Waiting 25 years to add a new title to its trophy cabinet, which was largely staffed in the 1950s, OGC Nice can count on the support of the city, which has been dressed in club colors for several days.
“In red and black, I will open my heart,” – the words of Jeanne Mas echo the ornaments installed in the city of Riviera in recent days. “Nissa in the final” (Good in the final in Nissart) messages are visible almost everywhere: banners a few meters high on the facade of the Chamber of Commerce, billboards, the city of Nice dressed in its most beautiful colors, when the long-awaited meeting is approaching.
On the English Quay, a group of friends are trying to sell club flags. “We have to go, the finale is coming soon!” sings one of them. Under the pleasant sun, during the school holidays, bringing a few tourists, the audience sits, for some, not on the famous blue chairs, but on the same, painted red and black and stamped with an eagle.
The Quai des Anges restaurant, which overlooks the Mediterranean Sea, also provided visual support, and as it climbed to the castle on Rauba Capeu, the still-photographed #ILoveNice structure also took on color. “Wherever we are in Nice, we are starting to show off our colors even more than usual,” said Anthony, owner of Escalinada in Old Nice, a restaurant specializing in Nice that is well known to locals. Recalling that at home his chairs are red and black all year round, a loyal supporter of OGC Nice admits: “The final is on everyone’s lips. In the restaurant, this is the main topic of conversation. We always talk about the championship because we are still in a good place, but the Coupe de France is on everyone’s mind. “
Posters are pasted on every corner, in shops. “Count” – the author. Illustrator, this mission was entrusted to him by his favorite club, not hoping for such success. “People are a little confused, surprised to see posters everywhere. They go to the parts store, there are already more than 40,000 parts, and they are still making them again, which is very impressive, ”said the defender of Nice culture, who gave up his posters in T-shirts. “It applies to everyone, even grandmothers or mothers, it creates a family image of football, which is now lost with all the problems that have with the fans.”
After a tour of the official OGC Nice store in Place Massena, where club flags fluttered around the statue of Apollo, Jean-Jacques took a well-loaded bag from his hands. “In the final, I took Nissa T-shirts, flags, scarves, a full range,” he says proudly. Excitement is present from the moment of qualifying to the half, we hear about it, flags everywhere, there is a real hiss.
25 years of deficit
In the minds of the elders, the last title won after the penalty against Guingamp, one evening in 1997 in the Park of the Princes “It was the year of my 20th birthday,” recalls Anthony de l’Escalinada. , being a little superstitious, we can hope for the same result as me. Sandrine was also in Paris to see the last line of Nice’s prize list: “We lived this moment with my husband, we were very young,” she says, almost with tears in her eyes. “The greatest gift will be the opportunity to share it as a family with our children, our gender, our grandson in 25 years.”
The Countess’s emotions were also experienced in 2006 during the last Lou Gym final in the De La Liga Cup against Nancy: “It was less important, but we had nothing more to wear. Under our teeth, our morale fell into our socks. “This season we beat Paris, Marseille, we have a great course. I know that if we win, the city will catch fire. 20,000 seats reserved for the people of Nice were sold out in the shortest possible time, we really have a football city.”
Sandrin confidently continues: “It’s hard to believe, but we were there, it was a dream for 25 years. So far, we may have had coaches who played fewer cups and more champions, we have a coach who plays Everything, so that’s huge. This year I think the cup is for us. ” If you’re most lucky in Paris, others will watch the finale on a giant screen located on the Promenade du Paillon in the city center, which can accommodate almost 10,000 people. Everyone is ready to rejoice before experiencing Sunday, which Nice fans are reluctant to talk about right now.