AS Saint-Étienne

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Logo AS Saint-Étienne.svg
Full name Association Sportive de Saint-Étienne Loire
Nickname(s) Les Verts (The Greens)
Sainté (Saints)
Short name ASSE
Founded 1919; 99 years ago (1919)
Ground Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
Ground Capacity 42,000
Chairman Bernard Caiazzo
Roland Romeyer
Manager Jean-Louis Gasset
League Ligue 1
2016–17 Ligue 1, 8th
Website Club website
Current season

Association Sportive de Saint-Étienne Loire (French pronunciation: ​[asɔsjasjɔ̃ spɔʁtiv də sɛ̃t‿etjɛn lwaʁ]; commonly known as AS Saint-Étienne, ASSE, or simply Saint-Étienne) is a French association football club based in Saint-Étienne. The club was founded in 1919 and currently plays in Ligue 1, the top division of French football. Saint-Étienne plays its home matches at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. The team is managed by Jean-Louis Gasset and captained by Loïc Perrin, who started his career at the club in 1996.[1] Saint-Étienne is known as Les Verts meaning "the Greens" due to its home colours.

Saint-Étienne have won a record ten Ligue 1 titles, as well as six Coupe de France titles, a Coupe de la Ligue title and five Trophée des Champions. Saint-Étienne has also won the Ligue 2 championship on three occasions. The club achieved most of its honours in the 1960s and 1970s when the club was led by managers Jean Snella, Albert Batteux, and Robert Herbin.

The club's primary rivals are Olympique Lyonnais, based in nearby Lyon, with whom they contest the Derby Rhône-Alpes. In 2009, the club added a female section.


AS Saint-Étienne was founded in 1919 by employees of the Saint-Étienne-based grocery store chain Groupe Casino under the name Amicale des Employés de la Société des Magasins Casino (ASC). The club adopted green as its primary color mainly due to it being the principal colour of Groupe Casino. In 1920, due to the French Football Federation (FFF) prohibiting the use of trademarks in sports club, the club dropped "Casino" from its name and changed its name to simply Amical Sporting Club to retain the ASC acronym. In 1927, Pierre Guichard took over as president of the club and, after merging with local club Stade Forézien Universitaire, changed its name to Association sportive Stéphanoise.

In July 1930, the National Council of the FFF voted 128–20 in support of professionalism in French football. In 1933, Stéphanoise turned professional and changed its name to its current version. The club was inserted into the second division and became inaugural members of the league after finishing runner-up in the South Group. Saint-Étienne remained in Division 2 for four more seasons before earning promotion to Division 1 for the 1938–39 season under the leadership of the Englishmen Teddy Duckworth. However, the team's debut appearance in the first division was short-lived due to the onset of World War II. Saint-Étienne returned to the first division after the war under the Austrian-born Frenchman Ignace Tax and surprised many by finishing runner-up to Lille in the first season after the war. The club failed to improve upon that finish in following seasons under Tax and, ahead of the 1950–51 season, was let go and replaced by former Saint-Étienne player Jean Snella.

Georges Bereta won six league titles while playing for Saint-Étienne.

Under Snella, Saint-Étienne achieved its first honour after winning the Coupe Charles Drago in 1955. Two seasons later, the club won its first domestic league title. Led by goalkeeper Claude Abbes, defender Robert Herbin, as well as midfielders René Ferrier and Kees Rijvers and striker Georges Peyroche, Saint-Étienne won the league by four points over Lens. In 1958, Saint-Étienne won the Coupe Drago for the second time. After the following season, in which the club finished sixth, Snella departed the club. He was replaced by René Vernier. In the team's first season under Vernier, Saint-Étienne finished 12th, the club's worst finish since finishing 11th eight seasons ago. In the following season, François Wicart joined the coaching staff. In 1961, Roger Rocher became president of the club and quickly became one of the club's chief investors. After two seasons under Wicart, Saint-Étienne were relegated after finishing 17th in the 1961–62 season. However, Wicart did lead the club to its first Coupe de France title in 1962, alongside co-manager Henri Guérin with the team defeating FC Nancy 1–0 in the final. He also led the club back to Division 1 after one season in the second division, but after the season, Wicart was replaced by Snella, who returned as manager after a successful stint in Switzerland with Servette.

