Football : the death of Louis Nicollin, president of the club of Montpellier

Football : the death of Louis Nicollin, president of the club of Montpellier

Since 1974, “Louie” was the face and especially the voice of the Montpellier Herault. The legendary president of the football club, Louis Nicollin, died Thursday, June 29 at the age of 74 years.

” It is with immense sadness that we learned of the death of our president, “, tweeted the MHSC. Louis Nicollin had previously been admitted to a hospital of Nimes after a malaise at the exit of a restaurant Thursday afternoon.

Anachronism in football in any business

Louis Nicollin perpetuated a tradition of leader endangered to the head of a club that he carried to the end of arm since 1974. President and founder, sole shareholder, the boss of the company Nicollin, specializing in the cleaning and the collection and reprocessing of household and industrial waste, was a man of popular charisma, good-natured, who embodied a certain form of anachronism in football, all business.

Parachuted in 1967 in Montpellier to create a branch of the family business, he has built an empire athlete and a professional, combining the interests of the one and the other. In November 1974, in a deserted town in top-level sport, it takes in hand the club of the Paillade, while in the honors division.

In 1977, upon the death of his father, he takes the direction of the group Nicollin (300 million euros in revenues and 4,500 employees today). That same year, the town hall of Montpellier toggle for twenty-four years in the hands of the socialist Georges Frêche, with which it binds a friendship shared by political and economic interests.

Their common ambition leads Montpellier in the first division from 1987 in a steep climb. Victory in 1990 of the Coupe de France with White, Cantona, Valderrama…, epic in 1991 until the quarter finals of the cup winners ‘ Cup : Montpellier is experiencing a time of dark glory for its finances. Since then, the team has seen good times and bad, as the rise in League 1 in 2009 and a title of champion of France in 2012.

” The simplicity of Louis was his nobility “

Known for its media outlets earth-shattering, and his taste for good cheer, he has also been the coach of the France team for years as a representative of the professional football League (LFP). Collector’s hard-core football shirts, he had no less than 4 000 in his famous mas Saint-Gabriel, in the Camargue.

Since the announcement of his death, the world of football pays homage unanimous. In a statement, Michel Platini has expressed his sadness : ” Louis was my closest friend in football over the past thirty years. The simplicity of Louis was his nobility. I loved everything about this exceptional man. I loved her just like one loves a brother. A part of me has just disappeared. “

In a tweet, André-Pierre Gignac has welcomed the memory of his ” favorite president “.

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