AC Ajaccio

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AC Ajaccio
AC Ajaccio.svg
Full name Athletic Club Ajaccien
Nickname(s) L'ours (The Bear)
Founded 1910; 104 years ago (1910)
Ground Stade François Coty,
Ajaccio
Ground Capacity 12,000
Chairman Alain Orsoni
Manager Christian Bracconi
League Ligue 2
2013-14 Ligue 1, 20th
(relegated)
Website Club home page
Current season

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,[1] following the sacking of Fabrizio Ravanelli on 2 November 2013.[2] Ajaccio play their home matches at the Stade François Coty and are rivals with fellow island club SC Bastia, with whom they contest the Derby Corse (Corsica derby).

Historical information[edit]

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.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 23 June 2014.[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Mali GK Oumar Sissoko
2 France DF Cédric Hengbart
3 France DF Paul Babiloni
4 Senegal MF Ricardo Faty
5 Mali DF Cédric Kanté
6 Guadeloupe DF Ronald Zubar
7 France MF Claude Gonçalves
9 France FW Nicolas Fauvergue
11 France FW Mouaad Madri
13 France MF Fabrice Begeorgi
14 Algeria MF Mehdi Mostefa
No. Position Player
16 France GK Anthony Scribe
17 France MF Benoît Pedretti
18 France MF Johan Cavalli
19 France MF Julien Remiti
20 Venezuela DF Grenddy Perozo
21 France MF Benoît Lesoimier
22 France FW Issa Baradji
25 France DF Mickaël Leca
28 Belgium MF Brandon Deville
29 Kenya FW Dennis Oliech
30 France GK François-Joseph Sollacaro

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player

Notable past players[edit]

For a complete list of AC Ajaccio players, see Category:AC Ajaccio players.

Managers[edit]

Honours[edit]

  • Division 2 (Second Division)
  • Championnat National (Third Division)
    • Champions (1): 1997–98
  • Ligue de Corse (Corsican League)
    • Champions (9): 1920, 1921, 1934, 1939, 1948, 1950, 1955, 1964, 1994

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