Lille OSC


Lille OSC
Lille OSC
LOSC logo
Full name LOSC Lille Métropole
Nickname(s) Les Dogues (The Mastiffs), LOSC
Founded 1944
Ground Stade Lille-Metropole,
Villeneuve-d'Ascq
(Capacity: 17,754)
Chairman Michel Seydoux
Manager Rudi Garcia
League Ligue 1
2010–11 Ligue 1, 1st
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

LOSC Lille Métropole (French pronunciation: [lil ɔlɛ̃pik]; commonly referred to as Lille OSC, LOSC Lille, or simply Lille) is a French association football club based in Lille. The club was founded in 1944 as a result of a merger and currently play in Ligue 1, the first division of French football. Lille plays its home matches at the Stade Lille-Metropole in nearby Villeneuve-d'Ascq. In 2012, the club will move into a new facililty, tentatively named Grand Stade Lille Métropole. The team is managed by former Lille player Rudi Garcia and captained by French international Rio Mavuba.

Lille was founded as a result of a merger between Olympique Lillois and SC Fives. Both clubs were founding members of the French Division 1 and Lillois was the league's inaugural champions. Under the Lille emblem, the club has won three league titles in 1946, 1954, and 2011 and six Coupe de France titles, which is tied for fourth-best among clubs. Lille and Red Star FC are the only French clubs in the competition's history to win the Coupe de France in three consecutive seasons. The club is the current holder of both the Ligue 1 title and the Coupe de France.[1] Lille's most successful period was the decade from 1946–1956 when the team was led by managers George Berry and André Cheuva.[2][3]

Lille have a long-standing rivalry with its neighbours RC Lens. The two clubs regularly contest the Derby du Nord. Lille is presided over by Michel Seydoux, a French businessman and movie producer. Seydoux initially purchased shares of the club in January 2002 and, subsequently, gained majority control two years later.

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History

Crest of SC Fives

Lille Olympique Sporting Club Lille Métropole was formed on 23 September 1944 as a result of a merger between professional clubs Olympique Lillois and SC Fives. Lillois had been in the process of negotiating with Fives as early as 1939. After failing to agree to a merger with Fives, Lillois merged with local club Iris Club Lillois to form Olympique Iris Club Lillois. However, due to World War II and the abolishing of professional football under the Vichy Regime, the club spent most of its existence playing in the amateur war leagues. In 1944, Fives finally agreed to a merger. However, the section of Olympique Iris Club Lillois officials who were representing Iris Club Lillois refused the merger as it meant the club would have to turn professional. The disagreement between Olympique Lillois and Iris Club led to the first merger dissolving. As a result, the original incarnation of Lillois merged with Fives. The club was initially named Stade Lillois and played under the name in two friendly matches ahead of the 1944–45 war championship season. On 10 November 1944, after a directors' meeting, the club changed its name to Lille Olympique Sporting Club. The name pays tribute to Olympique Lillois by retaining the Lille Olympique title and pays tribute to SC Fives by retaining the SC acronym. The club, subsequently, adopted the red and white colors of Lillois as its home kit and took Fives' blue colors as its away kit. Former Fives president Louis Henno was named as the club's first president.

After the war, Lille returned to professional football and was inserted into Division 1. Henno brought in the Englishman George Berry to lead the team. Henno also successfully recruited several former players of both Fives and Lillois such as Joseph Jadrejak, Marceau Somerlinck, Jules Bigot, François Bourbotte, Jean Baratte, and Jean Lechantre. The influence of these set of players led to Lille reaching the final of the Coupe de France in 1945. In the final, Lille faced a more experienced Racing Club de France team who humbled the Northerners 3–0 at the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir in Colombes. In Lille's inaugural season in Division 1, the club surprised many by not only winning the league, but also winning the Coupe de France. The team, which was nicknamed the "war machine" by local newspapers, won the league by only one point over Saint-Étienne and were led by René Bihel who scored 28 goals in 26 matches. In the Coupe de France, Lille defeated Red Star Olympique 4–2 with Bihel, Bolek Tempowski, and Roger Vandooren, who netted two, scoring the goals. After the season, Berry departed the club due to constant interference by Henno and he was replaced by André Cheuva.

Cor van der Hart played with the club from 1950–1954.

