Le Mans FC

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Le Mans
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Full nameLe Mans Football Club
Nickname(s)MUC 72
Les Mucistes
Les Sang et Or (The Blood and Golds)
Founded12 June 1985; 34 years ago (1985-06-12)
GroundMMArena,
Le Mans
Capacity25,064
ChairmanJean-Piere Pasquier
ManagerRichard Déziré
LeagueLigue 2
2018–19Championnat National, 3rd (promoted via playoffs)
WebsiteClub website

Le Mans Football Club (French pronunciation: ​[ləmɑ̃]; commonly referred to as Le MUC or simply Le Mans) is a French association football club based in Le Mans. The club was founded in 1985 as a result of a merger under the name Le Mans Union Club 72. In 2010, Le Mans changed its name to Le Mans FC to coincide with the re-modeling of the club, which includes moving into a new stadium, MMArena, which opened in January 2011.[1] The stadium is based in the interior of the famous circuit in the city.

The club played in Ligue 2, the second level of French football having suffered relegation from Ligue 1 following the 2009–10 season. Due to financial difficulties, the club lost its professional status in 2013, went bankrupt, and reformed in the Division d'Honneur, Maine for the 2013–14 season. The club won promotion back to CFA 2 at the first time of asking, won promotion again to the new Championnat National 2 in 2017, and again to the Championnat National in 2018. In 2019 the club achieved their third successive promotion, to Ligue 2, after finishing 3rd in the 2018–19 Championnat National. The promotion was secured after defeating Gazélec Ajaccio 2–0 in the second leg of the promotion play-off (3–2 on aggregate).[2]

History[edit]

Le Mans Sports Club were founded in 1900, but it was not until 1908 that a football club existed within it. In 1910, Le Mans qualified for the Championnat de la France in 1910, but were heavily overturned by Saint-Servan. Gaining a huge reputation up to World War I, Le Mans SC plunged into obscurity by World War II before joining the war league in 1942.

The football section of Union Sportive du Mans was founded in 1903.

The current club was formed as a result of a merger between Union Sportive du Mans and Le Mans Sports Club, on 12 June 1985. Upon its foundation, former football player Bernard Deferrez was installed as manager. Le Mans UC spent the majority of its infancy in Ligue 2. In the 2003–04 season, the club achieved promotion to Ligue 1 for the first time, but were immediately relegated. Le Mans returned to the first division for the 2005–06 season and successfully remained in the league for the next four seasons. The club suffered relegated back to Ligue 2 in the 2009–10 season. Midway through the campaign, on 2 December 2009, Le Mans announced that it was changing its name from Le Mans Union Club 72 to Le Mans FC.

Le Mans moved to the MMArena midway through the 2010–11 season, comfortably in the promotion spots for a return to Ligue 1, but a bad run sees them finish 4th, missing promotion on goal difference. The failure to achieve promotion is costly, as the club sees it's payroll limited by the DNCG. Many players leave, and relegation is only narrowly avoided. The club survives by appeal an attempt by DNCG to relegate them to Championnat National. The following season they are relegated on the field, and a long summer of legal battles sees them liquidated and reforming in Maine (province) Division d'Honneur as an amateur club.[3]

Promotion to Championnat de France Amateur 2 was achieved at the first attempt, and promotion from that division was only narrowly missed in 2014–15 and 2015–16. At the third attempt, promotion to the new Championnat National 2 was obtained in 2016–17, when Le Mans finished as one of the best runners up in the competition. Le Mans was promoted for the second season in a row winning Group D and being promoted to the 2018–19 Championnat National.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 4 February 2019.[4][5]

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 Thibault Ferrand
2 France DF Alexandre Vardin
4 France DF Corentin Guiet
5 France DF Raphaël Calvet
7 France FW Stéphen Vincent
8 France MF Alois Confais
9 France FW Vincent Créhin
10 Morocco MF Hamza Hafidi
11 Ivory Coast FW Mamadou Soro
12 France DF Tom Duponchelle
13 France FW Romain Montiel (on loan from Auxerre)
16 France GK Nicolas Kocik (on loan from Valenciennes)
17 France MF Thibault Vialla
No. Position Player
18 France FW Romain Dupont
19 New Caledonia MF Georges Gope-Fenepej
20 France MF Victor Elissalt (on loan from Béziers)
21 Senegal MF Ousseynou Diagne
22 France MF Rémy Boissier
24 France DF Pierre Lemonnier
25 Ivory Coast FW Stéphane Diarra (on loan from Rennes)
26 Ivory Coast DF Ali Keïta
27 France DF Yanis Si Mohammed
28 France DF Thomas Dasquet
29 France DF Ryan Bidounga (on loan from Nancy)
30 France GK Jérémy Aymes

Notable players[edit]

Below are the notable former players who have represented Le Mans and its predecessors in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1985. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 100 official matches for the club.

For a complete list of Le Mans players, see Category:Le Mans FC players

Former managers[edit]

Honours[edit]

  • Division d'Honneur Ouest
    • Winners (2): 1961, 1965
  • Division d'Honneur Maine
    • Winnser (1): 2014
  • Coupe Gambardella

References[edit]

  1. ^ Le MUC 72 devient LEMANS FC Archived 4 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Actualité – LE MANS FC est en Ligue 2 !". www.lemansfc.fr. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  3. ^ "L'épopée Sang et OR" (in French). Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Équipe National 2". Le Mans FC. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Le Mans FC squad". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 4 February 2019.

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