Dijon FCO

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Dijon FCO
Full name Dijon Football Côte-d'Or
Founded 1998; 16 years ago (1998)
Ground Stade Gaston Gérard,
Ground Capacity 15,995
Chairman Olivier Delcourt
Manager Olivier Dall'Oglio
League Ligue 2
2013–14 Ligue 2, 6th
Website Club home page

Dijon Football Côte d'Or (French pronunciation: ​[diʒɔ̃ koʊt daˈor]; commonly referred to as Dijon FCO or simply Dijon) is a French association football club based in Dijon. The club was founded in 1998 as a result of a merger between two local clubs in the city and currently competes in Ligue 2 after suffering relegation from Ligue 1 in the 2011–12 season. The club president is Olivier Delcourt and the first-team is coached by Olivier Dall'Oglio, a former football player. Dijon play its home matches at the Stade Gaston Gérard.


The history of football in Dijon begins in 1903 with the founding of Cercle Dijon Lay. This is from 1913 exactly a football section is implemented. During World War II Circle Lay Dijon is replaced by the Cercle Sportif Dijon and it merges with FC Dijon. This new club called Cercle Sportif Dijon Lay accesses the Division Honneur de Bourgogne since its inception in 1945 . In spring 1960 , the club celebrated its first championship of Burgundy. Dijon fails to keep CFA but finds the amateur elite from 1962 . Glovacki Leon succeeds Pierre Danzelle as coach, Dijon then has a solid training. The champion group CFA Centre won in 1965 is the best illustration. Denying the possibility of turning professional despite repeated proposals of the League, the leaders Dijon cause the break-up of the team. The club plunges from DH 1967 . After a final trip in CFA ( 1969 – one thousand nine hundred and seventy-one ), the club navigates between the CFA and the DH for several seasons. Philippe Piat , returns to the club from its beginnings and gets the promotion D3 in 1974 .

In the late 1970s, several small clubs merge to form the Dijon Dijon FC. This new club becomes the competitor Cercle Sportif Lay in Dijon the capital of Burgundy. During the 1980s the Circle is headed by Jean Claude Dubouil. For the first time in its history, the club plays between 1987 and 1991 D2 . Despite good seasons, both sporting dark club financially. Meanwhile, the other club in town, Dijon FC, coached by Daniel Joseph, joined the Cercle Dijon level in CFA.

1998–2005: Formation[edit]

In 1998, the two leading clubs of the city, the Cercle Sportif Lay Dijon and Dijon FC decided to merge and form a big club in Dijon. A new club was born: The Dijon Football Côte-d'Or. During his first season in CFA, the DFCO is directed by Noël Tosi . The club failed to rise at the last day. Noël Tosi is dismissed, replaced by his deputy, Daniel Joseph. The following season, the rising National is obtained against the Calais RUFC at the last day. The DFCO wins at the same time the title of champion of France Amateur against Ales . This is the first trophy of the club.

The following two seasons in National, are difficult for the club. During the 2000–2001 season, the maintenance is assured little. During the next season DFCO loses Daniel Joseph, he was replaced by his deputy Mario Relmy that keeps the club. In 2002, the club recorded the arrival of Rudi Garcia will professionalise the club in 2004. In his first season at the club, he brings Dijon at the top of the table National to finish 4th to 3 points of the climb. Dijon has been minnows Coupe de France! In 2004, Dijon performs feats leaving Saint-Étienne (L2), Lens (L1), Reims (L2) and Amiens (L2) before falling to Châteauroux (L2) in the semifinals, the DFCO gets its rise League 2.

2005–11: Ligue 2[edit]

The rise in L2 allows the separation of the club into two entities: pro and amateur. Despite limited resources and poor infrastructure, the club Bourguignon makes a great 4th place in his first season in Ligue 2. club performs in the same season the elimination of Girondins de Bordeaux in 16th round of the League Cup.

At the end of the 2005–2006 season, the club finished in 5th spot. The ambition of the club is now up in Ligue 1. During the 2006–2007 season, the club has several opportunities to get on the podium but lack whenever the occasion. The DFCO finished in 8th. June 2007 marked the end of an era Rudi Garcia will lead Le Mans . New coach Serge Romano which aims to bring the club to the French elite, made the podium L2 for the first time in its history the club, it follows a fall in the standings. Serge Romano is sacked December 2007. He was replaced by Faruk Hadžibegić in January 2008 after a temporary Frederic Bompard. The new coach then save the club from a relegation nearby. Retention Ligue 2 is acquired at the end of the last day of the championship, thanks to a draw (1–1) in the field of AC Ajaccio . At the same time, 15 April 2008, the club reached the quarter-finals of the Coupe de France but lost against Amiens.

The 2008–2009 season was marked by the arrival of French international Eric Carrière . Despite this contribution, the DFCO oscillates between middle and end of the table but the maintenance is carried out in the month of April. The cut is during a confrontation against a team in Ligue 1: Grenoble, meeting lost on penalties to score after a 1–1 draw.

