1958: Boro 3 Nimes Olympique 0

Top French side Nimes Olympique were our first-ever cross-channel opponents, visiting Teesside with Ayresome Parks floodlight's still in their infancy. Despite a stylish display from Nimes it was Boro who had their shooting boots on - Brian Clough scoring twice and Alan Peacock adding a third all before half-time.

August 1960: Lille Olympique 1 Boro 2

The two sides met in Lille during pre-season and competed for the Anglo-Franco-Scottish Friendship Cup. It was Boro who came away with the win with goals from Eddie Holliday and Alan Peacock.

October 1960: Boro 4 Lille Olympique 1

The second leg came 2 months later when Lille visited Ayresome Park. Brian Clough scored a brace as Boro ran out comfortable winners.

2013: Boro 2 Bordeaux 1

Tony Mowbray's Boro side hosted then French Cup winners Bordeaux in the final match of pre-season preparations ahead of the 2013/14 campaign.

Jonathan Woodgate started and played 60 minutes of the game before being replaced by Ben Gibson. George Friend was a surprise inclusion as he recovered from a hamstring injury, while signings Dean Whitehead and Joszef Varga made their home debuts. 

4,000 fans watched as a well-taken double from Marvin Emnes gave Boro victory, Henri Saivet hitting one - an unstoppable curling effort - in reply for the visitors. 

Watch highlights from the game below

2016: UEFA Youth League

Boro's Under-19s came up against two French sides in the UEFA Youth League in 2016, a competition which we qualified for as a domestic champion. 

The Teessiders' Academy side overcame Stade de Reims 6-5 on aggregate in a goal-filled first round but were later edged out by a single goal away to Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16.

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