Lille Olympique Sporting Club (OSC) is a French football club, based in the northern city of Lille founded in 1944. After some glorious years in the aftermath of WWII, Lille have often lived in the shadow of local rival RC Lens when it comes to both performances and local popularity.
After three seasons in Ligue 2, Lille OSC returned in 2000 to the French Ligue 1 and in November 2005 the team recorded one of the greatest results in their history by defeating former champions and heavy favourites Manchester United in the Champions League group phase.
They parachuted into the UEFA Cup finishing third in their Group leaving Manchester United behind in fourth place.
After winning a David vs. Goliath pairing with Italian heavyweights AC Milan 2-0, Lille OSC qualified for the first time in their history for the knockout stages of the Champions League in 2006.