OGC Nice
Olympique Gymnaste Club de Nice-Côte d'Azur's emblem
Full name Olympique Gymnaste Club
de Nice-Côte d'Azur
Nickname(s) Les Aiglons, Le Gym, I'OGCN
Founded 1904
Ground Stade Municipal du Ray,
(capacity: 18,415)
Chairman Jean-Pierre Rivère
Manager Claude Puel
League Ligue 1
2011–12 13th
Website Club home page

Olympique Gymnaste Club Nice Côte d'Azur (French pronunciation: ​[ɔlɛ̃pik simnast nis kot daˈzyʁ]; commonly referred to as OGC Nice or simply Nice) is a French association football club based in Nice. The club was founded in 1904 and currently plays in Ligue 1, the top-tier of French football. 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, named Allianz Riviera.[1] Nice is managed by Claude Puel and captained by midfielder Didier Digard.

Nice was founded under the name Gymnaste Club de Nice and is one of the founding members of the first division of French football. Along with Marseille, Montpelllier, Rennes, and Sochaux, 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, Englishman William Berry, and Jean Luciano. The club's last honour was winning the Coupe de France in 1997 after beating Guingamp 4–3 on penalties in the 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 Argentines Hector De Bourgoing and Pancho González, Luxembourger Victor Nurenberg, and Spaniard Joaquin Valle. Valle is the club's all-time leading goalscorer and, arguably, the club's greatest player.[2]

History Edit

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 (English: Alpes-Maritimes Sporting Federation). 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. 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 Cannes and 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 league's inaugural season, Nice finished 7th in its group. In the following season, 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 season 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 season. Led by French internationals Marcel Domingo, Antoine Bonifaci, Abdelaziz Ben Tifour and Jean Courteaux, as well as the Argentine duo of Pancho González and Luis Carniglia and the Swede Pär Bengtsson, Nice won the league despite finishing equal on points with Lille. Nice were declared champions due to having more wins (18) than Lille (17).[3] In the following season, under new manager Numa Andoire, Nice won the double after winning both the league and the Coupe de France. In the league, the club defended its title by holding off both 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 his first season in charge, Nice won the league for a third time after being chased for the entire season by rivals Marseille and Monaco, as well as Lens and 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 European competition for the first time in the 1956–57 season with the club losing to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals

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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 season 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 the final, Nice defeated 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 season. 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 season, Nice made it to the final of the Coupe de la Ligue in 2006 losing to Nancy 2–1.

Stadium Edit

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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, as the Nice metropolitan area has over 1 million residents.

Nice began to attempt to build a new stadium in 2002. In its first attempt, the club was heavily criticized 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, 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 as 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.[4] The construction of the Allianz Riviera started in 2011 and will be completed in 2013.

Players Edit

Current squad Edit

As of 31 August 2012.[5]

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

No. Position Player
1 22x20px GK David Ospina
2 22x20px DF Renato Civelli
3 22x20px DF Timothée Kolodziejczak
4 22x20px DF Nemanja Pejčinović
5 22x20px DF Kévin Gomis
6 22x20px MF Didier Digard (captain)
7 22x20px MF Fabrice Abriel
8 22x20px MF Mahamane Traoré
9 22x20px FW Xavier Pentecôte
10 22x20px MF Camel Meriem
11 22x20px FW Éric Bauthéac
12 22x20px FW Darío Cvitanich
13 22x20px DF Valentin Eysseric (on loan from Monaco)
14 22x20px FW Jérémy Pied
No. Position Player
16 22x20px GK Raúl Fernández
17 22x20px MF Kévin Anin
19 22x20px MF Kévin Diaz
21 22x20px MF Lloyd Palun
22 22x20px DF Julien Berthomier
23 22x20px FW Alexy Bosetti
24 22x20px DF Moussa M'Bow
25 22x20px DF Romain Genevois
26 22x20px DF Diacko Fofana
27 22x20px MF Cyril Hennion
28 22x20px MF Fabien Dao Castellana
29 22x20px FW Stéphane Bahoken
30 22x20px GK Joris Delle
33 22x20px FW Neal Maupay
40 22x20px GK Mouez Hassen

Out on loan Edit

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

No. Position Player

Reserve squad Edit

As of 10 September 2012[6]

