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OGC Nice is an all-around consistent French team looking to regain the form they had in the past. The team's colors are mainly black with red stripes reminiscing to AC Milan's kit. Nicknamed the Eagles, the club started out as a gymnastics and athletics club in 1904. The football department was established in 1908 and has been active ever since. Since 2013 Allianz Riviera has been the ground where Nice plays its home games. The team's most successful period was during the 1950s when they became Ligue 1 Champions 4 times and won the Coupe de France 2 times. At the beginning of the last decade, Nice was still facing difficulties to escape relegation, but the club has since established itself as a top-10 side.
OGC Nice Transfers
Patrice Evra from Calcio Monza for £600,000 in 2000 – The prolific Manchester United defender's career started out in Italy with lower-tier SC Marsala. He only spent a single season with the club before moving on to Monza in 1999, where he struggled to find play-time, only making three appearances throughout the whole season. Despite this, his value had increased over ten times, and the following year Nice acquired him for over half a million euros. At that time, The Eagles participated in Ligue 2, and Evra remained with the club for two years. 2002 was a pivotal year in his come-up as Didier Deschamps' Monaco bought him for £4.10 Million. The prominent French International team manager coached him for four years before joining Manchester United in 2006 under Alex Ferguson's guidance.
Hugo Lloris to Olympique Lyon for £8.5 Million in 2008 – Lloris has to be one of the most outstanding products of Nice's youth academy. Promoted to the senior squad in 2005, he quickly became the first-choice man between the sticks for the Eagles. Before his departure to Lyon in 2008, Lloris had made 72 league appearances. For Lyon, he played in 195 matches before making the move of his career – joining Tottenham. The keeper has proven himself in arguably the most competitive league in the world – the Premier League. Furthermore, he won the World Cup with France, being the no.1 choice goalkeeper throughout the majority of the competition.
Loïc Rémy to Marseille for £14.6 Million in 2012 – Up next on the list is yet another player who’s career path led to the Premier League. Being unused at Olympique Lyon, OL looked to offload the striker. Nice were happy to take advantage of the position in which Rémy had found himself in and bought the forward for a little over £8 Million in 2008. He only spent two seasons with the Eagles, but it was enough for him to find the net on 28 occasions. His form earned him a move to Marseille, where he kept on scoring. However, Rémy found it hard to adapt to life in the Premier League and only managed 32 goals in his 5 years in England.