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Lille Olympique Sporting Club, commonly called LOSC or simply Lille, is a French professional football club based in Lille, Hauts-de-France. They are the current champions of Ligue 1, the top tier of French football. Lille has played its home matches since 2012 at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in nearby Villeneuve d’Ascq, which replaced the club’s previous home of Stade Lille-Metropole.
The far north of France was a hotbed for football in the early 20th century. In the years before World War One, RC Roubaix were French champions five times, US Tourcoing and Olympique Lillois once each. All hailed from the Lille area. Olympique Lillois were also the first champions of a professional league in France in 1933 and reached the Coupe de France final in 1939.
Fast forward to September 1944, and in the weeks after the liberation of France during World War Two, the modern LOSC was formed – Lille Olympique Sporting Club, or LOSC, was the result of a coming together of Olympique Lillois and Sporting Club Fivois, a team from the Fives neighbourhood of Lille who had been Cup finalists in 1941.
Post-war glory years
Given the success of their forefathers, that LOSC should go on to great things was no enormous surprise, yet the scale of their early achievements was still remarkable. The post-war era is most closely associated now with Stade de Reims, who won six titles between 1949 and 1962 and got to two European Cup finals. OGC Nice won four league titles in the same period, but this was also Lille’s golden era.
The new club got to the Coupe de France final in their first year, losing 3-0 to RC Paris in Colombes. It was the prelude to a stunning 1945-46 campaign, as the first season after the end of the war saw Lille win a league and cup double. The future French international striker René Bihel was the league’s top scorer with 28 goals as Lille finished a point clear of AS Saint-Etienne, and they defeated Red Star 4-2 in the Cup final in front of almost 60,000 fans.
The coach of that double-winning campaign was an Englishman, former Brentford player George Berry, who had previously played for and managed SC Fives. He made way the following season to André Cheuva, a former France international. Cheuva could not repeat the double-winning heroics but Lille did retain the Coupe de France in 1947 with a 2-0 win over Strasbourg in the final, and then defeated local rivals RC Lens 3-2 in the 1948 edition to lift the Cup for the third year running. The prolific Jean Baratte scored their late winner in that final.
Lille lost the 1949 Coupe de France final to RC Paris and continued to finish in the upper reaches in the league. They featured in the Latin Cup, a forerunner to the European Cup, going down to AC Milan in the 1951 final. There was a fourth Coupe de France in 1953, when they saw off Nancy 2-1 in the final, and a second league title in 1954 as the northerners just pipped both the reigning champions Reims and Girondins de Bordeaux, conceding a miserly 22 goals in 34 games. Then in 1955 there was yet another Coupe de France victory, as Bordeaux were seen off in the final.
Lille had won two league titles and five Coupes de France in a decade, one of the great enduring periods of success in the history of the French game. But they soon fell on hard times. They were relegated in 1956, leading to the departure of the great Jean Vincent. He went on to star for Reims and later enjoyed great success as coach of FC Nantes. Without him Lille came straight back up but then went down again in 1959.
The 1960s was an unstable period for Lille as they endured financial difficulties and ended up dropping out of the professional ranks altogether in 1969. They did fight back and spent a year in the top flight in 1971-72, and then three seasons in the elite from 1974 to 1977. Lille returned to the top tier as second-division champions in 1978 and finally went on to establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with again. Apart from three seasons between 1997 and 2000, Les Dogues have been permanent fixtures in the elite for four decades now.
Not that success came easily in the final two decades of the 20th century. A sixth-place finish in 1991 – with Jacques Santini as coach – was as good as it got in that time and matched their best performance since their last league title in 1954. Yet after a further slump led to them slipping out of the top flight again in 1997, the appointment as coach of Nantes legend Vahid Halilhodzic turned things around and finally pointed the club towards a successful new era.
European discovery and arrival of Puel
Halilhodzic was appointed in 1998, led LOSC to the second-tier title in 2000, and then took them to third place in the first division in 2001. Now they were in Europe for the first time, at last, and Lille beat Parma in a qualifier to make the Champions League group stage. They played their home games in Lens, where they held Deportivo La Coruña and Manchester United and beat Olympiakos. After coming third in their group, they dropped into the UEFA Cup where they were eventually edged out by Borussia Dortmund in the last 16.
Claude Puel took over as coach in 2002 and went on to spend six years at the helm, in which Lille became European regulars despite leaving their home at the Stade Grimonprez-Jooris and being exiled to the Stadium Lille Métropole, an out-of-town athletics venue. They finished second in Ligue 1 in 2005 to earn another crack at the Champions League in which they famously beat Manchester United 1-0 in a home game this time played at the Stade de France.
Back in the Champions League the following season, this time they made it out of their group, famously beating AC Milan at San Siro en route to the last 16 where they once again faced Manchester United, losing 2-0 on aggregate.
Hazard’s emergence and double delight
Puel left for Olympique Lyonnais in 2008 without having delivered any silverware but having laid the groundwork for future glory under his successor, Rudi Garcia, a former Lille player. Indeed Puel notably gave a debut to a certain Eden Hazard, and the Belgian youngster was the star player in a brilliant team under Garcia that, somewhat improbably, won a Ligue 1 and Coupe de France double in 2010-11, delivering the club’s first major silverware in 56 years.
Garcia’s side were top at the winter break and then lost just two games in the second half of the campaign. In a remarkable eight days in May Lille first of all won the Coupe de France final as a late Ludovic Obraniak free-kick sailed over goalkeeper Grégory Coupet to give them a 1-0 victory against holders PSG. Then, the next weekend, they drew with PSG in Paris to become champions for the first time since 1954. They finished with 76 points, eight points clear of outgoing champions Olympique de Marseille. Hazard, just 19 at the start of that campaign, was named France’s player of the year.
Living up to that success was never going to be easy. The club moved into a wonderful new home, the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, in 2012, but the title-winning side was broken up, with Hazard notably leaving for Chelsea. Still, LOSC followed up winning the league by coming third. René Girard took the team to another third-place finish in 2014 while there was a run to the Coupe de la Ligue final in 2016.
In early 2017 long-serving president Michel Seydoux – the film producer and great uncle of renowned actress Léa Seydoux – agreed a deal to sell the club to the Luxembourg-born businessman Gérard Lopez. He appointed Marcelo Bielsa as coach but the enigmatic Argentine lasted less than half the 2017-18 season and it took the arrival of Christophe Galtier on the bench to turn things around again. Galtier steered the team to safety, then led a brilliant team to second place in 2018-19. The club has focused on a policy of bringing in young players with great potential with the aim of selling them on at a profit, like Nicolas Pépé and Victor Osimhen. Meanwhile, they continue to enjoy success on the pitch.
Lille take their colours from the two teams who came together to form LOSC in 1944. Olympique Lillois wore white and red, while SC Fives wore blue with white detail in the shape of a diamond on their shirts. So today LOSC wear a red shirt with a dark blue diamond-style flash on the chest, and dark blue shorts.
Lille are known fondly as Les Dogues (The Mastiffs). There is a statue of this large breed of dog at the entrance to the club’s training ground, the Domaine de Luchin, which was inaugurated in 2007 and sits just outside the village of Camphin-en-Pévèle, just a few kilometres from the Belgian border.
According to Patrick Robert, the president of the LOSC-Lille Métropole association, the origin of the nickname dates back to the 1930s, before the modern club was founded. “After a match against Paris won by Olympique Lillois at the Parc des Princes, a Parisian journalist compared the players to mastiffs because they never gave up,” he told local newspaper La Voix du Nord in 2014. The mastiff also takes pride of place on the club’s badge.
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