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Lille, known by their fans as Les Dogues (The Mastiffs) and LOSC were founded in 1944. The club was formed out of a merger between two clubs, Olympique Lillois and SC Fives.
The traditional colours of Lille are red and white.
Lille currently play their home games at the Stade Lille-Metropole which holds a cacacity of 17,754. The club originally began playing at the Stade Henri Jooris before moving to the Stade Grimonprez Jooris in 1974. In 2002 the club moved to Stade Lille-Metropole and is now due to move to the Grand Stade Lille-Metropole in 2012.
Lille are the current French Champions winning the Ligue 1 title for the first time since 1954, beating closest challengers Marseille by 8 points. Lille have won the French Championship 3 times now in 1946, 1954 and in 2011. The club have also won the Coupe de France 6 times, last winning it in 2011 thus completing the league and cup double. Manager Rudi Garcia has done a fantastic job but with the loss of striker Gervinho to Arsenal the club might struggle to emulate this success next season.
Lille Football Shirts
The Lille away shirt this season is white with a red trim and the design template is similar to that of the Lille home shirt. Such is the popularity of Lille soccer merchandise, Umbro produce a wide range of clothing for the club. This includes the shorts and socks to accompany the home and away replica shirts as well as a great training range which comprises of tracksuits, polo shirts, training jerseys, sleeveless shirts, caps, scarves and jackets.
Many famous players past and present have pulled on the Lille jersey including current stars such as Rio Mavuba, David Rozehnal, Túlio de Melo, Moussa Sow and Eden Hazard as well as stars of the past such as Gervinho, Jocelyn Angloma, Bruno Cheyrou, Bernard Lama, Michel Bastos, Jean Vincent and Cor van der Hart.
Lille had an exception season last season and with that kind of form it can only attract players and football fans to the club. The stock of Lille will become higher and they now get to showcase themselves in front of the World playing in the Uefa Champions League this season which is sure to excite the players, management and of course the Lille supporters. The Lille jersey will only grow in popularity, makes sure you get in quick.