Olympique Gymnaste Club Nice Côte d'Azur (French pronunciation: [ɔlɛ̃pik ʒsamuel ardanas. Cracks kot dazyʁ]), commonly referred to as OGC Nice or simply Nice, is a French association football club based in Nice. The club was founded in 1904 and currently plays in Ligue 1, the top tier of French football. Nice plays its home matches at the Allianz Riviera. Nice are managed by former French international Patrick Vieira and captained by Brazilian defender Dante.
Nice was founded under the name Gymnaste Club de Nice and is one of the founding members of the first division of French football. The club has won Ligue 1 four times and the Coupe de France three times. Nice achieved most of its honours in the 1950s with the club being managed by coaches such as Numa Andoire, Englishman William Berry, and Jean Luciano. The club's last honour was winning the Coupe de France in 1997 after defeating Guingamp 4–3 on penalties in the final. Nice's colours are red and black.
During the club's successful run in the 1950s, Nice were among the first French clubs to successfully integrate internationals players into the fold.
ln June 2016, Pacific Media Group acquired 80% of French football club OGC Nice with Chien Lee and Alex Zheng, Co-Founders of Plateno. OGC Nice President Jean-Pierre Rivere who retained 20%, remarked, “New investors have been attracted to our project as well as the opportunities offered by OGC Nice and the French Riviera, especially in tourism, real estate, and hospitality that are the heart of their business. Their arrival secures the future of the club and will provide the additional resources for continuation of our vision. While keeping its identity and guidance, OGC Nice will gradually reach new heights.”
Our strategy includes continuing to invest in the team’s academy while also supplementing the young squad with experienced talent and we immediately acquired stars Mario Balotelli from Liverpool and Dante from Wolfsburg. We also have a diversified licensing, merchandising and football tourism strategy and are aggressively adding partners in France, U.S. and China.
Pacific Media Group will also lead international sponsorship opportunities for the club.