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; 108 years ago (1910)
Ground Stade François Coty,
Ajaccio
Capacity 10,446
Chairman Léon Luciani
Manager Olivier Pantaloni
League Ligue 2
2017–18 Ligue 2, 3rd
Website Club website
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[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 utilized 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.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 30 August 2018. [3]

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 Clément Michelin (on loan from Toulouse)
4 France MF Alliou Dembélé
6 France MF Mathieu Coutadeur
7 France MF Riad Nouri
9 France FW Joseph Mendes
10 Albania MF Qazim Laçi
11 France MF Mattéo Tramoni
13 France MF Yann Boé-Kane
14 Japan MF Naoto Sawai (on loan from Tokyo Verdy)
15 France DF Jérôme Hergault
17 Martinique DF Manuel Cabit
No. Position Player
18 France MF Johan Cavalli (captain)
19 Haiti FW Leverton Pierre
20 Comoros MF Mohamed Youssouf
21 Guadeloupe DF Cédric Avinel
22 France MF Kévin Lejeune
24 France DF Jérémy Choplin
26 France FW Ghislain Gimbert
27 France DF Anthony Marin
29 United States FW Maki Tall
30 France GK François-Joseph Sollacaro
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 20 August 2018. [4]

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 Cédric Lunardi
France DF Dumè Borelli
France DF Angelo Baldacchino
France DF Paul-Antoine Finidori
France DF Florian Pfertzel
France DF Pierre-Joseph Bucchini
France DF Yohan Marmot
France DF Zakariya Naili
Ivory Coast DF Ismaël Diallo
No. Position Player
France MF Lucas Pellegrini
France MF Félix Tomi
France MF Jean-Gabriel Pierazzi
Haiti MF Shelove Achelus
France FW Oussama Aït Fana
France FW Mounaïm El Idrissy
France FW Davis Abanda
Ivory Coast FW Zady Caleb

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".
  3. ^ "I ghjucatori". Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  4. ^ "L'équipe réserve fait sa rentrée !". Retrieved 20 August 2018.

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