Clermont Foot

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Clermont Foot
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Full name Clermont Foot 63
Founded 1911; 107 years ago (1911)
Ground Stade Gabriel Montpied, Clermont-Ferrand
Ground Capacity 11,980
Chairman Claude Michy
Manager Pascal Gastien
League Ligue 2
2017–18 Ligue 2, 6th
Website Club website

Clermont Foot 63 (Occitan: Clarmont d'Auvèrnhe; commonly referred to as Clermont Foot or simply Clermont) is a French association football club based in Clermont-Ferrand. The first incarnation of the club was formed in 1911 and the current club was created in 1990 as a result of a merger. Clermont currently play in Ligue 2, the second level of French football having achieved promotion to the league after winning the 2006–07 edition of the Championnat National. The club plays its home matches at the Stade Gabriel Montpied located within the city. Between 2014 and 2017 Clermont were managed by Corinne Diacre the first woman to manage a men's professional football match. They are captained by Cameroonian Eugène Ekobo. As of the 2017-2018 season, Clermont have never played in Ligue 1 and have one of the longest continuing spells of any team in Ligue 2. [1]

History[edit]

The club started in 1911 under the name Stade Clermontois. Despite little league success in the early days, they reached the semi-finals of the Coupe de France during the 1945–46 season. Their professional status was repealed after the 1946–47 season due to financial difficulties. The club became professional again in 1966. 1984 saw an expansion, with Stade-Clermontois and AS Montferrand merging to form Clermont-Ferrand Football Club (CFC). The club was placed in the third division.

The club was later renamed Clermont Foot Auvergne, having to start again in the Division Honneur. After 13 years, Clermont Foot got promoted multiple times, from the Division Honneur up to Ligue 2 in 1993. During these 13 years of success, the club had numerous successes in the Coupe de France. One notable cup run was in 1997, when the Auvergne club eliminated three professional sides, Martigues, Lorient and then Paris Saint-Germain, before succumbing to Nice.

More recently, the club won the Championnat National in 2007, being promoted to Ligue 2 again, from which they had been relegated in 2006.

In 2014, Clermont became the first French professional men's team to appoint a female manager when they appointed Helena Costa.[2][3] Less than a month after taking charge, Costa quit her role,[4] and was replaced by another female, Corinne Diacre.[5]

Honours[edit]

Champions (2): 2002, 2007

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 15 August 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
2 Bulgaria DF Martin Kavdanski
5 France DF Florent Ogier
8 France MF Lorenzo Rajot
9 France FW Franck Honorat
10 France MF Manuel Perez
11 France MF Alassane N'Diaye
12 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Vital N'Simba
15 France DF Julien Laporte (captain)
16 France GK Pierre Patron
17 French Guiana DF Josué Albert
19 Uruguay MF Jonathan Iglesias
20 France DF Ludovic Soares
No. Position Player
22 France DF Alpha Sissoko
23 France DF Jérôme Phojo
25 France MF Johan Gastien
26 France MF Mathias Pereira Lage
27 France FW Mohamed Bayo
28 France MF David Douline
29 France FW Florian Ayé
30 Algeria GK Mehdi Jeannin
32 France DF Nathan Vitré
33 France MF Yohann Magnin
34 France MF Cantyn Chastang
40 France GK Ouparine Djoco

Retired numbers[edit]

14 - France Clément Pinault, Defender (2008–09) - posthumous honour.

Notable former players[edit]

For a list of former Clermont Foot players, see Category:Clermont Foot players.

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ligue1.com/club/clermont-foot
  2. ^ "Helena Costa takes over at Ligue 2's Clermont Foot as first female manager". The Guardian. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Helena Costa: French Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot name woman boss". The Guardian. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Helena Costa will not after all take over as Clermont Foot coach". The Guardian. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Clermont Foot appoint second female manager in Corinne Diacre". The Guardian. 28 June 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Joueurs" (in French). clermontfoot.com. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 

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