Nîmes Olympique

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Nîmes Olympique
Nîmes Olympique.png
Full nameNîmes Olympique
Football Club
Nickname(s)Les Crocodiles
Founded10 April 1937; 82 years ago (10 April 1937)
GroundStade des Costières,
PresidentRani Assaf
Head coachBernard Blaquart
LeagueLigue 1
2017–18Ligue 2, 2nd (promoted)
WebsiteClub website
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.[1]


Current squad[edit]

As of 3 January 2019.[2]

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

No. Position Player
1 France GK Baptiste Valette
2 Senegal MF Mustapha Diallo
5 France DF Loïck Landre
6 France MF Jordan Ferri (on loan from Lyon)
7 Morocco FW Rachid Alioui
8 France MF Pierrick Valdivia
9 France FW Clément Depres
10 Gabon MF Denis Bouanga
11 France MF Téji Savanier
12 France MF Faitout Maouassa (on loan from Rennes)
14 France MF Antonin Bobichon
15 France DF Gaëtan Paquiez
16 France GK Martin Sourzac
17 Greece FW Panagiotis Vlachodimos
No. Position Player
18 France MF Theo Valls
19 Turkey FW Umut Bozok
20 France FW Renaud Ripart (3rd captain)
21 Algeria DF Féthi Harek (captain)
22 Senegal FW Sada Thioub
23 France DF Anthony Briançon (vice-captain)
24 Morocco FW Sami Ben Amar
25 Belgium FW Baptiste Guillaume (on loan from Angers)
26 France DF Florian Miguel
27 Ivory Coast DF Hervé Lybohy
28 Morocco MF Abdel Malik Hsissane
29 France DF Sofiane Alakouch
30 France GK Paul Bernardoni (on loan from Bordeaux)

Reserve squad[edit]

As of 21 December 2018[3]

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

No. Position Player
France GK Lucas Dias
France GK Valentin Rabouille
France GK Côme Charrier
France DF Rayanne Khemais
France DF Théo Sainte-Luce
France DF Kelyan Guessoum
France DF Jérémy Iafrate
France DF Julien Megier
No. Position Player
France DF Mickael Gas
France MF Kléri Serber
France MF Simon Calancha
France MF Quentin Gregorio
France MF Bastien Posteraro
France FW Lucas Buadés
France FW Luca Valls
France FW Axel Urie

Players 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
Togo FW Kévin Denkey (at AS Béziers until 30 June 2019)

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







 Bosnia and Herzegovina

 Burkina Faso


 Central African Republic


 Côte d'Ivoire



 Democratic Republic of Congo














 Republic of the Congo

 Republic of Ireland


  • Daniel Richardson











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. ^ http://www.ligue1.com/ligue2/article/nimes-clinch-promotion.htm
  2. ^ "Effectif" (in French). nimes-olympique.com. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  3. ^ "SAISON 2018-2019 NATIONAL 2". nimes-olympique.com. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  4. ^ France – Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs

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