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Nîmes Olympique

Nîmes Olympique is a football (soccer) club from France.

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About Nîmes Olympique

Nîmes Olympique (commonly referred to as simply Nîmes) is a Football in France club based in Nîmes. The club was formed on 10 April 1937 and currently play in Championnat National, the third level of Football in France. The club's only achievement was winning Ligue 2 in 1950 and the Championnat National in 1997. Nîmes plays its home matches at the Stade des Costières located within the city. The team is managed by Thierry Froger.


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 Olympique Cettois for the title of 'Champions of Languedoc'. Nîmes won, qualifying for the final phase of the French championship, which they lost to Olympique 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 1991–1992 season, in a Ligue 1 game against Olympique 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.

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 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 Honved FC ((1:2) (0:2)), before losing to AIK Stockholm in the next round.


As of 28 June, 2011

Notable players

Below are the notable former players who have represented Nîmes in Ligue 1 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

- Laurent Blanc
- Bernard Boissier
- Eric Cantona
- René Girard (footballer)
- Michel Mezy
- Christian Perez
- Frédéric Piquionne
- Philippe Vercruysse

- Djamel Menad
- Mehdi Mostefa
- Abder Ramdane
- Amokrane Oualiken
- José Luis Cuciuffo
- José Daniel Ponce

- Hassan Akesbi
- Ton Lokhoff

- Florea Voinea
- Jonathan Ayite
- Fadil Vokrri
- Louis Gabrillargues (1942–46)
- René Dedieu (1946–48)
- Pierre Pibarot (1948–55)
- Kader Firoud (1955–64)
- Pierre Pibarot (1964–67)
- Marcel Rouvière (1967)
- Marcel Tomazover (1967–69)
- Kader Firoud (1969–78)
- Henri Noël (1978–82)
- Pierre Barlaguet (1982 – August 84)
- Marcel Domingo (August 1984–86)
- Kristen Nygaard (footballer) (1986–87)
- Jean Sérafin (1987–88)
- Bernard Boissier (1988–90)
- Daniel Romeo (1990 – November 91)
- René Girard (footballer) (November 1991 – June 92)
- Michel Mézy (June 1992-92)
(1992 – February 93)
- Michel Mézy (February 1993-93)
- René Exbrayat (1993–94)
- Josip Skoblar (1994 – October 94)
- René Girard (footballer) (October–December 94)
- Pierre Barlaguet (December 1994–96)
- Pierre Mosca (1996–99)
- Serge Delmas (1999-00)
- Dominique Bathenay (2000 – December 2001)
- Bernard Boissier (December 2001–02)
- François Brisson and Armand Sene (2002–03)
- Patrick Champ (April 2003-03)
- Didier Ollé-Nicole (2003–05)
- Régis Brouard (2005–07)
- Laurent Fournier (2007)
- Jean-Luc Vannuchi (2007–08)
- Jean-Michel Cavalli (2008–10)
- Noël Tosi (2010–2011)
- Thierry Froger (2011–)

- - Champions: 1950
- Championnat National
- - Champions: 1997
- Coupe de France
- - Runners-Up: 1958, 1961, 1996
- Trophée des Champions
- - Runners-Up: 1971
- Coppa delle Alpi
- - Runners-Up: 1971
- Coupe Drago
- - Runners-Up: 1956
- Coupe Gambardella
- - Champions: 1961, 1966, 1969, 1977


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.

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