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Nîmes Olympique

Founded on 12 April 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, who are about to contest their 34th season in the top flight, have won 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

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Previous encounters

Paris SG - Nîmes Olympique

The two teams first met in the 1970s and faced each other every season through to the early 1990s, when Nîmes were relegated. PSG have won nine of their 22 top-flight meetings, with five ending in draws and Nîmes winning the remaining eight. The last encounter between the two came on 10 April 1993, when the Parisians won 1-0 at the Stade des Costières courtesy of a Daniel Bravo goal.

Paris Saint-Germain won 4-2 at Stade des Costières as part of the 4th Ligue 1 Conforama day, thanks to goals from Neymar Jr, Di Maria, Mbappé and Cavani. Thomas Tuchel's men have defeated them 3 - 0 at Parc des Princes on Matchday 26. Nkunku and Mbappé were the scorers.

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

Sada Thioub

Born on June 1st, 1995, in Nanterre, Sada Thioub was trained at OGC Nice, before signing as professional with the Aiglons in 2015. After a promising 2015-16 season on loan under the colours of CA Bastia, he signed with Nîmes Olympique in the summer of 2016, establishing himself year after year as a key factor in the club's rise to Ligue 1 Conforama. A fast and powerful right-wing, he scored a goal in the first two days of Ligue 1 Conforama, against Angers and Marseille.

Nîmes Olympique official group team against Paris Saint-Germain

Nîmes Olympique official starting lineup for the game against Paris Saint-Germain!

Bernardoni, Alakouch, Briançon, Landre, Paquiez, Diallo, Savanier, Valls, Thioub, Guillaume, Ripart

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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