Le Havre AC

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Havre AC
HAC logo 2012.svg
Full name Havre Athletic Club
Nickname(s) Le club doyen, Les Ciel et Marine
Founded 1872; 143 years ago (1872)
Ground Stade Océane,
Le Havre
Ground Capacity 25,178
Chairman Jean-Pierre Louvel
Manager Thierry Goudet
League Ligue 2
2013–14 12th
Website Club home page
HAC in Tournoi de paques 1913

Havre Athletic Club (French pronunciation: ​[lə avʁ]; commonly referred as Le Havre or simply as Havre) is a French association football club based in Le Havre, Haute-Normandie. The club was founded originally as an athletics and rugby club in 1872, thus making it the oldest association football and rugby club registered in France.[1] Le Havre currently plays in Ligue 2, the second level of French football and since 2012 plays its home matches at the Stade Océane.

Le Havre made its football debut in France's first-ever championship in 1899 and, on its debut, became the first French club outside of Paris to win the league. The club, subsequently, won the league the following season in 1900. Le Havre has yet to win the current first division of French football, Ligue 1, but has participated in the league 24 times; its last stint being during the 2008–09 season. The club's highest honour to date was winning the Coupe de France in 1959. Le Havre is managed by Thierry Goudet and captained by midfielder Julien François.


It was in 1872 that a group of British residents formed Le Havre Athletique.[2] which played a hybrid form of football, a cross between rugby and association football, called "combination". Le Havre can therefore be said to be the origin of rugby union in France.

Association football began being played on a regular basis in 1894, so technically AS Strasbourg could be considered the first French football team being established in 1890, however, they were a German team at the time. Le Havre currently play in Ligue 2 of the French league and their home stadium is Stade Océane.

In 1899, Le Havre became the first club from outside Paris to become French football champions. At the time the championship was organised by the USFSA. After being awarded a win over Iris Club Lillois in the semi-final by walkover, they were awarded the title after also receiving a walkover in the final against Club Français.[3] They would also win the following year, with the final being a "re-match" of the forfeited 1899 final.

The club is famous for its notable youth investment program which develops and nurtures young talent, with the vision of using them in the first team if they show enough promise. A vast amount of good young talent has gone on to make an impact at international level including Ibrahim Ba, Jean-Alain Boumsong, Lassana Diarra and Vikash Dhorasoo.

The club was on the receiving end of some high-profile illegal transfers, by which Charles N'Zogbia, Matthias Lepiller and Paul Pogba were signed by other clubs, allegedly without the proper compensation being paid. The first two were arbitrated by FIFA, who ordered Newcastle United and ACF Fiorentina to pay training compensation.

Le Havre is known as 'les ciel et marine' in France, which translates as 'the sky and navy blues'. These colours were chosen by the club's English founders as they were those of their alma maters, the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.


Current squad[edit]

As of 28 February, 2015.[4]

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 Régis Gurtner
2 France DF Jordan Ikoko (on loan from Paris Saint-Germain)
3 Cameroon MF Modeste M'bami
5 Senegal DF Zargo Touré
6 Morocco MF Romain Saïss
7 France MF Jean-Pascal Fontaine
8 France FW Mickaël Le Bihan
10 Martinique FW Geoffrey Malfleury
11 France MF Ludovic Gamboa
12 France FW Joseph Mendes
14 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Harisson Manzala
No. Position Player
15 France DF Jérôme Mombris
16 France GK Abdoulaye Diallo (on loan from Rennes)
17 France MF Alexandre Bonnet
18 France DF Steven Fortés
20 Morocco DF Issam Chebake
22 France MF Victor Lekhal
23 France DF Maxime Le Marchand
24 Nigeria FW Akeem Agbetu
26 France MF Sébastien Flochon
30 France GK Stefan Milosavljevic
40 France GK Pierre-Alexandre Bois

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

Reserve squad[edit]

  • Head Coach: Johann Louvel[5]

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 Yohan Blind
France GK Dan Delauney
France DF Paul Bougrat
France DF Jérémy Balmy
France DF Lenny Houelche
France DF Kévin Mendy
France DF Benoît Perre
Costa Rica DF Jordan Smith
Mauritania DF Demba Sow
Togo MF Sandro Agape
France MF Elton Boketsu
Guinea MF Oumar Camara
No. Position Player
Tunisia MF Yacine Chatar
France MF Mansour Diallo
France MF Marvin Dubourg
Ivory Coast MF Gussouma Fofana
France MF Morgan Gereto
France MF Landry Koukoui
France MF Rénald Metelus
Madagascar MF Héry Randriantsara
France MF Drissa Traoré
France FW Jordan Cuvier
France FW Abdoul Diawara
France FW Adam Nkusu
France FW Jordan Vercleyen


former logo
  • Ligue 2
    • Winners (5) : 1938, 1959, 1985, 1991, 2008
    • Runners-up (1) : 1950
  • Coupe de France
    • Winners (1) : 1959
    • Runners-up (1) : 1920
  • USFSA Championnat
    • Winners (3) : 1899, 1900, 1919
  • Challenge international du Nord
    • Winners (1) : 1900
  • Coupe Nationale
    • Winners (2) : 1918, 1919
  • Normandy Division d'Honneur
    • Winners (13) : 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1909, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1926
  • Challenge des Champions
    • Winners (1) : 1959

Managerial history[edit]


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