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Nice
OGC Nice logo.svg
Full nameOlympique Gymnaste Club de Nice Côte d'Azur
Nickname(s)Les Aiglons (The Eaglets), [1] Le Gym (The Gym)
Founded9 July 1904;118 years ago (9 July 1904)
Ground Allianz Riviera
Capacity36,178 [2]
Owner Ineos
President Jean-Pierre Rivère
Head coach Didier Digard (interim)
League Ligue 1
2021–22 Ligue 1, 5th of 20
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Olympique Gymnaste Club Nice Côte d'Azur (French pronunciation:  [ɔlɛ̃pik ʒimnast klœb nis] ), commonly referred to as OGC Nice or simply Nice, is a French professional football club based in Nice. The club was founded in 1904 and currently plays in Ligue 1, the top tier of French football. Nice plays its home matches at the Allianz Riviera.

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Nice was founded under the name Gymnaste Club de Nice and is one of the founding members of the first division of French football. The club has won Ligue 1 four times, the Trophee des Champions one time and the Coupe de France three times. It achieved most of its honours in the 1950s with the club being managed by coaches such as Numa Andoire, Englishman William Berry, and Jean Luciano. The club's last honour was winning the Coupe de France in 1997 after defeating Guingamp 4–3 on penalties in the final. Nice's colours are red and black.

During the club's successful run in the 1950s, Nice were among the first French clubs to successfully integrate internationals players into the fold. Notable players include Héctor De Bourgoing, Pancho Gonzales, Victor Nurenberg, and Joaquín Valle, the latter being the club's all-time leading goalscorer and arguably greatest player. [3]

History

Gymnaste Club 'Azur was founded in the residential district of Les Baumettes on 9 July 1904 under the name Gymnaste Club. The club was founded by Marquis de Massingy d'Auzac, who served as president of the Fédération Sportive des Alpes-Maritimes (Alpes-Maritimes Sporting Federation). Akin to its name, the club primarily focused on the sports of gymnastics and athletics. On 6 July 1908, in an effort to remain affiliated with the FSAM and also join the amateur federation USFSA, the head of French football at the time, Gymnaste Club de Nice split into two sections with the new section of the club being named Gymnastes Amateurs Club de Nice. The new section spawned a football club and, after two seasons, the two clubs merged. On 20 September 1919, Nice merged with local club Gallia Football Athlétic Club and, subsequently, adopted the club's red and black combination. In 1920, the club was playing in the Ligue du Sud-Est, a regional league under the watch of the French Football Federation. While playing in the league, Nice developed rivalries with Cannes and Marseille. On 22 December 1924, the club changed its name to Olympique Gymnaste Club de Nice.

In July 1930, the National Council of the French Football Federation voted 128–20 in support of professionalism in French football. Nice, along with most clubs from southern France, were among the first clubs to adopt the new statute and subsequently became professional and were founding members of the new league. In the league's inaugural season, Nice finished seventh in its group. In the following season, Nice finished 13th and were relegated from the league. The club did not play league football in the ensuing season and returned to French football in 1936 playing in Division 2. Nice spent the next three years playing in the second division. In 1939, professional football in France was abolished due to World War II. Nonetheless, Nice continued to play league football under amateur status with the club participating in the Ligue du Sud-Est in 1939 and the Ligue du Sud in the following seasons.

After World War II, Nice returned to professional status and were inserted back into the second division. The club achieved promotion back to the first division for the 1948–49 season under the leadership of the Austrian manager Anton Marek. After two seasons of finishing in the top ten, Nice, now led by manager Jean Lardi, achieved its first-ever honour by winning the league title in the 1950–51 season. Led by French internationals Marcel Domingo, Antoine Bonifaci, Abdelaziz Ben Tifour, and Jean Courteaux, as well as the Argentine duo of Pancho Gonzales and Luis Carniglia and the Swede Pär Bengtsson, Nice won the league despite finishing equal on points with Lille. Nice was declared champions due to having more wins (18) than Lille (17). [4] In the following season, under new manager Numa Andoire, Nice won the double after winning both the league and the Coupe de France. In the league, the club defended its title by holding off both Bordeaux and Lille. In the Coupe de France final, Nice faced Bordeaux and defeated the Aquitaine club 5–3 courtesy of goals from five different players.

