Amiens SC

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
Amiens SC Logo.svg
Full nameAmiens Sporting Club
Nickname(s)Les Licornes (The Unicorns)
Founded1901; 119 years ago (1901)
GroundStade de la Licorne
Capacity12,097
PresidentBernard Joannin
Head coachLuka Elsner
LeagueLigue 2
2019–20Ligue 1, 19th of 20 (relegated)
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 very 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 2001–2009.

The team made a return to the second tier of French football for the 2016–2017 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 2018/2019 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 2019-2020 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 5 February 2020.[8]

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 Régis Gurtner (Vice-captain)
2   DF Prince-Désir Gouano (Captain)
3   DF Arturo Calabresi (on loan from Bologna)
4   DF Nicholas Opoku (on loan from Udinese)
6   MF Thomas Monconduit (3rd captain)
7   MF Saman Ghoddos
8   MF Bongani Zungu
9   FW Serhou Guirassy
11   MF Juan Ferney Otero
13   DF Christophe Jallet
14   DF Haitam Aleesami
15   FW Moussa Konaté
17   MF Alexis Blin
18   DF Sanasi Sy
No. Position Player
19   MF Chadrac Akolo (on loan from VfB Stuttgart)
20   FW Stiven Mendoza
21   FW Isaac Mbenza (on loan from Huddersfield)
22   FW Madih Talal
23   FW Jack Lahne
27   DF Aurélien Chedjou
28   FW Fousseni Diabaté (on loan from Leicester City)
29   FW Quentin Cornette
30   GK Boris Essele
31   MF Umit Demirel
32   FW Darell Tokpa
35   DF Valentin Gendrey
38   FW Ulrick Eneme Ella
39   MF Jonathan Bumbu

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  DF Jordan Lefort (on loan to BSC Young Boys)
  MF Cheick Timité (on loan to Paris FC)
  MF Jayson Papeau (on loan to FC Chambly)
No. Position Player
  MF Gaoussou Traoré (on loan to Quevilly-Rouen)
  MF Rafał Kurzawa (on loan to Esbjerg fB)
  MF Eddy Gnahoré (on loan to Wuhan Zall)

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

  • Coupe de France
  • Championnat National
    • Champions (1): 1977–78
  • Division d'Honneur (Nord)
    • Champions (4): 1924, 1927, 1957, 1963
  • Division d'Honneur (Picardie)
    • Champions (2): 1920, 1921
  • USFSA League (Picardie)
    • Champions (11): 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914

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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