Lille OSC is a French soccer club in Lille city of France, and plays at French Soccer Ligue 1 that is the top level of soccer league in France. Full name of the club is Lille Olympique Sporting Club. It was founded in 1903, and in 1944 they were promoted to the French Top League.
They have been playing in the soccer leagues in France therefore Lille is very famous and considered to be a successful soccer club of the nation. It has some famous nick names such as Les Dogues (the Mastiffs), LOSC, and being an important soccer team in the city, this club is also famous for its high standard games and players.
Its home ground is Stadium Lille-Metropole that has enough space to seat about 18,185 people that is located at a very beautiful location and is among the very famous stadiums in France. The current chairman of the club is Michel Seydoux and a former soccer player Rudi Garcia has the responsibility to manage the team he is also the head coach.
So far the team has good history like wining or finishing at good position in some important tournaments since it was founded. Their honors included winning French Division 1 Winner (1933, 1946,1954), French Division 2 (1964, 1974, 1978, 2000), UEFA Intertoto Cup (2004) and French Cup (1946, 1947, 1948, 1953, 1955). The club has produced some of the successful and famous professional soccer players like Kader Keita, Mile Sterjovski, Souleymane Youla, Matthieu Delpierre, these players has performed in many famous leagues and majority of them has also played from their national soccer side.
The club is proud to be associated with the pasts of these players. In the current roster of the club they have some very talented and famous players from France and from other nations. The current squads is comprised of 26 talented players and out of these about 42% players are foreigners (from Brazil, Cameroon, Denmark, Gabon), the average age of the players in Lille is about 24 years. Rio Mavuba a talented and popular midfielder is the current captain of the team.
Official colors of their current badge are red, blue and white and the color of the kit for the home matches is blue socks , blue short and the jersey is red. Kit for the match they play away from their home ground is red socks and white short and the jersey is white. Their third kit for the special occasions is black socks and black short and the jersey is black with white strips. For the 2008-09 season, the team finished the tournament at 5th position, having played 38 league matches and won 17 out of it.
While they lost in 8 matches and 13 matches were drawn. In this season, they scored 51 goals and 39 goals were made against them. This performance made them a successful club to qualify for the UEFA Europa League 2009–10 Third qualifying round.