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Lille
  Founded:
1944
  Country:
France
  Stadium:
Stade Pierre-Mauroy
  Capacity:
50,186

LOSC Lille is a club that was established after the merging of the local clubs Olympique Lillois and SC Fives in 1944 following the end of World War II. The '40s and '50s were Lille's most successful period after the club triumphed as French champions two times and were runner-ups on another four occasions. Also, during that time, they won 5 out of 7 Coupe de France finals.

In recent years Les Dogues, as they are nicknamed, have been one of the best performing French clubs and are one of the sides that threaten PSG's dominance. Their last Ligue 1 triumph was nine years ago in 2011 under coach Rudi Garcia. Since then, Lille has managed to solidify its position in the league, with the slight exception of the 17/18 season, which saw them finish 17th, just above the relegation zone.

LOSC Lille Transfers

Eden Hazard from Tubize Youth on a free transfer in 2005 – Dubbed the next Lionel Messi by his coach Claude Puel, the Belgian winger began playing at the age of 4 and spent most of his career as a youth in Tubize. He was spotted by Lille scouts, who instantly knew he was a big hit. Hazard made his senior debut at the age of 16 and soon become a key player under new manager Rudi Garcia. The midfielder won numerous awards and set different club records while in Lille. He was also a part of the squad that won the domestic league and cup double in 2010/2011. After finding the net 20 times in his final season with the French team, Hazard was sold to Chelsea for £35 Million.

Divock Origi from KRC Genk Youth on a free transfer in 2010 – Origi's story is quite similar to Hazard's. He began playing when he was six and spend nine years in Belgian club Genk's youth academy before he inked a contract with Lille. It took him two years of training before he managed to break into the senior squad in 2012. Displaying some excellent attacking performances, he prompted Liverpool to make a move for him. The Premier League team bought Origi for £12.63 Million. His most memorable career moment was completing a miracle 2019 Champions League comeback versus Barcelona with a brace.

Victor Osimhen from RSC Charleroi for £22.40 Million in 2019 – The Nigerian striker was introduced to Europe by German side VfL Wolfsburg. However, Osimhen’s performance in the Bundesliga was unsatisfactory, and he was loaned out to Belgian side Charleroi in 2018. That's when he made a name for himself finishing his loan spell with 20 goals in 36 matches. The same season the striker's price tag skyrocketed in Charleroi's favor, and the Belgian side sold Osimhen to Lille for £22.4 Million. He spent only a single year in France, during which he scored 18 times in 38 appearances and was sold at the end of the season to Napoli. Lille made a serious profit as the sum that was agreed upon was £70 Million.

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