Despite the departure of Berry, Lille maintained its form under the leadership of Cheuva. The club finished 4th in its second season in Division 1, but compensated for its league performance by winning the Coupe de France for the second consecutive season. The team defeated Strasbourg 2–0 in the final. In the 1947–48 season, Lille finished runner-up to Marseille in the league. However, Lille again remained strong in the Coupe de France winning the competition for the third consecutive season thanks to Baratte who scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute against rivals Lens. As a result, Lille became the second team in French football history, the other being Red Star, to win the Coupe de France in three consecutive seasons. In the next four seasons, Lille maintained its consistent regularly finishing in the top three in the league. In the 1950–51 season, Lille reached the final of the Latin Cup and were defeated by Italian club Milan. The departures of Jadrejak and Bigot limited the club somewhat, but Lille were still able to capture its fourth and fifth Coupe de France titles in 1953 and 1955. The 1955 cup title would be Lille's last major domestic trophy.

The subsequent departures of Baratte, Lechantre, Sommerlynck, and 1950 signing Cor van der Hart led to the club entering somewhat of a downward spiral. The struggle to find talent led to president Henno looking abroad for players. In 1954, Lille, among many other clubs, were interested in the Hungarian international defender József Zakariás who had performed well in Hungary's campaign at the 1954 FIFA World Cup. In an attempt to take advantage of the player's new-found fame, a former Czechoslovak Legion began posing as Zakariás after departing from Indochina. The impostor, posing as Zakariás, ventured to Lille and announced his intent to sign for the club by declaring that he was going "past the Iron Curtain and choosing the side of freedom." Thinking he had signed one of the world's hottest prospects, Henno overlooked the option of asking the player for his identity papers and, subsequently, signed him and introduced him to the press. On 2 July 1954, the ruse was finally unveiled in "Zakariás'" first match with the club. The spectators and press immediately noticed that the player was not Zakariás based on his performance, which was described as clumsy. The impostor later injured a player and was arrested on the field of play. He confessed to the crime of impersonating Zakariás and was sentenced to two months in prison. The entire ordeal completely shattered the reputation of Lille OSC in France and, later, abroad.

The club's reputation on the field began to deplete, as well. In the 1955–56 season, just two years after winning the Coupe de France, Lille finished in 16th place in the league, which resulted in relegation to Division 2 for the first time in the club's history. The club returned to Division 1 after one season, but after two seasons of top flight play, was relegated back to Division 2 in 1959. That same year, Henno left his post as president and Cheuva resigned as manager. The second relegation led to the club enduring financial problems, which resulted in Lille selling many of its best players, most notably Jean Vincent to Stade de Reims for a then-French record of ₣19 million. From 1959–1978, Lille spent the majority of its life rotating between Division 1 and Division 2. In 1969, the club reverted to amateur status and playing in the Championnat de France amateur. Despite finishing in 10th place out of 15 teams, Lille were administratively promoted back to Division 2 by the French Football Federation and the Ligue de Football Professionnel. In 1978, Lille returned to Division 1 and maintained stability by remaining in the league for the next 19 seasons. The club's best finish during the stint was a 6th place finish, which occurred on two occasions; in the club's first season back in 1978 and in 1991. In 1994, the club was taken over by Bernard Lecomte who saved the club from falling victim to the DNCG's financial regulations. Under Lecomte, Lille reverted from buying expensive talent and began putting emphasis on developing players through the club's youth system, which led to the recruitment of the Cheyrou brothers and many other youth talents. In 1997, Lille were relegated back to Division 2.

Claude Puel managed Lille from 2002–2008.

Lille returned to Division 1 in 2000 under the Bosnian manager Vahid Halilhodžić. In January 2002, influential move producer Michel Seydoux purchased shares in the club and became a minor shareholder. That same summer, former Monaco coach Claude Puel was named manager. In January 2004, Seydoux became the majority shareholder and was, subsequently, installed as the club's president. In his first full season of presidency, Lille stunned many French football enthusiasts by finishing runner-up in the league behind Lyon and ahead of the likes of Monaco and Marseille. The club also reached the Round of 16 in the UEFA Cup. The second place position resulted in Lille qualifying for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in its history. In the ensuing season, Lille kept its consistency by finishing in third place in the league. On 2 November 2005, the club recorded one of the greatest results in its history by defeating Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League group phase.

