FC Istres

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Full name Football Club Istres Ouest Provence
Founded 1920; 96 years ago (1920)
Ground Stade Parsemain,
Ground Capacity 17,000
Chairman Bertrand Benoît
Manager Bruno Savry
League Division Honneur Régionale Méditerranée A (7th tier)
Website Club home page

Football Club Istres Ouest Provence (French pronunciation: ​[istʁ]; commonly referred to as simply Istres) (EuronextMLFCI) is a French association football club based in Istres. The club was formed in 1920 and currently play their home matches at the Stade Parsemain in Fos-sur-Mer, a commune in the Arrondissement of Istres.


FC Istres was founded in 1920 by Édouard Guizonnier as SS Istréenne. In 1969, SS Istréenne was merged into the more general sports club Istres Sports, who chose to keep Istréenne's distinctive purple and black colours. In 1977 the club made young entrepreneur Michel Aviet the club's president and ex-Yugoslav goalkeeper Georges Korac the club's manager. During the Aviet-Korac years, the club advanced from France's lower regional divisions all the way up to Ligue 2.

In 2004, the club reached Ligue 1 but finished last and was relegated to Ligue 2 the following year. The club returned to Ligue 2 for the 2009–10 season after winning the Championnat National 2008–09. The club got relegated from Ligue 2 in 2013–14 season after a 2–4 defeat to Dijon FCO.[1]

In July 2015 the club was relegated the 6th tier for financial reasons.

Naming history[edit]

  • SS Istréenne (1920-1969)
  • Istres Sports (1969-1990)
  • FC Istres Ville Nouvelle (1990-2004)


Notable former players[edit]

For a list of former FC Istres players, see Category:FC Istres players.


The club has two major rivalries. First is with neighbours FC Martigues, with many encounters over the years. The second is the Provence derby against AC Arles-Avignon.[2]


  • National
  • Méditerranée Division d'Honneur
    • Champions (2): 1982, 1990
  • Coupe de Provence
    • Champions (3): 1933, 1982, 1987, 1989


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