The TOP 10 of Lens’ greatest players: Sikora, the embodiment of Racing

The Racing Club de Lens is a mythical club in France. Created in 1906, the club has only won the championship once (1998). But its fervor, its supporters and their passion were enough to make RCL a club apart. The audience at the Bollaert stadium saw a good number of players parade, some of whom left an indelible mark on the club.

10: Vladimir Smicer (1996-1999):

He stayed “only” three years at the club, but he chose the right moment. The Czech winger arrived from Slavia Prague. The Lensois leaders were seduced by his game vision and technical accuracy. A paying choice since he will win with him, the only two national trophies of the club.

Records at the club: 1 Ligue 1, 1 Coupe de la Ligue

9: Daniel Leclerq (1974-1983):

The French midfielder was the organizer of the Lensois game in the 70s and 80s. Characterized by a no-frills style, Leclerq is constantly looking to move the ball around and keep the game going. He then became the team’s coach and led the team to the championship title in 1998.

Record with the club: none

8: Marc-Vivien Foe (1994-1999):

Legend of African football and the Indomitable Lions, the late Marc-Vivien Foé, who died in 2003 during a Confederations Cup match with Cameroon, remains in Lensoise memories. He quickly established himself as one of the best in his position in Ligue 1. His tibia-fibula fracture in 98 undoubtedly deprived him of a more brilliant career. His number 17 has been removed from the club and a fresco has been made in his honor.

Record with the club: 1 Ligue 1

7: Ahmed Oudjani (1958-1965; 1970-1972):

One of the best Algerians in history. The club’s top scorer with 118 goals, he was the first to finish top scorer in the championship with the Sang et Or jersey on his shoulders. He scored 30 goals that season, and he had scored at least 15 per season in the last five. He is also the only Lens player to score six goals in a league game.

Record at club: none

6: Seydou Keita (2002-2007):

The Malian literally exploded with Lens. After the first complicated seasons because coach Francis Muller did not give him much playing time, he became club captain under the leadership of Francis Gillot. His last is exceptional, he planted 11 league goals while he was a defensive midfielder. His performances attracted the big European clubs and they signed for Seville in the summer of 2007 before signing with Barça a year later.

Achievements at the club: 1 Intertoto Cup

5: Frédéric Déhu (1991-1999):

A stopper with a technical quality superior to its counterparts. Trained in Lens, he won the club’s only titles before flying to Barcelona and then Paris. His performances in the North allowed him to be selected for the France team.

Records at the club: 1 Ligue 1, 1 Coupe de la Ligue

4: Maryan Wisnieski (1953-1963):

277 games and 105 goals. Legend of Lens and also a great figure in the French team with whom he participated in the 58 World Cup alongside Kopa and Fontaine and in Euro 1960. Two competitions in which he finished best passer.

Record with the club: none

3: Guillaume Warmuz (1992-2003):

Greatest goalkeeper of RC Lens. He keeps the cages during the two titles won by Lens, but also in the European Cup. He kept his clean sheets 16 times during the title season. Lensois supporters remember his match against Arsenal. Blocked in the France team by the presence of Bernard Lama and Fabien Barthez.

Record with the club: 1 Ligue 1, 1 Coupe de la Ligue

2: Jean-Guy Wallemme (1986-1998; 2001-2002):

The only RC Lens captain to have lifted the French Champion trophy. Iconic player of the club, this rough defender and charismatic leader was the key element of the artesian defense. He returned in the early 2000s to end his career but ended up starting and Lens, the best defense in the championship.

Record with the club: 1 Ligue 1

1: Eric Sikora (1985-2004):

Like Paolo Maldini or Francesco Totti, Sikora has played his entire career at Lens. 590 matches during which he experienced the best hours of RC Lens. He was elected in 2006, best player in the history of the club. But he could have left the North much sooner. In 1998 he had a medical visit with Liverpool before an administrative problem delayed the transfer and caused the player to change his mind.

Record with the club: 1 Ligue 1, 1 Coupe de la Ligue

Thomas Varon

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