Association de la Jeunesse Auxerroise (French pronunciation: ​[asɔsjɑsjɔ̃ də la ʒœnɛs osɛʁwaz]), commonly known as AJ Auxerre or simply Auxerre ([osɛʁ]), is a French football club based in the commune of Auxerre in Burgundy. The club was founded in 1905 and currently plays in Ligue 1, the first division of French football. Auxerre plays its home matches at the Stade l'Abbé-Deschamps on the banks of the Yonne River. The team is managed by Jean-Marc Furlan and captained by midfielder Birama Touré.

Full nameAssociation de la Jeunesse Auxerroise
Short nameAJ Auxerre, AJA
Founded29 December 1905; 116 years ago (29 December 1905)
GroundStade de l'Abbé-Deschamps
OwnerJames Zhou
PresidentBaptiste Malherbe
Head coachJean-Marc Furlan
LeagueLigue 1
2021–22Ligue 2, 3rd of 20 (promoted via play-offs)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Auxerre was founded in 1905 and made its debut in the first division of French football in the 1980–81 season and remained a fixture in the league until the 2011–12 season. The club has won the Ligue 1 title once, in the 1995–96 season. Two years prior, Auxerre achieved its first major honour by winning the Coupe de France in 1994. The club has since added three more Coupe de France titles, which ties the club for fifth-best among teams who have won the trophy.

Auxerre has produced several notable players during its existence. The club has most notably served as a springboard for several prominent French football players such as Eric Cantona, Laurent Blanc, Stéphane Guivarc'h, Philippe Mexès, Basile Boli, and Djibril Cissé, among others, who all became French internationals, with Blanc playing on the teams that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000. Guivarc'h, Bernard Diomède and Lionel Charbonnier were the three footballers from Auxerre who were world champions in 1998. From 1961 to 2005, the club was predominantly coached by Guy Roux. This included an uninterrupted period when Roux was in charge for 36 years between 1964 and 2000.


The club Association de la Jeunesse Auxerroise was founded in 1905, by the abbot Ernest Abbé Deschamps. The club success, becoming a force in the Catholic league F.G.S.P.F. In 1908, the club even reached the F.G.S.P.F. French Championship final, losing 8–1 however. At the end of the First World War, the club was expelled from its ground. Father Deschamps acquired several pieces of land along the Yonne on the Vaux road, which later formed the Abbé Deschamps Stadium.

Auxerre made its first steps in Division 1 on 24 July 1980 against Bastia in Toulon. Auxerre lost the match 2–0. On 20 November 1980, Andrzej Szarmach signed for Auxerre having received consent from the Polish Football Association. He started two days later at home against Lyon and scored the first of his ninety-four goals in Division 1. AJA's first season in Division 1 was remarkable for two particular performances: on 13 December 1980, at Parc des Princes against Paris Saint-Germain (3–2), and then on 7 April 1981, at Stade Marcel Saupin against Nantes for a 1–0 win, notable as Nantes had not lost a home game for five years and 92 games (between 15 April 1976 and 7 April 1981). In the next two seasons, AJA finished fifteenth and eighth respectively.

During the 1983–84 season, AJA climbed for the first time onto the podium in finishing third. Patrice Garande finished top scorer with twenty-one goals. A few weeks later, Garande won the gold medal at the Olympics in Los Angeles with the French Olympic football team while Joël Bats and Jean-Marc Ferreri were part of the victorious French team at UEFA Euro 1984. That summer, Auxerre recruited Michel N'Gom. An international prospect, he left Paris Saint-Germain. During pre-season, he scored five goals in ten games. On the last weekend before the start of the season, he visited his former teammates in Paris. He died following a traffic accident on 12 August 1984. To pay tribute, one of the stands at Abbé Deschamps bears his name. The 1984–1985 season saw Auxerre in European competition for the first time in its history by participating in the UEFA Cup, albeit with an unfavourable first round draw with Sporting Clube de Portugal. On 19 September 1984 at Estádio José Alvalade, AJA took its bow in European football with a 2–0 defeat. The return leg took place on 3 October 1984. AJA managed to retrieve the two goal deficit with a double by Szarmach, but eventually succumbed with two goals in extra time. However, by virtue of the victory of Monaco in the Coupe de France, AJA also qualified for the UEFA Cup the year after.

