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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 35th 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

  • LIGUE 1 Conforama
    Day 38
    Saturday, May 23rd
    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 will be receiving the Crocos at Parc des Princes on Sunday, August 11th, 9:0pm. Kylian Mbappé's teammates will be travelling to Stade des Costières during the week-end of May 23rd - 24th.

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
14/03/1993
Striker

Born on March 14, 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 2013-2014 season, Renaud scored a double 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 in this league on the very first day.

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

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.

ADRESSE

123 avenue de la Bouvine

30 900 Nîmes

INFOS PRATIQUES

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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