Association Sportive Nancy-Lorraine, better known as ASNL or Nancy, was founded in 1967 from the ashes of the former club, FC Nancy, which closed its doors in 1965. The club is nicknamed Les Chardons, which translates to 'The Thistles'.
Nancy made their league debut in the second division in 1967-68. Two seasons later, they gained promotion to the top tier of the French league system. Subsequently, Nancy have been somewhat of a yo-yo club, bouncing up and down between the first and second tiers on a regular basis.
In the club's relatively short history to date, success has been limited. The team's biggest achievement to date was a victory in the Coupe de France in 1978, after beating Nice in the final of the tournament. This triumph earned Nancy a place in the European Cup Winners' Cup, the first continental tournament the club had ever qualified for. In 2006, Nancy won the Coupe de la Ligue for the first time, once again overcoming Nice in the final. This time, their victory ensured the club a spot in the UEFA Cup. The 2007-08 season was one of the best domestic performances in the club's history and they narrowly missed out on qualification for the UEFA Champions League on the last day of the season.
French legend Michel Platini is by far the most iconic player to represent the club and almost undisputedly regarded as Nancy's greatest ever player. Platini's spell at the club lasted from 1972–1979. During his time at Nancy he scored 98 league goals and was named French Footballer of the Year on two occasions. Other notable players to play for Nancy over the years include Carlos Curbelo, Jean-Michel Moutier, Olivier Rouyer and Paco Rubio.
The team plays its home matches at the Stade Marcel Picot, which was completely redeveloped from 1999-2003. The stadium is currently fitted with an artificial turf and can hold a maximum of 20,087 supporters for league games.