The 1985 offseason saw Joël Bats join Paris Saint-Germain. Auxerre recruited Bruno Martini as his successor. In the UEFA Cup, AJA were drawn against Milan. In the first leg, Auxerre won 3–1. Both teams missed a penalty and Paolo Maldini made his debut in European competition. In the return match, AJA lost 3–0 and was therefore eliminated. Seventh in the league and quarter-finalist in the French cup, AJA did not manage a third straight season in Europe. Auxerre finished fourth in 1986–1987, and was once again eliminated in the first round of the UEFA Cup the following season with a 2–0 away defeat to Panathinaikos too much to overcome in the return leg (which Auxerre won 3–2). The 1988–89 season saw AJA finish fifth in the league and reach the semi-finals of the Coupe de France before elimination by Olympique de Marseille, the future winner of the event. With fifth place in the league, AJA made the UEFA Cup and there made its first decent run. During the preliminary round, AJA managed its first victory. Beaten 0–1 at home by Dinamo Zagreb, it registered 3–1 in Yugoslavia and qualified for the first round proper. Auxerre beat successively Albanians Apolonia Fier, Finns RoPS and Olympiacos of Greece before being eliminated in the quarterfinals by Fiorentina. In parallel with this, AJA managed sixth place in the league. During the summer of 1990, the AJA sold Basile Boli and recruited Enzo Scifo, Alain Roche and Zbigniew Kaczmarek. Auxerre finished in third place after leading the championship for two weeks.

In 1991–92, Auxerre was eliminated in the second round of the UEFA Cup by Liverpool and then finished fourth in Division 1. That summer, the AJA sold Alain Roche and Jean-Marc Ferreri while recruiting Frank Verlaat and Gerald Baticle. Auxerre then journeyed again into UEFA. Auxerre eliminated Lokomotiv Plovdiv and the newly formed F.C. Copenhagen. In the third round, AJA eliminated Standard Liège. In the quarterfinals, AJA faced Ajax, the defending champion and undefeated in the European Cup for two years. Before facing Ajax, Auxerre had suffered five consecutive league defeats. Auxerre managed a 4–2 home win. In the second leg Ajax could only manage a 1–0 win and so Auxerre had qualified for the semifinals, to face Borussia Dortmund. In the first leg in Germany, AJA lost 2–0. A fiercely contested second leg levelled the aggregate score, but Auxerre were finally eliminated on penalties.

While finishing sixth in the championship, Auxerre again qualified for the UEFA Cup after the VA-OM case. But unlike the epic run of the previous season, AJA was eliminated in the first round by Tenerife. AJA made progress in the league, with a third-place finish, but notably captured its first major trophy, the French cup. Having made it past the lower division teams in the early rounds, AJA eliminated Nantes in the semifinals before winning 3 goals to 0 at Parc des Princes in the final against Montpellier. The following season, Auxerre finished fourth in the league and was a quarter-finalist of the Cup Winners' Cup: Auxerre was eliminated by Arsenal in the Abbe-Deschamps (1–0) having achieved a 1–1 draw at Highbury.

During the 1995–96 season, the club won Division 1 for the first time in their history, and also won the Coupe de France.

On 13 May 2012, Auxerre's 32-year stay in the top division came to an end after a 3–0 away defeat at the hands of Marseille. The following season, Auxerre finished a disappointing ninth place along with a goal difference of −2. The next season was no better for AJA, after they finished a lowly 16th position. Although not resulting in promotion the 2014–15 Ligue 2 season was better for the Burgundy based side as they finished ninth in Ligue 2 and finishing runners-up in the 2015 Coupe de France Final after losing to Paris Saint-Germain at the Stade de France in front of an attendance of 80,000. The 2018–19 season was Auxerre's seventh consecutive in the Ligue 2. In the 2020–21 Ligue 2 season, the Auxerrois would achieve their best finish in the second tier since their relegation with a 6th-place finish, although they were positioned within the top 5 required for at least the playoffs at the end of 17 of the 38 game weeks. In the 2021–22 Ligue 2 season, AJA were finally promoted back to Ligue 1 after 10 years, after a penalty shoot-out win against Saint-Etienne in the Ligue1 promotion/relegation play-offs.[1]


Current squadEdit

As of 22 August 2022.[2]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   FRA Brayann Pereira
3 DF   FRA Quentin Bernard
4 DF   BRA Jubal
5 DF   FRA Théo Pellenard
6 MF   COM Youssouf M'Changama
7 FW   FRA Gauthier Hein
8 MF   FRA Ousoumane Camara
9 FW   CPV Nuno da Costa
10 FW   FRA Gaëtan Perrin
11 FW   SEN M'Baye Niang
12 MF   MLI Birama Touré (captain)
14 DF   GHA Gideon Mensah
16 GK   GUF Donovan Léon
17 FW   MLI Lassine Sinayoko
18 MF   FRA Kays Ruiz-Atil
19 FW   FRA Gaëtan Charbonnier
20 DF   FRA Alexandre Coeff
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 FW   FRA Rémy Dugimont
22 MF   MAR Hamza Sakhi
23 GK   FRA Benoît Costil
24 DF   MAD Kenji-Van Boto
26 DF   FRA Paul Joly
27 DF   GUI Julian Jeanvier
28 FW   GUI Ousmane Camara
29 MF   FRA Mathias Autret
30 GK   FRA Sonny Laiton
31 MF   FRA Kylian Silvestre
32 DF   FRA Dénys Bain
34 MF   FRA Natanaël Bouekou
35 MF   FRA Kévin Danois
36 FW   FRA Idjessi Metsoko
40 GK   FRA Théo De Percin
97 MF   MAD Rayan Raveloson

