Lille Olympique Sporting Club (LOSC), commonly known as Lille, is a professional football club based in Lille, France. The club was founded in 1944 and plays its home matches at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy. The team’s nickname is ‘Les Dogues,’ which means ‘The Mastiffs.’ Lille has a strong rivalry with other Northern French clubs, such as Lens and Valenciennes.

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LOSC History

Lille Olympique Sporting Club (LOSC) was founded in 1944, following the dissolution of two other clubs in Lille due to World War 2. The newly formed club quickly rose through the ranks of French football and earned promotion to Ligue 1 for the first time in 1949. Throughout the 1950s and 50s, Lille had a successful period in French football, regularly finishing in the top half of the table and reaching the Coupe de France final in 1953 and 1955. The club’s fortunes declined in the 1970s and 80s, with Lille regularly bouncing between the first and second divisions. However, the team enjoyed a resurgence in the 2000s, winning their first major trophy, the Coupe de France, in 2004. Lille also reached the final of the Coupe de la Ligue in 2006 and 2016.  Under the guidance of manager Christophe galtier, Lille enjoyed a highly successful season in 2020-21, winning their first Ligue 1 title in 10 years, finishing one point ahead of Paris-Saint Germian. The team also reached the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League, where they were eliminated by eventual runners-up Manchester United. 

Who Owns LOSC

LOSC is currently owned by Luxembourg-based investment fund Merlyn Partners SCSp. 

LOSC Manager

LOSC’s current manager is Paulo Fonseca. Fonseca started his career working at multiple Portuguese clubs before moving to Pacos Ferreira. Here he led the club to a third-place finish and qualified for the Champions League for the first time in the club’s history. He then moved to Porto where he won the Supertaca Candido de Oliveira but left after finishing third in the league. He then went to Braga before moving to Shakhtar Donetsk. Here he won 3 Ukraine titles in a row, 3 Ukraine cups in a row as well as 1 Ukraine super cup. He then moved to Roma before ending up at Lille. 

Biggest LOSC Transfers

LOSC biggest transfers of all time have been:

  • Jonathan David from KAA Gent for £27.00m
  • Victor Oshimen from RSC Charleroi for £22.40m
  • Renato Sanches from Bayern Munich for £20.00m
  • Rafael Leao from Sporting CP for £19.70m
  • Yusuf Yazici from Trabzonspor for £18.50m

LOSC biggest sales of all time have been:

  • Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal for £80.00m
  • Victor Oshimen to SSC Napoli for £75.00m
  • Sven Botman to Newcastle for £37.00m
  • Eden Hazard to Chelsea for £35.00m
  • Amadou Onana to Everton for £35.00m

LOSC Drama

Lille summer signing Mohamed Bayo has been exiled from Lille’s first-team squad after he was spotted clubbing the night before the 7-1 defeat to Paris-Saint Germain. Bayo was handed a fine and made to train with the reserves for the time being. 

Who Plays For LOSC Now

LOSC have a decent squad with defenders such as Lucas Chevalier, Vito Mannone, Tiago Djalo, Leny Yoro, Bafode Diakite, Alexsandro, Samuel Umtiti, Gabriel Gudmundsson, Ismaily, Tiago Santos and Akim Zedadka. Their midfield consists of players such as Benjamin Andre, Igancio Miramon, Angel Gomes, Nabil Bentaleb, Yusuf Yazici and Remy Cabella. In attack they have Hakon Arnar Haraldsson, Alan Virginius, Ivan Cavaleiro, Edon Zhegrova, Adam Ounas and Jonathan David. 

What Have LOSC Won

Throughout LOSC history they have won 4 Ligue 1 titles, 6 Coupe de France trophies and 1 Trophée des Champions

LOSC 2023/24 Season Predictions

This season we predict Lille will push for  aEuropean competition. They have a solid squad and a very good manager. 

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