FC Villefranche

Football Club Villefranche-Beaujolais is a French association football club founded in 1927. They are based in Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône-Alpes and play at the Stade Armand Chouffet in town. Their highest level of play for one season in the second tier of French football. In the 2018–19 season they are playing in the Championnat National, the third tier in the French football league system.

FC Villefranche
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Full nameFootball Club Villefranche-Beaujolais
Founded1927; 93 years ago (1927)
GroundStade Armand Chouffet
Villefranche-sur-Saône, Rhône-Alpes
Capacity5,000
ChairmanPhilippe Terrier
ManagerAlain Pochat
LeagueChampionnat National
2018–1912th
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

Football Club Villefranche-Beaujolais was formed in 1927, from the football section of multi-sports club Cercle Sportif de Villefranche. The Beaujolais suffix of the name had been applied by 1985, the club being previously known as Football Club Villefranche.[1]

The club debuted in the national league structure in 1953 when champions of the Lyonnais region of Division d'Honneur they promoted to Division Nationale, the highest tier of amateur football. They maintained this level for five seasons, then relegated in 1958. Promotion to the Division Nationale in 1966 would follow when they were Lyonnaise regional champions. They relegated in 1969.[1]

In 1970 the club gained access to the Division Nationale for a third time. By successfully remaining in the division, the club became part of the third tier of French football when the FFF reorganised the leagues at the end of the 1970–71 season, taking part in the first edition of Division 3 in 1971. They remained that level until relegated to the regional league in 1976.[1]

FC Villefranche were founding members in 1978 when the FFF introduced a fourth division to the national league, having finished 6th in the regional Division d'Honneur the previous season. They maintained this level for the season with an 11th place finish. A third place season finish in 1979–80, promoted them to Division 3. In 1983 they were promoted to Division 2 although finishing in 3rd place when the two higher placed teams became ineligible for promotion.[1]

The club stayed just one season in Division 2, finishing bottom of Group A and being relegated back to Division 3. They remained at that level until finishing bottom of their group in 1988, and in 1989 suffered a second successive relegation back to the regional league.[1]

In 1993 the FFF introduced a fifth tier, and the club secured a place in the new National 3 division as champions of the Division Honneur (now the Rhône-Alpes region, after internal restructuring of the French regional leagues). After a fourth place finish in their group in 1994 they secured promotion in 1995 by finishing second in their group. The club completed three seasons of mid-table finishes before being relegated in 2000 and 2001.[1]

As champions of the Division d'Honneur in 2004, they promoted to CFA2. In 2008, they won their group and were promoted to the fourth tier, CFA.[1] The remained at this level until successfully gaining promotion to Championnat National as winners of their group in the 2017–18 season.

Current squadEdit

As of 14 February 2020[2][3]

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 Antoine Garcia
2   FW Akhibou Ly
3   DF Kévin Martin
4   DF Mathias Fischer
5   DF Rémi Bonenfant
6   MF Martin François (on loan from Sochaux)
8   MF Maxime Jasse
9   FW Ottman Dadoune
10   MF Maxime Blanc
11   DF Mamadou N'Diaye
13   MF Timothée Taufflieb
14   FW Yann Benedick
No. Position Player
16   GK Lucas Caruso
18   DF Clément Cabaton
20   MF Rémi Sergio
22   DF Brandon Agounon
23   DF Kévin Renaut
24   FW Mohamed Guilavogui
25   DF Semi Belkorchia
26   FW Thomas Robinet
27   MF Mohamed Labhiri
28   MF Pierre Ertel
29   DF Nicolas Flégeau
30   GK Alexis Sauvage (on loan from Red Star)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Histoire du FCVB" (in French). FCVB Official Site. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  2. ^ "FCVB National 1" (in French). FC Villefranche Official Site. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  3. ^ "FC Villefranche-Beaujolais squad". Soccerway. Retrieved 14 February 2020.