Lille OSC

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Club crest
Full name Lille Olympique Sporting Club
Nickname(s) Les Dogues (The Great Danes)
Founded 23 September 1944; 71 years ago (1944-09-23)
Ground Stade Pierre-Mauroy
Ground Capacity 50,186
Chairman Michel Seydoux
Manager Frédéric Antonetti
League Ligue 1
2014–15 Ligue 1, 8th
Website Club home page
Current season

LOSC Lille (Lille Olympique Sporting Club, French pronunciation: ​[lil ɔlɛ̃pik]; commonly referred to as Le LOSC, Lille OSC or simply Lille) is a French association football club based in Lille. The club was founded in 1944 as a result of a merger and currently play in Ligue 1, the first division of French football. Lille previously played its home matches at the Stade Lille-Metropole in nearby Villeneuve-d'Ascq. In 2012, the club moved into its new facility, the Grand Stade Lille Métropole. The team is managed by French football figure Frederic Antonetti and captained by French international Rio Mavuba.

Lille was founded as a result of a merger between Olympique Lillois and SC Fives. Both clubs were founding members of the French Division 1 and Lillois was the league's inaugural champions. Under the Lille emblem, the club has won three league titles in 1946, 1954, and 2011 and six Coupe de France titles, which is tied for fourth-best among clubs. Lille and Red Star FC are the only French clubs in the competition's history to win the Coupe de France in three consecutive seasons. Lille's most successful period was the decade from 1946 to 1956 when the team was led by managers George Berry and André Cheuva.[1][2]

Lille have a long-standing rivalry with its neighbours RC Lens. The two clubs regularly contest the Derby du Nord. Lille is presided over by Michel Seydoux, a French businessman and movie producer. Seydoux initially purchased shares of the club in January 2002 and, subsequently, gained majority control two years later.


1944–1955: The first decade[edit]

The team with Coupe de France in 1946.
Crest of SC Fives
Crest of Olympique Lillois

Before the Second World War, the city of Lille had two clubs in Ligue 1; Olympique Lillois and Sporting Club Fivois. Weakened by the war, the two clubs decided to merge in the autumn of 1944, giving birth to Lille Olympique Sporting Club (LOSC). Within its first decade of existence, the new club won two league titles and reached the second place for four consecutive seasons. In the Coupe de France the club accumulated five wins in seven finals, including five successive finals. The final of the Latin Cup was also reached.

1956–1980: Lille loses the way[edit]

Lille was relegated for the first time in 1956. The club became a mid-table side and in the late 1960s, after a long period of anonymity, and weighed down by a lack of facilities and resources, Lille abandoned its professional status. It was feared that the club might disappear. However, some young leaders, such as Max Pommerolle, came and gave new impetus to the club. Nevertheless, the results remained erratic and the only titles that ignited the fans' passions were won in the Second Division.

1980–2000: Laying the foundations for future success[edit]

In July 1980, Lille was the first French club to opt for the status of a Mixed Economy Company, of which the city of Lille became the majority shareholder. The team of presidents Amyot, Deschot and Dewailly all struggled to compete with the top teams in the country. Jacques Amyot's resignation in 1990 led to three more difficult years for the club which compromised its very existence. It took Bernard Lecomte's arrival in 1993 to set the club finances on the road to recovery. After a final relegation in 1997, the team trained by Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodžić was soon promoted back to the elite, in the same year the French Football League was privatised.

2000–Present: A steady climb to the top[edit]

Moussa Sow and Gervinho celebrate winning the double in 2011.

In just its first season back in the top flight 2000–01 French Division 1, Lille qualified for Europe for the first time in the club's history, booking its place in the 2000–01 Champions League. On the back of the club's new status, Lille entered into a decisive new era under the guidance of chairman and Chief executive officer Michel Seydoux and coach Claude Puel. The club left the historical Stade Grimonprez-Jooris to join the Stadium Lille Métropole and became a regular on the European scene. Amongst its most emphatic results was the 1–0 victory over Manchester United at the Stade de France in 2005, the 2–0 triumph over Milan in San Siro in 2006 and the 1–0 home win over Liverpool in 2010. A steady development off the pitch (inauguration of the Domaine de Luchin training complex in 2007, opening of the Grand Stade in 2012), coupled with the sporting progression under the expert hand of coach Rudi Garcia, took Lille back to the summit of the French game with the League and Cup double in 2011 (56 years after the club's last trophy). In 2012, LOSC confirmed its place at the top table of the domestic game with another qualification for Europe's most prestigious club competition, the Champions League in 2012–13. With the club finishing just outside the UCL places that season, Rudi Garcia left for A.S Roma, while former Montpellier coach René Girard was appointed the new Lille manager.[3] After two years in charge of the club, Rene Girard left his role as the head coach by mutual consent. He was joined by assistants Gerard Bernadet and Nicolas Girard in making the exit. In May 2015, the Ivory Coast national team head coach Hervé Renard was appointed as the new manager.


