US Gorée

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US Gorée
Union Sportif de Gorée.png
Full name Union Sportive Gorée
Nickname(s) Les Insulaires
Founded 1933
Ground Stade Demba Diop
Dakar, Senegal
Ground Capacity 15,000
Chairman Senegal Augustin Senghor
League Senegalese Second League
2015/16 1st
Website Club home page

Union Sportive Gorée is a Senegalese football club based in Dakar. They play in the top division in Senegalese football. Their home stadium is Stade Demba Diop. The team president is Augustin Senghor. The club has three championship titles and four cup titles.

Gorée also is fourth in the number of major honours won in Senegal numbering nine.

Logo and uniforms[edit]

Its logo features a light-blue coloured shield (the color of the bay) with the island coat-of-arms in the middle. Its uniform colours are coloured aqua with white rims for home games and white clothing for away or alternative games.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1933. In the colonial era, US Gorée would win the first French West African Cup title in 1947 and their very last in 1955. The club won their first championship title in 1978 and their last in 1984. Their first cup appearance was in 1965 and challenged against Olympique Thiès. In 1967 where US Gorée twice failed to win their second cup after they lost to Foyer France, a club now known as ASC Diaraf, their second was won in 1972 after defeating ASC Jeanne d'Arc 2-1. Their chance to win the third cup title failed in 1978 after being defeated by AS Police 3-0, fourteen years later, the club finally won their third cup title after defeating ASC Diaraf. Four years later, Gorée won their fourth and recent cup title after defeating Louga's ASEC Ndiambour 1-0. The 1998 cup edition was lost to ASC Yeggo 1-0, the 2001 cup was lost to SONACOS 1-0 in extra time, their recent cup appearance.

The club were relegated to Division 2 in 1992, 1996, 2002 and 2013. In recent years, US Gorée played in the second division (Ligue 2) and finished second behind ASEC Ndiambour and were in the qualification zone of entering Ligue 1. The club were in different positions in the 2015-16 season until the last few rounds when they were in the first place spot in Ligue 1, only have returned to Ligue 1 last season, the club claimed their fourth and recent national championship title. Gorée will appear in the 2017 CAF Champions League in the following season.

The club first appeared in the League Cup in 2009, their greatest position was as finalist in the 2013 League Cup, there, the club lost in the penalty shoot to Casa Sport 3-1.

As champion, the club won their first Senegalese Super Cup (once called the National Assembly Cup) and the Champion's Trophy for the 2016 season.

African championships[edit]

Their first entry was in 1966 and entered not as a champion. Gorée never took part to challenge Kaloum Star as they withdrew. Their first appearance was in 1979 and first after winning the title in the previous season, they advanced as far as the semis and lost to Ghana's Hearts of Oak. In 1982, Gorée received their third entry after winning their second title, they never participated to face Gabon's Mbila Nzambi. Three years later after winning their recent title, Gorée again advanced all the way to the semis where they challenged from Stella Club d'Adjamé up to AS Bilima. It was 32 years until their next competition and the first being called CAF Champions League, their fifth and recent continental appearance which was in 2017, Gorée faced Guinea's Horoya AC, the home match was scoreless and lost the away match 1-2 and the club was out.

In cup competitions, their first was in 1976 and competed as second place and lost to Stella Club d'Adjamé, after winning their third cup title, Gorée again returned and first as cup winner and faced Ghana's Voradep and Tunisia's Stade Tunisien and advanced up to the second round. After Gorée won their fourth and last cup title, they competed in the 1997 edition and lost to MC Oran of Algeria in the first round. Their fifth appearance entered as a third-place club in 2007 and defeated two matches with NPA Anchors and Hassania Agadir from Morocco, the first leg had no goals, the club lost 3-2 in Agadir thus Gorée advanced as far to the first round.

Honours[edit]

1978, 1981, 1984, 2016.
1965, 1972, 1992, 1996.
2016.
2016.

Colonial era[edit]

1947, 1954, 1955.

