AC Ajaccio

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AC Ajaccio
AC Ajaccio logo.svg
Full nameAthletic Club Ajaccien
Nickname(s)L'ours (The Bears)
Founded1910; 110 years ago (1910)
GroundStade François Coty,
Ajaccio
Capacity10,446
ChairmanChristian Leca
ManagerOlivier Pantaloni
LeagueLigue 2
2019–20Ligue 2, 3rd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Athletic Club Ajaccio (Corsican: Athletic Club Aiacciu), commonly referred to as AC Ajaccio, ACA or simply Ajaccio, is a French association football club based in the city of Ajaccio on the island of Corsica. The club was founded in 1910 and plays in Ligue 2. The club president is Christian Leca, and the first-team is coached by manager Olivier Pantaloni[1], following the sacking of Christian Bracconi in October 2014.[2] 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 colors 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 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; the drop was confirmed with defeat at neighbours Bastia.[3]

In November 2014, Olivier Pantaloni returned for a third spell as manager.[4] His team came third in 2017–18, qualifying for the play-offs, where they beat Le Havre in a semi-final marred by violence on and off the pitch,[5] before losing the final to Toulouse.[6] The club were denied promotion in 2019–20 when the season was curtailed with ten games remaining due to the coronavirus pandemic; Ajaccio were one point off the top two, who were the only ones to go up as the play-offs could not contested.[7]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 July 2020.[8]

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 Benjamin Leroy
2 France DF Gédéon Kalulu
3 Ivory Coast DF Ismaël Diallo
4 France MF Mickaël Barreto
5 France MF Lucas Pellegrini
6 France MF Mathieu Coutadeur
7 France FW Mounaïm El Idrissy
10 Albania MF Qazim Laçi
11 France MF Mattéo Tramoni
17 France MF Tony Njiké
No. Position Player
18 France FW Faiz Mattoir
19 France FW Alassane N'Diaye
20 Comoros MF Mohamed Youssouf
21 Guadeloupe DF Cédric Avinel
22 France MF Yanis Cimignanini
23 France DF Matthieu Huard
24 France DF Sidney Obissa
30 France GK François-Joseph Sollacaro
33 France DF Jérémy Corinus
40 France GK Lucas Marsella

Notable past players[edit]

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

Reserve squad[edit]

As of 15 February 2020. [9]

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 Dumenicu Borelli
France GK Enzo Hoyau
France GK Lucas Marsella
France DF Pierre-Joseph Bucchini
France DF Jérémy Corinus
France DF Théo Emmanuelli
France DF Yohan Marmot
France DF Baptiste Susini
France MF Davis Abanda
France MF Lucien Alessandri
France MF Mala Baro
No. Position Player
France MF Paul-Baptiste Behe Leonardi
France MF Pierre-Ange De Franchi
France MF Noé Messin
France MF Tony Njiké
France MF Lucas Pellegrini
France FW Florian Danho
France FW Simon Elisor
France FW Faiz Mattoir
France FW Zakariy Naili
France FW Félix Tomi

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pantaloni a été nommé". L'Équipe. 6 November 2014.
  2. ^ "L'AC Ajaccio débarque son entraîneur Christian Bracconi". Archived from the original on 17 August 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Berbatov inspires Monaco to win, Ajaccio relegated". Taipei Times. AFP. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Olivier Pantaloni joins AC Ajaccio on two year deal". Get Football News France. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Four sent off as Ajaccio win chaotic Le Havre play-off". 21 May 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Ligue 1. Toulouse, vainqueur face à Ajaccio, est maintenu" [Ligue 1. Toulouse, winner against Ajaccio, stay up]. Ouest-France (in French). 27 May 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  7. ^ "AC Ajaccio : le président persiste et signe pour les barrages !" [AC Ajaccio: the president persists and points towards playoffs!] (in French). Onze Mondiale. 30 April 2020. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  8. ^ "I ghjucatori" (in French). AC Ajaccio Official Site. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  9. ^ "L'EFFECTIF". Retrieved 23 November 2019.

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