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This article is about football club from Bastia, Corsica founded in 1905. For the club from the same city founded in 1920, see CA Bastia. For the club founded in 1971 from Biguglia, Corsica, see ÉF Bastia. For the Italian club from Bastia Umbra, see A.C. Bastia 1924.
Full name Sporting Club de Bastia
Nickname(s) I Turchini (The Blues),
I Lioni di Furiani (The Lions of Furiani),
Les Bleus (The Blues)
Founded 1905; 110 years ago (1905)
Ground Stade Armand Cesari[1]
Ground Capacity 16,480
Chairman Pierre-Marie Geronimi
Manager Ghislain Printant
League Ligue 1
2013–14 Ligue 1, 10th
Website Club home page
Current season

Sporting Club de Bastia (commonly referred to as SC Bastia or simply Bastia) is a French association football club based in Bastia on the island of Corsica. The club currently plays in Ligue 1, the premier division of French football returning after a seven-year-long stint in the lower leagues.[2] The club plays its home matches at the Stade Armand Cesari located within the city. Bastia is managed by Ghislain Printant and captained by midfielder Yannick Cahuzac.[3]

Bastia's main historical success include reaching the final of the 1977–78 edition of the UEFA Cup. The team was defeated by Dutch club PSV Eindhoven (0-0 domestically, 0-3 away). Domestically, Bastia won the second division of French football in 1968 and 2012, and the Coupe de France in 1981. During the club's infancy, it was league champions of the Corsican league 17 times. They are the local rivals of Ajaccio and contest the Corsica derby.

Bastia is owned by Pierre-Marie Geronimi, a French entrepreneur, and has been since 2011.[4][5] The club has produced several famous players in its history, Dragan Džajić, Claude Papi, Johnny Rep, Roger Milla, Michael Essien, Alex Song, Sebastien Squillaci and Antar Yahia are other players who have played in Bastia's colours.


Genesis of the team and beginning of professional football[edit]

Sporting Club de Bastia in staff (1905)

Sporting Club de Bastia was founded in 1905 by a Swiss named Hans Ruesch. He taught German in high school in Bastia. The first president of Bastia was Emile Brandizi. The Corsican club celebrated its debut on the Place d'Armes of Bastia, in the light of a single gas burner.[6]

The club began its professional journey in 1965, in Division 2. After three successful seasons, it was crowned Champion of France's Second Division in 1968, joining the elite. The first season was difficult, but the club still maintained its place. Thus began a decade widely considered the finest in club history. In 1972, the club reached, for the first time, the final of the Coupe de France against Olympique de Marseille (losing 2–1), getting it its first qualification in the European Cup Winners' Cup, which lead to elimination against the excellent team of Atlético Madrid.

UEFA Cup finalist in 1978 and Cup victory in France in 1981[edit]

In 1977, Bastia finished third in the Division 1 with the best offence in the league, with magnificent Dragan Dzajic as a left winger [7] and qualified for the UEFA Cup.

This is the beginning of the epic Bastia, the team built around playmaker Claude Papi was composed of many talented players such as Johnny Rep, double finalist (1974 and 1978) in the World Cup with the Netherlands, Jean-François Larios, French international midfielder of Charles Orlanducci, the solid libero nicknamed the "Lion of Vescovato".

Claude Papi, 1978.

The team eliminated successively Sporting Lisbon, Newcastle United, Torino, Carl Zeiss Jena and Grasshoppers Zurich before a final defeat to PSV Eindhoven (0–0, 0–3). Of all the victories, the 3–2 win in Turin made the most lasting impression, the "Toro" being undefeated for two seasons on their home pitch. It is also during this match that Bastia marks the best goal of that time, a volley from 22 meters by Jean-François Larios.

The final would, however, end with misfortune. First, with a first leg played at Furiani on an unplayable pitch,[8] heavy rain having fallen on Corsica in 26 April 1978. Unfortunately, the Yugoslav referee postponed the meeting because of the proximity to World Cup in Argentina that was scheduled a few weeks later. Despite Bastia's dominance, the meeting ended with a goalless draw, 0–0. The final return, 9 May, lasted only 24 minutes. This is the time it took Eindhoven to score the first goal, followed by two more late in the game (3–0). The townsfolk will attribute the defeat of Bastia to fatigue accumulated in the league (3 games in 6 days in the days before the final return) and also the rain-soaked pitch in the first leg at Furiani.

