Lyon v Ajax classic combined XI
FootyOn delve into the archives and select a Lyon v Ajax classic combined XI from the pair’s maiden 2002 meeting.
Both Lyon and Ajax have enjoyed previous stages of dominance domestically in France and the Netherlands respectively.
They collided for the first time in European competition back in September 2002 and again in October that year in the Champions League groups.
It was the Dutch giants that prevailed on both occasions, with a host of legendary names featuring in those two clashes.
So, ahead of their latest tie over a decade later, we outline a fascinating Lyon v Ajax classic combined XI.
Goalkeeper: Gregory Coupet (Lyon)
French stopper Coupet was on the losing end in both original clashes with Ajax in 2002, losing 2-0 and 2-1.
But the goal guard makes it into our Lyon v Ajax classic combined XI after spending over 10 successful years with the Kids.
Right back: Hatem Trabelsi (Ajax)
Taking up the right back position is former Tunisia international Trabelsi, who played at three World Cups with his nation.
The full back won two league titles with Ajax and also spent a brief spell with Manchester City.
Centre back: Patrick Muller (Lyon)
Swiss defender Muller stars in the heart of defence, having been a great servant for Lyon.
The centre back enjoyed two stints with the French club and lifted five Ligue 1 trophies.
Centre back: Cristian Chivu (Ajax)
Versatile defender Chivu partners Muller in the rearguard.
The Romanian built his reputation at Ajax before successful career stints with Roma then Inter Milan.
He was sent off in only the second ever meeting against Lyon in 2002.
Left back: Maxwell (Lyon)
Brazilian full back Maxwell was an obvious choice from the squads that collided in those two games in 2002.
The defender has had an illustrious career for Ajax, Inter, Barcelona and PSG and is still going strong for the latter French champions.
Centre midfield: Juninho Pernambucano (Lyon)
Brazilian midfielder Juninho was famed for his incredibly accurate set-piece abilities.
The Lyon legend makes it into this classic combined XI midfield after eight impressive seasons in France.
Centre midfield: Mahamdou Diarra (Lyon)
The engine and aggressive force in the central areas comes from French enforcer Diarra.
Diarra’s reputation grew at Lyon before arriving at Real Madrid and finishing his career with Fulham in 2014.
He was also the Mali international captain and won league medals in both France and Spain.
Centre midfield: Jose Edmilson (Lyon)
World Cup winner Edmilson is another legendary name to make it into this Lyon v Ajax classic combined XI.
The Brazilian was superb for Lyon before signing for Barcelona in 2004, where he won the Champions League.
Attacking midfield: Jari Litmanen (Ajax)
Another former English football representative in the form of Litmanen next.
Litmanen won five league titles and a European Cup with Ajax during two spells and played for Barcelona, Liverpool and Fulham too.
He is considered to be Finland’s greatest ever player and was national skipper between 1996 and 2008.
Attacking midfield: Rafael van der Vaart (Ajax)
Dutch midfielder Van der Vaart was also part of the Ajax side to beat Lyon twice in their first two meetings ever.
He was on target in the 2-0 away win and later spent time in the Premier League with Tottenham after a Real Madrid spell.
Striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Ajax)
Current Manchester United frontman Ibrahimovic leads the attack in our Lyon v Ajax classic combined XI.
The Swedish marksman starred for Ajax in his younger years and has gone to become one of top strikers in world football.
He won two Eredivisie titles and struck a brace in the first ever fixture clash against Lyon in 2002.