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Football Club de Nantes (Breton: Naoned; Gallo: Naunnt), commonly referred to as FC Nantes or simply Nantes (IPA: [nɑ̃t] (About this soundlisten)), is a French association football club based in Nantes, Brittany. The club was founded on 21 April 1943, during World War II, as a result of local clubs based in the city coming together to form one large club. From 1992 to 2007, the club was referred to as FC Nantes Atlantique before reverting to its current name at the start of the 2007–08 season. Nantes play in Ligue 1, the first division of French football.

FC Nantes 2019 logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club de Nantes
Nickname(s)Les Canaris (The Canaries)
Short nameFCN or Nantes
Founded1943; 76 years ago (1943)
GroundLa Beaujoire-Louis
OwnerWaldemar Kita
PresidentWaldermar Kita
Head coachChristian Gourcuff
LeagueLigue 1
2018–19Ligue 1, 12th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Nantes is one of the most successful clubs in French football, having won eight Ligue 1 titles, three Coupe de France wins and attained one Coupe de la Ligue victory. The club is famous for its jeu à la nantaise ("Nantes-style play"), its collective spirit, mainly advocated under coaches José Arribas, Jean-Claude Suaudeau and Raynald Denoueix and for its youth system, which has produced players such as Marcel Desailly, Didier Deschamps, Mickaël Landreau, Claude Makelele, Christian Karembeu and Jérémy Toulalan. As well as Les Canaris (The Canaries), Nantes is also nicknamed Les jaunes et verts (The Green and Yellows) and La Maison Jaune (The Yellow House).


The club was founded in 1943.[1] The first match played by Nantes as a professional team took place at the Stade Olympique de Colombes against CA Paris, where Nantes triumphed 2–0. The first home match was a defeat of the same score against Troyes. The club finished fifth at the end of this first season following which the club's manager Aimé Nuic left the club following a dispute, and was succeeded by Antoine Raab, who took over in a player-coach role. After winning 16 consecutive matches, Nantes lost 9–0 to Sochaux.[citation needed]

Supporters at an away match

In July 1991, the club re-instated Jean-Claude Suaudeau, and in July 1992, after spending a fortnight in the second division due to an administrative decision by the DNCG (French Football's financial regulator), FC Nantes was renamed FC Nantes Atlantique, and was able to take its place in the first division back.[citation needed] They won the French championship in 1994/95[2] and in 2000/01. In 2005, Nantes narrowly avoided relegation on the final day of the season by defeating Metz 1-0.[3] In 2007 Nantes finished last in Ligue 1 and were relegated to Ligue 2 after spending 44 consecutive seasons in Ligue 1. In 2008, Nantes were promoted back to Ligue 1 at the first attempt but the following season they were relegated back to Ligue 2 after finishing 19th on the table. After spending 3 seasons in Ligue 2, Nantes were once again promoted to Ligue 1 in 2013. In their first season back in the top division, Nantes avoided relegation finishing 13th on the table. After two years of stability, in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 season, Nantes finished a highly respectable 7th on the table. For the 2017/2018 season, former Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri took over as manager and after 10 games in charge had Nantes sitting 3rd on the table just behind big spending Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco.[4][5] In the second half of the 2017/2018 season, Nantes managed to only win 3 more games and finished 9th on the table. Claudio Ranieri also announced his departure from the club after only one season.[6][7]

In the 2018/2019 season, Nantes appointed Vahid Halilhodžić as their new manager. In January 2019, the club was rocked by the news that former player Emiliano Sala had died in a plane crash over the English Channel. Nantes would end up finishing the season in 12th place. The club enjoyed a mixed campaign with the highlight being an upset victory over Paris Saint-Germain and also claiming wins over Marseille and Lyon.[8][9]


