Nîmes Olympique

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Nîmes Olympique
Full name Nîmes Olympique
Football Club
Nickname(s) Les crocodiles
Founded 10 April 1937; 79 years ago (10 April 1937)
Ground Stade des Costières,
Ground Capacity 18,482
Chairman Christian Perdrier
Manager Bernard Blaquart
League Ligue 2
2015–16 Ligue 2, 14th
Website Club home page

Nîmes Olympique (commonly referred to as simply Nîmes) is a French association football club based in Nîmes. The club was formed on 10 April 1937 and currently play in Ligue 2, the second 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 2-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 on 15 April 1919. In 1922, SCN absorbed a local rival, F.A. Nîmois.

The new team, still under the name of Sporting Club Nîmois, were runners-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.

The French national team also played an international game against Greece, just before Euro 96, with an attendance of 23,420. On this occasion, France won 3–1 with two goals by Patrice Loko and one by Zinedine Zidane on 21 February 1996.

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. Cantona responded by walking up to each member of the hearing committee in turn and calling him an idiot. 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 ((1–2) (0–2)), before losing to AIK Stockholm in the next round ((3-1 to AIK at Nîmes and 1-0 to Nîmes at Stockholm)).


Current squad[edit]

As of 14 September 2016.[1]

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

No. Position Player
4 France DF Fabien Garcia
5 Tunisia MF Larry Azouni
6 France DF Gaël Angoula
7 Morocco FW Rachid Alioui
9 France FW Clément Depres
10 France FW Slimane Sissoko
11 France MF Téji Savanier
12 France MF Florian Fabre
13 Ivory Coast FW Christian Kouakou (on loan from Caen)
15 France MF Gaëtan Paquiez
16 France GK Gauthier Gallon
No. Position Player
17 Comoros MF Nasser Chamed
18 France DF Theo Valls
20 France FW Renaud Ripart
21 Algeria DF Féthi Harek (captain)
22 France FW Sada Thioub
23 France MF Anthony Briançon
24 Ivory Coast DF Zie Diabaté
25 Morocco FW Karim Aït-Fana
27 France DF Anthony Marin
28 Senegal MF Ousmane Cissokho
40 France GK Yan Marillat

Notable players[edit]

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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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.


  1. ^ "Effectif" (in French). nimes-olympique.com. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  2. ^ France – Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs

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