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RC Lens, commonly known as Lens, is a French professional football club based in the city of Lens in the Pas-de-Calais department. The club was founded in 1906 and its home stadium is the Stade Bollaert-Delelis. Lens is also known for its passionate and vocal supporters, who have earned a reputation as some of the most passionate in French football. The club’s supporters are known as ‘Les Sang et Or’ (The Blood and Gold), a reference to the red and yellow colours of the teams kit.  The Stade Bollaert-Delelis, which has a capacity of just over 38,000 spectators, is one of the most iconic football stadiums in France. It has been the home of Lens since 1933 and has undergone several renovations and upgrades over the years.

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Lens History

Lens has a long and storied history in French football, having won numerous domestic trophies over the years. The club has spent much of its history in the top tier of French football, and has also enjoyed success in European competitions. One of Lens most successful periods came in the 1990s, when the club won the French Cup in 1998 and reached the final of the UEFA Cup the following year. During this period, Lens also finished second in Ligue 1 twice, in 1994 and 1998. In recent yeast, Lens has experienced some ups and downs, with the club being relegated to Ligue 2 on several occasions. However, they have also achieved promotion back to Ligue 1 multiple times, most recently in the 202-21 season.

Who Owns Lens

In 2016 Lens was bought by Joseph Oughourlian and in 2018 he became club president. Oughourlian has helped Lens achieve one of their most successful periods in many years. 

Lens Manager

Lens; current manager is Franck Haise. Frankc Haise is a French manager who has worked at Change and Lorient before joining Lens in B in 2017. He was Lens B manager for 3 years before becoming first team manager in 2020. He got Lens promoted in his first season and helped them qualify for the Champions League for the 3rd time in the club’s history last season after finishing 7th two seasons in a row prior to that. 

Biggest Lens Transfers

Lens biggest signings of all time have been:

  • Elye Wahi from Montpellier for £30.00m
  • Lois Openda from Club Brugge for £15.39m
  • Andy Douf from FC Basel for £14.00m
  • Seko Fofana from Udinese Calcio for £8.50m
  • Angelo Fulgini from 1.FSV Mainz 05 for £7.20m

Lens biggest sales have been:

  • Lois Openda to RB Leipzig for £38.50m
  • Seko Fofana to AL-Nassir for £25.00m
  • Cheick Doucore to Crystal Palace for £22.60m
  • Loic Bade to Stade Rennais for £17.00m
  • El-Hadji Diouf to Liverpool for £15.00m

Lens Drama

Lens striker Florian Sotoca chipped Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana from the centre circle during a pre-season match against the English club. 

Who Plays For Lens Now

Lens have a very solid squad with defenders such as Brice Samba, Wuilker Farinez, Jean-Louis Leca, Kevin Danso, Facundo Medina, Jonathan Gradit, Abdukodir Khusanov, Faitout Maouassa, Deiver Machado, Massaido Haidara and Ruben Aguilar. Their midfield has many players such as Salis Abdul Samed, Stijn Spierings, Nampalys Mendy, Andy Diouf, Neil El Aynaoui, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Jimmy Cabot, Angelo Fulgini, David Pereira da Costa, Adrien Thomasson, and Ayanda Sishuba. In attack they have Oscar Cortes, Morgan Guilavogui, Elye Wahi, Florian Sotoca, Wesley Said and Ibrahima Balde. 

What Have Lens Won

Throughout Lens’ history they have won 1 Ligue 1 title, 1 Coupe de France trophy and 4 Ligue 2 titles.

Lens 2023/24 Season Predictions

This season we predict Lens will finish just outside of Europe. Firstly they have lost top goalscorer Openda and club captain Fofana. Although they have strengthened well most notably with Elye Wahi as their new striker, Lens will still feel the loss of two of their best players. They also have Champions League football to compete with. These 2 factors will impact their season and lead them to have a poorer season than last. With that being said they will stay and have a solid season as they have a good squad and a great manager.

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