Grenoble Foot 38

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Grenoble Foot 38 logo.svg
Full nameGrenoble Foot 38
Founded1892; 127 years ago (1892)
GroundStade des Alpes,
ManagerPhilippe Hinschberger
LeagueLigue 2
2018–19Ligue 2, 9th
WebsiteClub website

Grenoble Foot 38, commonly referred to as simply GF38, is a French association football club based in Grenoble. The club plays its home matches at the Stade des Alpes, a sports complex based in the heart of the city, and wears white and blue.

The original incarnation of the club was founded in 1892 and, in 1997, was formed into the club that exists today as a result of a merger. Grenoble currently plays in Ligue 2, the second level of French football, after having gone into bankruptcy and relegation to the fifth level of French football in 2011.


The club was founded in 1892 as Football Club de Grenoble. In 1997, a merger of Olympique Grenoble Isère and Norcap Olympique led to the Grenoble Foot 38 incarnation. Olympique Grenoble Isère played in Ligue 1 in the 1960–61 and 1962–63 seasons.

In 2004, the club was acquired by Index Holdings, a Japanese mobile software company, therefore becoming the first French football club to have foreign owners. The price of the deal was around €2 million.[1][2] The new owners invested in the Stade des Alpes, a new ground with an initial capacity of 20,000 which opened in February 2008.[3] Grenoble finished the 2007–08 Ligue 2 season in third place, thus returning to Ligue 1 for the first time since 1963.

In the 2008–09 Ligue 1 season, Grenoble finished 13th.[2] However, after losing their first eleven games of the following season, they were eventually relegated with six games remaining amidst severe financial problems.[4][5]

The professional football club was liquidated in July 2011 with debts of €2.9 million, and relegated administratively to Championnat de France Amateur 2, the fifth tier.[6][7] Index provided false financial statements during their ownership of the club.[2][8]

Now an amateur side, Grenoble won promotion from Championnat de France Amateur 2 at the first attempt in 2012, and were champions of the 2016–17 Championnat de France Amateur, returning to Championnat National for the 2017–18 season.[9] They secured their second successive promotion to Ligue 2 on 27 May 2018, after an aggregate play-off victory over Bourg-en-Bresse.[10]

Name changes[edit]

  • Football Club de Grenoble 1892 (1892–1977)
  • Football Club Association Sportive de Grenoble (1977–1984)
  • Football Club de Grenoble Dauphiné (1984–1990)
  • Football Club de Grenoble Isère (1990–1992)
  • Football Club de Grenoble Jojo Isère (1992–1993)
  • Olympique Grenoble Isère (1993–1997)
  • Grenoble Foot 38 (1997–present)


Current squad[edit]

As of 30 July 2019.[11]

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 Brice Maubleu
2 Senegal FW Moussa Djitté
4 France DF Éric Vandenabeele
5 France DF Adrien Monfray
6 Switzerland MF Charles Pickel
7 France FW Willy Semedo
8 France FW Jonathan Tinhan
9 Iceland FW Kristófer Kristinsson
10 Comoros MF Youssouf M'Changama
11 France FW Florian Raspentino
13 Mauritania DF Harouna Abou Demba
14 Guadeloupe DF Loïc Nestor
16 Senegal GK Papa Demba Camara
17 Guyana MF Terell Ondaan
No. Position Player
18 France MF Anthony Belmonte
20 Republic of the Congo MF Yves Pambou
21 France MF Jessy Bénet
22 Cameroon MF Arsène Elogo
23 Madagascar DF Jérôme Mombris
24 Mauritania MF Ibréhima Coulibaly
25 Comoros DF Abdel-Hakim Abdallah
26 France FW Yohan Brun
29 France DF Pierre Gibaud
30 France GK Esteban Salles
31 France MF Christian Gyebohao
33 France MF Florian Michel
35 France DF Jules Sylvestre-Brac
41 France DF Chris-Vianney Goteni

Notable players[edit]

Below are the notable former players who have represented Grenoble and its predecessors in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1997. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 80 official matches for the club.

For a complete list of Grenoble Foot 38 players, see Category:Grenoble Foot 38 players



  1. ^ "Football. Il était une fois... le GF38, le rêve de Grenoble" [Football. Once upon a time there was... GF38, Grenoble's dream] (in French). France 3. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "La tragique déroute du Grenoble Foot 38" [The tragic decline of Grenoble Foot 38] (in French). France 24. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Grenoble Foot 38 celebrates the long awaited opening of its new professional soccer stadium, "Stade des Alpes"". Index Holdings. Archived from the original on 22 January 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2008.
  4. ^ "Grenoble relégué en L2" [Grenoble relegated to L2]. Le Figaro (in French). 10 April 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Le GF38 relégué en Ligue 2... Grenoble, et maintenant ?" [GF38 relegated to Ligue 2... Grenoble, and now?]. Le Dauphiné (in French). 12 April 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Le club de football de Grenoble en liquidation judiciaire" [Grenoble's football club in judicial liquidation]. Le Monde (in French). 7 July 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Grenoble: Le GF38 relégué en CFA2" [Grenoble: GF38 relegated to CFA2] (in French). Canal+. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  8. ^ Guiho, Mickael (28 May 2014). "Arrestation du président d'Index, ex-propriétaire japonais du Grenoble foot 38" [Arrest of president of Index, Japanese former owner of Grenoble Foot 38] (in French). France 3. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Le GF38 officiellement promu en National !" [GF38 officially promoted to National!]. Le Dauphiné (in French). 13 May 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Grenoble monte en L2, Bourg-en-Bresse descend en National" [Grenoble climb to L2, Bourg-en-Bresse fall to National]. L'Equipe (in French). 27 May 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Groupe Pro 2019-2020". Retrieved 23 June 2019.

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