Snella's first season back, Saint-Étienne won its second league title and, three seasons later, captured its third. Snella's third and final title with the club coincided with the arrival of Georges Bereta, Bernard Bosquier, Gérard Farison and Hervé Revelli to the team. After the season, Snella returned to Servette and former Stade de Reims manager Albert Batteux replaced him. In Batteux's first season in 1967–68, Saint-Étienne captured the double after winning the league and the Coupe de France. In the next season, Batteux won the league and, in the ensuing season, won the double again. The club's fast rise into French football led to a high-level of confidence from the club's ownership and supporters and, following two seasons without a trophy, Batteux was let go and replaced by former Saint-Étienne player Robert Herbin.

In Herbin's first season in charge, Saint-Étienne finished fourth in the league and reached the semi-finals of the Coupe de France. In the next two seasons, the club won the double, its seventh and eighth career league title and its third and fourth Coupe de France title. In 1976, Saint-Étienne became the first French club since Reims in 1959 to reach the final of the European Cup. In the match, played at Hampden Park in Scotland, Saint-Étienne faced German club Bayern Munich, who were the reigning champions and arguably the world's best team at the time. The match was hotly contested with Saint-Étienne failing to score on numerous chances by Jacques Santini, Dominique Bathenay and Osvaldo Piazza, among others. A single goal by Franz Roth eventually decided the outcome and Saint-Étienne supporters departed Scotland in tears, however, not without nicknaming the goalposts "les poteaux carrés" ("the square posts"). Saint-Étienne did earn a consolation prize by winning the league to cap off a successful season and, in the following season, the team won the Coupe de France. In 1981, Saint-Étienne, captained by Michel Platini, won its final league title to date after winning the league for the tenth time. After two more seasons in charge, Herbin departed the club for archrivals Lyon.

Loïc Perrin is the current captain of Saint-Étienne.

In 1982, a financial scandal involving a controversial slush fund led to the departure and eventual jailing of long-time president Roger Rocher. Saint-Étienne subsequently suffered a free-fall with the club suffering relegation in the 1983–84 season. The club returned to the first division in 1986 under the leadership of goalkeeper Jean Castaneda who had remained with the club, despite its current financial state. Saint-Étienne kept its place in the first division for nearly a decade with the club reaching the semi-finals of the Coupe de France in 1990 and 1993 during the stint. In 1996, Saint-Étienne was relegated to the second division and returned to Division 1 in 1999. In the 2000–01 season, the club was, amazingly, supervised by five different managers and had to deal with a scandal that involved two players (Brazilian Alex Dias and Ukrainian goalkeeper Maksym Levytsky) who utilised fake Portuguese and Greek passports. Both players were suspended for four months and, at the end of a judicial inquiry, which linked some of the club's management staff to the passport forgeries, Saint-Étienne was docked seven league points and were, unsurprisingly, relegated.

Saint-Étienne played three seasons in the second division and returned to the first division, now called Ligue 1, for the 2004–05 season. The club's best finish during its current stint in the first division was a surprising fifth-place finish in the 2007–08 season, which resulted in the club qualifying for the UEFA Cup for the first time since 1982. Saint-Étienne was influenced by several youngsters within the team such as Bafétimbi Gomis, Loïc Perrin, Blaise Matuidi and Dimitri Payet. The heightened excitement by supporters was soon quelled after the club followed up its fifth-place finish by finishing 17th in the next two seasons. [2]

Having won the Coupe de la Ligue in April 2013, their first major domestic trophy for more than 30 years, Saint-Étienne qualified for the third preliminary round of the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League campaign. Following crowd trouble towards the end of the 2012–13 season, Saint-Étienne were handed a one-match stadium ban which would have forced the team to open their campaign behind closed doors. However, on 23 July 2013, this ban was lifted.[3] On 30 November 2014, Saint-Etienne defeated fierce rivals Olympique Lyonnais 3-0 at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard for the first time since 1994 sparking wild celebrations at the final whistle.[4]

