Victory SC

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Victory SC
Victory SC.png
Full name Victory Sportif Club
Founded 7 March 1945; 72 years ago (1945-03-07)
Ground Stade Sylvio Cator
Ground Capacity 15,000
League Ligue Haïtienne
2013 10th (last season played)[note 1]
Website Club home page

Victory Sportif Club, commonly known as Victory, is a professional football club based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Victory Sportif Club was founded by Augustin R. Viau on 7 March 1945.[1][2] They were affiliated in 1947 by the FHF and assigned to the second division where they won the league promoting themselves to the first division for 1948.[1] Their first win came against Melbourne (Bel Air) by the score of 2–0.[3][4] On 16 January 1948, Victory played their first match in the top-tier division that ended in defeat to Racing by 1–0 (by goal of Antoine Tassy).[4]

Golden years (1955–1965)[edit]

During this decade, Victory gained a leading role in the league, national team and even internationally; a credit to a major change in the style of play of Victory led by the technical direction of Michel Alerte (alias "Sonson"). In 1955, the tenth-year anniversary of the club, Victory won its first Coupe d'Haïti (Coupe Vincent) by defeating Petit-Goâve (4–0), Racing (3–0) and Pétion-Ville in the final (3–1).[4]

In 1957, Victory played a return match in Curaçao with a 0–0 draw against the Sithoc, after a 1–0 win in Port-au-Prince. In 1958, Victory played a successful tour in Costa Rica, El Salvador to participate in a tournament of the winners of the cup and placed second with a 3–2 win over the C.S.D. Comunicaciones with goals by René Vertus.[4]

During 1958–1962, Victory was one of the strongest clubs in Haitian football and won its first national championship (Coupe Pradel) in 1960. The following year, although reigning champions of the league, a dispute between the FHF and Victory led the club to lose its invitation in a tournament organized for the arrival of Czech club, Red Star Bratislava. The Czech club went on to defeat Racing (3–1), Aigle Noir (4–0), and the Haitian national selection (4–0). In an attempt to save the national honor, Victory was recalled and defeated the Czechs 2–0.[4]

The following season in 1961, Victory continued its surge and won the Coupe d'Haïti (Coupe Vincent) by defeating Petit-Goâve (6–3) Aigle Noir (3–2), Racing (3–1) and Etoile Haïtienne in the final 2–1. The club's physical condition was a very important ingredient to their success; prepared by General Claude Raymond and his brother Dr. Adrien Raymond, who was club president and administered care to the players, Franck Civil who led in technical preparation and Michel Oreste Alerte in tactical development respectively.[4]

Steady decline (1966–1976)[edit]

As the members who contributed to Victory's early success began to gradually disband, seven to eight of club's next ten years ended in average results and a low in 1971, where Victory was invited to play a quadrangular relegation playoff between Don Bosco, Etoile, Bacardi to determine 1st or 2nd division status for the next season. Victory instead decided to withdraw from the 70–71 national championship after weighing the arbitrary principle and were absent from national sports for about a year and a half. During this time, the club chose to restructure itself and club members decided to focus on student athletes. The Collège Canado-Haïtien, where Franck Civil and Frantz Joseph of Victory coached the school's selections, allowed them to recruit the majority of its reserve team consisted of Bernier, Ronald Punn, Gerald Jean, Gérard Janvier Fils, Hérold, and Raphaël Alexis. With the reconstruction of the senior team, Victory returned to the Pradel Cup in 1975 chaired by Mr. Lionel Leconte, finishing second after losing 0–1 in the final against the Aigle Noir.[4]

Recent history (2010–)[edit]

Victory won the série de clôture in the 2010–11 season by defeating the Association de Saint-Louis du Nord (1–0) by a goal scored by Wilfrid Brunache. Robert Duval's integration of athletic youths, rejuvanated the club, led by coach Webens Princimé (Itala) and under the presidency of Mr. Jean Alexandre Lafalaise and Dr. Gérard Janvier, fils. Ricardo Charles received the trophy of best scorer with 14 goals.[4]

The FHF suspended the club following the 2013 season, for refusing to honor fixtures that included clubs who had not qualified based on merit. Allowed reentry in the 2015 season, the club refused to register and its status currently remains unknown.[5][6][7]

Honours[edit]

1960, 2010 C
1954, 1962

International competitions[edit]

1984 – Final Round (Caribbean) – Final Group – 3rd placed – 1 pt (stage ? of ?)
2012 – Second Round – Group 5 – 3rd place – 4 pts (stage 2 of 3) – lost against Trinidad and Tobago W Connection – 2–0, draw against Antigua and Barbuda Antigua Barracuda 0–0; win against Suriname 2–8

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
1 Haiti GK Fortune Bekenson
2 Haiti DF Parnel Guerrier
3 Haiti DF Fritz Milien
4 Clervilus Evens
5 Jn François Kismy
6 Haiti DF Jean Fritz St Germain
7 Haiti MF Clifford Merilus
8 Haiti FW Ricardo Charles
9 Brunache Wilfrid
10 Haiti FW Gaspard Jean Baptiste
11 Simson Zamor
12 Rodlin Vincent
No. Position Player
13 Haiti MF Georges Michel Chéry
14 Haiti FW Philippe Toussaint Jr
15 Chérisier Robert
16 Pierre Junior
17 Saint Preux Leonel
18 Beauvais Henderson Tcha
19 Louis Jn Loris
20 Haiti MF Samuel Alté Jacques
21 Valcine Jn Benson
22 Guillaume Stephane
23 Dacius Gilles

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Sanctioned from play by the FHF in 2014 with the eligibility to return for the 2015 season. The club refused to register with the league and its status is unknown.
Citations
  1. ^ a b Civil, Franck, ed. (21 July 2011). "Augustin R. Viau, le père fondateur". VSC. Retrieved 27 March 2017.  (French)
  2. ^ Haiti - List of Foundation Dates
  3. ^ RSSSF - Haiti 1947
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Press, ed. (21 July 2011). "Le Victory à travers les âges". VSC. Retrieved 27 March 2017.  (French)
  5. ^ Press, ed. (27 March 2017). "Résolution de la FHF". Le Nouvelliste. Retrieved 27 March 2017.  (French)
  6. ^ Haiti: Championnat National D1 2014
  7. ^ Haiti: Championnat National D1 2015

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