League and cup history[edit]

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

US Gorée's results in CAF competition
Season Competition Qualification method Round Opposition Home Away Aggregate
1966 African Cup of Champions Clubs Senegalese Division 1 runner-up First Round Guinea AS Kaloum Star [a]
1976 CAF Cup Winners' Cup Second Round Ivory Coast Stella Club d'Adjamé 0-0 2-0 0-2
1979 African Cup of Champions Clubs Senegalese champions First Round Mauritania ASC Garde Nationale 2–0 1–1 3–1
Second Round Étoile du Congo 1–0 2–3 4–2
Quarterfinals Nigeria Racca Rovers 2–0 1–0 2–1
Semifinals Ghana Hearts of Oak 1–2 4–1 3–5
1982 African Cup of Champions Clubs Senegalese champions First Round Gabon US Mbila Nzambi [b]
1985 African Cup of Champions Clubs Senegalese champions First Round Ivory Coast Stella Club d'Adjamé 3–0 1–1 4–1
Second Round Ghana Hearts of Oak 3–0 0–2 3–2
Quarterfinals Zimbabwe Black Rhinos FC 3–0 0–2 5–0
Semifinals AS Bilima 1–0 2–0 1–2
1993 CAF Cup Winners' Cup Senegalese Cup winners First Round Ghana Voradep 1-0 0-0 1-0
Second Round Tunisia Stade Tunisien 1-0 2-0 1-2
1997 CAF Cup Winners' Cup Senegalese Cup winners First Round Algeria MC Oran 1-0 4-1 2-4
2007 CAF Confederation Cup Division 2 - 3rd place Preliminary Round Liberia NPA Anchors 1–0 2–3 4–2
First Round Morocco Hassania Agadir 0–0 2–3 2–3
2017 CAF Champions League Ligue 1 champions Preliminary Round Guinea Horoya AC 0–0 2–1 1–2

National level[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Cup League Cup Super Cup Notes Final Phase
1981 1 1 26 13 10 3 37 20 +17 36
1984 1 1 26 17 5 4 - - - 39
1990-91 1 8 30 7 16 7 22 19 +3 30
1991-92 1 15 30 4 10 16 17 31 -14 18
1994 2 - - - - - - - -
1995 1A 1 16 6 4 6 9 11 -2 22 Did not advance Did not participate
1996 1B 26 - - - - - - - Winner
1997 2 - - - - - - - -
1998 1 6 26 - - - - - - 36
1999 1 7 26 7 13 7 23 24 -1 33
2000 1 4 22 9 7 6 17 16 +1 34
2000-01 1 4 26 10 11 5 22 12 +10 41
2001-02 1 13 26 1 14 10 10 22 -12 17
2002-03 2 - - - - - - - -
2003-04 1 8 38 13 15 10 32 21 +11 54
2005 1 7 34 11 13 10 30 27 +3 45/46
2006 1B 2 16 6 9 1 21 12 +9 27 Advanced into the Second phase
2 6 1 3 2 6 11 -5 6 3rd place
2007 1B 6 16 4 4 8 12 17 -5 16 Did not advance Did not participated
2008 1B 5 18 6 6 6 18 18 0 24 Did not advance Did not participated
2009 1B 3 16 7 7 2 18 10 +8 28 Quarterfinals Did not advance Did not participate
2010 1B 4 16 5 7 4 11 12 -1 22 Round of 16 Did not advance Did not participate
2010-11 1 5 30 11 10 9 30 23 +10 47
2011-12 1A 7 14 3 5 6 14 17 -3 14 Did not advance Did not participate
2013 1 13 30 6 12 12 19 33 -14 30
2014-15 2 2 - - - - - - - -
2015-16 1 1 26 11 9 6 25 17 +8 42 Winner

Statistics[edit]

  • Best position: Semi-finals (continental)
  • Best position at a cup competition: Second Round (continental)
  • Best position at the League Cup: Finalist
  • Appearances at the League Cup: 9
  • Highest number of wins in a season: 17 - national (1984)
  • Highest number of goals in a season: 37 - national (1984)
  • Highest number of points in a season: 54 - national (2004)
  • Total appearances at a cup final: 9
  • Total goals scored at a cup final: 7

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Senegal DF Ibrahima Ndione
Senegal MF Yally Fall Guene
Lebanon Hadi Baalbaki
No. Position Player
Senegal MF Ousmane Mbengue
Senegal FW Seydou Kane Sall

Notable players[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ US Gorée withdrew
  2. ^ US Gorée withdrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bocar Ly: Foot-ball. Histoire de la Coupe d’A.O.F. (Football/Soccer: History of the French West African Cup NEAS, Dakar 1990

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