Clermont Foot

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Clermont Foot
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Full name Clermont Foot Auvergne 63
Founded 1990; 24 years ago (1990)
Ground Stade Gabriel Montpied, Clermont-Ferrand
Ground Capacity 10,607
Chairman Claude Michy
Manager Corinne Diacre
League Ligue 2
2013–14 14th
Website Club home page

Clermont Foot Auvergne 63 (Occitan: Clarmont d'Auvèrnhe; commonly referred to as Clermont Foot or simply Clermont) is a French association football club based in Clermont-Ferrand. The first incarnation of the club was formed in 1911 and the current club was created in 1990 as a result of a merger. Clermont currently play in Ligue 2, the second level of French football having achieved promotion to the league after winning the 2006–07 edition of the Championnat National. The club plays its home matches at the Stade Gabriel Montpied located within the city. Clermont is managed by Corinne Diacre and captained by Cameroonian Eugène Ekobo.

History[edit]

The club started in 1911 under the name Stade Clermontois. Despite little league success in the early days, they reached the semi-finals of the Coupe de France during the 1945–46 season. Their professional status was repealed after the 46–47 season due to financial difficulties. The club became professional again in 1966. 1984 saw an expansion, with Stade-Clermontois and AS Montferrand merging to form Clermont-Ferrand Football Club (CFC). The club was placed in the third division.

The club was later renamed Clermont Foot Auvergne, having to start again in the Division Honneur. After 13 years, Clermont Foot got promoted multiple times, from the Division Honneur up to Ligue 2 in 1993. During these 13 years of success, the club had numerous successes in the Coupe de France. One notable cup run was in 1997, when the Auvergne club eliminated three professional sides, Martigues, Lorient and then Paris Saint-Germain, before succumbing to Nice.

More recently, the club won the Championnat National in 2007, being promoted to Ligue 2 again, from which they had been relegated in 2006.

In 2014, Clermont became the first French professional men's team to appoint a female manager when they appointed Helena Costa.[1][2] Less than a month after taking charge, Costa quit her role,[3] and was replaced by another female, Corinne Diacre.[4]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 26 June, 2014.[5]

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

No. Position Player
1 France GK Jérôme Scolan
3 France DF Gérald Kilota
4 France DF Cédric Avinel
5 France DF Baptiste Martin
6 Cameroon MF Eugène Ekobo
7 France MF Yohan Betsch
8 Cameroon MF Enguene Messi
9 France FW Idriss Saadi
10 France MF Hugo Videmont
11 France MF Pierrick Capelle
12 France FW Jordan N'Kololo
13 France DF Cédric Bockhorni
15 France MF Thibault Moulin
16 France GK Mehdi Jeannin
No. Position Player
17 Algeria MF Bilal Hamdi
19 France MF Harry Novillo
20 France DF Jacques Salze
21 France FW Rémy Dugimont
22 France MF Brandon Agounon
24 France MF Yannis Salibur
25 France DF Anthony Lippini
27 Burkina Faso MF Souleymane Sawadogo
28 France FW Grégory Bettiol
29 France MF Kévin Diogo
30 France GK Franck L'Hostis
33 France MF Mehdi Latrèche
34 France DF Hugo Konongo

Retired numbers[edit]

14 - France Clément Pinault, Defender (2008-09) - posthumous honour.

Notable former players[edit]

For a list of former Clermont Foot players, see Category:Clermont Foot players.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Helena Costa takes over at Ligue 2's Clermont Foot as first female manager". The Guardian. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Helena Costa: French Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot name woman boss". The Guardian. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Helena Costa will not after all take over as Clermont Foot coach". The Guardian. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Clermont Foot appoint second female manager in Corinne Diacre". The Guardian. 28 June 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Clermont Foot squad at footballsquads.co.uk

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