A film to pay tribute to those who led Le Gym's rebirth

Twenty years ago, OGC Nice had been promoted to the top flight but off the pitch, the club's very existence was in danger. 'OGC Nice 2002-03 : la Renaissance' pays tribute to all those who helped the club continue along the road that has led to what it is today with INEOS.

Produced by Yannick Faraut and Paul Del Giudice of Kick Off Prod (a Nice-based production company with strong ties to Le Gym) 'OGC Nice 2002-03 : la Renaissance' is a declaration of love as much as a tribute to those who, back in the day, kept the club afloat and then breathed new life into it. It's no coincidence that it has come out almost 20 years to the day since Gernot Rohr's side won their first game in the top flight in Strasbourg. Strasbourg, who are also the first opponents at home for Lucien Favre's side in 2022/23.

All 2022/23 season ticket holders can see a special pre-premiere screening at the cinema. Just sign up for your free viewing at the new 'Megarama Nice Vauban' complex, with whom OGC Nice has signed a partnership deal, on Friday morning, before the film is released on OGCNICE.COM on Friday evening.

The homage will continue at the Allianz Riviera at the derby against Monaco at the start of September with the players from that special season invited to the stadium for the game and to meet fans at the Café des Aiglons.

« OGC Nice 2002-03 : la Renaissance »

A film by Paul Del Giudice and Yannick Faraut

Produced by Kick Off Prod (2022)

Duration: 1h02

With Maurice Cohen, Roger Ricort, Kaba Diawara, Malek Cherrad, José Cobos, Everson, Noé Pamarot, Sammy Traoré, Cédric Varrault, Nabil Ouled-Gharbia, Thierry Quoex and Philippe Camps.

From Hell to Heaven

It's a story of a journey from Hell to Heaven. In summer 2002, the success of promotion to the top flight on the pitch contrasted starkly with the club's perillous financial situation. Relegated to amateur status in the third tier by the DNCG, French football's financial watchdog, the end seemed near. It's at that moment that a unique moment of solidarity saved the day.

A group of investors got together, led by Maurice Cohen who would become the club president. The players declined their bonuses, the fans mobilised en masse to ensure their passion for the club could live on. It paid off: Le Gym was officially reinstated in L1 on 19 July 2002. After that, the team spent 21 rounds of the season in the top three to make it a campaign to remember.

For more than an hour, those who were there at the time — from the president to the players and fans, recount the adventure which, after coming so close to being the end, instead proved to be the start.



After the ambitious documentary series 'L’Odyssée' and 'Nissa', OGC Nice is proud to present another unique work. You can see the film from Friday at 6pm CEST on OGCNICE.COM and the club's YouTube channel.


Kick Off Prod has worked with OGC Nice for a number of years, and broadened the scope of its activities in 2019. Thanks to the team's creativity and expertise in sport, they now work with a number of other bodies (TF1, Eurosport, France 5, BFM TV, MyCanal, …), athletes, and globally renowned sporting events.