FC Nantes

Football Club de Nantes Atlantique (Breton: Naoned; Gallo: Naunnt), commonly referred to as FC Nantes or simply Nantes (IPA: [nɑ̃t] (About this soundlisten)), is a French professional football club based in Nantes in Pays de la Loire. 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 Football in France. 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.

Full nameFootball Club de Nantes Atlantique
Nickname(s)La Maison Jaune (The Yellow House)
Les Canaris (The Canaries)
Short nameFCN or Nantes
Founded21 April 1943; 77 years ago (1943-04-21)
GroundLa Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau
OwnerWaldemar Kita
PresidentWaldemar Kita
Head coachAntoine Kombouaré
LeagueLigue 1
2019–20Ligue 1, 13th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

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 Makélélé, 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 2017–18 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 2017–18 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 2018–19 season, Nantes appointed Vahid Halilhodžić as their new manager. In January 2019, the club was rocked by the news that, just days after selling him for £15 million, 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

FC Nantes played at Stade Marcel Saupin from 1937 to 1984.[10] Nantes' moved to their current home ground Stade de la Beaujoire-Louis Fontenau in 1984, the stadium has a capacity of 38,128.[11] A new stadium dubbed 'YelloPark' 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 on 26 February 2019 following refusal by the Nantes Metropolitan Council to sell lands needed for development of the site.[12][13][14]


Current squadEdit

As of 29 January 2021[15]

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 Alban Lafont (on loan from Fiorentina)
2 DF   BRA Fábio
3 MF   BRA Andrei Girotto
4 DF   FRA Nicolas Pallois (captain)
5 MF   ESP Pedro Chirivella
6 MF   FRA Roli Pereira de Sa
7 FW   MLI Kalifa Coulibaly
10 MF   FRA Ludovic Blas
11 FW   FRA Marcus Coco
12 DF   FRA Dennis Appiah
14 DF   MLI Charles Traoré
15 DF   FRA Thomas Basila
17 FW   BEL Anthony Limbombe
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF   FRA Abdoulaye Touré
20 FW   FRA Jean-Kévin Augustin
21 DF   CMR Jean-Charles Castelletto
22 FW   FRA Bridge Ndilu
23 FW   FRA Randal Kolo
24 DF   FRA Sébastien Corchia
26 MF   FRA Imran Louza
27 FW   NGA Moses Simon
28 FW   BEL Renaud Emond
29 MF   FRA Batista Mendy
30 GK   SVN Denis Petrić
32 FW   FRA Kader Bamba
40 GK   FRA Charly Jan

Players out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   MLI Molla Wagué (at Amiens until 30 June 2021)
MF   FRA Abou Ba (at Cosenza until 30 June 2021)
MF   FRA Abdoulaye Dabo (at Juventus U23 until 30 June 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   COD Samuel Moutoussamy (at Fortuna Sittard until 30 June 2021)
MF   BRA Lucas Evangelista (at Red Bull Bragantino until 30 June 2021)
FW   FRA Élie Youan (at St. Gallen until 30 June 2021)

Reserve squadEdit

As of 13 January 2021[16]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   FRA Nassim Badri
GK   BIH Adem Husejnovic
GK   FRA Anthony Robin
DF   FRA Victor Daguin
DF   FRA Nathan Gassama
DF   FRA Aristote Lusinga
DF   FRA Wesley Moustache
DF   PER Percy Prado
DF   FRA Ryan Sabry
DF   GUI Abdoulaye Sylla
DF   FRA Sekou Traore
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   COD Anthony Walongwa
MF   FRA Teddy Bouriaud
MF   FRA Theo Chendri
MF   EQG Santiago Eneme
MF   CMR James Eto'o-Eyenga
MF   FRA Taylor Luvambo
MF   FRA Bryan Mavinzi
MF   FRA Mathis Thévenin
FW   FRA Hakim Abdallah
FW   MLI Amadou Coulibaly
FW   FRA 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. Pos. Nation Player
9 FW   ARG Emiliano Sala (posthumous honour)[17][18]

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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  5. ^ "The French Leicester City? Ranieri enjoying a flying start at Nantes - Goal.com". goal.com.
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  9. ^ A. Pašić (5 May 2019). "Halilhodžić u Nantesu oborio rekord" (in Bosnian). sportsport.ba. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  10. ^ "FC Nantes: 1984, quand les Canaris ont quitté le stade Saupin pour celui de la Beaujoire". www.20minutes.fr.
  11. ^ "FC Nantes". LFP. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  12. ^ "LES INTENTIONS ARCHITECTURALES" (in French). FC Nantes. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  13. ^ "La construction du YelloPark de Nantes est annulée" (in French). SoFoot.com.
  14. ^ "Nantes: Council agree to discuss land sale". StadiumDB.com.
  15. ^ "Effectif" (in French). fcnantes.com. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  16. ^ "EFFECTIF NATIONAL 2". fcnantes.com. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Nantes: Le numéro 9 qu'il a porté est retiré". FC Nantes Twitter. 8 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Nantes retire No 9 shirt in honour of Emiliano Sala". BBC Sport. 8 February 2019.

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