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FC Nantes Stats & History
Five local clubs merged to found FC Nantes in 1943. In the regional league, Nantes finished second in 1944 and first in 1945, and became professional in 1945. They missed an early opportunity to earn promotion to the top division in 1952, finishing fourth.
Eleven years later, Nantes reached Ligue 1 for the first time and finished eighth in their first season. Under Jose Arribas, the FC Nantes stats show their first Ligue 1 championship was in 1965. Incredibly, this was just two seasons into their first top-flight spell. Striker Jacky Simon finished the season as the league’s top goalscorer. Nantes also won the Coupe de la Ligue in 1965, completing a double trophy haul.
Nantes masterfully defended their Ligue 1 title in 1966, scoring the most goals and conceding the fewest. Philippe Gondet made his mark in the FC Nantes stats with an incredible 36 goals in 37 matches. The club didn’t find as much success in the late 60s and early 70s; however, they reached the Coupe de France final in 1970.
In 1973, Nantes won their third league title and narrowly missed out on a double. Despite playing in European competition multiple times over the last decade, Nantes failed to find success. Arribas and the club parted ways in 1976.
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One season after his departure, Nantes won another league title in 1977. They also won their first Coupe de France in 1979, and made the semifinals of the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1980. During this time, Nantes managed to go unbeaten for 92 consecutive home matches. With a host of talented players, Nantes managed to win the league again in both 1980 and 1983.
Towards the end of the 1980s, Nantes had financial difficulties and started selling their best players to other clubs. Relying on their academy, La Maison Jaune had a resurgent period from the mid-90s to the early 2000s. They won Ligue 1 in 1995 and reached the semifinals of the Champions League. Nantes won two straight Coupe de France trophies in 1999 and 2000, and won another league title in 2001.
Nantes’ 44 straight top division seasons came to an end in 2007, but they returned in 2013. Just one season after finishing 18th, Nantes ended their 21-year trophy drought in 2022. By winning the Coupe de France, they qualified for the 2022-23 Europa League.
The Ligue 1 odds price Nantes as longshots to win the title, but they’re in the middle of the pack relative to the rest of the league. Betting advice suggests it could be difficult for Nantes to juggle both Ligue 1 and the Europa League, especially since they haven’t played in European competition since 2002.