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   FRA Clément Akpa (at Orléans until 30 June 2023)
DF   FRA Alec Georgen (at Concarneau until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   TUN Mohamed Ben Fredj (at Le Puy until 30 June 2023)
FW   FRA Nicolas Mercier (at Avranches until 30 June 2023)

Notable playersEdit

Below is the starting 11 of historic football players who have played at Auxerre in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1905 as voted by the club's supporters.[3]


  • Owner: James Zhou
  • Head coach: Jean-Marc Furlan
  • Director of Youth: Frédéric Zago

Coaching historyEdit

Dates[4][5] Name Notes
1946–47   Pierre Grosjean Auxerre's first official coach.
1947–48   Jean Pastel
1948–50   Jacques Boulard
1950–52   Georges Hatz
1952–53   Marc Olivier
1953–55   M. Pignault
1955–56   Pierre Meunier
1956–58   Jacques Boulard First manager to manage the club twice.
1958–59 Joseph Holmann First manager from outside France to coach the team.
1959–61 Christian Di Orio
1961–62   Guy Roux
1962–64 Jean-Claude Gagneux
Jacques Chevallier
1964–00   Guy Roux Led the club to its first league and Coupe de France title.
2000–01 Daniel Rolland
2000–05   Guy Roux First manager to serve three stints at the club. Won
two Coupe de France titles.
2001–02   Alain Fiard Served in interim role due to Roux taking a leave of
absence due to coronary artery bypass surgery.
2005–06   Jacques Santini
2006–11   Jean Fernandez
2011–12   Laurent Fournier
2012   Jean-Guy Wallemme
2012–14   Bernard Casoni
2014–16   Jean-Luc Vannuchi
2016   Viorel Moldovan
2016–2017   Cédric Daury
2017   Francis Gillot
2018-2019   Pablo Correa
2019   Cédric Daury interim until end of 2018–19 season.[6]
2019–   Jean-Marc Furlan




  • Ligue 1
  • Ligue 2
  • Division d'Honneur (Burgundy)
    • Winners: 1970
  • FGSPF Championnat
    • Runners-up: 1909
  • FGSPF Burgundy Championnat
    • Champions (9): 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914




Latest seasonsEdit

Season Pos. Cup League Cup Europe Other Comp. Notes
1990–91 1D 3rd
1991–92 1D 4th UC 2nd round
1992–93 1D 6th UC Semi-final
1993–94 1D 3rd Winner UC 2nd round
1994–95 1D 4th Last 16
1995–96 1D 1st Winner Quarter-final UC 2nd round
1996–97 1D 6th Last 16 UCL Quarter-final TDC
1997–98 1D 7th Semi-final UC Quarter-final Intertoto
1998–99 1D 14th Quarter-final Intertoto
1999–2000 1D 8th
2000–01 1D 13th Quarter-final Quarter-final Intertoto
2001–02 1D 3rd Last 32 Quarter-final
2002–03 1D 6th Winner Last 16 UCL Group stage
2003–04 1D 4th Quarter-final Semi-final UC 4th round TDC
2004–05 1D 8th Winner Quarter-final UC Quarter-final
2005–06 1D 6th Quarter-final UC 1st round TDC
2006–07 1D 8th Quarter-final UC Group stage Intertoto
2007–08 1D 15th Last 16 Semi-final
2008–09 1D 8th Last 32 Quarter-final
2009–10 1D 3rd Quarter-final Quarter-final
2010–11 1D 9th Last 32 Semi-final UCL Group stage
2011–12 1D 20th Last 16 Semi-final
2012–13 2D 9th 7th round Quarter-final
2013–14 2D 16th Quarter-final Quarter-final
2014–15 2D 9th Runner-up 3rd round
2015–16 2D 8th Last 16
2016–17 2D 17th Quarter-final Last 16
2017–18 2D 11th Quarter-final 1st round


Gold Winner
Silver Runners-Up
Bronze 3rd place (Semi-final)
Relegated Second Division


  1. ^ "Auxerre beat Saint-Etienne as supporters storm pitch after relegation to Ligue 2". ESPN. 29 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Effectif pro" (in French). AJ Auxerre Official Site. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Sondage Equipe Type Resultat" (in French). AJ Auxerre. Archived from the original on 18 October 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
  4. ^ "France – Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 8 February 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
  5. ^ "1946–1961 : Coaches come and go". AJ Auxerre. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2010.
  6. ^ "Auxerre : Clap de fin pour Correa, le communiqué du club" (in French). 18 March 2019. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  7. ^ The UEFA Intertoto Cup: Past Winners. Listed are all 11 teams that won the Intertoto Cup, qualifying for the UEFA Cup.

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