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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.

Béziers
Full nameAvenir Sportif Béziers
Nickname(s)Les Blaugranas
Founded2007; 12 years ago (2007)
GroundStade de la Méditerranée,
Béziers
Capacity18,555
ChairmanGérard Rocquet
ManagerMathieu Chabert
LeagueChampionnat National
2018–19Ligue 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.

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Current squadEdit

As of 26 August 2019.[1]

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 Macedo Novaes
3   DF Junior Bakayoko
4   MF Mehdi Mostefa
5   DF Souleymane Aw
6   DF Leandro Morante
7   MF Enzo Reale
8   MF Seiti Touré
9   FW Romain Montiel
10   DF Rédah Atassi
11   MF Bilel El Hamzaoui
12   FW Kévin Testud
14   MF Francisco Roldan
No. Position Player
16   GK Vincent Viot
17   MF Adam Boujamaa
18   FW Yanis Ammour (on loan from Montpellier)
19   FW François-Xavier Fumu Tamuzo
20   DF Robin Taillan
21   DF Mickaël Tacalfred
22   MF Victor Elissalt
23   FW Ahmed Soukouna
29   MF Mario Burić
40   GK Yan Marillat

HistoryEdit

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.[2] 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[3]

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.[4]

Sporting historyEdit

At the end of the 2017-2018 season, AS Béziers has participated in its history three times in the Championnat National, five times in the CFA and two times in CFA 2.

It has also participated in eleven Coupe de France.

The competitions won by the club are the 2009 DH Languedoc-Roussillon and 2010 Championnat National 3 , it was also vice-champion of the 2017–18 Championnat National[5]

StadiumsEdit

The main home stadium of the club is the Stade de Sauclières previously used by the AS Béziers Hérault club in its glory days. It is located on avenue Fernand Sastre in Béziers.[6]

The club may also be lent the Stade de la Méditerranée by the rugby club AS Béziers Hérault.

The Stade de la Présidente on avenue Pierre de Coubertin is also used for training.[7]

Finally, the Stade de la Plaine de Montfloures is also used by the club.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Effectif professionnel 2018-2019" (in French). asb-foot.com. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Football : Béziers s'impose à Monaco (1-0) et monte en National" (in French). Midi Libre. 23 May 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  3. ^ Barthes, Isabelle (27 May 2015). "Football : ce qui va changer pour l'AS Béziers en National" (in French). Midi Libre. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Football / National : l'AS Béziers accède directement à la Ligue 2 !" (in French). Midi Libre. 12 May 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  5. ^ "infos générales". AS Béziers Football Site Officiel de l'Avenir Sportif Béziers Football (in French). Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Stade de Sauclières". AS Béziers Football Site Officiel de l'Avenir Sportif Béziers Football (in French). Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Les terrains du club". AS Béziers Football Site Officiel de l'Avenir Sportif Béziers Football (in French). Retrieved 18 January 2019.

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