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Angers Sporting Club de l'Ouest, commonly referred to as Angers SCO or simply Angers (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃.ʒe]), is a French association football club based in Angers in western France. The club was founded in 1919 and play in Ligue 1, the first division of French football, 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 top division, Ligue 1, and have also participated in the UEFA Cup after finishing 4th in 1971–72 season.

Angers SCO
Angers SCO logo.svg
Full nameAngers Sporting Club de l'Ouest
Nickname(s)Le SCO
Les Scoïstes
Les Noirs et Blancs (The Black and Whites)
Founded1919; 100 years ago (1919)
GroundStade Raymond Kopa
Capacity17,835
PresidentSaïd Chabane
Head coachStéphane Moulin
LeagueLigue 1
2018–19Ligue 1, 13th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

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

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

The first season that Angers debuted in the second division in France was in 1945. In 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 Fran, who were 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 their 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 2017/2018 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]

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 4 September 2019.[5]

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

No. Position Player
2   DF Rayan Aït-Nouri
3   DF Ibrahim Cissé
4   DF Mateo Pavlović
5   MF Thomas Mangani
6   MF Vincent Pajot
7   FW Rachid Alioui
8   DF Ismaël Traoré (captain)
10   MF Angelo Fulgini
11   FW Wilfried Kanga
13   DF Haithem Loucif
14   MF Anthony Gomez-Mancini
15   MF Pierrick Capelle
16   GK Ludovic Butelle (vice-captain)
No. Position Player
18   MF Baptiste Santamaria
19   FW Stéphane Bahoken
20   MF Sada Thioub
21   FW Casimir Ninga
23   MF Antonin Bobichon
24   DF Romain Thomas
25   DF Abdoulaye Bamba
26   DF Théo Pellenard
27   MF Mathias Pereira Lage
28   FW Farid El Melali
29   DF Vincent Manceau
30   GK Danijel Petković
40   GK Anthony Mandrea

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
  GK Alexandre Letellier (on loan to Sarpsborg)
  DF Elhadji Pape Diaw (on loan to Caen)
  FW Baptiste Guillaume (on loan to Valenciennes)
No. Position Player
  MF Lassana Coulibaly (on loan to Cercle Brugge)
  FW Harrison Manzala (on loan to Le Mans)
  FW Thomas Touré (on loan to Sochaux)

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

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. ^ http://www.ligue1.com/ligue1/article/season-review-not-only-neymar-the-unsung-heroes.htm
  4. ^ "Angers pre-season game confirmed". Arsenal.
  5. ^ "Effectif de l'équipe pro d'Angers SCO" (in French). Angers SCO. Retrieved 14 July 2018.

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