Annecy F.C.

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Annecy
Annecy F.C. crest
Full name Annecy Football Club
Founded 1927; 87 years ago (1927)
Ground Parc des Sports
Annecy
Ground Capacity 12,500[1]
Presidents Michel Rousseaux
Stéphane Loison
Manager Alexandre Marinkov[2]
League Rhône-Alpes Honneur Regional Ligue
2008–09 Rhône-Alpes Honneur Regional Ligue
Poule C, 3rd[3]

Annecy Football Club is a French amateur football club based in the town of Annecy in Haute-Savoie. The team plays its home matches at the Parc des Sports, where the club and its predecessor have been based since 1964. During the 2009–10 season, Annecy competed in the Rhône-Alpes Honneur Regional Ligue, the seventh tier of French football.

Annecy Football Club was founded under its current name in 1993 as the reincarnation of the defunct Football Club d'Annecy. FC Annecy, formed in 1927, spent the majority of their history in regional amateur football. The club turned professional in 1942, but was compelled to return to amateurism a year later. When a national amateur league was formed for the 1948–49 season, Annecy became founder members. After eleven seasons, Annecy became the amateur champions of France at the end of the 1959–60 season, and after a short rise in the early 1970s shrank back into the obscurity that had characterised their early days.

The 1980s saw a sharp rise back up again, as FC Annecy won three promotions in nine years to reach France's second tier for the 1988–89 campaign. The club turned professional again following the first season in the division, and reached a peak in 1990–91 as the team performed well in both the Coupe de France and the league. After relegation in 1992–93, the club capitulated in October 1993. Annecy Football Club was therefore established in its stead, taking up a league place five divisions below the third tier position that the former club had left. Though the new side won promotion twice within five years, Annecy then spent nine years in the sixth tier before meeting relegation again in 2007–08.

History[edit]

Football Club d'Annecy was founded in May 1927. The first president of the club was Louis Monnet, who held the office until 1933 when he was replaced by Jean Chatenoud. The club turned professional in 1942 after winning the Lyonnais Division Honneur, but was forced to return to its former status as amateur a year later as professional football clubs were outlawed. As amateurs, Annecy won the league twice more in 1946–47 and 1947–48 before joining the Championnat de France amateur on its formation for 1948–49. Winning the Coupe de Lyonnais in 1953–54 was capped by finishing top of the Championnat's south-eastern section a year later. The team regained the Coupe de Lyonnais in 1958–59 and ended the 1959–60 campaign as the amateur champions of France. Chatenoud finally stepped down in 1970, after 37 years as president. The Championnat was dissolved after the 1970–71 season, and Annecy were subsequently accepted into the Division 3 Sud-Est.[2]

During their first season in the new league, Annecy were nearly promoted, but lost a play-off match to FC Martigues. The team competed in the division until 1973–74, when Annecy were relegated back to the Lyonnais Division Honneur. The team revived during the early 1980s, achieving promotion to the fourth level for 1980–81 before winning the championship in 1983–84. Another promotion in 1987–88 saw the club in the second tier for 1988–89, and prompted a change back to professionalism. Annecy's best season came in 1990–91, when the team finished ninth in the league and reached the last 16 of the Coupe de France. However, on relegation in 1992–93, Annecy fell as swiftly as they had emerged – the club was wound up on 16 October 1993, and therefore gave up its professional status along with its place in the third level.[2]

Annecy Football Club was formed on the same day as FC Annecy's demise, and took up a league place five tiers below that of the former team in the Rhône-Alpes Promotion Honneur Régional. The new club was promoted in its second season, and repeated this feat two years later. After nine years at the sixth level, the Rhône-Alpes Honneur Ligue, Annecy were relegated again in 2007–08.[2]

Managers[edit]

Twenty-one men have managed Annecy in its two incarnations. Only one of these, the Yugoslav Georges Korac, has been a foreigner. The longest serving manager is Jean-Christian Lang, who managed the club for six years from 1981 to 1987.[2][4]

Name Nationality From To
Lucien Leduc France French 1951 1956
Lucien Leduc France French 1957 1958
Stanislas Golinski France French 1962 1964
André Grillon France French 1964 1968
Léon Glovacki France French 1968 1969
Stanislas Golinski France French 1969 1971
Noël Gallo France French 1971 1972
Jean-Claude Lavaud France French 1972 1973
Claude Rey France French 1973 1977
Laffont France French 1977 1979
Canzio Capaldini France French 1979 1981
Jean-Christian Lang France French 1981 1987
Name Nationality From To
Georges Korac Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavian 1987 1989
Guy Stéphan France French 1989 1992
Christian Coste France French 1992 1994
Victor Mastroiani France French 1994 1999
Jean-Yves Kerjean France French 1999 2000
Alexandre Marinkov France French 2000 2002
Franck Lebel France French 2002 2003
Karim Fatmi France French 2003 2004
Pascal Chavaroche France French 2004 2005
Milé Dukic France French 2005 2008
Alexandre Marinkov France French 2008 Present

Honours[edit]

The club has won a variety of honours, all of them amateur. The most notable honour won by Annecy in either guise is the French amateur championship won by the club in 1959–60.[5]

as Football Club d'Annecy[edit]

Honour Year(s)
Championnat de France amateur champions 1959–60
Championnat de France amateur (South-East) champions 1954–55
Troisième Division runners-up 1987–88 (South-East)
Quatrième Division champions 1983–84 (Group F)
Lyonnais Division Honneur[A] champions 1941–42, 1946–47, 1947–48, 1979–80
Coupe de Lyonnais / Coupe de Rhône-Alpes[A] winners 1953–54, 1958–59, 1979–80

as Annecy Football Club[edit]

Honour Year(s)
Rhône-Alpes Honneur Régional Ligue[A] champions 1996–97
Rhône-Alpes Promotion Honneur Régional[A] champions 1994–95

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ The Ligue du Lyonnais, founded in 1920, changed its name in June 1980 to the Ligue Rhône-Alpes de Football and thus renamed its competitions accordingly.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Le Club – Infrastructures" (in French). Annecy F.C. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Le Club – Historique" (in French). Annecy F.C. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  3. ^ "Les classements du club" (in French). Fédération Française de Football. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  4. ^ "France – Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 18 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  5. ^ "Le Club – Palmarès" (in French). Annecy F.C. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  6. ^ "80 ans d'Histoire : La Marche du Temps" (in French). Ligue Rhône-Alpes de Football. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 

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