Nîmes Olympique or Nîmes is a football club in France, named after the city it is located in. Sporting Club Nîmois was established in 1901 and initially the team-members were only Protestants. In 1922, a local team F.A. Nîmois merged with Sporting Club Nîmois and in 1927 the team advanced to Division d’Honneur, the top division at that time.
Facing financial difficulties the team lost its professional status in 1937, but with a new owner they moved to Lozère-Gard district and were named Nîmes Olympique. In 1989 the team moved to their new stadium Stade des Costières. The stadium currently has a capacity of 18,482.
In 1958, 1961 and 1996 the team was runner-up at Coupe de France. In 1996/97 Nîmes Olympique competed in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, where in the round of 32 they overcame Budapest Honved FC and then eliminated after losing to AIK Stockholm.
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