Le Mans FC

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Le Mans
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Full name Le Mans Football Club
Nickname(s) MUC 72
Founded 1985
Ground MMArena,
Le Mans
Ground Capacity 25,000
Chairman Jean-Piere Pasquier
Manager Richard Déziré
League National 2 Group D
2016-2017 CFA 2 Group B, 2nd (promoted)
Website Club 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 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, and in 2017 won promotion again to the new Championnat National 2.

History[edit]

Le Mans Sports Club were founded in 1900, but it wasn't 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 liqudated and reforming in Maine (province) Division d'Honneur as an amateur club.[2]

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.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 9 October 2017[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
France GK Thibault Ferrand
Togo GK Cédric Mensah
France DF Arnaud Archimbaud
France DF Thomas Dasquet
Burkina Faso DF Moussa Doumbia
France DF Tom Duponchelle
France DF Pierre Lemonnier
France DF Alexandre Vardin
France DF Olivier Vasseur
France MF Arnaud Billeaux
France MF Hamza Hafidi
No. Position Player
France MF Rodrigue N'Cho
Martinique MF Yoan Pivaty
France MF Nicolas Suchet
France MF Cédric Tangatchi
France MF Emmanuel Thibault
France FW Vincent Créhin
France FW Romain Dupont
Angola FW Fernando Miranda
France FW Kévin Schur
Ivory Coast FW Mamadou Soro
France FW Stéphen Vincent

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
  2. ^ "L’épopée Sang et OR" (in French). Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Équipe National 2". Le Mans FC. Retrieved 9 October 2017. 

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