Everton fans’ guide to Lille
Posted on 17th October 2014
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LOSC Lille was formed in 1944 as a merger of two clubs, Olympique Lillois and SC Fives. Despite some success early on in their history (a couple of league titles and runners-up positions in the late 40s and early 50s), Lille have typically been overshadowed by their local rivals RC Lens.
In recent years, however, Lille have experienced something of a resurgence. After returning to the top flight in 2000, they have managed to qualify for the Champions League on a number of occasions, and even beat Manchester United in one of their campaigns, in the year that saw United crash out of the group stages, finishing bottom.
Their last silverware came as Champions of Ligue 1 in 2010/11.