Nîmes Olympique

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Nîmes Olympique
Nimes Olympique 2018 logo.svg
Full nameNîmes Olympique
Nickname(s)Les Crocodiles (The Crocodiles)
Founded10 April 1937;82 years ago (10 April 1937)
Ground Stade des Costières,
Stade Nemausus (future) [1]
PresidentRani Assaf
Head coach Bernard Blaquart
League Ligue 1
2018–19 Ligue 1, 9th
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Nîmes Olympique (commonly referred to as simply Nîmes) is a French association football club based in Nîmes. The club was founded on 10 April 1937 and currently plays in Ligue 1, the first level of French football. The club's most important achievements were winning Ligue 2 in 1950 and the Championnat National in 1997 and in 2012. Nîmes plays its home matches at the Stade des Costières located within the city. The team is managed by Bernard Blaquart.



The Sporting Club Nîmois (SCN) was founded in 1901 by Henri Monnier, who, at the age of 21, had just returned from a two-year trip to England. He decided to start a new team in Nîmes, his home town. Originally, the team was for young Protestants only.

In 1908, the SCN played FC Sète for the title of 'Champions of Languedoc'. Nîmes won, qualifying for the final phase of the French championship, which they lost to Marseille in the first round.

The club suspended activities due to World War I. After the war ended, it resumed its activities on 15 April 1919. In 1922, SCN united with another club from Nîmes, F.A. Nîmois, becoming a single club.

The new team, still under the name of Sporting Club Nîmois, was runner-up in the South-East championship in 1925. In 1927, les Nîmois won a place in the highest championship, then known as the Division d'Honneur.

In October 1931, the then-president of the Republic of France, Gaston Doumergue, inaugurated the Jean Bouin stadium.

Due to financial problems, SCN abandoned their professional activities in 1937. Following efforts from local businessmen, the club moved to the district of Lozère-Gard in Nîmes, and was reformed as Nîmes Olympique.

The team moved to the Stade des Costières on 15 February 1989. The first league match at the stadium was on 4 March 1989, against Montceau in a Ligue 2 game, with 3,647 spectators in attendance. The record attendance to date was 25,051, which was recorded in the 1991–92 season, in a Ligue 1 game against Marseille.

In December 1991, during a match for Nîmes, Eric Cantona threw the ball at the referee, having been angered by one of his decisions. He was summoned to a disciplinary hearing by the French Football Federation and was banned for one month. In turn, Cantona responded by walking up to each member of the hearing committee and calling them idiots. His ban was increased to two months, and Cantona subsequently announced his retirement from international football on 16 December 1991.

In 1995–1996, Nîmes reached the final of the French Cup, allowing them to compete the following year in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. In September 1996, in the Round of 32, Nîmes beat Budapest Honvéd (4–1 on aggregate), before losing to AIK Stockholm in the next round (2-3 on aggregate).

On 5 May 2018, Nimes secured promotion back to Ligue 1 for the first time since the 1992–1993 season after finishing second in Ligue 2. [2] In the 2018/2019 season, Nimes enjoyed a happy return to Ligue 1 finishing 9th on the table. [3]


Current squad

As of 22 January 2020. [4]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

4 Flag of France.svg DF Pablo Martinez
5 Flag of France.svg DF Loïck Landre
6 Flag of Senegal.svg MF Sidy Sarr
7 Flag of France.svg MF Romain Philippoteaux
8 Flag of France.svg MF Lucas Deaux
9 Flag of France.svg FW Clément Depres
10 Flag of Algeria.svg MF Zinedine Ferhat
11 Flag of North Macedonia.svg FW Vlatko Stojanovski
12 Flag of France.svg MF Lamine Fomba
14 Flag of France.svg MF Antoine Valério
15 Flag of France.svg DF Gaëtan Paquiez
16 Flag of France.svg GK Lucas Dias
17 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg MF Haris Duljević
18 Flag of France.svg MF Theo Valls
19 Flag of France.svg DF Lucas Buadés
20 Flag of France.svg FW Renaud Ripart (vice-captain)
21 Flag of France.svg DF Kelyan Guessoum
22 Flag of Morocco.svg MF Yassine Benrahou (on loan from Bordeaux)
23 Flag of France.svg DF Anthony Briançon (captain)
24 Flag of Morocco.svg FW Sami Ben Amar
26 Flag of France.svg DF Florian Miguel
27 Flag of Togo.svg FW Kévin Denkey
29 Flag of France.svg DF Sofiane Alakouch
30 Flag of France.svg GK Paul Bernardoni (on loan from Bordeaux)
Flag of Senegal.svg FW Moussa Koné

Reserve squad

As of 4 November 2019 [5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Flag of France.svg GK Côme Charrier
Flag of France.svg GK Valentin Rabouille
Flag of France.svg DF Alexandre Ferreira
Flag of France.svg DF Jérémy Iafrate
Flag of France.svg DF Enzo Fontanelli
Flag of France.svg DF Matéo Maillefaud
Flag of France.svg DF Julien Megier
Flag of France.svg DF Mickaël Gas
Flag of France.svg MF Kléri Serber
Flag of France.svg MF Mattéo Ahlinvi
Flag of France.svg MF Simon Calancha
Flag of France.svg MF Nacim El Hassani
Flag of France.svg MF Quentin Gregorio
Flag of France.svg FW Luca Valls
Flag of France.svg FW Axel Urie
Flag of France.svg FW Timothy Cardona
Flag of France.svg MF Hugo Huriez
Flag of France.svg MF Houssine Labiad

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Flag of France.svg DF Théo Sainte-Luce (on loan to Gazélec until 30 June 2020)

Notable players

Below are the notable former players who have represented Nîmes in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1937. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 80 official matches for the club or represented the national team for which the player is eligible during his stint with Nîmes or following his departure.

For a complete list of Nîmes Olympique players, see Category:Nîmes Olympique players

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Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria

Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina

Flag of Austria.svg  Austria

Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium

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Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina

Flag of Burkina Faso.svg  Burkina Faso

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Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia

Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia

Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  Democratic Republic of Congo

Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark

Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana

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Flag of Liberia.svg  Liberia

Flag of North Macedonia.svg  Macedonia

Flag of Mali.svg  Mali

Flag of Mauritania.svg  Mauritania

Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco

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Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland

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The largest group of Ultras are the Gladiators Nîmes founded in 1991. The name refers to Nîmes' rich history, dating back to the Roman Empire.

Before the start of each home game, an extract of George Bizet's opera "Carmen" is heard.

There is a long rivalry with the nearby city of Montpellier which extends to both local football teams.

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