AC Ajaccio

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AC Ajaccio
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Full name Athletic Club Ajaccien
Nickname(s) L'ours (The Bear)
Founded 1910; 107 years ago (1910)
Ground Stade François Coty,
Ajaccio
Ground Capacity 10,000[1]
Chairman Léon Luciani
Manager Olivier Pantaloni
League Ligue 2
2016–17 Ligue 2, 11th
Website Club home page
Current season

Athletic Club Ajaccio (French pronunciation: ​[aʒaksjo]; commonly referred to as AC Ajaccio, l'ACA or simply Ajaccio, Corsican: Athletic Club Aiacciu) is a French association football club based in the city of Ajaccio on the island of Corsica. The club was founded in 1910 and currently plays in Ligue 2. The club president is Léon Luciani and the first-team is currently coached by manager Olivier Pantaloni[2] following the sacking of Christian Bracconi in October 2014.[3] Ajaccio play their home matches at the Stade François Coty and are rivals with fellow Corsican club Bastia, with whom they contest the Corsica derby (Derby Corse).

Historical information[edit]

Depending on sources, it is agreed that Ajaccio began playing in 1909–10. Their adopted colours are red and white stripes. Though they used to play in what was previously utilised as a sand dump, they decided to move to another, cleaner, safer stadium upon the insistence of Jean Lluis, father-in-law of club president Louis Baretti. The new stadium that was chosen held 5,000 spectators and was in use until 1969.

AC Ajaccio were elected Corsican champions on eight occasions, in 1920, 1921, 1934, 1939, 1948, 1950, 1955 and 1964, and are one of three big "island" teams, along with Gazélec Ajaccio and Bastia, the competition between the three being kept no secret. Spectators during the 1946 Corsican Cup final, held between A.C.A. and Sporting Bastia were handed umbrellas to shield themselves from the violence. Upon refusal of a penalty which would have been awarded to ACA, violence erupted between the fans, who used umbrellas both to cause and shield themselves from violence. This final was abandoned and replayed much later.

A.C.A. became a professional team in 1965 thanks to the ambitious efforts of the club's leaders. They initially adopted the symbol of the polar bear, but this has since been dropped in favour of a more stylised logo that uses a part of the Corsican flag.

In 1967, the team became the first Corsican club to play in the France's top division. They were most recently in Ligue 1 in the 2013–14 season, when they were relegated after finishing in last place, following a spell of three seasons in the top flight.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 27 June 2017 [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 Democratic Republic of the Congo GK Riffi Mandanda
2 Guinea MF Mohamed Camara
4 France DF Joris Sainati
6 France MF Mathieu Coutadeur
7 France MF Riad Nouri
8 France MF Laurent Abergel
10 France FW Yoane Wissa (on loan from Angers)
13 France MF Yann Boé-Kane
15 France DF Jérôme Hergault
No. Position Player
16 Cameroon GK Jules Goda
17 France DF Manuel Cabit
18 France MF Johan Cavalli (captain)
21 Guadeloupe DF Cédric Avinel
26 France FW Ghislain Gimbert
27 France DF Anthony Marin
28 Niger FW Moussa Maâzou
29 France MF Michel Aarai
30 France GK François-Joseph Sollacaro

Notable past players[edit]

For a complete list of AC Ajaccio players, see Category:AC Ajaccio players.

Managers[edit]

Honours[edit]

  • Division 2 (Second Division)
  • Championnat National (Third Division)
    • Champions (1): 1997–98
  • Ligue de Corse (Corsican League)
    • Champions (9): 1920, 1921, 1934, 1939, 1948, 1950, 1955, 1964, 1994

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