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Karim Benzema, Alexandre Lacazette, Samuel Umtiti and Anthony Martial are just a few of the talents that Lyon’s youth academy has produced.

“Lyon have a culture of faith in young players,” Jean-Francois Vulliez, the current head of the Lyon academy, said. “It’s part of the club’s DNA.”

They have been producing gems for a while now and this Champions League run is a testament to that.

Lyon have produced some of the best footballers currently playing in Europe’s elite.

A study in 2018, showed that Lyon is the 2nd most prolific youth academy in Europe, behind Real Madrid.

The fruit is in the pudding has many of those players have since left often for significant sums of money.

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