Evian Thonon Gaillard F.C.

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Evian
Club crest
Full name Évian Thonon Gaillard Football Club
Nickname(s) Les Croix de Savoie (The Savoy Crosses)
L'ETG
Évian
Les Roses (The Pinks)
Founded 2007; 10 years ago (2007) (as Olympique Croix-de-Savoie 74)
Dissolved 2016; 1 year ago (2016)
Ground Parc des Sports,
Annecy, France
Ground Capacity 15,660
2015–16 Ligue 2, 18th (relegated)
Website Club home page

Évian Thonon Gaillard Football Club (French pronunciation: ​[evjɑ̃ tɔnɔ̃ ɡajaʁ]), commonly referred to as Evian TG or simply Evian, was a French association football club based in Thonon-les-Bains that was founded on 1 July 2007[1] and dissolved on 7 December 2016.

Evian's predecessor was known as FC Gaillard and existed from 1924–2003. Gaillard's only notable success was winning the Division d'Honneur of the Rhône-Alpes region in 1999. Evian proved more successful, ascending to the professional divisions after just three seasons. The club won the Championnat de France amateur in 2008, the Championnat National in 2010, and finally the Ligue 2 in 2011.

Evian formerly played its home matches at the Stade Joseph-Moynat in Thonon-les-Bains but moved to the Parc des Sports in nearby Annecy for the 2010–11 season as the Joseph-Moynat did not meet the standards of the Ligue de Football Professionnel. The move was a temporary measure while the club contemplated building a new facility or renovating the Stade Joseph-Moynat. Prior to moving to Annecy, Evian sought to play at the Stade de Genève in nearby Geneva.

Until the 2013–14 season, the club's main sponsor was Groupe Danone, owner of the Evian brand of mineral water. Danone's CEO Franck Riboud was honorary president of the club.

At the end of the 2015–16 season, the club was relegated from Ligue 2, and further demoted by the DNCG to the Championnat de France Amateur, the fourth level of football in France. The club then entered receivership meaning that, even if it had survived, it would have suffered a further administrative relegation at the end of the 2016–17 season. The club withdrew from the competition on 9 August.

History[edit]

Football in Gaillard[edit]

The badge of Football Croix-de-Savoie 74, the original club

In 2003 Football Croix-de-Savoie 74 was formed as a result of a merger between FC Gaillard and FC Ville-la-Grand. Gaillard was founded in 1924 and spent most of its life playing in the Ligue Rhône-Alpes, while Ville-la-Grand was founded in 1928. The new club finished 3rd in the Championnat de France amateur (CFA) Groupe B section for the 2003–04 season. Normally, only the top club in each of the four amateur groups are promoted to the Championnat National; however, both the 1st and 2nd placed clubs in the group were reserve sides of professional teams, namely Lyon and Metz. As such, Croix-de-Savoie was promoted.[2] The club's first season in National saw them narrowly avoid relegation, finishing 14th out of 20, two points above relegated 17th place Besançon.[3] The 2005–06 season was less successful; Croix-de-Savoie finished 18th with 41 points, one point behind SO Châtellerault, thus falling back to the fourth division.[4] Croix-de-Savoie's average attendance also dropped from 933 to 716.[5]

The foundation[edit]

In 2007, a merger between Croix-de-Savoie 74 and Olympique Thonon-Chablais created Olympique Croix-de-Savoie 74. Whilst the former club had been heavily associated with the commune of Gaillard, the new club moved to the nearby commune of Thonon-les-Bains because the stadium in Gaillard was, in August 2005, deemed unfit for use in the National division. The decision resulted in club being forced to move to Stade Joseph-Moynat in Thonon, a facility with 2,700 seats and a total capacity of 6,000. The club returned to the Championnat National as the CFA Group B winners (with a record 108 points) for the 2008–09 season. In the summer of 2009, the president of the Groupe Danone, Franck Riboud, was made honorary president of the football club. Riboud yet again changed the name of the team to Evian Thonon Gaillard Football Club. He also put money into the team to improve the youth system of the club and harboured aspirations of the side achieving promotion to Ligue 2.[6] On 16 April 2010, the club completed the feat in Riboud's first season presiding over the club achieving promotion to Ligue 2, for the first time, following its 1–0 victory over Amiens.

