- Associated Press - Friday, May 23, 2014

LYON, France (AP) - Hubert Fournier has been appointed as Lyon coach for the next two seasons.

The seven-time French league champion confirmed the move on Friday, with Fournier replacing the departing Remi Garde.

The 46-year-old Fournier, a former Lyon center-back, was previously in charge of Reims, a club he led from the third division to the topflight in the space of four seasons.

Fournier said his main goal will be to help Lyon qualify for a European competition for a 19th consecutive season and to win a trophy.

Once a powerhouse of French football, Lyon last played in the Champions League in 2012-13. It finished fifth in the French league this season.

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