AS Béziers (2007)
Avenir Sportif Béziers is a French association football club founded in 2007 by the merger of AS Saint-Chinian, FC Béziers Méditerranée, and the Béziers-Méditerranée Football Cheminots. They are based in the town of Béziers and their home stadium is the Stade de Sauclières.
|Full name||Avenir Sportif Béziers|
|Ground||Stade de la Méditerranée,|
|2018–19||Ligue 2, 19th (relegated)|
The idea to merge the three football teams in order to have a championship team came in 2006, but a Championnat de France amateur (CFA) team was not created until 2007. As Béziers has won promotion to professional football in 2017/2018 for the first time, and currently plays in Ligue 2, the second tier of football in France.
- As of 26 August 2019.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Since 2006, a fusion project between the three biterrois clubs, the Avenir Sportif Saint-Chinian, the Football Club Béziers Méditerranée and the Béziers-Méditerranée Football Cheminots, is pushed back by diverse admninistrative issues. One of the issues, seemingly minor, was the choice of the colors of the new club. while Avenir Sportif Saint-Chinian rooted for yellow and black, the two other clubs wished to see the club adorn the red and blue, the colors of the city of Béziers.
In 2007, the three clubs reach a settlement, and fuse into the AS Béziers. ASB then takes part in the alors en CFA 2, with a division coming from the former club of AS Saint-Chinian, the best ranked of the three clubs before the fusion. However this first season is devoted to sportive and administrative amelioration, and the club is relegated in the honor division of their league at the end of the season.
At the end of the following year, ASB is back in the remonte directement en CFA 2, and is the first of its group and sees a new promotion only two years after being relegated in regional elite, earning the title of champions of the CFA 2. In its first season in the CFA, AS Béziers goes up and down and is nearly relegated before being reinstated due to the high number of administrative retrogradations in other clubs.
In the three following seasons, the club holds its ground in the low in the ranks of the CFA, the 2014-2015 season will be historic for Xavier Collin and his players since the club is promoted into the Championnat National for the first time in its history. This is an exceptional season for the club, even if the title of the CFA is won by the CS Sedan Ardennes club. Xavier Collin, in high spirits due to his title of best coach of the CFA of the year, prepared for the first season of the club in the third level of French football, imitating past teams from Béziers who brought the club of AS Béziers in second division in the 1980s
After three seasons of the club maintaining itself in the Championnat National, it ends on the second step of the podium of the championship under Mathieu Chabert on the last day of the 2017-2018, cementing its spot in French professional football, this allows the club to move into the Ligue 2.
It has also participated in eleven Coupe de France.
The Stade de la Présidente on avenue Pierre de Coubertin is also used for training.
Finally, the Stade de la Plaine de Montfloures is also used by the club.
- "Effectif professionnel 2018-2019" (in French). asb-foot.com. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
- "Football : Béziers s'impose à Monaco (1-0) et monte en National" (in French). Midi Libre. 23 May 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
- Barthes, Isabelle (27 May 2015). "Football : ce qui va changer pour l'AS Béziers en National" (in French). Midi Libre. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
- "Football / National : l'AS Béziers accède directement à la Ligue 2 !" (in French). Midi Libre. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
- "infos générales". AS Béziers Football Site Officiel de l'Avenir Sportif Béziers Football (in French). Retrieved 15 January 2019.
- "Stade de Sauclières". AS Béziers Football Site Officiel de l'Avenir Sportif Béziers Football (in French). Retrieved 17 January 2019.
- "Les terrains du club". AS Béziers Football Site Officiel de l'Avenir Sportif Béziers Football (in French). Retrieved 18 January 2019.