Nice continued its solid run in the decade by winning the Coupe de France for the second time in 1954. The club, now being led by a young and unknown Just Fontaine, faced southern rivals Marseille and earned a 2–1 victory with Victor Nuremberg and Carniglia scoring the goals. Carniglia retired from football after the season and began managing Nice. In his first season in charge, Nice won the league for a third time after being chased for the entire season by rivals Marseille and Monaco, as well as Lens and Saint-Étienne. After the campaign, Fontaine departed the club for Stade de Reims. Three seasons later, Nice won the last title of the decade in 1959. The club finished the decade (1950–1959) with four league titles and two Coupe de France trophies. Nice also appeared in European competition for the first time in the 1956–57 season, losing to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals.

In subsequent decades, Nice struggled to equal the success of the 1950s with Reims and, later Saint-Étienne eclipsing the club in the 1960s and '70s. During this time, Nice regularly competed in Division 1 with the exception of two seasons in Division 2 in 1965 and 1970. In 1973 and 1976, Nice achieved a second-place finish in the league, its best finish since winning the league in 1959. However, following the latter finish, the club finished in lower positions in the next six seasons and were relegated in the 1981–82 season after finishing 19th. Nice played three seasons in the second division before returning to the top flight in 1985. After six seasons of mid-table finishes, Nice was back in Division 2.

Frederic Antonetti led Nice to the 2006 Coupe de la Ligue final. Frederic Antonetti.jpg
Frédéric Antonetti led Nice to the 2006 Coupe de la Ligue final.

In 1997, Nice, now back in the first division, stunned many after winning the Coupe de France. However, the victory did not shock most French football enthusiasts mainly due to the club's competition in the run up to the final in which Nice faced only Division 2 clubs, save for first division club Bastia. In the final, Nice defeated Guingamp 5–4 on penalties to earn cup success. On a sourer note, Nice were relegated from the first division only days after winning the Coupe de France in dead last in the league. The club spent five seasons in Ligue 2 and returned to Ligue 1 for the 2001–02 season. In the lead up to the season, Nice failed to meet the financial requirements set by the DNCG and was subsequently relegated to the Championnat National, the third level of French football. However, after achieving stability, mainly due to selling a few players, Nice was allowed in Ligue 1 after successfully appealing. In the 2005–06 season, Nice made it to the final of the Coupe de la Ligue in 2006, losing to Nancy 2–1.

In 2016, a Chinese and American consortium led by Chien Lee and Alex Zheng purchased 80% of the club. [5] In the 2016–17 Ligue 1 season, Nice finished third in the final standings and qualified for the third round of the UEFA Champions League. [6]

On June 11, 2018, Patrick Vieira was announced as Nice manager, replacing Lucien Favre. [7] In the 2018–19 season, Nice finished in 7th place on the table. [8]

In July 2019, it was announced that Jim Ratcliffe acquired the French club for a reported €100 million. [9]

After a run of poor form saw Nice sitting at 11th place in Ligue 1 and eliminated from the Europa League, manager Patrick Vieira was sacked. Vieira's assistant, Adrian Ursea, took over as caretaker. Nice would finish the 2020–21 Ligue 1 season in ninth place on the table. [10]

On 28 June 2021, Christophe Galtier was appointed as the new head coach. [11] On 27 June 2022, Lucien Favre returned to Nice as manager. [12]

Home stadium

Nice moved to the Allianz Riviera in September 2013 Allianzcoupdenvoi.jpg
Nice moved to the Allianz Riviera in September 2013

From 1927 until 2013, Nice played its home matches at the Stade Municipal du Ray, usually shortened to simply the Stade du Ray. The stadium is, however, officially known as the Stade Léo-Lagrange, named after a French politician who had a stint in politics as the assistant secretary of state for sport. The Stade du Ray has gone through many renovations, most recently being in 1997 and has a capacity of 17,415. The stadium was popular with supporters for being located in the centre of the city, but suffered from its old structure and small capacity, as the Nice metropolitan area has over one million residents.

