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Athletic Club Ajaccio (French: [aʒaksjo] (About this soundlisten); Corsican: Athletic Club Aiacciu), commonly referred to as AC Ajaccio, l'ACA or simply Ajaccio, is a French association football club based in the city of Ajaccio on the island of Corsica. The club was founded in 1910 and plays in Ligue 2. The club president is Christian Leca, and the first-team is coached by manager Olivier Pantaloni[1], following the sacking of Christian Bracconi in October 2014.[2] Ajaccio play their home matches at the Stade François Coty and are rivals with fellow Corsican club Bastia, with whom they contest the Corsica derby (Derby Corse).

AC Ajaccio
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Full nameAthletic Club Ajaccien
Nickname(s)L'ours (The Bear)
Founded1910; 109 years ago (1910)
GroundStade François Coty,
Ajaccio
Capacity10,446
ChairmanChristian Leca
ManagerOlivier Pantaloni
LeagueLigue 2
2018–19Ligue 2, 17th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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Historical informationEdit

Depending on sources, it is agreed that Ajaccio began playing in 1909–10. Their adopted colors are red and white stripes. Though they used to play in what was previously utilized as a sand dump, they decided to move to another, cleaner, safer stadium upon the insistence of Jean Lluis, father-in-law of club president Louis Baretti. The new stadium that was chosen held 5,000 spectators and was in use until 1969.

AC Ajaccio were elected Corsican champions on eight occasions, in 1920, 1921, 1934, 1939, 1948, 1950, 1955 and 1964, and are one of three big "island" teams, along with Gazélec Ajaccio and Bastia, the competition between the three being kept no secret. Spectators during the 1946 Corsican Cup final, held between A.C.A. and Sporting Bastia were handed umbrellas to shield themselves from the violence. Upon refusal of a penalty which would have been awarded to ACA, violence erupted between the fans, who used umbrellas both to cause and shield themselves from violence. This final was abandoned and replayed much later.

A.C.A. became a professional team in 1965 thanks to the ambitious efforts of the club's leaders. They initially adopted the symbol of the polar bear, but this has since been dropped in favour of a more stylised logo that uses a part of the Corsican flag.

In 1967, the team became the first Corsican club to play in France's top division. They were most recently in Ligue 1 in the 2013–14 season, when they were relegated after finishing in last place, following a spell of three seasons in the top flight.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 17 August 2019. [3]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Benjamin Leroy
2   DF Gédéon Kalulu
3   DF Ismaël Diallo
6   MF Mathieu Coutadeur
7   FW Cyrille Bayala (on loan from Lens)
8   FW Caleb Zady
9   FW Gaëtan Courtet (on loan from Lorient)
10   MF Qazim Laçi
11   MF Mattéo Tramoni
12   FW Joseph Mendes
17   DF Gaël Andonian
18   MF Johan Cavalli (captain)
No. Position Player
20   MF Mohamed Youssouf
21   DF Cédric Avinel
22   MF Kévin Lejeune
23   DF Matthieu Huard
24   DF Jérémy Choplin
29   FW Maki Tall
30   GK François-Joseph Sollacaro
33   DF Jérémy Corinus
34   FW Félix Tomi
35   MF Lucas Pellegrini
40   GK Lucas Marsella
  FW Hugo Cuypers (on loan from Olympiacos)

Notable past playersEdit

For a complete list of AC Ajaccio players, see Category:AC Ajaccio players.

Reserve squadEdit

As of 30 June 2019. [4]

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

No. Position Player
  DF Dumè Borelli
  DF Pierre-Joseph Bucchini
  DF Yohan Marmot
No. Position Player
  DF Zakariya Naili
  MF Félix Tomi
  MF Jean-Gabriel Pierazzi
  FW Oussama Aït Fana
  FW Mounaïm El Idrissy

ManagersEdit

HonoursEdit

  • Division 2 (Second Division)
  • Championnat National (Third Division)
    • Champions (1): 1997–98
  • Ligue de Corse (Corsican League)
    • Champions (9): 1920, 1921, 1934, 1939, 1948, 1950, 1955, 1964, 1994

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pantaloni a été nommé". L'Équipe. 6 November 2014.
  2. ^ "L'AC Ajaccio débarque son entraîneur Christian Bracconi".
  3. ^ "I ghjucatori" (in French). AC Ajaccio Official Site. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  4. ^ "L'EFFECTIF". Retrieved 24 June 2019.

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