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Olympique Gymnaste Club Nice Côte d'Azur (; commonly referred to as OGC Nice or simply Nice) is a Football in France club based in Nice. The club was founded in 1904 and currently plays in Ligue 1, the top-tier of Football in France. Nice plays its home matches at the Stade Municipal du Ray located within the city. In 2013, the club is scheduled to move into a new stadium, tentatively named Grand Stade Nice. Nice is managed by the club's technical director René Marsiglia and Captain (association football) by midfielder Didier Digard.
Nice was founded under the name Gymnaste Club de Nice
and is one of the 1932–33 French Division 1 of the first division of French football. Along with Olympique de Marseille, Montpellier HSC, Stade Rennais F.C., and FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, Nice is the only club to have played in the inaugural 1932–33 season and still be playing in the first division as of today. The club has won Ligue 1 four times and the Coupe de France three times. Nice achieved most of its honours in the 1950s with the club being managed by coaches such as Numa Andoire, England Bill Berry (footballer born 1904), and Jean Luciano. The club's last honour was winning the Coupe de France in 1997 after beating En Avant de Guingamp 4–3 on penalties in 1997 Coupe de France Final. Nice's colors 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 Argentina Hector De Bourgoing and Pancho González, Luxembourger Victor Nurenberg, and Spain Joaquin Valle. Valle is the club's all-time leading goalscorer and, arguably, the club's greatest player.
Olympique Gymnaste Club Nice Côte d'Azur was founded in the residential district of Les Baumettes on 9 July 1904 under the name Gymnaste Club de Nice
. The club was founded by Marquis de Massengy d'Auzac, who served as president of the Fédération Sportive des Alpes-Maritimes
. Akin to its name, the club primarily focused on the sports of gymnastics and athletics. On 6 July 1908, in an effort to remain affiliate 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 together. 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 AS Cannes and Olympique de Marseille. Nice and Cannes contest the derby match that is known as the Derby de la Côte d'Azur. 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 the south, were among the first clubs to adopt the new statute and, subsequently, became professional and were founding members of the new league. In the 1932–33 French Division 1, Nice finished 7th in its group. In the 1933–34 French Division 1, 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. Despite this, 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 the war, 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 French Division 1 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 French Division 1. Led by France national football team Marcel Domingo, Antoine Bonifaci, Abdelaziz Ben Tifour and Jean Courteaux, as well as the Argentina duo of Pancho González and Luis Carniglia and the Sweden Pär Bengtsson, Nice won the league despite finishing equal on points with Lille OSC. Nice were declared champions due to having more wins (18) than Lille (17). In the following season, under new manager Numa Andoire, Nice won Double (association football) after winning both the league and the Coupe de France. In the league, the club defended its title by holding off both FC Girondins de 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 1955–56 French Division 1, Nice won the league for a third time after being chased for the entire season by rivals Marseille and Monaco, as well as RC Lens and AS Saint-Étienne. After the campaign, Fontaine departed the club for Stade 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 UEFA for the first time in the 1956–57 European Cup with the club losing to Real Madrid C.F. 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 2nd 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, ultimately, relegated in the 1981–82 French Division 1 after finishing 19th. Nice played three seasons in the second division before returning to top flight in 1985. After six seasons a mid-table finishes, Nice was back in Division 2.
In 1997, Nice, now back in the first division, stunned many when the club won the Coupe de France. The victory did not, however, 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, excluding first division club SC Bastia. In 1997 Coupe de France Final, Nice defeated En Avant de Guingamp 5–4 on penalties to earn cup success. However, 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 French Division 1. In the lead up to the season, Nice failed to meet the financial requirements set by the DNCG and were, subsequently, relegated to the Championnat National, the third level of French football. However, after achieving stability, mainly due to selling a few players, Nice were allowed in Ligue 1 after successfully appealing. In the 2005–06 Ligue 1, Nice made it to the final of the Coupe de la Ligue in Coupe de la Ligue Final 2006 losing to AS Nancy 2–1.
Nice plays 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
, 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 is popular with supporters for being located in the center of the city, but suffers from its old structure and small capacity with the city of Nice having a population of around 350,000.
Nice has been in the process of attempting to build a new stadium since 2002. In its first attempt, the club was heavily criticize by local politicians who questioned the usefulness and format of the stadium. However, despite the critics, the club's proposition passed and excavation of the site in the plain of Var (river), at Nice-Lingostière, was set to begin in July 2006. The Tribunal administratif 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 should be built at the same place than before, at Nice-Lingostière.
On 22 September 2009, French newspaper L'Équipe reported that the Grand Stade Nice
had been selected by the French Football Federation as one of the twelve stadiums to be used in the country's bidding for 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.
As of 24 August 2011.
Out on loan
As of 10 January 2011
Notable former players
Below are the notable former players who have represented Nice in Ligue 1 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
- Marcel Aubour
- Dominique Baratelli
- Daniel Bravo
- André Chorda
- José Cobos
- Carlos Curbelo
- Héctor De Bourgoing
- Olivier Echouafni
- Koczur Ferry
- Jacques Foix
- Just Fontaine
- Jean-Marc Guillou
- Jean-Noël Huck
- Roger Jouve
- Jean Luciano
- Hugo Lloris
- Charly Loubet
- Marc Molitor
- Joseph Ujlaki
- Ederson Honorato Campos
- Bakari Koné
- Victor Nurenberg
- Cédric Kanté
- Josep Samitier
- Joaquin Valle
- Leif Eriksson (footballer)
- Nenad Bjeković
- Josip Katalinski
Management and staff
Senior club staff
- President: Jean-Pierre Rivère
- General Director: Patrick Governatori
- Assistant General Director: Eric Dellacasa
- Executive Director: Pascale Marrel
- Commercial Director: Frédéric Larue
- Communications Director: Virginie Rossetti
- Merchandising Director: Frédéric Mattéi
- Security Director: André Bloch
- Technical Director: René Marsiglia
Coaching and medical staff
- Manager: René Marsiglia
- Assistant Coach: Frédéric Gioria
- Goalkeeper Coach: Bruno Valencony
- Fitness Coach: Roger Propos
- Kinesiotherapy: Philippe Boulon & Rémi Garcia
- Doctor: Jean-Philippe Gilardi
- Ligue 1
- - Champions (4): French football Division 1 1950–51, French football Division 1 1951–52, French football Division 1 1955–56, French football Division 1 1958–59
- Ligue 2
- - Champions (4): French football Division 2 1947-48, French football Division 2 1964-65, French football Division 2 1969-70, French football Division 2 1993-94
- Championnat National
- - Champions (2): 1985, 1989
- Coupe de France
- - Champions (3): 1952 Coupe de France Final, 1954 Coupe de France Final, 1997 Coupe de France Final
- - Runners-Up (1): 1978 Coupe de France Final
- Coupe de la Ligue
- - Runners-Up (1): 2006 Coupe de la Ligue Final
- Coupe Charles Drago
- - Runners-Up (1): 1958
- Championnat de France 18 ans
- - Champions (1): 2004
- Latin Cup
- - Runners-Up (1): 1952
- Coupe Mohamed V
- - Runners-Up (1): 1976