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Grenoble Foot 38, commonly referred to as simply GF38, is a French association football club based in Grenoble, a city situated at the foot of the French Alps. The original incarnation of the club was founded in 1892 and, in 1997, was formed into the club that exists today as a result of a merger. Grenoble currently plays in Championnat National, the third level of French football, after having gone into bankruptcy and relegation to the fifth level of French football in 2011.

GF38
Grenoble Foot 38 logo.svg
Full name Grenoble Foot 38
Nickname(s) GF38
Founded 1892; 125 years ago (1892)
Ground Stade des Alpes,
Grenoble
Ground Capacity 20,068
Manager Jean-Louis Garcia
League Championnat National
2016–17 Championnat de France Amateur Group C, 1st (promoted)
Website Club home page

Grenoble plays its home matches at the Stade des Alpes, a recently built complex based in the heart of the city. The team is managed by Jean-Louis Garcia. Grenoble wear white and blue.

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HistoryEdit

The club was founded in 1892 as Football Club de Grenoble. In 1997, a merger of Olympique Grenoble Isère and Norcap Olympique led to the Grenoble Foot 38 incarnation. Olympique Grenoble Isère played in Ligue 1 in the 1960–61 and 1962–63 seasons.

It was acquired in 2004 by the Japanese enterprise Index which soon was able to use a new stadium, Stade des Alpes, that registered an initial capacity of 20,000, and which was opened on February 2008, after which it achieved promotion to Ligue 1 in the 2008–09 season.[1] However, after losing their first eleven games of the season, Grenoble were eventually relegated despite a handful of impressive wins (most notably 4–0 against Paris Saint Germain).

Name changesEdit

  • Football Club de Grenoble 1892 (1892–1977)
  • Football Club Association Sportive de Grenoble (1977–1984)
  • Football Club de Grenoble Dauphiné (1984–1990)
  • Football Club de Grenoble Isère (1990–1992)
  • Football Club de Grenoble Jojo Isère (1992–1993)
  • Olympique Grenoble Isère (1993–1997)
  • Grenoble Foot 38 (1997–present)

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 23 September 2016.[2]

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

No. Position Player
  GK Brice Maubleu
  GK Nathan Monti
  DF Leygley Adou
  DF Hugo Cianci
  DF Nathanaël Dieng
  DF Ugo Guégan
  DF Bassiri Keita
  DF Jérémy Sapina
  DF Maxime Spano
  DF Éric Vandenabeele
  MF Ibréhima Coulibaly
  MF Francis Dady Ngoye
No. Position Player
  MF Julien Deletraz
  MF Arsène Elogo
  MF Raphaël Gherardi
  MF Mathieu Lafon
  MF Steven Pinto-Borges
  FW Josué Ahoure
  FW Nicolas Belvito
  FW Badji Coulibaly
  FW Florian David
  FW Edwin Maanane
  FW Florian Sotoca

Notable playersEdit

Below are the notable former players who have represented Grenoble and its predecessors in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1997. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 80 official matches for the club.

For a complete list of Grenoble Foot 38 players, see Category:Grenoble Foot 38 players

ManagersEdit

Managers
of GF38 since 1945
Mehmed BaždarevićYvon PouliquenThierry GoudetAlain Michel (football manager)Marc WesterloppeAlain Michel (football manager)Noël TosiChristian DalgerClaude Le RoyJean DjorkaeffAlbert BatteuxJules Dewaquez 

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Grenoble Foot 38 celebrates the long awaited opening of its new professional soccer stadium, "Stade des Alpes"". Index Holdings. Archived from the original on 22 January 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2008. 
  2. ^ "Effectif CFA 2016-2017". gf38.fr. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 

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