MTK(Hungary) 10 (1914, 1917-25)
CDNA Sofia (Bulgaria) 9 (1954-62)
Celtic(Scotland) 9 (1966-74)
Dinamo Kyiv (Ukraine) 9 (1993-2001)
Rangers (Scotland) 9 (1989-97)
Sheriff Tiraspol (Moldova) 8 (2001-08)
Lyon (France) 7 (2002-08)
Pyunik Yerevan (Armenia) 7 (2001-07)
Olympiakos (Greece) 7 (1997-2003)
Maribor Branik (Slovenia) 7 (1997-2003)
Ujpesti Dozsa (Hungary) 7 (1969-75)

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