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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, 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 French football.

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Full nameFootball Club de Nantes
Nickname(s)Les Canaris (The Canaries)
Short nameFCN or Nantes
Founded1943; 76 years ago (1943)
GroundLa Beaujoire-Louis

YellowPark (future)
OwnerWaldemar Kita
PresidentWaldermar Kita
Head coachVahid Halilhodžić
LeagueLigue 1
2017–18Ligue 1, 9th
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]


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.[8] FC Nantes former stadium was The Stade Marcel Saupin which the club played at from 1937 to 1984.[9] A new stadium is expected to be built and replace the Stade de la Beaujoire-Louis Fontenau as Nantes' home ground in 2022.[10]


Current squadEdit

As of 16 February 2019.[11]

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 Maxime Dupé
2   DF Fábio
3   DF Diego Carlos
4   DF Nicolas Pallois
5   DF Edgar Ié (on loan from Lille)
6   DF Lucas Lima
7   FW Kalifa Coulibaly
8   MF Joris Kayembe
10   FW Abdul Majeed Waris (on loan from Porto)
11   MF Valentin Eysseric (on loan from Fiorentina)
12   MF Gabriel Boschilia (on loan from Monaco)
14   DF Charles Traoré
15   FW Randal Kolo
16   GK Alexandre Olliero
17   MF Lucas Evangelista
No. Position Player
18   MF Samuel Moutoussamy
19   MF Abdoulaye Touré
20   MF Andrei Girotto
21   MF Rene Krhin
22   MF Anthony Limbombe
23   MF Abdoulaye Dabo
25   DF Enock Kwateng
26   DF Anthony Walongwa
27   FW Antonio Mance (on loan from Trenčín)
28   MF Valentin Rongier (captain)
29   DF Batista Mendy
30   GK Ciprian Tătărușanu
34   DF Thomas Basila
40   GK Quentin Braat

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
  DF Koffi Djidji (at Torino until 30 June 2019)
  MF Alexis Alégué (at Tours until 30 June 2019)
  MF Yassine El Ghanassy (at Al-Raed until 30 June 2019)

Reserve squadEdit

As of 1 February 2019.[12]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 Josue Homawoo
  DF Aristote Lusinga
  DF Abdoulaye Sylla
  DF Sekou Traore
  MF Abdoul Kader Bamba
  MF Teddy Bouriaud
  MF Theo Chendri
  MF Imran Louza
No. Position Player
  MF Oan Djorkaeff
  MF Alexis Mané
  MF Bryan Mavinzi
  MF Roli Pereira
  FW Hakim Abdallah
  FW Amadou Coulibaly
  FW Taylor Luvambo
  FW Akram Tsague
  FW Elie Youan

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) [13][14]

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


  1. ^ "FC Nantes". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  2. ^ François Mazet and Frédéric Pauron (1 September 2016). "Yearwise list of the champions of France". France - List of Champions. RSSSF. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Nantes survive relegation scare –".
  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. ^ "FC Nantes". LFP. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  9. ^ "FC Nantes: 1984, quand les Canaris ont quitté le stade Saupin pour celui de la Beaujoire".
  10. ^ "LES INTENTIONS ARCHITECTURALES" (in French). FC Nantes. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Effectif" (in French). Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  12. ^ "EFFECTIF NATIONAL 2". Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Nantes: Le numéro 9 qu'il a porté est retiré". FC Nantes Twitter. 8 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Nantes retire No 9 shirt in honour of Emiliano Sala". BBC Sport. 8 February 2019.

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