Nice began to attempt to build a new stadium in 2002. In its first attempt, the club was heavily criticised by local politicians who questioned the usefulness and format of the stadium. Despite the critics, however, the club's proposition passed and excavation of the site in the plain of Var, at Nice-Lingostière, began in July 2006. The Tribunal administration of Nice cancelled the project for irregularities committed concerning the fixation of the price of tickets. In October 2008, the new deputy mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, declared that Nice would have a new stadium "no later than 2013". The new stadium was to be built at the same place as before, at Nice-Lingostière.

On 22 September 2009, French newspaper L'Équipe reported the Grand Stade Nice had been selected by the French Football Federation (FFF) as 1 of the 12 stadiums to be used in the country's bid to host UEFA Euro 2016. The FFF officially made its selections on 11 November 2009, and the city of Nice was selected as a site to host matches during the tournament. [13] The construction of the Allianz Riviera started in 2011 and was completed in September 2013.

Players

Current squad

As of 28 January 2023. [14]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Kasper Schmeichel
4 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Dante (captain)
7 FW Flag of Algeria.svg  ALG Andy Delort
8 MF Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED Pablo Rosario
10 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Sofiane Diop
11 MF Flag of England.svg  ENG Ross Barkley
14 MF Flag of Algeria.svg  ALG Billal Brahimi
15 DF Flag of England.svg  ENG Joe Bryan (on loan from Fulham)
16 MF Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Aaron Ramsey
18 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Rareș Ilie
19 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Khéphren Thuram
20 DF Flag of Algeria.svg  ALG Youcef Atal
No.Pos.NationPlayer
21 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Alexis Beka Beka
23 DF Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg  SUI Jordan Lotomba
24 FW Flag of France.svg  FRA Gaëtan Laborde
25 DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Jean-Clair Todibo
26 DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Melvin Bard
28 MF Flag of Algeria.svg  ALG Hicham Boudaoui
29 FW Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  CIV Nicolas Pépé (on loan from Arsenal)
35 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Badredine Bouanani
42 DF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Mattia Viti
77 GK Flag of Algeria.svg  ALG Teddy Boulhendi
90 GK Flag of Poland.svg  POL Marcin Bułka
FW Flag of Ireland.svg  IRL Deji Sotona
DF Flag of Burundi.svg  BDI Youssouf Ndayishimiye

Out on loan

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
DF Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  CIV Kouadio Ange Ahoussou(at Châteauroux until 30 June 2023)
DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Robson Bambu (at Vasco da Gama until 31 December 2023)
DF Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN Justin Smith (at Quevilly-Rouen until 30 June 2023)
MF Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  CIV Jean N'Guessan (at Nîmes until 30 June 2023)
MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Morgan Schneiderlin (at Western Sydney until 30 June 2023)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
FW Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED Calvin Stengs (at Antwerp until 30 June 2023)
FW Flag of France.svg  FRA Evann Guessand (at Nantes until 30 June 2023)
FW Flag of France.svg  FRA Alexis Claude-Maurice (at Lens until 30 June 2023)
FW Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Kasper Dolberg (at 1899 Hoffenheim until 30 June 2023)

Reserve squad

As of the 2021–22 season [15]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
GK Flag of Cameroon.svg  CMR Jacques Mbiandjeu
GK Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Henrique Tavares
GK Flag of France.svg  FRA Enzo Vita
DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Yannis Peyaud
DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Noah Crétier
DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Maёl Caisson
33 DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Antoine Mendy
34 DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Yannis Nahounou
DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Nathanaёl Abiba Sefu
DF Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BEL Ardjouma Junior Diomandé
DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Belele Houimel
DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Théo Pionnier
MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Jawad Dramé
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR André Cabral
MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Paul Wade
MF Flag of Angola.svg  ANG Joao Beni Antonio
MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Soudeysse Kari
MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Tom Louchet
FW Flag of France.svg  FRA Timothé Trojani
MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Théo Trinker
MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Aziard M'Changama
37 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Reda Belahyane
FW Flag of France.svg  FRA Kharvarn Williams
FW Flag of France.svg  FRA Karim Belmahi
FW Flag of France.svg  FRA Lorenzo Depuidt

Notable former players

Below are the notable former players who have represented Nice in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1904. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 100 official matches for the club.

