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Grenoble Foot 38, commonly referred to as simply GF38, is a French association football club based in Grenoble. The club plays its home matches at the Stade des Alpes, a sports complex based in the heart of the city, and wears white and blue.

GF38
Grenoble Foot 38 logo.svg
Full nameGrenoble Foot 38
Nickname(s)GF38
Founded1892; 127 years ago (1892)
GroundStade des Alpes,
Grenoble
Capacity20,068
ManagerPhilippe Hinschberger
LeagueLigue 2
2018–19Ligue 2, 9th
WebsiteClub website

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 Ligue 2, the second level of French football, after having gone into bankruptcy and relegation to the fifth level of French football in 2011.

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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.

In 2004, the club was acquired by Index Holdings, a Japanese mobile software company, therefore becoming the first French football club to have foreign owners. The price of the deal was around €2 million.[1][2] The new owners invested in the Stade des Alpes, a new ground with an initial capacity of 20,000 which opened in February 2008.[3] Grenoble finished the 2007–08 Ligue 2 season in third place, thus returning to Ligue 1 for the first time since 1963.

In the 2008–09 Ligue 1 season, Grenoble finished 13th.[2] However, after losing their first eleven games of the following season, they were eventually relegated with six games remaining amidst severe financial problems.[4][5]

The professional football club was liquidated in July 2011 with debts of €2.9 million, and relegated administratively to Championnat de France Amateur 2, the fifth tier.[6][7] Index provided false financial statements during their ownership of the club.[2][8]

Now an amateur side, Grenoble won promotion from Championnat de France Amateur 2 at the first attempt in 2012, and were champions of the 2016–17 Championnat de France Amateur, returning to Championnat National for the 2017–18 season.[9] They secured their second successive promotion to Ligue 2 on 27 May 2018, after an aggregate play-off victory over Bourg-en-Bresse.[10]

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 June 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 Brice Maubleu
4   DF Éric Vandenabeele
5   DF Selim Bengriba
6   MF Ryan Sanusi
9   FW Nicolas Belvito
10   MF Youssouf M'Changama
11   MF Alharbi El Jadeyaoui
12   FW Lakdar Boussaha
13   DF Harouna Abou Demba
14   MF Francis Dady Ngoye
15   DF Fabien Boyer
16   GK Papa Demba Camara
17   DF Maxime Spano
No. Position Player
18   MF Jaba Jighauri
19   FW Yves Pambou
20   MF Romain Grange (on loan from Charleroi)
21   MF Jessy Bénet
22   MF Arsène Elogo
23   DF Jérôme Mombris
24   MF Ibréhima Coulibaly
26   FW Yohan Brun
27   FW Malek Chergui
28   MF Julien Delétraz
29   DF Pierre Gibaud
30   GK Esteban Salles

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
8   MF Corentin Tirard (on loan to Sparta)
10   FW Edwin Maanane (on loan to Avranches)
  MF Florian David (on loan to Rodez)

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Football. Il était une fois... le GF38, le rêve de Grenoble" [Football. Once upon a time there was... GF38, Grenoble's dream] (in French). France 3. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "La tragique déroute du Grenoble Foot 38" [The tragic decline of Grenoble Foot 38] (in French). France 24. 8 July 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Grenoble relégué en L2" [Grenoble relegated to L2]. Le Figaro (in French). 10 April 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Le GF38 relégué en Ligue 2... Grenoble, et maintenant ?" [GF38 relegated to Ligue 2... Grenoble, and now?]. Le Dauphiné (in French). 12 April 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Le club de football de Grenoble en liquidation judiciaire" [Grenoble's football club in judicial liquidation]. Le Monde (in French). 7 July 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Grenoble: Le GF38 relégué en CFA2" [Grenoble: GF38 relegated to CFA2] (in French). Canal+. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  8. ^ Guiho, Mickael (28 May 2014). "Arrestation du président d'Index, ex-propriétaire japonais du Grenoble foot 38" [Arrest of president of Index, Japanese former owner of Grenoble Foot 38] (in French). France 3. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  9. ^ "Le GF38 officiellement promu en National !" [GF38 officially promoted to National!]. Le Dauphiné (in French). 13 May 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Grenoble monte en L2, Bourg-en-Bresse descend en National" [Grenoble climb to L2, Bourg-en-Bresse fall to National]. L'Equipe (in French). 27 May 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  11. ^ "Groupe Pro 2018-2019". gf38.fr. Retrieved 23 June 2019.

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