Angers Sporting Club de l'Ouest, commonly referred to as Angers SCO or simply Angers (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃ʒe]), is a French professional football club based in Angers in Pays de la Loire in western France. The club was founded in 1919 and plays in Ligue 1, the first division of Football in France, having achieved promotion to the league in 2015 after 21 years. It plays its home matches at the Stade Raymond Kopa. The club has played 23 seasons in the Ligue 1.

Angers
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Full nameAngers Sporting Club de l'Ouest
Nickname(s)Le SCO
Les Scoïstes
Les Noirs et Blancs (The Black and Whites)
Founded1919; 103 years ago (1919)
GroundStade Raymond Kopa
Capacity18,752
PresidentSaïd Chabane
Head coachvacant
LeagueLigue 1
2021–22Ligue 1, 14th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

The team was founded in 1919, the same year the FFF was founded.[1]

During the team's history, it has bounced between the top two tiers on multiple occasions. However, it did spend time in the third tier on several occasions; the 2006–07 season was its last season in the third tier.

The first season that Angers debuted in the French second division was in 1945. During this season, Angers SCO was placed in the North group; at that time, the second division was split into two groups, the North and South. Angers finished third, being seven points short of Stade Français, which was promoted to the first division.

In the 2014–15 Ligue 2 season, the team achieved promotion after a long time being in the lower division.

During the 2015–16 Ligue 1 season, SCO placed ninth in the final standings. In its opening league match against Montpellier HSC, Angers won the match 2–0.

On May 28, 2017, Angers played in the 2017 Coupe de France final against Paris Saint-Germain. Angers lost the match 1–0 courtesy of 91st minute own goal.[2] At the end of the 2017–18 Ligue 1 season, Angers finished 14th on the table and Cameroon striker Karl Toko Ekambi finished with an impressive 17 goals in the competition.[3]

In the 2018–19 Ligue 1 season, Angers finished in a respectable 13th position on the table.[4]

On 8 June 2020, Angers broke their own transfer fee record by signing Paul Bernardoni from Bordeaux, in a deal worth 8 million euros.[5]

On 30 April 2021 Angers, along with Paris FC, were handed a transfer ban by FIFA for violation of regulations regarding relay transfers in August 2020. The ban was effective for the summer 2021 transfer window.[6]

League participationsEdit

  • Ligue 1: 1956–68, 1969–75, 1976–77, 1978–81, 1993–94, 2015–present
  • Ligue 2: 1945–56, 1968–69, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1981–93, 1994–96, 2000–01, 2003–05, 2007–15
  • National: 1996–2000, 2001–03, 2005–07
  • Regional League: 1931–39
  • Division d'Honneur: 1919–31
  • Coupe de France runners-up: 1957, 2017

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 2 September 2022[7]

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 Paul Bernardoni
2 DF   FRA Batista Mendy
3 DF   CIV Souleyman Doumbia (vice-captain)
4 DF   BIH Halid Šabanović
5 DF   SVN Miha Blažič
6 MF   ALG Nabil Bentaleb (captain)
7 MF   MAR Sofiane Boufal
8 MF   MAR Azzedine Ounahi
9 FW   FRA Loïs Diony
10 MF   FRA Himad Abdelli
11 FW   FRA Amine Salama
14 MF   FRA Yassin Belkhdim
15 MF   FRA Pierrick Capelle
16 GK   FRA Melvin Zinga
17 MF   FRA Ibrahim Amadou
19 FW   SEN Abdallah Sima (on loan from Brighton)
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 FW   GAB Ulrick Eneme Ella
21 MF   FRA Antonin Bobichon
22 DF   BEN Cédric Hountondji
23 FW   FRA Adrien Hunou
24 MF   FRA Jean-Mattéo Bahoya
25 DF   CIV Abdoulaye Bamba
26 MF   FRA Waniss Taïbi
27 MF   FRA Ali Kalla
29 DF   FRA Ousmane Camara
30 GK   FRA Yahia Fofana
31 DF   ALG Ilyes Chetti
35 FW   FRA Jason Mbock
40 GK   FRA Théo Borne
44 FW   CRO Marin Jakoliš
92 FW   SEN Sada Thioub
94 DF   TUN Yan Valery


