Louis Nicollin in raffles for the Coupe de France 1978–1979 (left at the microphone).
29 June 1943 |
|Occupation||Owner of Montpellier HSC and Le Groupe Nicollin (waste collection company)|
Louis Nicollin (born 29 June 1943), is a French entrepreneur and director of the Nicollin Company, which specializes in the collection and reprocessing of household and industrial waste. Nicollin has also been the chairman of Montpellier Hérault Sport Club, a football team, since 1974.
Business and Sports
Nicollin was born in Valence, capital of the Drôme department. As a young man he worked in the family business of waste collection. He became the manager in 1977 and developed its activity mainly in Montpellier, before spreading the company around France and creating overseas departments. The company has operations in Belgium and Morocco.
In 1974 he became chairman of the amateur football club Montpellier Paillade Sport Club, which played in the division d'honneur. Under his leadership, and the support of Mayor Georges Frêche, the club grew and was promoted to Ligue 1 within 8 years. It took the name of Montpellier Hérault Sport Club (MHSC) in 1989, the same year Nicollin became the sole shareholder. Under his leadership, the Montpellier has won the championship of Ligue 2 in 1987, the Coupe de France in 1990, and Ligue 1 in 2012.
Nicollin not only invests in football, but also in other sports. In rugby, the Nicollin Company was the main sponsor of the AS Béziers Hérault from 1999 to 2009. Then in 2009, through a holding in his name, Louis Nicollin became a shareholder in Montpellier Hérault Rugby Club. In 2000 he bought Paris Basket Racing and in 2002 Paris Handball. He placed his associates in charge of those teams, such as Varlot Gilbert and Jean-Claude Lemoult. He is also president of the Fédération Française de Joute et Sauvetage Nautique (FFJSN), a regulatory group for water jousting.
His responsibilities and his image in the sports world have raised Nicollin's profile among local officials, which helps him win new waste collection contracts for the Nicollin Company. He is a member of the Club des Cinquante (Club of Fifty), a fraternal organization, as well as the Masonic Lodge of Montpellier, which is affiliated with the Grand Orient de France. Nicollin is currently the 354th richest man in France.
As a big football fan, he holds one of the largest collections of football jerseys. The collection comprises around 4500 pieces, some of which belonged to football legends.
Louis Nicollin is known in the world of French football for his explosive temperament, marked by frequent verbal blunders and outbursts.
On October 31, 2009, he called Benoit Pedretti, captain of AJ Auxerre (to whom Montpellier had just lost), a highly offensive term for a gay man. Nicollin insinuated Pedretti would be treated badly at the next match between the teams. The next day, the Collective Against Homophobia (CCH) asked the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) for sanctions against Louis Nicollin, who apologized the day after. Subsequently, the National Council of Ethics gave Nicollin a four-month ban from official duties, saying his comments were "discriminatory and threatening".
On May 15, 2010, following the club's qualification for the 3rd qualifying round of the Europa League, he bragged to Canal + "The role of idiot is not for us, it is for Mr. Triaud and Mr. de Tavernost (directors of the Bordeaux football club, Ligue 1 champions 2009), and that, that makes me laugh ".
On December 30, 2011, the newspaper L'Equipe reported Nicollin's comments about Carlo Ancelotti, coach of Paris Saint-Germain. "I prefer Courbis to Ancelotti! [...] The greatest coaches are those who win titles with half-good players. Courbis went up in Ligue 1 coaching half-retarded players."
On April 17, 2012, barely a month after he was awarded the Pierre Guenin prize for working against homophobia, he lost the prize and its reward of 2,000 euros as a result of a homophobic insult said on Radio Monte Carlo.
On July 28, 2012 Nicollin mocked A.C. Milan's Vice president and CEO Adriano Galliani calling him Kojak (bald-headed protagonist from the 1970s American cop drama) for offering him a €6 million offer for Montpellier HSC's captain and star player Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
|“||" Kojak never called me," Nicollin told Canal+. "This makes me laugh. Those guys just got out of bed. They sold a guy for €45 million euros (Thiago Silva to PSG) and they want to steal one of ours."
"If they offered €25m or €30m then fair enough, but from what I understood, they merely come in with €5m or €6m. (Galliani should) go play in movies and not hassle us."
- "World Soccer People of the Year: Louis Nicollin". World Soccer. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
- "Montpellier accueille les Nicollin" (in French). lefigaro.fr. 19 March 2009.
- "Louis Nicollin, le sport et le business" (in French). http://www.lagazettedemontpellier.fr/. 19 December 2011.
- "ronostics-sportifs.forumgratuit.fr – collection maillot Louis Nicolin" (in French). YouTube/ronostics-sportifs.forumgratuit.fr.
- Farid Zouaoui (20 May 2012). "Montpellier : Louis Nicollin, un sacré " Loulou "" (in French). leparisien.fr.
- "Alors comme ça, Loulou Nicollin, Pedretti est une tarlouze ?" (in French). coupfranc.fr. 1 November 2009.
- "La "petite tarlouze" de Nicollin provoque la polémique" (in French). Nouvelobs.com. 1 November 2009.
- Nicolas Rouyer (22 April 2011). "Dans la gueule de "Loulou"" (in French). europe1.fr.
- "Quand Nicollin dézingue le PSG et Ancelotti..." (in French). footmercato.net. 30 December 2011.
- "Louis Nicollin perd le prix Pierre Guenin après son injure homophobe en direct-site=http://www.tetu.com/" (in French).
- "Nicollin a tenu sa promesse" (in French). eurosport.fr. 21 May 2012.
- "Nicollin proudly shows off Montpellier colors". socceramerica.com. May 24, 2012. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
- Livio Caferoglu (28 July 2012). "'Kojak' Galliani never enquired about Yanga-Mbiwa, insists Nicollin". Goal.com. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
- Susy Campanale (3 August 2012). "Mock the Quotes: Kojak Galliani". Football Italia.net. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
- Après '"Nicollin une vie de foot" voici "Nicollin, Poubelle la vie", www.midilibre.fr., 2 décembre 2012 (in French)
- BD: Louis Nicollin, www.bedetheque.com (in French)