Bastia then realised the greatest moment in Corsican sport (see the movie Forza Bastia of Jacques Tati). The ECBC club, from a town of only 40,000 souls, had done more than challenge the major capitals of European football: it had allowed the whole of Corsica to meet, at a time when the nationalist movement was born, three years after the episode of Bastia, in 1975.

Three years after that final, the Bastia won its first trophy with the Coupe de France 1980–81. This was a prestigious victory for the Corsican club facing St. Etienne of Michel Platini. The final was played at Parc des Princes in front of more than 46,000 spectators, including the newly elected President of the Republic, François Mitterrand.

Descent in Division 2 and Furiani disaster[edit]

After 18 years in the elite, the club went down to the second division at the end of the 1985–86 season, and stayed for eight years. This era is marked by the catastrophe of Furiani: In the 1991–92 season, the club reached the semi-finals of the Coupe de France. The match was played at Stade Armand Cesari, or "Furiani Stadium", against Olympique de Marseille which dominated the Championship of France. The enthusiasm was such that was decided to hastily construct a temporary stand of 10,000 seats. The upper part of the platform collapsed a few minutes before kick-off killing 18 and injuring 2,300.[9]

Alex Song, made his professional debut in 2004 for Bastia.
Michael Essien, made his professional debut in 2000 for Bastia.

Back in Ligue 1 and in the European Cup[edit]

The club is back among the elite for the 1994–95 season and that year reached the final of the League Cup. This era is marked by the work of Frédéric Antonetti, who did the coaching from 1990 to 1994, allowing the club to see the development of new talents (Morlaye Soumah, Laurent Casanova, and Cyril Rool).

Antonetti coached the first team from 1994 to 2001 (with an interlude of a year 1998–99) and was involved in the recruitment of players such as Lubomir Moravcik, Pierre-Yves André, Frédéric Née, Franck Jurietti and Anto Drobnjak, the latter at the end of the following three years the club's top scorer. At the end of the 1995–96 season, Drobnjak is also second in the Championship scoring charts with 20 goals for France, within only one goal of top scorer Sonny Anderson.[10]

In the 1996–97 season the club finished in 7th place in Ligue 1, just 3 points from the top, thus qualifying for the Intertoto Cup. The club won the cup in 1997, and was back in the UEFA Cup for 1997–98. Bastia eliminated Benfica in the round of 32 before falling to Steaua Bucharest in the next round. This defeat left a bitter taste due to the domination Bastia had in both matches.[11] The performance of Bastia in the league in the following years allowed it to qualify two more times for the Intertoto Cup in 1998 and 2001, but failed to re-qualify for the UEFA Cup.

After the departure of Frédéric Antonetti in 2001, the club would not finish in the top 10 of the Championship of France. They still reached the final of the Coupe de France soccer 2001–02, with a certain Michael Essien in midfield, future player for Lyon and then Chelsea,[12] and Alex Song as defender, then play for Arsenal, on loan for Charlton has played, and now play for Barcelona.[13]

From 2002 to 2005 coaches Robert Nouzaret, Gerard Gili, François Ciccolini and the duo of Michel Padovani and Eric Durand followed. Each failed to keep the team up, the ranking falling year after year (see Section championship history). Regulars of the team at this time were Tony Vairelles, Florian Maurice, Franck Silvestre, Lilian Laslandes (all internationals) and Cyril Jeunechamp.

At the winter break of 2004–05 season, the club fell to relegation position. The staff of Bastia tried one last fix, recruiting Christian Karembeu, member of the world champion 1998 France team. Bastia would still be relegated to Ligue 2 at the end of this season after 11 consecutive years in the top league.

The Descent Below[edit]

In 2005, the club was relegated to Ligue 2. Five years later, Bastia was in serious danger of descent into the Championnat National. Bastia was officially relegated to the National on 7 May 2010, following a draw (0–0) with Tours at the 37th matchday of Ligue 2.[14]

On 6 July 2010, the club was administratively relegated to Championnat de France amateur by the Direction Nationale du Contrôle de Gestion (DNCG). The club actually had a deficit of €1.2 million, which was filled by grants from local governments (Territorial Community of Corsica, the General Council of Haute-Corse).[15] On 23 July 2010, the Federal Council of the French Football Federation authorised Bastia to play in the 2010–11 season, as requested by the National Olympic Committee and French sports (CNOSF) after the DNCG had refused.[16]

Despite this disrupted pre-season, Bastia performed well in the transfer window, with no fewer than six rookies. As for departures, there is mainly the transfer of Florent Ghisolfi (Reims) and Christophe Gaffory (Vannes) as well as Pierre-Yves André who decided to end his career.[17]

