The French team has been an objective for Barça for searching new players
Barça have faced Olympique Lyonnais six times in the Champions League. And in 2019 they are going to play again in the last sixteen round. However, the French team has not always been a rival. They have been a negotiator for FCBarcelona.
Samuel Umtiti was the last player to change Lyon for Barcelona. Barça signed him in 2016 summer after UEFA European Championship in France. As Umtiti, the current FCBarcelona sports manager did it in 2007. He is Eric Abidal and both will come back to Gerland. For sure it will be a special match for Umtiti and Abidal. Samuel lived in Lyon since he was three years old and Eric was born there. However, it will be difficult to see Umtiti playing because of his injury.
Before them, another player did the same way. He is Brazillian and he is still related with Barcelona. José Edmílson first team in Europe was Olympique Lyonnais. He played there between 2000 and 2004 and then he signed for Barça. In Barcelona he won the Champions League in 2006.