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

No. Position Player
22x20px GK Kévin Blois
22x20px GK Yoan Cardinale
22x20px GK Thomas Chialvo
22x20px DF Maxime Borges
22x20px DF Clément Castelli
22x20px DF Arthur Leblanc
22x20px DF Maxime Silvestri
22x20px DF Evender Moreira
22x20px DF Gautier Lloris
22x20px DF Albert Rafetraniaina
22x20px DF Lucas Rougeaux
22x20px DF Stéphane Tatlot
22x20px DF Maxime Verdier
No. Position Player
22x20px MF Vincent Le Roux
22x20px MF Jordan Amavi
22x20px MF Bryan Constant
22x20px MF Thomas Souevamanien
22x20px MF Jordy Sanches Silva
22x20px MF Christophe Hernandez
22x20px MF Stéphane Dada
22x20px MF Ancoub Mze Ali
22x20px FW Jordan Astier
22x20px FW Neal Maupay
22x20px FW Dorian Caddy
22x20px FW Rhis Ewagnignon
22x20px FW Lorry Mengual

Notable former players Edit

Below are the notable former players who have represented Nice in league 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

Management and staff Edit

Club officials Edit

Senior club staff[7]
  • 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: Claude Puel
  • Assistant Coach: Frédéric Gioria
  • Goalkeeper Coach: Bruno Valencony
  • Fitness Coach: Roger Propos
  • Kinesiotherapy: Philippe Boulon & Rémi Garcia
  • Doctor: Jean-Philippe Gilardi

Managerial history Edit

Dates[8] Name
1932–33 22x20px Jim McDewitt
1933–34 22x20px Johann Tandler,
22x20px Edmond Kramer,
22x20px Charlie Bell
1935–37 22x20px Emmanuel Levy
1937 22x20px Karel Kudrna
1937–38 22x20px Ricardo Zamora
1938–39 22x20px Josep Samitier
1945–46 22x20px Luis Valle
1946 22x20px Maurice Castro
1946–47 22x20px Jean Lardi
1947–49 22x20px Anton Marek
1949–50 22x20px Emile Veinante
1950 22x20px Elie Rous
1950–51 22x20px Jean Lardi
1951–52 22x20px Numa Andoire
1952–53 22x20px Mario Zatelli
1953–55 22x20px William Berry
1955–57 22x20px Luis Carniglia

Dates Name
1957–62 22x20px Jean Luciano
1962–64 22x20px Numa Andoire
1964–69 22x20px César "Pancho" González
1969–71 22x20px Léon Rossi
1971–74 22x20px Jean Snella
1974–76 22x20px Vlatko Marković
1976–77 22x20px Jean-Marc Guillou
1977–78 22x20px Léon Rossi
1978–79 22x20px Koczur Ferry
1979 22x20px Albert Batteux
1979–80 22x20px Léon Rossi
1980–81 22x20px Vlatko Marković
1981–82 22x20px Marcel Domingo
July 1982–June 1986 22x20px Jean Sérafin
1987–89 22x20px Nenad Bjekovic
1989 22x20px Pierre Alonzo
July 1989–June 1990 22x20px Carlos Bianchi
July 1990–Dec 1990 22x20px Jean Fernandez

Dates Name
1990–92 22x20px Jean-Noël Huck
July 1991–June 1996 22x20px Albert Emon
Aug 1996–Dec 1996 22x20px Daniel Sanchez
1996–97 22x20px Silvester Takač
July 1997–June 1998 22x20px Michel Renquin
1998 22x20px Silvester Takač
July 1998–Jan 1999 22x20px Victor Zvunka
Jan 1999–June 2000 22x20px Guy David
July 2000–June 2002 22x20px Sandro Salvioni
July 2002–April 2005 22x20px Gernot Rohr
April 2005–June 2005 22x20px Gérard Buscher (interim)
July 2005–June 2009 22x20px Frédéric Antonetti
July 2009–March 2010 22x20px Didier Ollé-Nicolle
March 2010–Nov 2011 22x20px Éric Roy
Nov 2011–May 2012 22x20px René Marsiglia
May 2012– 22x20px Claude Puel

Honours Edit

Domestic Edit

  • Championnat de France 18 ans
    • Champions (1): 2004

Other Edit

  • Coupe Mohamed V
    • Runners-Up (1): 1976

References Edit

External links Edit

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