Stade de la Beaujoire, also known as the Stade de Nantes

Nantes' home ground since 1984 has been the Stade de la Beaujoire-Louis Fontenau, which has a capacity of 38,128.[10] FC Nantes former stadium was The Stade Marcel Saupin which the club played at from 1937 to 1984.[11] A new stadium was expected to be built and replace the Stade de la Beaujoire-Louis Fontenau as Nantes' home ground in 2022, but the project was abandoned following concerns regarding financing.[12][13]


Current squadEdit

As of 4 September 2019.[14]

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 Alban Lafont (on loan from Fiorentina)
2   DF Fábio
3   DF Wesley Moustache
4   DF Nicolas Pallois (vice-captain)
5   FW Joris Kayembe
7   FW Kalifa Coulibaly
8   FW Marcus Coco
10   MF Cristian Benavente (on loan from Pyramids FC)
11   MF Mehdi Abeid
12   DF Dennis Appiah
13   DF Molla Wagué
14   DF Charles Traoré
16   GK Alexandre Olliero
No. Position Player
17   MF Ludovic Blas
18   MF Samuel Moutoussamy
19   MF Abdoulaye Touré (captain)
20   DF Andrei Girotto
21   MF Rene Krhin
22   FW Bridge Ndilu
23   DF Thomas Basila
24   FW Élie Youan
25   DF Josué Homawoo
26   MF Imran Louza
27   MF Moses Simon (on loan from Levante)
30   GK Denis Petric
32   FW Kader Bamba

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 Quentin Braat (at Niort until 30 June 2020)
  GK Maxime Dupé (at Clermont Foot until 30 June 2020)
  MF Anthony Limbombe (at Standard Liège until 30 June 2020)
No. Position Player
  MF Abou Ba (at Aris until 30 June 2020)
  MF Lucas Evangelista (at Vitoria SC until 30 June 2020)
  FW Randal Kolo (at Boulogne until 30 June 2020)

Reserve squadEdit

As of 2 September 2019.[15]Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  GK Nassim Badri
  GK Charly Jan
  DF Anthony Walongwa
  DF Aristote Lusinga
  DF Abdoulaye Sylla
  DF Sekou Traore
  MF Abdoulaye Dabo
  MF Teddy Bouriaud
  MF Theo Chendri
  MF Alexis Alégué
No. Position Player
  MF Yassine El Ghanassy
  MF Alexis Mané
  MF Bryan Mavinzi
  MF Batista Mendy
  MF Roli Pereira
  FW Santy Ngom
  FW Hakim Abdallah
  FW Amadou Coulibaly
  FW Taylor Luvambo
  FW Akram Tsague

Retired numbersEdit

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

No. Position Player
9   FW Emiliano Sala (posthumous honour) [16][17]

Notable playersEdit

Below are the notable former players who have represented Nantes in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1943. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 100 official matches for the club.[citation needed]

For a complete list of FC Nantes players, see Category:FC Nantes players


[citation needed]


Domestic competitionsEdit

International competitionsEdit


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  4. ^ "FC Nantes might forfeit a win, but they're back where they belong".
  5. ^ "The French Leicester City? Ranieri enjoying a flying start at Nantes -".
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  8. ^ "Emiliano Sala's funeral held in Argentina". CNN. 16 February 2019. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  9. ^ A. Pašić (5 May 2019). "Halilhodžić u Nantesu oborio rekord" (in Bosnian). Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  10. ^ "FC Nantes". LFP. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  11. ^ "FC Nantes: 1984, quand les Canaris ont quitté le stade Saupin pour celui de la Beaujoire".
  12. ^ "LES INTENTIONS ARCHITECTURALES" (in French). FC Nantes. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  13. ^ "La construction du YelloPark de Nantes est annulée" (in French).
  14. ^ "Effectif" (in French). Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  15. ^ "EFFECTIF NATIONAL 2". Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  16. ^ "Nantes: Le numéro 9 qu'il a porté est retiré". FC Nantes Twitter. 8 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Nantes retire No 9 shirt in honour of Emiliano Sala". BBC Sport. 8 February 2019.

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