In the 2006–07 Ligue 1 season, due to focusing its efforts on four competitions, Lille finished 10th in the league. The club did reached the knockout stage of the Champions League for the first time, but were eliminated by Manchester United via controversial circumstances. In the next season, Lille formed a talented core of players that helped the team to a 7th place finish in the league. Between 2007–2009, Lille sold several of its core players, most notably Michel Bastos, Jean II Makoun, and Kevin Mirallas. The club's further potential was hampered by the departure of Claude Puel in 2009. President Seydoux sought to eliminate the idea that Lille was a selling club by recruiting Gervinho, Florent Balmont, Rio Mavuba, and Pierre-Alain Frau to compensate for the loss of the departures. New manager Rudi Garcia also inserted the talented youngster Adil Rami as a starter and promoted the club's Belgian youth starlet Eden Hazard to the senior team. The signings and changes immediately paid off with Garcia creating an impressive attacking style of play, which resulted in the club scoring a league-leading 72 goals and finishing in 4th place in the 2009–10 season.

The club's success continued into the 2010–11 season when they were crowned Ligue 1 champions for the third time in club history and the first time since 1954. Furthermore, they again finished at the top of the league with 68 goals and striker Moussa Sow was the top individual scorer with 25 goals of his own.

Stadium

The Stade Lille-Metropole

Lille OSC initially began its existence playing at the Stade Henri Jooris. The stadium had been previously used by Olympique Lillois and, following the merger, became Lille's permanent facility. The facility was named after Henri Jooris, who served as president of Olympique Lillois from 1910–1932. In 1974, Lille moved into the recently-completed Stade Grimonprez Jooris. The stadium was inaugurated on 28 October 1975 with Lille contesting a match against Dutch club Feyenoord. In 2003, it was announced by Lille OSC and the city that the site of the Stade Grimonprez Jooris would be used to build the club's new stadium. Lille, subsequently, moved into the Stade Lille-Metropole in nearby Villeneuve-d'Ascq. Due to the Stade Lille-Metropole not meeting the requirements to host UEFA Champions League matches, Lille hosted home matches at the Stade Félix Bollaert in Lens and Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

Due to several administrative and politically-driven delays, the construction of the facility was put in limbo and eventually called off in 2005. The Urban Community of Lille later agreed to fund the destruction of the Stade Grimonprez Jooris, which officially began on 22 March 2010. In 2006, the city of Lille agreed to assist in funding for the construction of the Grand Stade Lille Métropole, which is on both town of Villeneuve-d'Ascq and Lezennes. The stadium will be completed in 2012 and is currently listed as a site for matches to be played at UEFA Euro 2016.

Stadium history
  • Stade Henri Jooris (1944–1974)
  • Stade Grimonprez Jooris (1974–2004)
  • Stade Lille-Metropole (2004–2012)
  • Grand Stade Lille Métropole (2012–onward)

Players

Current squad

As of 31 August 2011.[4]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 France GK Mickaël Landreau
2 France DF Mathieu Debuchy
3 France DF Lucas Digne
4 France MF Florent Balmont
5 Senegal MF Idrissa Gana Gueye
6 Senegal DF Pape Ndiaye Souare
7 France FW Dimitri Payet
8 Senegal FW Moussa Sow
9 Brazil FW Túlio de Melo
10 Belgium MF Eden Hazard
11 Poland MF Ludovic Obraniak
12 Senegal FW Omar Wade
13 France DF Adama Soumaoro
14 Czech Republic DF David Rozehnal
No. Position Player
16 Nigeria GK Vincent Enyeama
17 France MF Benoît Pedretti
18 France DF Franck Béria
19 Belgium FW Gianni Bruno
20 France FW Ronny Rodelin
21 France DF Laurent Bonnart
22 Cameroon DF Aurélien Chedjou
24 France MF Rio Mavuba (captain)
25 Montenegro DF Marko Baša
26 England MF Joe Cole (on loan from Liverpool)
27 Poland FW Ireneusz Jeleń
30 Republic of the Congo GK Barel Mouko
40 France GK Alexandre Oukidja

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
France DF Jerry Vandam (on loan at Caen until the end of the 2011–12 Ligue 1 season)
France MF Arnaud Souquet (on loan at Paris until the end of the 2011–12 Championnat National season)

