Very hectic off-season on the Côte d’Azur. Having seen its coach transferred to Paris Saint-Germain, OGC Nice is entering a new chapter with a coach returning four years after his departure. Lucien Favre, former coach of the Aiglons from 2016 to 2018, is coming back strong from an experience with Borussia Dortmund to take care of a promising squad which has great ambitions in Ligue 1. By keeping most of his squad for the moment, the Swiss technician should be able to rely on a young and talented collective to try to reach a European Cup as during the last exercise.
Nice’s record last season
Finished fifth with the same number of points as fourth Stade Rennais, OGC Nice came very close to returning to the Europa League as in the 2020/21 season. However, all was not rosy in the Nice season with a show not really there, characteristic of Christophe Galtier, and many air pockets in a season where only the Coupe de France will have given the smile to the supporters of the Eagles.
Undefeated against Paris Saint-Germain in the league and in the Coupe de France, the Niçois paradoxically had a lot of trouble against the big teams in the championship and the thrills were rare for the supporters who had been used to a more attractive game under Lucien Favre. and Patrick Vieira.
The movements of the off-season
Beginning of the transfer window rather very calm on the side of Nice with only departures of players at the end of the contract in particular Walter Benitez, loans with Evann Guessand in Nantes and Jean N’Guessan in Nîmes. A duo from Nice have also joined FC Basel, Dan Ndoye and Andy Pelmard for an amount that has not yet been formalized. The Nice workforce nevertheless accuses the loan returns of Jordan Amavi back to Marseille and Justin Kluivert to AS Roma.
As for arrivals, Nice recorded two important arrivals with Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Marcin Bulka for 2Mn euros as well as Romanian hopeful Rares Ilie who arrived for 5Mn € from Rapid Bucharest. The few other arrivals in the workforce are loan returns such as those of Lucas Da Cunha, Ibrahim Cissé or Alexis Trouillet. The Aiglons would also be on the verge of recruiting a goalkeeper as number one, judging the Polish Bulka still too weak, and after the rumors of Yann Sommer, it should be Kasper Schmeichel who could join OGC Nice
Arrivals: Rare Ilie (€5m, Rapid Bucharest), Marcin Bulka (€2m, Paris Saint-Germain), Badredine Bouanani (Lille OSC), Trouillet, Cissé, Da Cunha (loan returns)
Departures : Andy Pelmard (FC Basel), Dan Ndoye (FC Basel), Walter Benitez (PSV Eindhoven), Evann Guessand (loan, FC Nantes), Jean N’Guessan (loan, Nîmes), Justin Kluivert, Jordan Amavi (loan returns )
Nice’s squad for the 2022/23 season
Guardians : Bulka, Boulhendi
Defenders : Atal, Todibo, Dante, Bard, Lotomba, Daniliuc, Cisse, Mendy, Nahounou
Environments : Boudaoui, Stengs, Lemina, Thuram, Schneiderlin, Rosario, Barbosa, Claude-Maurice, Ilie, Trouillet, Belahyana, Traoré
Attackers : Delort, Gouiri, Dolberg, Brahimi, Bouanani, Da Cunha, Sotona
OGC Nice: ambitions and ranking
Can Nice aim even higher? This question sums up OGC Nice’s ambitions for this new 2022/23 financial year. Now confident in her ability to play the first part of the table, there is still a step for Lucien Favre’s men to take in order to hope to finish on the podium. With a workforce almost entirely preserved and a goalkeeper position which should be occupied by one of the best European goalkeepers, all that remains is for the Niçois and Lucien Favre to maintain their solidity by adding a pinch of madness to it to catch fire to an attack which on paper has enough to do can to the defenses of the elite.
The player to watch: Calvin Stengs, in search of consistency
Arrived by raising many hopes from AZ Alkmaar, the first season of Calvin Stengs, 23-year-old Dutchman, was quite contrasting. Alternating good matches and average performances, Clavin Stengs is nevertheless one of the most promising players in the Nice environment and should once again have an important role for next season. What should be a season of confirmation as we are used to saying should make him a pillar in the middle of the Aiglons, certainly accompanied by Khéphren Thuram and Hicham Boudaoui to support him in his slaughter in the middle of the field.
The Nice calendar for the 2022/23 season
A few warm-up matches and a series of meetings, that’s how we could describe OGC Nice’s start-of-season schedule. With the trip to promoted Toulouse to start before two games against Strasbourg and Clermont, the Niçois will host Marseille, go to Lille before facing AS Monaco at the Allianz Riviera. Zoom on the meetings not to be missed of the Nice season:
Matchday 3: 28/08/2022, Nice – Olympique de Marseille
Matchday 5: 04/09/2022, Nice – AS Monaco
Matchday 9: 02/10/2022, Paris Saint-Germain – Nice
Matchday 22: 05/02/2023, Olympique de Marseille – Nice
Matchday 23: 09/04/2023, Nice – Paris Saint-Germain
Matchday 38: 03/06/2023, Nice – Olympique Lyonnais