For a complete list of OGC Nice players, see Category:OGC Nice players

Management and staff

Club officials

Senior club staff [16] [17]

Coaching history

Dates [19] Coach
1932–1933 Flag of Scotland.svg Jim McDewitt
1933–1934 Flag of Austria.svg Johann Tandler
Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Edmond Kramer (interim)
Flag of Scotland.svg Charlie Bell
1935–1937 Flag of France.svg Emmanuel Lowy  [ fr ]
1937 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Karel Kudrna
1937–1938 Flag of Spain (1931-1939).svg Ricardo Zamora
1938–1939 Flag of Spain (1931-1939).svg Josep Samitier
1945–1946 Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg Luis Valle  [ fr ]
1946 Flag of France.svg Maurice Castro
1946–1947 Flag of Italy.svg Giovanni Lardi  [ fr ]
1947–1949 Flag of Austria.svg Anton Marek
1949–1950 Flag of France.svg Émile Veinante
1950 Flag of France.svg Elie Rous
1950–1951 Flag of Italy.svg Giovanni Lardi  [ fr ]
1951–1952 Flag of France.svg Numa Andoire
1952–1953 Flag of France.svg Mario Zatelli
1953–1955 Flag of England.svg Bill Berry
1955–1957 Flag of Argentina.svg Luis Carniglia
1957–1962 Flag of France.svg Jean Luciano
 
DatesCoach
1962–1964 Flag of France.svg Numa Andoire
1964–1969 Flag of Argentina.svg Pancho Gonzales
1969–1971 Flag of France.svg Léon Rossi  [ fr ]
1971–1974 Flag of France.svg Jean Snella
1974–1976 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Vlatko Marković
1976–1977 Flag of France.svg Jean-Marc Guillou
1977–1978 Flag of France.svg Léon Rossi  [ fr ]
1978–1979 Flag of Hungary.svg Koczur Ferry
1979 Flag of France.svg Albert Batteux
1979–1980 Flag of France.svg Léon Rossi  [ fr ]
1980–1981 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Vlatko Marković
1981–1982 Flag of France.svg Marcel Domingo
1982–1986 Flag of France.svg Jean Sérafin
1987–1989 Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Nenad Bjeković
1989 Flag of France.svg Pierre Alonzo
1989–1990 Flag of Argentina.svg Carlos Bianchi
1990 Flag of France.svg Jean Fernandez
1990–1992 Flag of France.svg Jean-Noël Huck
1992–1996 Flag of France.svg Albert Emon
 
DatesCoach
1996 Flag of France.svg Daniel Sanchez
1996–1997 Flag of Yugoslavia (1992-2003); Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (2003-2006).svg Silvester Takač
1997–1998 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Michel Renquin
1998 Flag of Yugoslavia (1992-2003); Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (2003-2006).svg Silvester Takač
1998–1999 Flag of France.svg Victor Zvunka
1999–2000 Flag of France.svg Guy David
2000–2002 Flag of Italy.svg Sandro Salvioni
2002–2005 Flag of Germany.svg Gernot Rohr
2005 Flag of France.svg Gérard Buscher (interim)
2005–2009 Flag of France.svg Frédéric Antonetti
2009–2010 Flag of France.svg Didier Ollé-Nicolle
2010–2011 Flag of France.svg Eric Roy
2011–2012 Flag of France.svg René Marsiglia
2012–2016 Flag of France.svg Claude Puel
2016–2018 Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Lucien Favre
2018–2020 Flag of France.svg Patrick Vieira
2020–2021 Flag of Romania.svg Adrian Ursea
2021–2022 Flag of France.svg Christophe Galtier
2022–2023 Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Lucien Favre
2023–present Flag of France.svg Didier Digard (interim)

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