Following a dispute in the offseason in 2009 between President Bernard Gnecchi and coach at the time, Faruk Hadžibegić this first chooses to appoint Patrice Carteron at the head of the team. After a first season ended in mid-table, the DFCO gets its rise in Ligue 1 in the season 2010–2011, with his third place in the standings, a first for a team of Dijon football.

2011–12: Ligue 1[edit]

The Coast d'Orienne team plays for the first time in its history in Ligue 1 during the season 2011–2012. 7 August 2011, the Burgundy club plays the first game in its history against the Ligue 1 Stade Rennes at home. It records at the same time his first goal and his first defeat in the top flight (5–1). The following Saturday, he bowed again to the Stadium of Toulouse on 2–0. The first victory in league 1 is obtained on 20 August at home against Lorient at the 3rd day (2–0), the club enchainer on 1 February win in Annecy face Evian Thonon Gaillard, on behalf of the 4th day (0–1), but will lose face to the team Lyon home the next day (1–2). The DFCO be 16 e has the winter break. Upon resumption, the Burgundians enchainent a good set of results including hanging the eventual champion Montpellier (1–1) or by imposing Marseille (2–1) 17 March 2012. Unfortunately for them, dissension internally and a decline in the performance of its leaders ( Benjamin Corgnet or Gaël Kakuta , arrived at the truce Chelsea) completely leaden end of the season. After 25 March 2012 and a win against Caen (2–0), Dijon not win any match, losing 6 matches (for 3 draws). 20 May 2012, at the last day, Dijon incline heavily to Rennes (5–0) and are officially relegated to Ligue 2, accompanied by the rival Auxerre also sentenced to evolve on the lower floor in the season 2012–2013. Conceding 63 goals in 38 games, the DFCO was during his first season in Ligue 1, the worst defence in the league. Following the relegation, the president resigned and Bernard Gnecchi coach Patrice Carteron leaves the club 4.

2012–present: Return to Ligue 2[edit]

They are replaced by the president Olivier Delcourt and coach Olivier Dall'Oglio. After their first experience in the professional world, the club finished in 6th.


  • Matches played: Stéphane Mangione (181 matches)
  • Number of goals: Sebastian Ribas (55 goals)
  • Matches against: Rudi Garcia (204 matches)
  • Biggest purchase: Brice Jovial (2M€ for Le Havre Athletic Club )
  • Biggest Sale: Benjamin Corgnet (€6M to FC Lorient , including bonuses)
  • The oldest player in a match: Stéphane Grégoire (39 years, 3 months and 23 days at Dijon and Strasbourg (3–1, League 2) 25 May 2007)
  • Youngest player in a match: Patrick M'Pondo (17 years, 2 months and 17 days at Brest-Dijon (0–1 National) 27 October 2001)
  • Most goals in one game: 12 (US Mahault Baie-Dijon FCO :1–12 Coupe de France 1998–1999)
  • Most goals conceded in a match: 6 ( CS Sedan-Ardennes -Dijon FCO :6–1 League Cup 2009–2010)
  • Victory with the biggest difference: 11 (US Mahault Baie-Dijon FCO :1–12 Coupe de France 1998–1999)
  • Defeat with the biggest difference: -5 (Sète-Dijon FCO :5–0, National 2002–2003 / FC Sochaux-Montbéliard -Dijon FCO :5–0, League Cup 2006–2007 / FC Metz , Dijon FCO: 5–0 Ligue 2 2006–2007 / CS Sedan-Ardennes -Dijon FCO :6–1 League Cup 2009–2010 / Stade Rennes -Dijon FCO :5–0, Ligue 1 2011–2012)

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 June 2014[1]

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 Florent Perraud
4 France DF William Rémy
5 France DF Zakaria Diallo
6 Senegal MF Ousseynou Cissé
9 France FW Loïs Diony
10 France FW Jérémie Bela
11 Cape Verde FW Júlio Tavares
12 Ivory Coast FW Koro Koné
13 France DF Pape Paye
14 France MF Jordan Marié
15 Ivory Coast DF Abdoulaye Bamba
16 France GK Enzo Basilio
No. Position Player
17 France MF Brian Babit
19 France DF Samuel Souprayen
20 France MF Romain Amalfitano
22 France MF Johan Gastien
23 France MF Sekou Baradji
24 Ivory Coast DF Zié Diabaté
25 France DF Steven Paulle
27 France DF Cédric Varrault (captain)
28 France MF Florent Mollet
29 France MF Romain Philippoteaux
30 France GK Baptiste Reynet

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

Managerial history[edit]

Logo history[edit]

The owl, associated with an architectural detail at the Church of Notre-Dame of Dijon, is a symbol of the city. The club's first logo is the Porte Guillaume (Place Darcy) behind the famous owl Dijon (who was actually an owl). When changing colours of the club, the owl changes appearance to be shown in full flight and the Porte Guillaume disappears in favour of plain background. The owl opens its wings to represent the V for victory.


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