FC Villefranche

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FC Villefranche
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Full nameFootball Club Villefranche-Beaujolais
Founded1927; 92 years ago (1927)
GroundStade Armand Chouffet
Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône-Alpes
Capacity5,000
ChairmanPhilippe Terrier
ManagerAlain Pochat
LeagueChampionnat National
2017–18National 2 Group B, 1st (promoted)

Football Club Villefranche-Beaujolais is a French association football club founded in 1927. They are based in Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône-Alpes and play at the Stade Armand Chouffet in town. Their highest level of play for one season in the second tier of French football. In the 2018–19 season they are playing in the Championnat National, the third tier in the French football league system.

History[edit]

Football Club Villefranche-Beaujolais was formed in 1927, from the football section of multi-sports club Cercle Sportif de Villefranche. The Beaujolais suffix of the name had been applied by 1985, the club being previously known as Football Club Villefranche.[1]

The club debuted in the national league structure in 1953 when champions of the Lyonnais region of Division d'Honneur they promoted to Division Nationale, the highest tier of amateur football. They maintained this level for five season, then relegated in 1958. Promotion to the Division Nationale in 1966 would follow when they were Lyonnaise regional champions. They relegated in 1969.[1]

In 1970 the club gained access to the Division Nationale for a third time. By successfully remaining in the division, the club became part of the third tier of French football when the FFF reorganised the leagues at the end of the 1970–71 season, taking part in the first edition of Division 3 in 1971. They remained that level until relegated to the regional league in 1976.[1]

FC Villefranche were founding members in 1978 when the FFF introduced a fourth division to the national league, having finished 6th in the regional Division d'Honneur the previous season. They maintained this level for the season with an 11th place finish. A third place season finish in 1979–80, promoted them to Division 3. In 1983 they were promoted to Division 2 although finishing in 3rd place when the two higher placed teams became ineligible for promotion.[1]

The club stayed just one season in Division 2, finishing bottom of Group A and being relegated back to Division 3. They remained at that level until finishing bottom of their group in 1988, and in 1989 suffered a second successive relegation back to the regional league.[1]

In 1993 the FFF introduced a fifth tier, and the club secured a place in the new National 3 division as champions of the Division Honneur (now the Rhône-Alpes region, after internal restructuring of the French regional leagues). After a fourth place finish in their group in 1994 they secured promotion in 1995 by finishing second in their group. The club completed three seasons of mid-table finishes before being relegated in 2000 and 2001.[1]

As champions of the Division d'Honneur in 2004, they promoted to CFA2. In 2008, they won their group and were promoted to the fourth tier, CFA.[1] The remained at this level until successfully gaining promotion to Championnat National as winners of their group in the 2017–18 season.

Current squad[edit]

As of 8 February 2019[2]

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 Antoine Philippon
2 France DF Paul Babiloni
3 France DF Kévin Martin
4 France DF Loïc Abenzoar
5 France DF Quentin Lacour
6 France DF Oumar Gonzalez (on loan from Metz)
7 France FW Jonathan Mambu
8 France MF Maxime Jasse
9 Cameroon FW Christian Toko
10 France MF Maxime Blanc
11 France FW Brighton Labeau (on loan from Amiens)
12 France DF Adrien Pagerie
13 France FW Kéhlis Mahdar
14 France FW Yann Benedick
No. Position Player
16 France GK Pascal Michelizzi
17 France MF Lucas Camelo
18 Cameroon FW Arnold Lemb
19 Switzerland DF Tom Perracino
20 France MF Rémi Sergio
22 France FW Mour Paye
23 France MF Nicolas Burel
24 France FW Christopher Joufreau
25 France DF Semi Belkorchia
26 Comoros FW Ali M'Madi
28 France DF Pierre Ertel
29 France MF Youssouf Ndiaye
30 France GK Alexis Sauvage (on loan from Red Star)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Histoire du FCVB" (in French). FCVB Official Site. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  2. ^ "FCVB National 1" (in French). FC Villefranche Official Site. Retrieved 8 February 2019.

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