AC Ajaccio

Athletic Club Ajaccio (Corsican: Athletic Club Aiacciu), commonly referred to as AC Ajaccio, 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
AC Ajaccio logo.svg
Full nameAthletic Club Ajaccien
Nickname(s)L'ours (The Bears)
Founded1910; 110 years ago (1910)
GroundStade François Coty
Capacity10,446
ChairmanChristian Leca
ManagerOlivier Pantaloni
LeagueLigue 2
2019–20Ligue 2, 3rd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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 utilised 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; the drop was confirmed with defeat at neighbours Bastia.[3]

In November 2014, Olivier Pantaloni returned for a third spell as manager.[4] His team came third in 2017–18, qualifying for the play-offs, where they beat Le Havre in a semi-final marred by violence on and off the pitch,[5] before losing the final to Toulouse.[6] The club were denied promotion in 2019–20 when the season was curtailed with ten games remaining due to the coronavirus pandemic; Ajaccio were one point off the top two, who were the only ones to go up as the play-offs could not contested.[7]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 7 September 2020.[8]

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   FRA Benjamin Leroy
2 DF   FRA Gédéon Kalulu
3 DF   CIV Ismaël Diallo
4 MF   FRA Mickaël Barreto
5 MF   FRA Riad Nouri
6 MF   FRA Mathieu Coutadeur
7 FW   FRA Mounaïm El Idrissy
8 DF   FRA Jérémy Corinus
9 FW   FRA Gaëtan Courtet
10 MF   ALB Qazim Laçi
11 DF   FRA Quentin Lecoeuche (on loan from Lorient)
16 GK   FRA François-Joseph Sollacaro
17 MF   FRA Tony Njiké
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 FW   FRA Faiz Mattoir
19 FW   FRA Alassane N'Diaye
20 MF   COM Mohamed Youssouf
21 DF   GLP Cédric Avinel (captain)
22 MF   FRA Yanis Cimignani
23 DF   FRA Matthieu Huard
24 DF   FRA Sidney Obissa
25 FW   CGO Bevic Moussiti-Oko
28 MF   FRA Mattéo Tramoni
33 FW   FRA Simon Elisor
34 MF   FRA Baptiste Dedola
40 GK   FRA Lucas Marsella
MF   MLI Abdoulaye Keita (on loan from Olympiacos)

Notable past playersEdit

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

Reserve squadEdit

As of 15 February 2020. [9]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   FRA Dumenicu Borelli
GK   FRA Enzo Hoyau
GK   FRA Lucas Marsella
DF   FRA Pierre-Joseph Bucchini
DF   FRA Jérémy Corinus
DF   FRA Théo Emmanuelli
DF   FRA Yohan Marmot
DF   FRA Baptiste Susini
MF   FRA Davis Abanda
MF   FRA Lucien Alessandri
MF   FRA Mala Baro
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   FRA Paul-Baptiste Behe Leonardi
MF   FRA Pierre-Ange De Franchi
MF   FRA Noé Messin
MF   FRA Tony Njiké
MF   FRA Lucas Pellegrini
FW   FRA Florian Danho
FW   FRA Simon Elisor
FW   FRA Faiz Mattoir
FW   FRA Zakariy Naili
FW   FRA Félix Tomi

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". Archived from the original on 17 August 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Berbatov inspires Monaco to win, Ajaccio relegated". Taipei Times. AFP. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Olivier Pantaloni joins AC Ajaccio on two year deal". Get Football News France. 6 November 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Four sent off as Ajaccio win chaotic Le Havre play-off". 21 May 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Ligue 1. Toulouse, vainqueur face à Ajaccio, est maintenu" [Ligue 1. Toulouse, winner against Ajaccio, stay up]. Ouest-France (in French). 27 May 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  7. ^ "AC Ajaccio : le président persiste et signe pour les barrages !" [AC Ajaccio: the president persists and points towards playoffs!] (in French). Onze Mondiale. 30 April 2020. Retrieved 3 May 2020.
  8. ^ "I ghjucatori" (in French). AC Ajaccio Official Site. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  9. ^ "L'EFFECTIF". Retrieved 23 November 2019.

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