Current technical staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Leo Percovich
Assistant Coaches   Alexandre Dujeux[8]
Fitness Coach   vacant
Physiotherapists   Antoine André
  Aurélien Latour
Goalkeeping Coach   Olivier Tingry[9]
Club Doctor   Anthony Tondut
Podologist   Arnaud Perrier
Osteopath   Marc Sourice

Notable playersEdit

Below are the notable former players who have represented Angers in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1919. To appear in the section below, a player must have either played in at least 80 official matches for the club or represented his country's national team either while playing for Angers or after departing the club.

For a complete list of Angers SCO players, see Category:Angers SCO players

ManagersEdit

SponsorsEdit

Some official sponsors of Angers SCO football club:

Open energieEdit

The Paris-based energy company was announced as an Official Partner of the club in May 2021 on a three-year deal.[10] Since the start of the 2021-22 season, Open Energie serves as the back-of-shirt sponsor for Angers’ matchday shirts, right below the kit number.[11][12]

AtollEdit

Atoll is a shopping mall located in Beaucouzé, near the commune of Angers. It also serves as an Official Partner to Angers SCO. Since November 2020, Atoll houses an official club store on a permanent basis.[13]

Système UEdit

The Rungis-headquartered French retailers’ cooperative is a long-time sponsor of the club. Currently, it serves as one of their Official Partners, with its logo appearing on the front of Angers’ matchday shorts.[14]

In May 2021, a U convenience store was opened in the Les Hauts de Saint-Aubin district of Angers.

KappaEdit

The Turin-headquartered Italian sportswear brand has been the technical partner of the club since 2013, supplying them with matchday kits, training and non-playing staff’s uniforms and off-pitch lifestyle ranges.

In April 2019, the two parties renewed their partnership in a four-year agreement.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Angers SCO – Site Officiel – Venez découvrir son actualité, sa boutique sa billetterie, son équipe, sa saison ses vidéos et photos et sa communauté". www.angers-sco.fr. Archived from the original on 6 February 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  2. ^ Sunderland, Tom. "PSG Defeat Angers 1-0 with Own Goal in 91st Minute of 2017 Coupe De France Final". bleacherreport.com. Archived from the original on 17 October 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Ligue1.com - SEASON REVIEW: Not only Neymar! The unsung heroes..." www.ligue1.com. Archived from the original on 24 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Angers pre-season game confirmed". Arsenal.
  5. ^ "Official | Angers buy Paul Bernardoni from Bordeaux for a record €8m". Get French Football News. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Angers et le Paris FC condamnés par la FIFA !" (in French). foot-national.com. 30 April 2021.
  7. ^ "Effectif de l'équipe pro d'Angers SCO" (in French). Angers SCO. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Alexandre Dujeux devrait rejoindre Gérald Baticle à Angers". L'Équipe (in French). Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Angers Sco. Olivier Tingry dans le staff, Xavier Dudoit s'en va".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Ligue 1 Uber Eats - Open Energie nouveau sponsor maillot dos d'Angers SCO jusqu'en 2024". SportBuzzBusiness.fr (in French). 26 May 2021. Retrieved 9 November 2022.
  11. ^ Joshi, Anshuman (3 September 2021). "Angers SCO Sponsors 2021-22". SportsKhabri. Retrieved 9 November 2022.
  12. ^ "Ligue 1 Uber Eats - Open Energie nouveau sponsor maillot dos d'Angers SCO jusqu'en 2024". SportBuzzBusiness.fr (in French). 26 May 2021. Retrieved 9 November 2022.
  13. ^ Joshi, Anshuman (3 September 2021). "Angers SCO Sponsors 2021-22". SportsKhabri. Retrieved 9 November 2022.
  14. ^ Joshi, Anshuman (3 September 2021). "Angers SCO Sponsors 2021-22". SportsKhabri. Retrieved 9 November 2022.
  15. ^ Joshi, Anshuman (3 September 2021). "Angers SCO Sponsors 2021-22". SportsKhabri. Retrieved 9 November 2022.

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