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Nimes Olympique is one of the most recent teams to start participating somewhat regularly in the French top flight. The club's most significant achievement is winning Ligue 2 back in the distant 1950. The late '50s is also regarded as Nimes' mightiest period in their history. The team ranked Ligue 1 runner-ups for three consecutive years in a row during that time and also missed on winning the Coupe de France final twice.
Les Crocodiles never managed to regain that past form and even had a season-long stint in the third tier of football – Championnat National. Bernard Blaquart took charge in 2015, and after establishing himself in the squad for two years, he won the promotion to Ligue 1. 2018/2019 was their first season, and the team impressed with a final 9th spot ranking.
Nimes Transfer News
Eric Cantona to Leeds Untied for £1.35 Million in 1992 – A controversial player known for his anger management issues and frequent tantrums Cantona was a skillful footballer and an experienced player. Starting his career out with Auxerre he later played for some of the biggest French clubs like Marseille, Bordeaux and Montpellier. Cantona’s arrival at Nimes was the last time that he would play football at France with his exit to Leeds being an unusual one. In December 1991 the forward was upset with several referee decisions in a match and ended up violently throwing the ball at him. The FFF later banned him for a month which was followed by Cantona walking up to each member of the comittee and calling them an idiot. Later in December he announced his retirement following this accident, but was persuaded to get back to football by his therapist, Michael Platini and Gérard Houllier. However, they all suggested that he change things up and travel to play in England. That’s how Cantona’s move to Leeds came to light.
Laurent Blanc from Napoli on an unknown fee in 1992 – Blanc made a name for himself after 8 years with Montpellier. He scored 80 goals for the club even though he played as a defender. Blanc moved to Italy in 1991, but was unable to settle there even after a decent season with Napoli. Joining Nimes he made his return to France a reality, but only lasted for a single season with Les Crocodiles during which he made 30 appearances. He went on to play for a couple of other French teams before joining clubs like Barcelona, Inter Milan and Manchester United.
Téji Savanier from AC Arles on a free transfer in 2015 – Being brough up by Montpellier’s academy Savanier joined AC Arles in 2011 in search of play-time. It was in 2015 when the midfielder was attracted to Nimes on a feeless deal. The next 4 years would see Savanier’s value continue to increase and his performances keep on getting better. Montpellier realized that they’ve missed out on their former player and wanted to attract him back to the club. That’s what they did in 2019 but not before paying Nimes £9.5 Million making this Les Crocodiles’ most expensive player that they’ve sold.