Reserve squad

As of 27 January 2011.[5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
France GK Salvatore Crimi
France GK Raphaël Liegeois
France GK Thomas Lebon
France DF Adrien Rizzi
Belgium DF Dino Arslanagic
Senegal DF Pape N'Diaye Souare
France DF Sébastien Dewaest
France DF Jules Compere
France DF Jérémy Obin
France DF Mathieu Sauvage
France DF David Alcibiade
No. Position Player
France MF Arnaud Souquet
France MF Mustapha Aït-Bouhou
France MF Réginald Mbu Alidor
France MF Brice Irie-Bi
France MF Anice Badri
France MF Alan Kimbaloula
Cameroon MF Henri Ewane
France MF Pierre-Baptiste Baherle
France FW Clarck N'Sikulu
France FW Steevy Negouai
Belgium FW Gianni Bruno

Notable players

Below are the notable former players who have represented Lille in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1926. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 100 official matches for the club.

For a complete list of Lille OSC players, see Category:Lille OSC players

Management and staff

Lille Olympique Sporting Club Lille Métropole (SASP)[6]
  • President: Michel Seydoux
  • President Adviser: Jean-Michel Van Damme
  • Deputy Director: Frédéric Paquet, Didier de Climmer
  • Assistant Deputy Director: Sandrine de Castro, Sophie Kaszkowiak
Senior club staff[6]
  • Administrative Director: Julien Mordacq
  • Sporting Director: Frédéric Paquet
  • Financial Director: Reynald Berghe
  • Communications Director: Aurélien Delespierre
  • Operations Director: Didier de Climmer
  • Marketing Director: Guillaume Gallo
Coaching and medical staff[6]
  • Manager: Rudi Garcia
  • Recruitment Director: Jean-Luc Buisine
  • Doctor: Franck Legall
  • Academy Director: Jean-Michel Van Damme

Managerial history

Former coaches include Georges Heylens (1984–1989), a former Belgian international player, Jacques Santini (1989–92), who managed France between 2002 and 2004, Bruno Metsu (1992–93), who managed Senegal in the 2002 World Cup, Pierre Mankowski (1993–1994), who was formerly the assistant coach of the French national team and Vahid Halilhodžić (1998–2002), who can be credited with the club's revival in the late nineties.

The current coach, Rudi Garcia, who played for Lille from 1980–1988, replaced Claude Puel at the beginning of the 2008 season. Puel had been with Lille since 2002. Thanks to his successes with the club, Puel had been approached by Portuguese club Porto to replace José Mourinho and league rivals Lyon to replace Alain Perrin; he finally decided to join Lyon after six seasons at the club.

Dates[7] Name
1944–1946 England Georges Berry
1946–1959 France André Cheuva
1959 France Jacques Delepaut
1959–1961 France Jules Vandooren
1961–1962 France Jean Baratte
1962–1963 France Guy Poitevin
1963–1966 France Jules Bigot
1966 France Jean-Charles Van Gool
1966–1969 France Daniel Langrand
1969–1970 France Joseph Jedrejak
1970–1973 France René Gardien
1973–1976 France Georges Peyroche
1976–1977 France Charles Samoy
1977–1982 France José Arribas
Dates Name
1982–1984 France Arnaud Dos Santos
1984–1989 Belgium Georges Heylens
1989–1992 France Jacques Santini
1992–1993 France Bruno Metsu
1993 Poland Henryk Kasperczak
1993–1994 France Pierre Mankowski
1994–1995 France Jean Fernandez
1995–1997 France Jean-Michel Cavalli
1997 France Hervé Gauthier
France Charles Samoy
1997–1998 France Thierry Froger
1998–2002 Bosnia and Herzegovina Vahid Halilhodžić
2002–2008 France Claude Puel
2008–present France Rudi Garcia

Honours

Domestic

Europe

References

  1. ^ "Coupe de France: PSG 0 Lille 1". Soccerway. 14 May 2011. http://www.soccerway.com/news/2011/May/15/coupe-de-france-psg-0-lille-1/. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Lille seal historic title". ESPN Soccernet. 21 May 2011. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report/_/id/295241?cc=5739. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Effectif Pro" (in French). Lille OSC. http://www.losc.fr/?r=0,1,0,0,1,1. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "EffectifCFA" (in French). Lille OSC. http://www.losc.fr/?r=0,1,1,0,2,22. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c "LOSC Lille Métropole SASP" (in French). Lille OSC. http://www.losc.fr/?r=0,3,3. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "France – Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs". RSSSF. http://www.rsssf.com/players/trainers-fran-clubs.html#l. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 

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