Montpellier HSC

Montpellier Hérault Sport Club (French pronunciation: ​[mɔ̃pəlje eʁo spɔʁ klœb]), commonly referred to as Montpellier HSC or simply Montpellier, is a French professional football club based in the city of Montpellier in Occitanie. The original club was founded in 1919, while the current incarnation was founded through a merger in 1974. Montpellier currently plays in Ligue 1, the top level of French football and plays its home matches at the Stade de la Mosson, located within the city. The first team is managed by Romain Pitau and captained by Teji Savanier.

Montpellier HSC
Montpellier HSC logo.svg
Full nameMontpellier Hérault Sport Club
Nickname(s)La Paillade[1]
Short nameMHSC
Founded1919; 104 years ago (1919) as Stade Olympique Montpelliérain
GroundStade de la Mosson
PresidentLaurent Nicollin
ManagerRomain Pitau
LeagueLigue 1
2021–22Ligue 1, 13th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Montpellier is owned by Laurent Nicollin, the son of the late Louis Nicollin, a French entrepreneur, who had been owner since 1974. The club have produced several famous players in its history, most notably Laurent Blanc, who has served as manager of the France national team. Blanc is also the club's all-time leading goalscorer. Eric Cantona, Roger Milla, Carlos Valderrama and Olivier Giroud are other players who have played in Montpellier's colours. In 2001, Montpellier introduced a women's team.


Montpellier was founded under the name Stade Olympique Montpelliérain (SOM) and played under the name for most of its existence.[citation needed] In 1989, after playing under various names, the club changed its name to its current form. Montpellier is one of the founding members of the first division of French football.[citation needed] Along with Marseille, Rennes and Nice, Montpellier is one of only a few clubs to have played in the inaugural 1932–33 season and is still playing in the first division.[citation needed] The club won Ligue 1 for the first time in the 2011–12 season. Montpellier's other honours to date include winning the Coupe de France in 1929 and 1990, and the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1999.[citation needed]

In the 2011–12 season, Montpellier won its first Ligue 1 title, finishing the season with 82 points, three points ahead of runners-up Paris Saint-Germain.[citation needed] On 20 May 2012, in a game marred by stoppages for crowd violence, John Utaka scored a brace to secure a 2–1 victory over Auxerre and win the Ligue 1 title for Montpellier.[citation needed] Olivier Giroud, who finished the season with 21 goals and 9 assists, was the league's top goal scorer. Despite being tied on goals with Paris Saint-Germain attacker Nenê, he was named the league's top scorer by the Ligue de Football Professionnel due to finishing with more goals in open play.[2]


Current squadEdit

As of 31 January 2023[3]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
3 DF   GUI Issiaga Sylla
4 DF   MLI Boubakar Kouyaté
5 DF   POR Pedro Mendes
6 DF   FRA Christopher Jullien
7 FW   FRA Arnaud Nordin
9 FW   FRA Valère Germain
10 FW   ENG Stephy Mavididi
11 MF   FRA Téji Savanier (captain)
12 MF   FRA Jordan Ferri (vice-captain)
13 MF   FRA Joris Chotard
14 DF   FRA Maxime Estève
15 DF   URU Mathías Suárez
16 GK   FRA Dimitry Bertaud
17 DF   FRA Théo Sainte-Luce
18 MF   FRA Léo Leroy
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 FW   ALG Yanis Guermouche
21 FW   FRA Elye Wahi
22 MF   FRA Khalil Fayad
26 DF   FRA Thibault Tamas
27 DF   FRA Faitout Maouassa (on loan from Club Brugge)
28 FW   CGO Béni Makouana
29 DF   CMR Enzo Tchato
30 GK   FRA Matis Carvalho
39 FW   SEN Sérigné Faye
40 GK   FRA Benjamin Lecomte
75 DF   FRA Mamadou Sakho
77 DF   MLI Falaye Sacko (on loan from Vitória de Guimarães)
90 GK   SEN Bingourou Kamara
99 FW   TUN Wahbi Khazri

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   SUI Gabriel Barès (at Thun until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   FRA Sacha Delaye (at Le Puy until 30 June 2023)


Most appearancesEdit

Rank Player Matches
1   Souleymane Camara 433
2   Pascal Baills 429
3   Bruno Carotti 377
4   Hilton 354
5   Kader Ferhaoui 349

Top scorersEdit

Rank Player Goals
1   Laurent Blanc 84
2   Souleymane Camara 76
3   Jean-Marc Valadier 70
4   Christophe Sanchez 50
5   Víctor Montaño 48
6   Andy Delort 47

Management and staffEdit

Club officialsEdit

Montpellier HSC headquarters

Senior club staff[4]

Coaching and medical staff[5]

  • Manager: Romain Pitau
  • Assistant Manager: Ghislain Printant
  • First-Team Coach: Franck Rizzetto
  • Goalkeeper Coach: Dominique Deplagne
  • Goalkeeper Coach: Teddy Richert
  • Fitness Coach: Stéphane Paganelli
  • Scout: Serge Delmas

Coaching historyEdit





  • Division d'Honneur (Sud-Est)
    • Champions (3): 1928, 1932, 1976



  1. ^ "#273 – Montpellier HSC : la Paillade" (in French). Footnickname. 11 October 2020. Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Olivier Giroud couronné" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 20 May 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Effectif et staff" [Squad and staff] (in French). Montpellier HSC. Retrieved 28 July 2022.
  4. ^ "Organigramme" (in French). Montpellier HSC. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Le Staff" (in French). Montpellier HSC. Archived from the original on 25 August 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
  6. ^ "France – Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs on RSSSF". RSSSF. Retrieved 23 July 2007.
  7. ^ The two DH titles won were achieved by the club's reserve team.

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