Lille's football club, the Lille O.S.C., is one of the major teams in the French football league. They have won 8 major national trophies and now regularly features in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup.
Lille is a city in northern France. It is the principal city of the Lille Métropole, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country behind those of Paris, Lyon and Marseille. Lille is situated on the Deûle River, near France's border with Belgium. It is the capital of the Nord-Pas de Calais region and the prefecture of the Nord department.
The Deûle is a river of northern France which is currently channeled for the main part of its course (from Lens to Lille). The upstream part is still partly free-flowing and is known as the Souchez. The Deûle flows into the Lys (right bank) in Deûlémont.
The Souchez is formed from the union, in the village Souchez, of two smaller brooks, Carency and Saint-Nazaire.
The channeled part comprises two branches:
The high gauge canal known as Canal de la Deûle which ensures the connection between the channeled Lys and the Scarpe (a tributary of the Scheldt) in Douai,
The Canal de Lens, fed by the Souchez, which connects Lens with the Canal de la Deûle at Courrières.The original inhabitants of this region were the Gauls, such as the Menapians, the Morins, the Atrebates, and the Nervians, who were followed by Germanic peoples, the Saxons and the Frisians, and the Franks later.
- French Division 1 Winner: 1933 as Olympique Lillois, 1946, 1954
- French Division 1 Runner-up: 1936, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 2005
- French Division 2 Winner: 1964, 1974, 1978, 2000
- UEFA Intertoto Cup Final Round Winner: 2004
- French Cup Winner: 1946, 1947, 1948, 1953, 1955
- French Cup Runner-up: 1939, 1945, 1949
- Latin Cup Runner-up: 1951 (lost to AC Milan 5-0 at San Siro, having beaten Sporting Clube de Portugal 7-5 on aggregate in the Semis)
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