Ligue 1 McDonald's • Journée 32 ALLIANZ RIVIERA Date to be confirmed

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Founded in 1931, Stade de Reims has a rich record of achievement, notably through their reign over French football in the 1950s with Raymond Kopa and then Just Fontaine. The club has 6 Ligue 1 Mcdonald's titles all obtained between 1949 and 1962, 2 French Cups, and 2 Ligue 2 BKT titles.

In 1956, Kopa's Stade de Reims failed to reach the final of the forerunner of the Champions League, beaten 4 goals to 3 by Real Madrid of Argentine striker Di Stefano. Then in 1959, the Reims team, led by Fontaine this time, experienced another nightmare in the final, losing 2 goals to 0 against the same Real team where Raymond Kopa was playing at the time. He returned to Reims the following year to spend the next 9 seasons there.


In the last 10 meetings with Reims, the two teams have played out 7 draws, with Gym winning 3 and losing none.

The latest meeting between the two teams was on Matchday 15 of the Ligue 1 Mcdonald's 2023-2024 at the Allianz Riviera. After two goalless encounters against Reims, the Gym won 2-1 with goals from G. Laborde (55') and J. Boga (82').

Memorable player

In a completely different era, Just Fontaine played for Nice between 1953 and 1956, and made a major contribution to the Gym's French Championship title in 1956. Following that season, he joined Stade de Reims to replace Raymond Kopa. Just Fontaine also holds the record for most goals scored in a single FIFA World Cup with 13 in 1958.

Did you know ?

The Auguste Delaune stadium is the home of Stade de Reims and has a capacity of 21,127 spectators. The distance between the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice and the Auguste Delaune stadium in Reims is 662 kilometres.