Saint-Etienne finished sixth in the 2015/2016 Ligue 1 season and qualified for The UEFA Europa League. In the 2016/2017 season, Saint-Etienne made it to the knockout stages and played against Manchester United losing the tie 4-0 on aggregate. Saint-Etienne went on to finish eighth on Ligue 1 table at the end of the season.[5]


Current squad[edit]

As of 1 February 2018.[6]

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 Anthony Maisonnial
2 France DF Kévin Théophile-Catherine
3 Greece DF Alexandros Katranis
5 France MF Vincent Pajot
6 France MF Yann M'Vila
7 France FW Paul-Georges Ntep (on loan from VfL Wolfsburg)
8 Senegal MF Assane Dioussé
10 France MF Rémy Cabella (on loan from Marseille)
11 Brazil DF Gabriel Silva
12 Senegal DF Cheikh M'Bengue
13 Ivory Coast MF Habib Maïga
14 France MF Jonathan Bamba
15 Switzerland DF Saidy Janko
16 France GK Stéphane Ruffier
17 Norway MF Ole Kristian Selnæs
No. Position Player
20 Brazil MF Hernani (on loan from Zenit)
21 France FW Romain Hamouma
22 France FW Kévin Monnet-Paquet
24 France DF Loïc Perrin (captain)
26 France DF Mathieu Debuchy
27 Slovenia FW Robert Beric
28 Serbia DF Neven Subotić
29 France DF Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel
30 France GK Jessy Moulin
31 France MF Rayan Souici
32 Cape Verde MF Kenny Rocha Santos
33 Cape Verde FW Vagner Gonçalves
40 France GK Alexis Guendouz
Morocco FW Oussama Tannane

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
Switzerland DF Léo Lacroix (on loan to Basel)
France DF Pierre-Yves Polomat (on loan to Auxerre)
Portugal MF Jorginho (on loan to Chaves)
No. Position Player
France FW Loïs Diony (on loan to Bristol City)
France FW Arnaud Nordin (on loan to Nancy)

Records and statistics[edit]

Most appearances

# Name Matches
France René Domingo 518
France Robert Herbin 489
France Christian Lopez 453
France Gérard Farison 412
France Hervé Revelli 405
France Jean-Michel Larqué 403
France Gérard Janvion 392
France Loïc Perrin 382
France Jean Castaneda 378
10° France Georges Bereta 339

Top scorers

# Name Goals
France Hervé Revelli 204
Algeria Rachid Mekhloufi 150
Mali Salif Keïta 143
Austria Ignace Tax 119
France Antoine Rodriguez 109
Cameroon Eugène N'Jo Léa 101
France Robert Herbin 99
France Jean-Michel Larqué 99
France Michel Platini 82
10° France Patrick Revelli 78



Winners (10): 1956–57, 1963–64, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1980–81
Winners (3): 1962–63, 1998–99, 2003–04
Winners (6): 1961–62, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1976–77
Winners (1): 2012–13
Winners (5): 1957, 1962, 1967, 1968, 1969
Winners (3): 1963, 1970, 1998
Winners (2): 1955, 1958


Management and staff[edit]

Club officials[edit]

Senior club staff
  • President: Bernard Caiazzo & Roland Romeyer
  • Vice-President: Roland Romeyer
  • General manager: Dominique Rocheteau
Coaching and medical staff
Academy coaching staff
  • Director of Youth Academy: Bernard David

Managerial history[edit]


  1. ^ "Biographie: Loïc Perrin". Loïc Perrin. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "ASSE Stade Plan" (in French). AS Saint-Étienne. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Etienne Stadium Ban Lifted". Stadia Directory. Retrieved 23 July 2013.  In 2016, Saint-Étienne faced a tough elimination from AEK Athens, losing 5–1 on aggregate in the third qualifying round of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League.
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  6. ^ "Effectif professionnel" (in French). Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "France – Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 8 February 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 

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