FC Metz

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Metz
Logo
Full name Football Club de Metz
Nickname(s) Les Grenats, Les Graoullys
Founded 1932; 82 years ago (1932)
Ground Stade Municipal
Saint-Symphorien
,
Metz
Ground Capacity 26,700[1]
Chairman Bernard Serin
Manager Albert Cartier
League Ligue 1
2013-14 Ligue 2, 1st (promoted)
Website Club home page

Football Club de Metz, commonly referred to as simply Metz (French pronunciation: ​[mes]), is a French association football club based in Metz. The club was formed in 1932 and has spent most of its history in Ligue 1, except for a stint in Ligue 2 (the second level in the French football league system) between 2008 and 2014, which also encompassed a relegation to the National Championship in 2012. In April 2014, Metz secured its spot back in Ligue 1 by defeating Auxerre. Metz plays its home matches at the Stade Municipal Saint-Symphorien located within the city. The team is managed by former FC Metz player Albert Cartier.

History[edit]

FC Metz was founded in 1932 by the amalgamation of two amateur athletic clubs, and shortly thereafter became a professional team; it is one of the oldest professional football teams in France. Its roots trace back further, to the SpVgg Metz club, formed in 1905 when the city of Metz was part of the German Empire. SpVgg played in the tier-one Westkreis-Liga for a season in 1913–14, before the outbreak of the First World War stopped all play. Some players of this club were part of the Cercle Athlétique Messin in 1919, which went on to become FC Metz in 1932. Messin was a leading club in the Division d'Honneur – Lorraine, taking out league titles in 1920, 1921, 1922, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1929 and 1931.[2]

The club played in the French second division north from 1933, winning the league in 1935 and earning promotion to Ligue 1 for the first time.[3] The team became a mid-table side in the first division until the outbreak of the war interfered with play once more. FCM did not take part in the top-tier regional competitions in 1939–40.[4]

During the 2nd World War, the Moselle département being annexed by Germany, the club had to play under the Germanised name of FV Metz in the Gauliga Westmark. In the three completed seasons of this league from 1941 to 1944, the club finished runners-up each year.[5]

Despite the city of Metz being retaken by allied forces in autumn 1944, the club did not take part in French league football in 1944–45 but returned to Ligue 1 in 1945–46, to come 17th out of 18 clubs. An expansion of the league to 20 clubs meant, the team was not relegated and stayed at the highest level until 1950, when a last place finish ended its Ligue 1 membership.

The club rebounded immediately, finishing second in Ligue 2, behind Olympique Lyon and returned to the first division. FC Metz made a strong return to this league, finishing fifth in its first season back. After this, the club once more had to battle against relegation season-by-season, finishing second-last in 1958 and having to return to Ligue 2. It took three seasons in this league before it could manage to return to Ligue 1 in 1961, but lasted for only one year in the top flight. FC Metz spent the next five seasons at second division level.

FC Metz ascended to the top level of French football once more in 1967; the team remained in the highest division until they were relegated in 2001, although they bounced back immediately and returned to the Ligue 1 the following year. In 2006 they were relegated again. In 1998 the team competed in the qualifications to the Uefa Champions League but lost in the third round to Finnish team HJK Helsinki. Finally Metz once finished 18th of Ligue 2 and relegated to National, third tier of French football after 1–1 draw with FC Tours at home match in 20 May 2012.

FC Metz plays its home matches at the stade Saint-Symphorien, which has a capacity of 26,700. Its official colours are grenat (maroon) and white, from which the team derives its nickname Les Grenats. The team's crest features the Lorraine cross, symbolic of the team's regional affiliation, and the dragon called the Graoully, which in local legend was tamed by Saint Clement of Metz.[6]

FC Metz also gained recognition in France and Europe for its successful youth academy, which produced star players including: Rigobert Song, Robert Pirès, Louis Saha, Emmanuel Adebayor, Papiss Cissé, Miralem Pjanić, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Sadio Mané.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 July, 2014

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 Johann Carrasso
3 France DF Jonathan Rivierez
4 France DF Sylvain Marchal
5 Argentina DF Guido Milán
7 France MF Romain Rocchi
8 Ivory Coast MF Cheick Doukouré
9 Venezuela FW Juan Manuel Falcón
10 France MF Bouna Sarr
11 Argentina FW Federico Andrada (on loan from River Plate)
12 Ghana FW Kwame Nsor
13 France MF Florent Malouda
14 France MF Fadil Sido
15 France DF Romain Métanire
16 Gabon GK Anthony Mfa Mezui
17 France FW Maxwel Cornet
No. Position Player
18 France DF Jeremy Choplin
19 France FW Thibaut Vion
20 Mali FW Modibo Maiga (on loan from West Ham)
21 France MF Ahmed Kashi
22 France MF Kevin Lejeune
23 France MF Yeni Ngbakoto
24 France DF Gaëtan Bussmann
25 Senegal MF Guirane N'Daw
26 Luxembourg DF Chris Philipps
27 Argentina DF José Luis Palomino
28 Senegal MF Mayoro N'Doye-Baye
29 Belarus MF Sergey Krivets
30 France GK David Oberhauser
Ivory Coast DF Ali Bamba

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
France GK Thomas Didillon (on loan to RFC Seraing)
France DF Médéric Deher (on loan to Luçon)
Senegal DF Abdallah Ndour (on loan to Strasbourg)
France MF Samy Kehli (on loan to RFC Seraing)
Nigeria MF Popoola Saliu (on loan to RFC Seraing)
Senegal FW Moussa Gueye (on loan to RFC Seraing)

Notable players[edit]

Below are the notable former players who have represented Metz in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1932. To appear in the section below, a player must have played at least a full season for the club.

For a complete list of FC Metz players, see Category:FC Metz players

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Albert Cartier


Managerial history[edit]

Honours[edit]

FC Metz has never won the French championship; its best result was a second-place finish in 1998, behind RC Lens. Metz won the Coupe de France twice, in 1984 and 1988, the first of these victories enabled it to qualify for the European Cup Winners' Cup where it achieved arguably the team's greatest moment, an upset of FC Barcelona in the first round of the competition in October 1984. It lost 4–2 at home in the first leg but won 4–1 away in the return leg, thus qualifying 6–5 on aggregate. FC Metz also won the Coupe de la Ligue twice, in 1986 and 1996, and has made a total of ten appearances in European tournaments.

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