The rise in Ligue 2[edit]

Faruk Hadžibegić's was fired from the coaching job after poor results, and the job passed instead to Frédéric Hantz.[18] On 22 April 2011, Bastia officially earned its place in Ligue 2 after a game against Frejus-Saint Raphael.[19] No fewer than 500 townsfolk had made the trip. On 7 May 2011, Bastia is the National champion, following a victory over Créteil by 2 goals to one, with Bastia finishing with a record tally of 91 points and unbeaten at home throughout the campaign. Sporting was leading at the half, but equalised by David Suarez, and Idrissa Sylla allowed Bastia to take the lead in the 92nd minute in a crazy atmosphere.[20] At the end of the match, the pitch at Armand Cesari was invaded by Bastia fans, happy to celebrate with their players and their coach, Frédéric Hantz, this new title.

Jérôme Rothen, Bastia in his first season with the league "best player" award and the league "team of the year" in took place.

Bastia back in Ligue 1[edit]

Bastia, newly promoted from the National, welcomed Jérôme Rothen, Toifilou Maoulida, François Marque, Ludovic Genest and Florian Thauvin into the club.[21] Bastia started off on a good note, falling off slightly in the autumn. From early February until the beginning of April, Bastia did not lose a single match.[22] On 23 April 2012, in a full Stadium Armand Cesari, Bastia virtually secured their place amongst the elite by winning against Châteauroux (2–1).[23] On 1 May 2012, Bastia became champion of Ligue 2,[24] 44 years after its first and only league title, with their victory over Metz at Armand Cesari. On 11 May 2012, Bastia won its last game of the season at home 2–1 against Nantes thanks to goals from Jérôme Rothen and David Suarez.[25] The club was also on a 2-year run of being undefeated at home. Bastia became part of the very exclusive club of teams undefeated at home in Europe. Several players played their last game against Nantes in the colours of Bastia, including David Suarez and Jacques-Désiré Périatambée.

Bastia won all the trophies UNFP for Ligue 2. Jérôme Rothen, best player, Macedo Novaes, best goalkeeper, and Frédéric Hantz, best coach, who placed five players in the team line-up (Macedo Novaes, Féthi Harek, Wahbi Khazri, Sadio Diallo and Jérôme Rothen).[26]


Stade Armand Cesari.
Main article: Stade Armand Cesari

Stade Armand Cesari, also known as Stade Furiani, is the main football stadium in Corsica. It is located in Furiani, and is used by SC Bastia. In 1992, the stadium hosted the semi-finals of the Coupe de France during which a temporary grandstand collapsed, killing 18 people and injuring nearly 3,000.[27]

Totally obsolete and even dangerous (barbed wire around the ground, dilapidated stands), the stadium hosted the 1978 UEFA Cup Final. The stadium's capacity was then less than 12,000 seats, in precarious conditions, heavy rain having fallen on Corsica that day, turning the ground into a quagmire, which handicapped the outcome of this decisive match (0–0).[27] The crowd of 15,000 spectators announced appears exaggerated, but given the fervor around Corsica for the game, many fans did not hesitate to stand up, packed tightly, to attend the game. The record attendance at the stadium was set on 1 September 2012, when 15,505 people saw Bastia lose against St. Etienne (0–3) in league matches.[27][28] Behind it the following record was set in 1978, when 15,000 people saw Bastia draw against PSV Eindhoven (0–0, 1978) in UEFA Cup final matches.[27]

Colours and badge[edit]

For the 2011–12 season, the club decided to change the logo. This is the explanation; "1- Replacing the name "SCB". Spoken in the aisles of Armand Cesari since its inception. "Bastia" is the club of the city. 2- To recall the historic jersey from 1978, the shield has a moor's head, from the Testa Mora Flag. 3- It also reappeared as in the 70s and the heyday of the club. 4- The dominant color is blue. Always accompanied by white edging and black as official colours of the club since 1992."[29]

For the 2011–12 season, the club's kits were produced by Italian sportswear company, Kappa,[30] and the main shirt sponsor is Oscaro.[31] As rumours had suggested, there was also a return to values that Bastia had chosen with two white stripes adorned with black edging and crest of the Testa Mora.[31]



Champions (2): 1967–68, 2011–12
Champions (1): 2010–11
Champions (1): 1981
Runners-up (2): 1972, 2002
Runners-up (1): 1995
Champions (1): 1972
  • Corsica Championship
Champions (17): 1922, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1935, 1936, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1959, 1962, 1963[32]


Runners-up (1): 1978
Champions (1): 1997


Current squad[edit]

