FC Nantes

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FC Nantes logo.svg
Full name Football Club de Nantes
Nickname(s) Les Canaris (The Canaries)
Short name FCN
Founded 1943; 75 years ago (1943)
Ground La Beaujoire-Louis
Ground Capacity 38,128
Chairman Waldemar Kita
Manager Claudio Ranieri
League Ligue 1
2016–17 Ligue 1, 7th
Website Club website
Current season

Football Club de Nantes (Breton: Naoned, Gallo: Naunnt), commonly referred to as FC Nantes or simply Nantes (French pronunciation: ​[nɑ̃t]), is a French association football club based in Nantes, Pays de la Loire. The club was founded on 21 April 1943, during World War II, as a result of local clubs based in the city coming together to form one large club. From 1992 to 2007, the club was referred to as FC Nantes Atlantique before reverting to its current name at the start of the 2007–08 season. Nantes currently play in Ligue 1, the first division of French football.

Nantes is one of the most successful clubs in French football, having won eight Ligue 1 titles, three Coupe de France wins and attained one Coupe de la Ligue victory. The club is famous for its jeu à la nantaise ("Nantes-style play"), its collective spirit, mainly advocated under coaches José Arribas, Jean-Claude Suaudeau and Raynald Denoueix and for its youth system, which has produced players such as Marcel Desailly, Didier Deschamps, Mickaël Landreau, Claude Makélélé, Christian Karembeu and Jérémy Toulalan. As well as Les Canaris (The Canaries), Nantes is also nicknamed Les jaunes et verts (The Green and Yellows) and La Maison Jaune (The Yellow House).


The club was founded in 1943.[1] The first match played by Nantes as a professional team took place at the Stade Olympique de Colombes against CA Paris, where Nantes triumphed 2–0. The first home match was a defeat of the same score against Troyes. The club finished fifth at the end of this first season following which the club's manager Aimé Nuic left the club following a dispute, and was succeeded by Antoine Raab, who took over in a player-coach role. After winning 16 consecutive matches, Nantes lost 9–0 to Sochaux.[citation needed]

Supporters at an away match

In July 1991, the club re-instated Jean-Claude Suaudeau, and in July 1992, after spending a fortnight in the second division due to an administrative decision by the DNCG (French Football's financial regulator), FC Nantes was renamed FC Nantes Atlantique, and was able to take its place in the first division back.[citation needed] They won the French championship in 1994/95[2] and in 2000/01. In 2005, Nantes narrowly avoided relegation on the final day of the season by defeating Metz 1-0.[3] The following season Nantes finished last in Ligue 1 and were relegated to Ligue 2 after spending over 40 consecutive seasons in Ligue 1. In 2007, Nantes were promoted back to Ligue 1 at the first attempt but the following season they were relegated back to Ligue 2 after finishing 19th on the table. After spending 3 seasons in Ligue 2, Nantes were once again promoted to Ligue 1 in 2013. In their first season back in the top division, Nantes avoided relegation finishing 13th on the table. After two years of stability, in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 season, Nantes finished a highly respectable 7th on the table. For the 2017/2018 season, former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri took over as manager and after 10 games in charge had Nantes sitting 3rd on the table just behind big spending Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco.[4][5]


Stade de la Beaujoire

Nantes' home ground since 1984 has been the Stade de la Beaujoire-Louis Fontenau, which has a capacity of 38,004.[6] FC Nantes former stadium was The Stade Marcel Saupin which the club played at from 1937 to 1984.[7]


Current squad[edit]

As of 29 January 2018.[8]

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 Maxime Dupé
2 France DF David Alcibiade
3 Brazil DF Diego Carlos
4 France DF Nicolas Pallois
5 Ivory Coast DF Koffi Djidji
6 Brazil DF Lucas Lima
7 France MF Jules Iloki
8 France MF Adrien Thomasson
9 Argentina FW Emiliano Sala
10 Morocco FW Yacine Bammou
11 Sweden MF Alexander Kačaniklić
12 Nigeria DF Chidozie Awaziem (on loan from Porto)
14 Belgium FW Yassine El Ghanassy
15 France DF Léo Dubois (captain)
18 France MF Samuel Moutoussamy
No. Position Player
19 France MF Abdoulaye Touré
20 Brazil MF Andrei Girotto
21 Slovenia MF Rene Krhin (on loan from Granada)
22 Burkina Faso FW Préjuce Nakoulma
23 Belgium FW Joris Kayembe
24 Cameroon MF Alexis Alégué
25 France DF Enock Kwateng
26 Mali FW Kalifa Coulibaly
27 France FW Santy Ngom
28 France MF Valentin Rongier
29 France MF Najib Gandi
30 Romania GK Ciprian Tătărușanu
31 Iceland FW Kolbeinn Sigþórsson
33 France FW Randal Kolo Muani
40 France GK Quentin Braat

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
13 France DF Wilfried Moimbé (at Oldham Athletic until 30 June 2018)
Netherlands MF Queensy Menig (at Zwolle until 30 June 2018)
Poland FW Mariusz Stępiński (at Chievo Verona until 30 June 2018)
France GK Alexandre Olliero (at Niort until 30 June 2018)
17 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Anthony Walongwa (at Grenoble until 30 June 2018)

Notable players[edit]

Below are the notable former players who have represented Nantes in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1943. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 100 official matches for the club.[citation needed]

For a complete list of FC Nantes players, see Category:FC Nantes players

Former managers[edit]

[citation needed]


Domestic competitions[edit]

International competitions[edit]


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