Derby du Nord

The Derby du Nord (French pronunciation: ​[dɛʁbi du nɔʁ], Northern Derby) is a football rivalry contested between French clubs Lille OSC and RC Lens, two of the region's most successful clubs. Both clubs are located in northern France, though in different departments: Lille in the Nord and Lens in the Pas-de-Calais. The name can refer to matches involving Lille and Valenciennes as both clubs are located within the Nord department; however, the name historically applies mainly to matches involving Lille and Lens. As a result, the Lille–Valenciennes match is sometimes referred to as the Petit Derby du Nord.

Derby du Nord
Other namesNorthern Derby
LocationLille / Lens, France
TeamsLille OSC
RC Lens
First meeting1937
Latest meetingLille 1–2 Lens
2021–22 Ligue 1
(16 April 2022)
Next meetingTBD
2022–23 Ligue 1
Most winsLille (43)
Largest victoryLille 5–0 Lens
(11 February 1952)

The two clubs first met in 1937 when Lille were playing under the Olympique Lillois emblem. Due to each club's close proximity towards each other being separated by only 40 kilometres (25 mi) and sociological differences between each club's supporters, a fierce rivalry developed. The Derby du Nord is underpinned by social and economic differences, since the city of Lens is known as an old, working-class, industrial city and Lille as a middle-class, modern, internationally oriented one. Nowadays the matches, which can spark intense feelings on both sides, have gained prominence as they may determine berths in continental competitions.

Head-to-head recordEdit

Last updated: 16 April 2022

Competition Played Lille Draw Lens
Ligue 1 95 35 31 29
Ligue 2 6 2 1 3
Coupe de France 9 6 1 2
Coupe de la Ligue 1 0 0 1
Championnat de France Amateur (1935–1971) 2 0 1 1
Totals 113 43 34 36


Competition Titles won
Lille Lens
Ligue 1 4 1
Coupe de France 6 0
Coupe de la Ligue 0 1
Trophée des Champions 1 0
National total 11 2
UEFA Intertoto Cup 1 1
International total 1 1
Overall total 12 3

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