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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 1, the top level 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; 118 years ago (1901)
GroundStade de la Licorne
Capacity12,097
PresidentBernard Joannin
Head coachLuka Elsner
LeagueLigue 1
2018–19Ligue 1, 15th
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]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 21 September 2019.[7]

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 (3rd captain)
3   DF Arturo Calabresi (on loan from Bologna)
5   MF Eddy Gnahoré
6   MF Thomas Monconduit (captain)
7   FW Saman Ghoddos
8   MF Bongani Zungu
9   FW Serhou Guirassy
10   FW Gaël Kakuta
11   MF Juan Ferney Otero
12   DF Bakaye Dibassy
13   DF Christophe Jallet
14   DF Haitam Aleesami
15   FW Moussa Konaté
16   GK Matthieu Dreyer
17   MF Alexis Blin
No. Position Player
18   DF Sanasi Sy
19   FW Chadrac Akolo (on loan from VfB Stuttgart)
20   FW Stiven Mendoza
21   MF Rafał Kurzawa
22   MF Madih Talal
23   FW Jack Lahne
24   MF Mathieu Bodmer
25   DF Jordan Lefort
27   DF Aurélien Chedjou
28   FW Fousseni Diabaté (on loan from Leicester City)
29   FW Quentin Cornette
30   GK Boris Essele
35   DF Valentin Gendrey
36   MF Jayson Papeau
38   MF 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
  MF Cheick Timité (on loan to Paris FC)
  MF Gaoussou Traoré (on loan to Quevilly-Rouen)

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

  • 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. ^ "Effectif" (in French). amiensfootball.com. Retrieved 3 August 2017.

External linksEdit