Nîmes Olympique

Founded on April 12th, 1937, Nîmes Olympique reached the French first division a few seasons later before enjoying their heyday in the late 1950s/early 1960s, when their fierce rivalry with Stade de Reims moved on to a new level. After finishing runners-up in the 1971/72 season, the club made their UEFA Cup debut the following season, but went out in the first round.

In 2018, and after a period of 25 years spent in the National (France’s third tier) and the second division, Nîmes Olympique were guided back to Ligue 1 Conforama by coach Bernard Blaquart, after finishing second behind old foes Stade de Reims.

The club’s main rivals, however, are Olympique de Marseille, with the two playing out a number of memorable top-of-the-table clashes in the 1970s.

Nîmes Olympique's record is composed of one second division title to date. French first division runners-up on four occasions, they have also played in and lost three Coupe de France finals.

Nîmes Olympique

  • LIGUE 1 Conforama
    Day 38
    Tuesday, June 30th
    Stade des Costières
    Date to be confirmed
    Nimes Olympique PARIS Saint-Germain
    Nimes Olympique
    PARIS Saint-Germain

Previous encounters

Paris SG - Nîmes Olympique

This season in Ligue 1 Conforama, the Red and Blue were receiving the Crocos at Parc des Princes on Sunday, August 11th, first match of the 2019-20 season. Thiago Silva's teammates have defeated them 3 - 0 with goals from Cavani, Mbappé and Di Maria.

Did you know?

Nîmes Olympique are nicknamed Les Crocodiles, while the animal also features on the club badge and the city’s coat of arms. The city’s association with the reptile goes back to ancient times and the battle of Actium, in which the Roman emperor Octavian defeated the forces of Queen Cleopatra. To mark the victory, the Romans struck a coin, one side of which featured a crocodile chained to palm tree, a symbol of Roman domination. The coin was known as the “Ace of Nîmes”.

Player to watch

Renaud Ripart

Born on March 14th, 1993, in Nîmes, Renaud is a pure product of the Bastide, the Olympic Nîmes training centre. A year after starting with the first team, he was crowned French National Champion in 2012. In Ligue 2, during the 2013-14 season, he scored two goals in the match against the Chamois Niortais. Loaned to Bastia for one year, he returned to his training club the following season and proved decisive by scoring 8 goals and making 4 assists in 32 games played with the Nîmes, and was voted the team's best player that year. 

Back in Ligue 1 Conforama, he scored his first goal on matchday 2 against OGC Nice.

Nîmes Olympique official group team for the travel to Parc des Princes

August 11th, 2019
Nîmes Olympique official starting lineup for the game against Paris Saint-Germain:

Bernardoni, Alakouch, Briançon, Landre, Miguel, Paquiez, Valls, Ferhat, Bobichon, Ripart, Philippoteaux

Stade des Costières

Opened on 15 February 1989 and located in the district of the same name, the Stade des Costières once held nearly 30,000 spectators. Subsequently refurbished and reduced in size, it now has a capacity of 15,934. Thanks to Nîmes Olympique’s exciting brand of attacking football, the stadium boasted one of the highest attendance rates in Ligue 2 Dominos last season, one in which Les Crocodiles scored more goals than any other team in the league.


123 avenue de la Bouvine

30 900 Nîmes


Situated close to the centre of Nîmes, the Stade des Costières is easily reached by car and by public transport, thanks to the T1 Line of the city’s Tram’Bus service. A shuttle bus service also operates on matchdays.

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