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 2, the second level of French football. Nîmes plays its home matches at the Stade des Costières located within the city.

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Full nameNîmes Olympique
Nickname(s)Les Crocodiles (The Crocodiles)[1]
Founded10 April 1937; 85 years ago (1937-04-10)
GroundStade des Costières
PresidentRani Assaf
Head coachNicolas Usaï
LeagueLigue 2
2021–22Ligue 2, 9th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season


In the 1995–96 season, Nîmes reached the final of the Coupe de France, 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).[2][3]

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.[4] In the 2018–19 season, Nimes finished comfortably above the relegation zone in Ligue 1, placing 9th among 20 teams.[5]


Current squadEdit

As of 31 August 2022[6]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   FRA Axel Maraval
2 DF   FRA Kelyan Guessoum
3 DF   FRA Scotty Sadzoute (on loan from OH Leuven)
4 DF   FRA Maël de Gevigney
5 DF   JPN Naomichi Ueda
6 DF   FRA Benoît Poulain
8 DF   FRA Thibaut Vargas
9 FW   ISL Elías Már Ómarsson
10 MF   FRA Nicolas Benezet
12 MF   FRA Lamine Fomba
14 MF   DEN Jens Jakob Thomasen
15 FW   COM Rafiki Saïd
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 GK   FRA Lucas Dias
17 DF   FRA Ronny Labonne
18 FW   FRA Malik Tchokounté
19 DF   BFA Nasser Djiga (on loan from Basel)
20 MF   FRA Léon Delpech
21 MF   CIV Jean N'Guessan (on loan from Nice)
22 MF   MAR Yassine Benrahou
24 FW   MLI Mahamadou Doucouré
30 GK   FRA Amjhad Nazih
65 FW   SEN Moussa Koné
97 DF   MTQ Patrick Burner

Reserve squadEdit

As of 4 November 2019[7]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   FRA Côme Charrier
DF   FRA Alexandre Ferreira
DF   FRA Jérémy Iafrate
DF   FRA Enzo Fontanelli
DF   FRA Matéo Maillefaud
DF   FRA Julien Megier
DF   FRA Mickaël Gas
DF   FRA Adilson Malanda
MF   FRA Kléri Serber
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   FRA Simon Calancha
MF   FRA Quentin Gregorio
MF   FRA Hugo Huriez
MF   FRA Houssine Labiad
FW   FRA Luca Valls
FW   FRA Axel Urie
FW   FRA Timothy Cardona
FW   FRA Marco Majouga

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












  1. ^ "#85 – Nîmes Olympique : les Crocodiles, les Crocos" (in French). Footnickname. 24 May 2020. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  2. ^ {{cite web |url= https://www.lequipe.fr/Football/match-direct/coupe-des-coupes/1996-1997/nimes-budapest-honved-live/10000000000000000000040406 |title=L’Equipe
  3. ^ {{cite web |url= https://www.liberation.fr/sports/1996/11/01/nimes-sort-grandi-apres-une-petite-victoirebattus-a-l-aller-les-gardois-l-emportent-en-suede-mais-qu_189615/%7Ctitle=Libération
  4. ^ "Ligue1.com - Nîmes clinch promotion". www.ligue1.com. Archived from the original on 9 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Football : Nîmes conclut sa saison par une défaite face à Lyon aux Costières (2-3)". www.midilibre.fr.
  6. ^ "Effectif" (in French). nimes-olympique.com. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  7. ^ "SAISON 2020-2021 NATIONAL 2". nimes-olympique.com. Retrieved 27 September 2020.
  8. ^ France – Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs

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