As of 3 February 2015[33]

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 Alphonse Areola (on loan from Paris Saint-Germain)
2 France DF Romain Achilli
3 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Hervin Ongenda (on loan from Paris Saint-Germain)
4 France DF Florian Marange
5 France DF Sébastien Squillaci
6 Ivory Coast MF Romaric
7 Togo MF Floyd Ayité
8 France MF El-Hadji Ba (on loan from Sunderland)
9 France FW Djibril Cissé
10 Algeria MF Ryad Boudebouz
11 Ivory Coast FW Junior Tallo (on loan from Roma)
12 France MF Christophe Vincent
13 Mali MF Abdoulaye Keita
14 Mali FW Famoussa Koné
15 France DF Julian Palmieri
16 France GK Jean-Louis Leca
No. Position Player
17 France DF Mathieu Peybernes
18 France MF Yannick Cahuzac (captain)
19 Ivory Coast FW Giovanni Sio (on loan from Basel)
20 France DF François Modesto
21 Georgia (country) MF Luka Kikabidze
22 France MF Christopher Maboulou
23 Mali DF Drissa Diakité
24 France MF Lyes Houri
25 Guinea FW François Kamano
26 Brazil FW Brandão
27 Belgium MF Guillaume Gillet (on loan from Anderlecht)
28 France MF Gaël Danic
29 France DF Gilles Cioni
30 France GK Thomas Vincensini
France DF Alexander Djiku

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
Mauritania MF Adama Ba (at Niort)
No. Position Player
France MF Joseph Barbato (at Colomiers)

Reserve squad[edit]

As of 19 September 2013[34]

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 Florent Maddaloni
France GK Christophe Samuel
France DF Maka Mary
France DF Thierry N’Joh Eboa
France DF Jean-Joseph Miserazzi
France DF Yannick Togandé
France MF Nabil Aankour
Cameroon MF Cabrel Mendy
No. Position Player
Cameroon MF Paul N’Tolla
Morocco MF Azzedine Azzioui
France MF Kévin Doncarli
France FW Taofik El-Faqyh
France FW François Massimi
France FW Christopher Ibayi
France FW Joris Correa

Notable players[edit]

Below are the notable former players who have represented Bastia in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1905. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 80 official matches for the club.

For a complete list of Bastia players, see List of SC Bastia players.


Name[35] From To
Boumedienne Abderhamane 1957 1961
François Fassone 1961 1963
Gyula Nagy 1963 1964
André Strappe 1964 1965
Gyula Nagy 1965 1966
Lucien Jasseron 1966 1969
Rachid Mekhloufi 1969 1969
Edmond Delfour and Rachid Mekhloufi 1969 1970
Edmond Delfour 1970 1970
Gyula Nagy 1970 1971
Jean Vincent Feb 28, 1971 Oct 31, 1971
Pierre Cahuzac Nov 1971 1979
Jean-Pierre Destrumelle 1979 1980
Antoine Redin 1980 1985
Alain Moizan Aug 31, 1985 Nov 30, 1985
Antoine Redin 1986 1986
Roland Gransart 1986 1991
René Exbrayat 1991 1992
Léonce Lavagne 1992 1994
Frédéric Antonetti Oct 2, 1994 1998
Henryk Kasperczak 1998 Oct 18, 1998
Laurent Fournier Oct 19, 1998 April 15, 1999
José Pasqualetti April 15, 1999 June 30, 1999
Frédéric Antonetti 1999 2001
Robert Nouzaret 2001 2002
Gérard Gili 2002 2004
François Ciccolini 2004 April 12, 2005
Michel Padovani and Eric Durand April 2005 2005
Bernard Casoni 2005 2009
Philippe Anziani July 1, 2009[36] Nov 25, 2009
Michel Padovani (caretaker) Nov 26, 2009 Dec 8, 2009
Faruk Hadžibegić Dec 9, 2009 June 30, 2010
Frédéric Hantz July 1, 2010 May 17, 2014
Claude Makélélé May 24, 2014 Nov 3, 2014
Ghislain Printant Nov 27, 2014 Present


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  8. ^ Following this, the leaders of this blessed time decide to renew the following year in July and August 1979 the lawn of this legendary stadium, also with the study and installation of new drains that will remove this "swamp" which prevented the team to get a decent result in the decisive match.
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  30. ^ Kappa et le Sporting s’associent, SC Bastia, 7 June 2011 (in French).
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  34. ^ U gruppu
  35. ^ France – Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs
  36. ^ Bastia: Anziani entraîneur

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