Lille lining up at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy before its first match in 2012

Stade Pierre-Mauroy was inaugurated in 2012. Originally named the Centre Olympique de Lille Est, the club's sporting venue is spread over five hectares and features three natural grass football pitches and one synthetic pitch, as well as a number of buildings including a medical centre and gymnasium. These attributes had seen the club house part of the LOSC Youth Academy here, before all the club's operations were moved to the Domaine de Luchin in Camphin-en-Pé.[4]

Club rivalries[edit]

See also: Derby du Nord

The Derby du Nord is a football match contested between Lille and RC Lens. The derby has the name despite Lille being the only club of the two situated in the department of Nord. Lens are situated in the western department of Pas-de-Calais. The name can also refer to matches involving Lille and Valenciennes as both clubs are located within Nord, however, the match historically refers to matches involving Lille and Lens. As a result, the Lille–Valenciennes match is sometimes referred to as Le Petit Derby du Nord. The two clubs first met in 1937 when Lille were playing under the Olympique Lillois emblem. Due to each club's close proximity towards each other being separated by only 40 kilometres (25 mi) and sociological differences between each club's supporters, a fierce rivalry developed. The Derby du Nord is underpinned by social and economic differences, since the city of Lens is known as an old, working-class, industrial city and Lille as a middle-class, modern, internationally oriented one. Nowadays the matches, which can spark intense feelings on both sides, have gained prominence as they may determine berths in continental competitions.


Current squad[edit]

As of 2 February 2016.[5]

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

No. Position Player
1 Nigeria GK Vincent Enyeama
2 France DF Sébastien Corchia
3 Mali DF Youssouf Koné
4 France MF Florent Balmont
5 Argentina DF Renato Civelli
6 France MF Ibrahim Amadou
7 France MF Sofiane Boufal
8 Morocco MF Mounir Obbadi
9 France FW Yassine Benzia
10 France MF Marvin Martin
11 France MF Éric Bauthéac
13 Zambia DF Stoppila Sunzu (on loan from Shanghai Shenhua)
14 Ghana FW Yaw Yeboah (on loan from Manchester City)
15 France MF Lenny Nangis
No. Position Player
16 Martinique GK Steeve Elana
18 France DF Franck Béria
19 France DF Djibril Sidibé
22 Ivory Coast FW Junior Tallo
23 France DF Adama Soumaoro
24 France MF Rio Mavuba (captain)
25 Montenegro DF Marko Baša
27 Belgium FW Baptiste Guillaume
28 France DF Benjamin Pavard
30 France GK Jean Butez
31 France MF Morgan Amalfitano
32 Portugal MF Rony Lopes (on loan from Monaco)
39 Portugal FW Éder (on loan from Swansea City)
40 France GK Mike Maignan

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
France DF Julian Jeanvier (on loan to Red Star)
France MF Alexis Araujo (on loan to Boulogne)
France MF Souahilo Meïté (on loan to Zulte Waregem)
Switzerland FW Michael Frey (on loan to Luzern)
No. Position Player
France FW Sehrou Guirassy (on loan to Auxerre)
Republic of the Congo FW Kévin Koubemba (on loan to Brest)
Cape Verde FW Ryan Mendes (on loan to Nottingham Forest)
France FW Ronny Rodelin (on loan to Caen)

For a complete list of Lille OSC players, see Category:Lille OSC players

Management and staff[edit]

Lille Olympique Sporting Club Lille Métropole (SASP)[6]
  • President: Michel Seydoux
  • Deputy CEO : Frederic Paquet
  • Administrative Director: Julien Mordacq
  • Manager: [[]]
  • Assistant Manager:Patrice Beaumelle
  • Academy Director: Jean-Michel Van Damme

Managerial history[edit]

Former coaches include Georges Heylens (1984–89), a former Belgian international player, Jacques Santini (1989–92), who managed France between 2002 and 2004, Bruno Metsu (1992–93), who managed Senegal in the 2002 World Cup, Pierre Mankowski (1993–94), who was formerly the assistant coach of the French national team and Vahid Halilhodžić (1998–02), who can be credited with the club's revival in the late nineties. The current coach, Rudi Garcia, who played for Lille from 1980 to 1988, replaced Claude Puel at the beginning of the 2008 season. Puel had been with Lille since 2002. Thanks to his successes with the club, Puel had been approached by Portuguese club Porto to replace José Mourinho and league rivals Lyon to replace Alain Perrin; he finally decided to join Lyon after six seasons at the club.





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  2. ^ "Lille seal historic title". ESPN Soccernet. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
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  5. ^ "Effectif Pro" (in French). Lille OSC. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "LOSC Lille Métropole SASP" (in French). Lille OSC. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "France – Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs". RSSSF. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 

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