Nîmes Olympique

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.

Nîmes Olympique
Nîmes Olympique 2018 logo.svg
Full nameNîmes Olympique
Nickname(s)Les Crocodiles (The Crocodiles)
Founded10 April 1937; 83 years ago (10 April 1937)
GroundStade des Costières
PresidentRani Assaf
Head coachJérôme Arpinon
LeagueLigue 1
2019–20Ligue 1, 18th
WebsiteClub website
Current season


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 1995–96, 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 1992–93 season after finishing second in Ligue 2.[1] In the 2018–19 season, Nimes enjoyed a happy return to Ligue 1 finishing 9th on the table.[2] In the shortened 2019–20 season, the team finished 18th and nearly avoided relegation.


Current squadEdit

As of 18 July 2020.[3]

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

No. Position Player
3   DF Birger Meling
4   DF Pablo Martinez
5   DF Loïck Landre
6   MF Sidy Sarr
7   MF Romain Philippoteaux
8   MF Lucas Deaux
9   FW Clément Depres
10   MF Zinedine Ferhat
11   FW Vlatko Stojanovski
12   MF Lamine Fomba
14   MF Antoine Valério
15   DF Gaëtan Paquiez
16   GK Lucas Dias
17   MF Haris Duljević
No. Position Player
18   MF Andrés Cubas
19   FW Lucas Buadés
20   FW Renaud Ripart (vice-captain)
21   DF Kelyan Guessoum
22   MF Yassine Benrahou
23   DF Anthony Briançon (captain)
24   FW Sami Ben Amar
25   FW Nolan Roux
26   DF Florian Miguel
27   FW Kévin Denkey
28   FW Moussa Koné
29   DF Sofiane Alakouch
30   GK Baptiste Reynet

Reserve squadEdit

As of 4 November 2019[4]

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

No. Position Player
  GK Côme Charrier
  GK Valentin Rabouille
  DF Alexandre Ferreira
  DF Jérémy Iafrate
  DF Enzo Fontanelli
  DF Matéo Maillefaud
  DF Julien Megier
  DF Mickaël Gas
  MF Kléri Serber
No. Position Player
  MF Mattéo Ahlinvi
  MF Simon Calancha
  MF Nacim El Hassani
  MF Quentin Gregorio
  FW Luca Valls
  FW Axel Urie
  FW Timothy Cardona
  MF Hugo Huriez
  MF Houssine Labiad

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  DF Théo Sainte-Luce (on loan to Gazélec until 30 June 2020)

Notable playersEdit

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 Georges 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. ^ "Football : Nîmes conclut sa saison par une défaite face à Lyon aux Costières (2-3)". www.midilibre.fr.
  3. ^ "Effectif" (in French). nimes-olympique.com. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  4. ^ "SAISON 2018-2019 NATIONAL 2". nimes-olympique.com. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  5. ^ France – Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs

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