Nice

Founded In
1904
Location
Nice, France

Nice

About Nice

Olympique Gymnaste Club Nice Côte d'Azur was formally established in 1904. More commonly known as Nice or OGC Nice, the club was a founding member of Ligue 1 and is one of a select few clubs in France to have been in the top flight in 1932–33 and still be in the top division today. During the 1930s, 40s and 50s, Nice became noted for being one of the first French clubs to make good use of foreign players.

Today, Nice's biggest rivals are AS Monaco and the two teams contest the Derby de la Côte d'Azur, the name of which is in reference to the clubs being situated near the French Riviera. Historically, Nice have also had a long-standing rivalry with AS Cannes, although this rivalry has subsided in recent years, coinciding with Cannes' decline into the amateur leagues.

The club's golden era came during the 1950s, starting with back-to-back French title wins in 1951 and 1952. Further Ligue 1 wins in 1956 and 1959 brought their championship total to four, where it remains to this day. During this spell of success, Nice also won the Coupe de France in 1952 and 1954. Since the end of the 1950s, major success has been rather more limited. In 1997 the club won a third Coupe de France, beating Guingamp on penalties in the final. In 2006, Nice reached the final of the Coupe de la Ligue, but were ultimately unsuccessful, losing out to AS Nancy.

Some of the notable former Nice players include Just Fontaine, Marcel Domingo, Jean Courteaux, Victor Nurenberg, Joaquín Valle, Hugo Lloris and Loïc Rémy.

Since 1927, Nice have played their home matches at the Stade du Ray, which holds a total capacity of 18,696. In June 2013, the club are expected to complete their move to the newly built Allianz Riviera, which will hold a capacity of 35,624 and will host matches during the 2016 UEFA Europea Championships.