After earning promotion to Ligue 2 for the 2010–11 season, Evian was rumoured to be pursuing a move to play its home matches at the Stade de la Praille in Geneva, Switzerland after it was determined that the club's current facility, the Stade Joseph-Moynat, did not meet the Ligue de Football Professionnel's (LFP) standards. Thonon-les-Bains, the commune where the club situates itself, is a few kilometres from the Swiss border and is only 34.6 kilometres (21.5 mi), a 45-minute car drive, from the city of Geneva. It was reported that the club's president, Patrick Trotignon, had been advocating the move since the beginning of the 2009–10 Championnat National season just in case the club achieved promotion to the second division. The vice-president of Swiss club Servette FC, the regular occupant of the stadium, questioned the move citing possible schedule conflicts, as well as the health of the pitch if both clubs were to use the stadium on a weekly basis.[7] However, Benoît Genecand, president of Fondation du Stade de Genève (FSG), which owned and operated the facility, disputed the claims of the Servette official. Servette responded immediately to Genecand's comments via a press release posted on the club's official website.[8] Evian petitioned to the State Council of Geneva and obtained approval from the LFP for the move in early May. On 20 May 2010, Evian received a favourable ruling from the French Football Federation (FFF) with the Federal Council voting in favour of the move. According to the federation, the move now had to be agreed upon by a UEFA executive committee.[9][10] On 8 June, UEFA officially denied Evian's request to play at the Stade de la Praille meaning the club would play its home matches at the Parc des Sports in nearby Annecy.[11]

On 9 January 2011, Evian recorded an upset victory over the defending French champions Olympique de Marseille in the Coupe de France, defeating the Ligue 1 club 3–1 in the Round of 64.[12] Strong form throughout the season saw Evian secure a second successive promotion as champions of Ligue 2.

In their first season in Ligue 1, Les Roses finished in a respectable ninth place. In the following season, the club finished in sixteenth position, avoiding relegation by just two points. Evian also reached the Coupe de France final for the first time in the club's history,[13] where they were beaten 3–2 by Bordeaux, falling victim to a last-minute winner by Cheick Diabaté.[14]

Relegation and dissolution[edit]

At the end of the 2015–16 Ligue 2 season, the club finished in the relegation places. The DNCG imposed an additional relegation for the subsequent season, which would place Evian in the fourth tier of the French football pyramid, the Championnat de France Amateur (CFA).[15] On 2 August 2016 the club was placed in receivership, given a probationary period of two months to save itself, and assessed a further administrative relegation at the end of the 2016–17 season.[16]

On 9 August, the French Football Federation confirmed Evian's decision to cease operation in the CFA.[17]

On 7 December 2016, Evian was dissolved and replaced by Evian Savoie Football Club.[18]

Management and staff[edit]

Club officials[edit]

Senior club staff[19]
  • President: Patrick Trotignon
  • Honorary President: Franck Riboud
  • Association President: Alain Gay
Coaching and medical staff[20]

Managerial history[edit]

Dates Name
2007–June 30, 2009 Pascal Dupraz
June 5, 2009 – Jan 18, 2010 Stéphane Paille
2010 Pascal Dupraz
Jan 20, 2010 – Jan 1, 2012 Bernard Casoni
Jan 2, 2012 – Sept 3, 2012 Pablo Correa
Sept 3, 2012–15 Pascal Dupraz
2015–16 Safet Sušić
2016 Romain Revelli

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.etgfc.com/club/lhistorique/
  2. ^ "French Football 2003/04". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "French Football 2004/05". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "French Football 3rd Tier 2005/06". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "European Football Statistics – France 2004/05". European Football Statistics. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Historique". Evian Thonon Gaillard FC. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Evian-Thonon-Gaillard au Stade de Genève, Servette ne peut pas s'y opposer". Tribune de Geneve. TDG. 15 April 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "Servette FC et le Stade de Genève". Servette FC. Servette Football Club. 15 April 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Evian-Thonon-Gaillard se rapproche du Stade de Genève!". Tribune de Geneve. TDG. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Evian se rapproche de Genève". France Football. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "L'ETGFC jouera à Annecy". France Football. France Football. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Marseille caught cold by Evian in Coupe". ESPN. 10 January 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "EVIAN ROMP INTO COUPE DE FRANCE FINAL". Ligue 1. 8 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Coupe de France final: Bordeaux beat Evian, Diabate scores twice". BBC. 31 May 2013. 
  15. ^ "DNCG : Un club rétrogradé, un autre sauvé (off.)" (in French). foot-national.com. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 
  16. ^ "Evian Thonon Gaillard placé en redressement judiciaire" (in French). foot-national.com. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 
  17. ^ "Evian Thonon Gaillard ni en CFA, ni en CFA2" (in French). foot-national.com. 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  18. ^ http://www.ledauphine.com/sport/2016/12/09/l-etg-fc-liquide-thonon-evian-savoie-fc-prend-la-suite
  19. ^ "L'organigramme". Evian Thonon Gaillard FC. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  20. ^ "Staff Pro". Evian Thonon Gaillard FC. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 

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