Le Mans Football Club (French pronunciation: ​[ləmɑ̃]; commonly referred to as Le Mans FC, formerly referred as Le Muc) is a French association football club based in Le Mans. The club was founded in 1985 as a result of a merger under the name Le Mans Union Club 72. In 2010, Le Mans changed its name to Le Mans FC to coincide with the re-modeling of the club, which includes moving into a new stadium, MMArena, which opened in January 2011.[1] The stadium is based in the interior of the famous circuit in the city.

Le Mans
Full nameLe Mans Football Club
Nickname(s)MUC 72
Les Mucistes
Les Sang et Or (The Blood and Golds)
Founded12 June 1985; 36 years ago (1985-06-12)
ChairmanThierry Gomez
LeagueChampionnat National
2020–21Championnat National, 4th
WebsiteClub website

The club were controversially relegated from 2019–20 Ligue 2 when the season was terminated early due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Le Mans Sports Club were founded in 1900, but it was not until 1908 that a football club existed within it. In 1910, Le Mans qualified for the Championnat de la France in 1910, but were heavily overturned by Saint-Servan. Gaining a huge reputation up to World War I, Le Mans SC plunged into obscurity by World War II before joining the war league in 1942.

The football section of Union Sportive du Mans was founded in 1903.

The current club was formed as a result of a merger between Union Sportive du Mans and Le Mans Sports Club, on 12 June 1985. Upon its foundation, former football player Bernard Deferrez was installed as manager. Le Mans UC spent the majority of its infancy in Ligue 2. In the 2003–04 season, the club achieved promotion to Ligue 1 for the first time, but were immediately relegated. Le Mans returned to the first division for the 2005–06 season and successfully remained in the league for the next four seasons. The club suffered relegated back to Ligue 2 in the 2009–10 season. Midway through the campaign, on 2 December 2009, Le Mans announced that it was changing its name from Le Mans Union Club 72 to Le Mans FC.

Le Mans moved to the MMArena midway through the 2010–11 season, comfortably in the promotion spots for a return to Ligue 1, but a bad run sees them finish 4th, missing promotion on goal difference. The failure to achieve promotion is costly, as the club sees its payroll limited by the DNCG. Many players leave, and relegation is only narrowly avoided. The club survives by appeal an attempt by DNCG to relegate them to Championnat National. The following season they are relegated on the field, and a long summer of legal battles sees them liquidated and reforming in Maine (province) Division d'Honneur as an amateur club.[2]

Promotion to Championnat de France Amateur 2 was achieved at the first attempt, and promotion from that division was only narrowly missed in 2014–15 and 2015–16. At the third attempt, promotion to the new Championnat National 2 was obtained in 2016–17, when Le Mans finished as one of the best runners up in the competition. Le Mans was promoted for the second season in a row winning Group D and being promoted to the 2018–19 Championnat National, the club would achieve a third consecutive promotion after successfully overcoming Gazélec Ajaccio in the Ligue 2 relegation play-off final with a 3-2 aggregate score, swapping places with the Corsican club who, only three years before had been members of the top-flight themselves.[3]

The club were in 19th place in Ligue 2 when the season was terminated early due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the club supporting an LFP proposal which would have seen Ligue 2 operate temporarily with 22 clubs, meaning they would stay in the division, the FFF ruled on 27 May 2020 that they were to be relegated to Championnat National.[4]


Current squadEdit

As of 29 September 2021[5][6]

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 Pierre Patron
2 DF   FRA Alexandre Vardin
6 MF   FRA Maxence Derrien
7 FW   FRA Julien Bègue
8 MF   FRA Félix Tomi
9 FW   FRA Victor Glaentzlin
10 MF   MAR Hamza Hafidi
11 MF   FRA Maken Aiko
15 MF   CGO Durel Avounou
18 MF   FRA Loïc Damour (on loan from Heart of Midlothian)
19 FW   FRA Boubakar Camara (on loan from Lens)
20 DF   FRA Hugo Vargas-Ríos
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 DF   FRA Alexandre Lauray
23 FW   GUI Amadou Ndiaye (on loan from Metz)
24 MF   MTN Ibréhima Coulibaly
25 DF   CIV Ibrahim Cissé (on loan from Nice)
27 FW   MTQ Julio Donisa
29 FW   CIV Issouf Macalou (on loan from Valenciennes)
30 GK   FRA Mickaël Bod
33 DF   FRA Ryan Ebene Talla
35 FW   FRA Alexis Gouletquer
40 GK   FRA Ewan Hatfout
DF   FRA Dorian Chailleux
MF   FRA Baptiste Loison

Notable playersEdit

Below are the notable former players who have represented Le Mans and its predecessors in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1985. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 100 official matches for the club.

For a complete list of Le Mans players, see Category:Le Mans FC players

Former managersEdit


  • Division d'Honneur Ouest
    • Winners (2): 1961, 1965
  • Division d'Honneur Maine
    • Winners (1): 2014
  • Coupe Gambardella


  1. ^ Le MUC 72 devient LEMANS FC Archived 4 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "L'épopée Sang et OR" (in French). Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Actualité – LE MANS FC est en Ligue 2 !". www.lemansfc.fr. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  4. ^ "La Ligue 2 avec 22 clubs refusée par la FFF" (in French). foot-national.com. 27 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Le Mans FC squad". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Équipe National" (in French). Le Mans FC. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Le Mans - Ray : "Enclencher une nouvelle dynamique"" (in French). foot-national.com. 2 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Le Mans : Reginald Ray s'en va (off)" (in French). foot-national.com. 28 May 2020.
  9. ^ "National. Le Mans FC a trouvé son entraineur" (in French). footamateur.fr. 1 June 2020.
  10. ^ "National. Le Mans FC se sépare de Didier Ollé-Nicolle" (in French). footamateur.fr. 17 May 2021.