||This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the French Wikipedia. (August 2014)|
|Full name||Athletic Club Ajaccien|
|Nickname(s)||L'ours (The Bear)|
|Ground||Stade François Coty,
|2013-14||Ligue 1, 20th
|Website||Club home page|
Athletic Club Ajaccio (French pronunciation: [aʒaksjo]; commonly referred to as AC Ajaccio or simply Ajaccio) is a French association football club based in the city of Ajaccio on the island of Corsica. The club was founded in 1910 and currently plays in Ligue 2. The club president is Alain Orsoni and the first-team is currently coached by interim manager and former youth coach Christian Bracconi, following the sacking of Fabrizio Ravanelli on 2 November 2013. Ajaccio play their home matches at the Stade François Coty and are rivals with fellow Corsican club SC Bastia, with whom they contest the Corsica derby (Derby Corse).
Depending on sources, it is agreed that Ajaccio began playing in 1909–10. Their adopted colours are red and white stripes. Though they used to play in what was previously utilised as a sand dump, they decided to move to another, cleaner, safer stadium upon the insistence of Jean Lluis, father-in-law of club president Louis Baretti. The new stadium that was chosen held 5,000 spectators and was in use until 1969.
AC Ajaccio were elected Corsican champions on eight occasions, in 1920, 1921, 1934, 1939, 1948, 1950, 1955 and 1964, and are one of three big "island" teams, along with Gazélec Ajaccio and SC Bastia, the competition between the three being kept no secret. Spectators during the 1946 Corsican Cup final, held between A.C.A. and Sporting Bastia were handed umbrellas to shield themselves from the violence. Upon refusal of a penalty which would have been awarded to ACA, violence erupted between the fans, who used umbrellas both as cause and limitation of violence. This final was abandoned and replayed much later.
A.C.A. became a professional team in 1965 thanks to the ambitious assembly of a team by leaders of the club. They initially adopted the symbol of the polar bear, but this has since been dropped in favour of a more stylised logo that uses a part of the Corsican flag.
As of 1 September 2014.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Notable past players
For a complete list of AC Ajaccio players, see Category:AC Ajaccio players.
- Jean Pietri (pre–1955)
- Félix Pironti (1955–57)
- Michel Brusseaux (1957–58)
- Jean Laune (1958–59)
- Jean-Pierre Knayer (1959–63)
- Mohammed Azzouz (1963–64)
- Ernst Stojaspal (1964–65)
- Alberto Muro (1965–70)
- Louis Hon (1970–71)
- Antoine Cuissard (1971–72)
- André Mori (1972–73)
- Louis Hon (1973–74)
- Lulu Accorsi (1974–75)
- Alain Mistre (1975–76)
- François Paoli (1976–78)
- Mohammed Azzouz (1978–79)
- 1979–92 : unknown
- Baptiste Gentili (1 July 1992 – 30 June 2001)
- Rolland Courbis (1 July 2001 – 30 June 2003)
- Dominique Bijotat (1 July 2002 – 21 September 2004)
- Olivier Pantaloni (2004)
- Rolland Courbis (8 February 2005 – 11 January 2006)
- Olivier Pantaloni (interim) (11 January 2006 – 12 January 2006)
- José Pasqualetti (12 January 2006 – 30 June 2006)
- Ruud Krol (1 July 2006 – 30 June 2007)
- Gernot Rohr (1 July 2007 – 30 August 2008)
- José Pasqualetti (1 September 2008 – 23 February 2009)
- Olivier Pantaloni (23 February 2009 – 13 June 2012)
- Alex Dupont (22 June 2012 – 17 December 2012)
- Albert Emon (21 December 2012 – 28 May 2013)
- Fabrizio Ravanelli (7 June 2013 – 2 November 2013)
- Christian Bracconi (interim) (3 November 2013–)
- Division 2 (Second Division)
- Champions (2): 1966–67, 2001–02
- Championnat National (Third Division)
- Champions (1): 1997–98
- Ligue de Corse (Corsican League)
- Champions (9): 1920, 1921, 1934, 1939, 1948, 1950, 1955, 1964, 1994
- "Bracconi named interim AC Ajaccio coach". Yahoo/Reuters.
- "Fabrizio Ravanelli fired as Ajaccio head coach after home defeat". BBC. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
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