|Full name||Stade Lavallois Mayenne
|Founded||17 July 1902|
|Ground||Stade Francis Le Basser
|2013–14||Ligue 2, 17th|
|Website||Club home page|
Stade Lavallois Mayenne Football Club (French pronunciation: [stɑd laˈvalo majɛn]; commonly referred to as Stade Laval or simply Laval) is a French association football club based in Laval. The club was formed on 17 July 1902 and currently play in Ligue 2, the second level of French football. Laval plays its home matches at the Stade Francis Le Basser located in the city and is managed by Denis Zanko, the former Le Mans manager. The captain of the team is midfielder Anthony Gonçalves.
The club was founded in 1902 after Joseph Germain, a passionate supporter of the sport of football. Émile Sinoir was installed as the club's first president. At that time, players were supplied with red tops and black shorts and matches were played at Senelle, a district of Laval. Laval's first official match was against nearby Rennes. In 1903, the club participated in the Breton championship, for the first time, and the red and black strip was disposed for a green and white combination. In 1918, the kit colour was changed again, to a bright orange strip. In 1930, the club began playing at the Stade Jean Yvinec, named in honour of a former player who died at the age of 26. By 1931, Laval had risen to the Division d'Honneur, the sixth level of French football. The club continued to rotate between the amateur leagues before finally winning the Division d'Honneur in 1964, which propelled the club to the Championnat de France amateur, France's highest division of amateur football.
The following season, Laval surprisingly won the league in its debut season. With the club heightening its ambitions, new aspirations came about and Laval named former club player and Breton Michel Le Milinaire manager. He was assisted by Henri Bisson. Together, the two made Laval into one of the best clubs in France. In 1976, Laval reached the top division of French football, thus becoming a professional team for the first time in the club's history. Despite being classed as outsiders, the club managed to stay in the top-flight division, even qualifying for the UEFA Cup in 1983 after finishing a commendable fifth in the league. In Laval's first season in Europe, it knocked Dynamo Kiev out of the competition, before being knocked out by FK Austria Wien. This would prove to be the club's only European experience. In 1989, the club was relegated to the second division, after 13 years in the elite division. In 2005, Laval became a SASP (Société Anonyme Sportive Professionnelle), roughly equivalent to going on the stock exchange. In the 2005–06 season, the club was relegated to the Championnat National. Laval remained in the third division for two seasons before managing promotion back to Ligue 2 after the 2008–09 season.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Below are the notable former players who have represented Laval in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1902. 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 Stade Laval players, see Category:Stade Lavallois players.
- Patrick Delamontagne
- Jean-Luc Dogon
- Frank Leboeuf
- Raymond Keruzoré
- Jean-Pierre Tempet
- Malek Aït-Alia
- Abdelmajid Bourebbou
- Adnan Čustović
- François Omam-Biyik
- Oscar Ewolo
- Mekeme Tamla-Ladji
- André Sorel (1954–58)
- Robert Heuillard (1958–63)
- Jean Barré (1963–68)
- Michel Le Millinaire (1968 – October 1992)
- Bernard Maligorne (October 1992–95)
- Denis Troch (January 1995–97)
- Hervé Gauthier (1997–2001)
- Victor Zvunka (2001–03)
- Francis Smerecki (2003–January 2004)
- Alex Dupont (January 2004–June 2004)
- Denis Troch (2004–07)
- Philippe Hinschberger (2007–14)
- Denis Zanko (2014–)
- Champions (2): 1982, 1984
- Runners-up (1): 1965
- Division d'Honneur (West):
- Champions (1): 1964
- Champions (1): 1984
- (French) Official club site