Montpellier HSC

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Montpellier HSC
Montpellier HSC logo.svg
Full nameMontpellier Hérault Sport Club
Nickname(s)La Paillade[1]
Short nameMHSC
Founded1919; 103 years ago (1919) as Stade Olympique Montpelliérain
GroundStade de la Mosson
PresidentLaurent Nicollin
LeagueLigue 1
2021–22Ligue 1, 13th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Montpellier Hérault Sport Club (French pronunciation: ​[mɔ̃pəlje eʁo spɔʁ klœb]), commonly referred to as Montpellier HSC or simply Montpellier, is a French professional football club based in the city of Montpellier in Occitanie. The original club was founded in 1919, while the current incarnation was founded through a merger in 1974. Montpellier currently plays in Ligue 1, the top level of French football and plays its home matches at the Stade de la Mosson, located within the city. The first team is managed by Olivier Dall'Oglio and captained by Teji Savanier.

Montpellier is owned by Laurent Nicollin, the son of the late Louis Nicollin, a French entrepreneur, who had been owner since 1974. The club have produced several famous players in its history, most notably Laurent Blanc, who has served as manager of the France national team. Blanc is also the club's all-time leading goalscorer. Eric Cantona, Roger Milla, Carlos Valderrama and Olivier Giroud are other players who have played in Montpellier's colours. In 2001, Montpellier introduced a women's team.


Montpellier was founded under the name Stade Olympique Montpelliérain (SOM) and played under the name for most of its existence.[citation needed] In 1989, after playing under various names, the club changed its name to its current form. Montpellier is one of the founding members of the first division of French football.[citation needed] Along with Marseille, Rennes and Nice, Montpellier is one of only a few clubs to have played in the inaugural 1932–33 season and is still playing in the first division.[citation needed] The club won Ligue 1 for the first time in the 2011–12 season. Montpellier's other honours to date include winning the Coupe de France in 1929 and 1990, and the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1999.[citation needed]

In the 2011–12 season, Montpellier won its first Ligue 1 title, finishing the season with 82 points, three points ahead of runners-up Paris Saint-Germain.[citation needed] On 20 May 2012, in a game marred by stoppages for crowd violence, John Utaka scored a brace to secure a 2–1 victory over Auxerre and win the Ligue 1 title for Montpellier.[citation needed] Olivier Giroud, who finished the season with 21 goals and 9 assists, was the league's top goal scorer. Despite being tied on goals with Paris Saint-Germain attacker Nenê, he was named the league's top scorer by the Ligue de Football Professionnel due to finishing with more goals in open play.[2]


Current squad[edit]

As of 16 November 2022[3]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Switzerland SUI Jonas Omlin
2 DF France FRA Arnaud Souquet
5 DF Portugal POR Pedro Mendes
6 DF France FRA Christopher Jullien
7 FW France FRA Arnaud Nordin
9 FW France FRA Valère Germain
10 FW England ENG Stephy Mavididi
11 MF France FRA Téji Savanier (captain)
12 MF France FRA Jordan Ferri (vice-captain)
13 MF France FRA Joris Chotard
14 DF France FRA Maxime Estève
15 DF Uruguay URU Mathías Suárez
16 GK France FRA Dimitry Bertaud
17 DF France FRA Théo Sainte-Luce
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF France FRA Léo Leroy
19 MF France FRA Sacha Delaye
21 FW France FRA Elye Wahi
22 MF France FRA Khalil Fayad
26 DF France FRA Thibault Tamas
27 DF France FRA Faitout Maouassa (on loan from Club Brugge)
28 FW Republic of the Congo CGO Béni Makouana
29 DF Cameroon CMR Enzo Tchato
30 GK France FRA Matis Carvalho
31 DF France FRA Nicolas Cozza
75 DF France FRA Mamadou Sakho
77 DF Mali MLI Falaye Sacko (on loan from Vitória de Guimarães)
90 GK Senegal SEN Bingourou Kamara
99 FW Tunisia TUN Wahbi Khazri

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. Pos. Nation Player
MF Switzerland SUI Gabriel Barès (at Thun until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Algeria ALG Yanis Guermouche (at Châteauroux until 30 June 2023)


Most appearances[edit]

Rank Player Matches
1 Senegal Souleymane Camara 433
2 France Pascal Baills 429
3 France Bruno Carotti 377
4 Brazil Hilton 354
5 Algeria Kader Ferhaoui 349

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Goals
1 France Laurent Blanc 84
2 Senegal Souleymane Camara 76
3 France Jean-Marc Valadier 70
4 France Christophe Sanchez 50
5 Colombia Víctor Montaño 48
6 Algeria Andy Delort 47

Management and staff[edit]

Club officials[edit]

Montpellier HSC headquarters
Senior club staff[4]
Coaching and medical staff[5]
  • Manager: Vacant
  • Assistant Manager: Ghislain Printant
  • First-Team Coach: Franck Rizzetto
  • Goalkeeper Coach: Dominique Deplagne
  • Goalkeeper Coach: Teddy Richert
  • Fitness Coach: Stéphane Paganelli
  • Scout: Serge Delmas

Coaching history[edit]





  • Division d'Honneur (Sud-Est)
    • Champions (3): 1928, 1932, 1976



  1. ^ "#273 – Montpellier HSC : la Paillade" (in French). Footnickname. 11 October 2020. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Olivier Giroud couronné" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 20 May 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Effectif et staff" [Squad and staff] (in French). Montpellier HSC. Retrieved 28 July 2022.
  4. ^ "Organigramme" (in French). Montpellier HSC. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Le Staff" (in French). Montpellier HSC. Archived from the original on 25 August 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  6. ^ "France – Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs on RSSSF". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 July 2007.
  7. ^ The two DH titles won were achieved by the club's reserve team.

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