Amiens Sporting Club (French pronunciation: ​[amjɛ̃]; commonly referred to as Amiens SC or simply Amiens) is a French association football club based in the northern city of Amiens in the Hauts-de-France region. The club was formed in 1901 and play in Ligue 2, the second division of French football. The club plays its home matches at the Stade de la Licorne located within the city. The 2017–18 Ligue 1 season was the first in the club's 116-year history, where they finished in 13th place to secure a position in Ligue 1 for the following year. Amiens have never won a major trophy.[1][2]

Amiens
Fanion Amiens SC.jpg
Full nameAmiens Sporting Club
Nickname(s)Les Licornes (the Unicorns)
Founded1901; 121 years ago (1901)
GroundStade de la Licorne
Capacity12,097
PresidentBernard Joannin
Head coachPhilippe Hinschberger
LeagueLigue 2
2021–22Ligue 2, 14th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

Amiens Athlétic Club (AAC) was set up in 1901 by a group of players from the Association du Lycée d'Amiens, French schoolboy champions in 1902, 1903, and 1904. AAC crushed its first opponents, Saint-Quentin, 13–0 a few months after its creation. In April 1902, the Comité de Picardie de l'U.S.F.S.A was established by the then-president of the AAC (Henri-Frédéric Petit). AAC dominated the early USFSA league for the first 12 seasons. In 1909, the club got a new ground, at the Henry Daussy Park, allowing an attendance of more than 1,000.

In 1933, the club got its first professional section, later abandoned in 1952, before becoming professional again in 1993. Since the early days, AAC has undergone two name changes: In 1961, to Sporting Club d'Amiens, and in 1989, as Amiens Sporting Club. Amiens played in Ligue 2 between 2001 and 2009.

The team made a return to the second tier of French football for the 2016–17 season, after finishing 3rd in the Championnat National. Their first season back in Ligue 2 was the most successful ever, as they finished runners-up and were promoted to top-tier Ligue 1 for the first time ever. It was a dramatic promotion, too, as they would have dropped out of the promotion places but for a last-gasp winning goal in the final game against Reims.[3][4] Amiens first season in Ligue 1 ended in survival with a comfortable 13th-placed finish on the table.[5]

In the 2018–19 season, Amiens finished in 15th place on the table and secured their survival after a 2–1 victory over already relegated EA Guingamp.[6]

Despite this, during the 2019–20 season with just 10 games to play, the side sat in 19th position having slipped down the table after a modest start, sitting just 4 points behind 18th placed Nîmes. The LFP suspended Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 indefinitely as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, and on 30 April 2020, the league title was awarded to Paris Saint-Germain and thus the bottom two placed teams, Amiens and Toulouse were automatically relegated to Ligue 2 for the 2020–21 season.[7]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 10 August 2022[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 Régis Gurtner (vice-captain)
2 DF   MLI Mamadou Fofana
3 DF   SWE Sebastian Ring
4 DF   GHA Nicholas Opoku
5 DF   SEN Formose Mendy
6 MF   FRA Mamadou Fofana
7 MF   FRA Antoine Leautey
8 MF   TOG Matthieu Dossevi
9 FW   NGA Tolu Arokodare (on loan from Valmiera)
10 FW   BEN Angel Chibozo (on loan from Juventus)
15 MF   FRA Eddy Gnahoré
16 GK   FRA Paul Charruau
17 FW   SEN Aliou Badji (on loan from Al Ahly)
20 MF   FRA Mathis Lachuer
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF   FRA Jessy Bénet
23 DF   FRA Abdourahmane Barry
24 MF   FRA Jérémy Gelin
25 MF   FRA Owen Gene
26 DF   FRA Matthéo Xantippe
27 FW   FRA Mustapha Sangaré
29 MF   FRA Iron Gomis
31 FW   BEN Charbel Gomez
35 DF   COD Nathan Monzango
37 FW   FRA Florian Bianchini
40 GK   FRA Ylies Zitouni
DF   BEN Youssouf Assogba
MF   MAR Ayman Ouhatti
FW   SEN Amadou Ciss

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
MF   FRA Gaoussou Traoré (at Concarneau until 30 June 2023)
FW   SWE Jack Lahne (at Újpest until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   FRA Darell Tokpa (at Briochin until 30 June 2023)

Current technical staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Luka Elsner
Assistant Coaches    Abder Ramdane
  Romain Poyet
Fitness Coaches   Léo Djaoui
  Simon Lucq
Physiotherapist   Bakasso Diaby
  Bruno Stefanczyk
Goalkeeping Coach   Nicolas Dehon
Club Doctor   Christophe Carpentier
Podologist   Nathalie Metais
Osteopath   Martin Galand

Notable former playersEdit

Below are the notable former players who have represented Amiens and its predecessors in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1901. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 80 official matches for the club.

For a list of former Amiens players, see Category:Amiens SC players.

ManagersEdit

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Neymar watches on as Cavani and Pastore seal PSG victory". Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  2. ^ "ESPN.com Soccernet Europe: News - French Cup: Nantes close in on double". www.espnfc.com.au. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Ligue 1: Strasbourg and Amiens win promotion - Goal.com". Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Ligue 2: Strasbourg win title as Amiens promoted after 96th-minute winner". 20 May 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2018 – via www.bbc.com.
  5. ^ "Ligue1.com - Marseille miss out". www.ligue1.com.
  6. ^ "Amiens celebrate survival with victory". Ligue 1.
  7. ^ "Paris St-Germain awarded French title as season finished early". www.bbc.co.uk.
  8. ^ "Effectif" (in French). amiensfootball.com. Retrieved 3 August 2017.

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