Stade Lavallois

Stade Lavallois Mayenne Football Club (French pronunciation: ​[stɑd lavalwa majɛn]), also referred to as Stade Laval or simply Laval, is a French association football club based in Laval in western France. The club was formed on 17 July 1902 and currently plays in Ligue 2, the second level of French football. Laval plays its home matches at the Stade Francis Le Basser located in the city.

Stade Lavallois
Stade Lavallois Logo.svg
Full nameStade Lavallois Mayenne
Football Club
Nickname(s)Les Tango[1]
Founded17 July 1902; 120 years ago (17 July 1902)
GroundStade Francis Le Basser
ChairmanLaurent Lairy
ManagerOlivier Frapolli
LeagueLigue 2
2021–22Championnat National, 1st of 18 (promoted)
WebsiteClub website


The club was founded in 1902 by Joseph Germain, a passionate supporter of the sport of football.[citation needed] Émile Sinoir was installed as the club's first president. At that time, players were supplied with red tops and black shorts and matches were played at Senelle, a district of Laval. Laval's first official match was against nearby Rennes.[citation needed] In 1903, the club participated in the Breton championship for the first time, and the red and black strip was changed for a green and white combination. In 1918, the kit colour was changed again, to a bright orange strip. In 1930, the club began playing at the Stade Jean Yvinec, named in honour of a former player who died at the age of 26.[citation needed] By 1931, Laval had risen to the Division d'Honneur, the sixth level of French football.[citation needed] The club continued to rotate between the amateur leagues before finally winning the Division d'Honneur in 1964, which propelled the club to the Championnat de France amateur, France's highest division of amateur football.[citation needed]

The following season, Laval surprisingly won the league in its debut season. With the club heightening its ambitions, new aspirations came about and Laval named former club player and Breton Michel Le Milinaire manager.[citation needed] He was assisted by Henri Bisson. Together, the two made Laval into one of the best clubs in France.[citation needed] In 1976, Laval reached the top division of French football, thus becoming a professional team for the first time in the club's history.[citation needed] Despite being classed as outsiders, the club managed to stay in the top-flight division, even qualifying for the UEFA Cup in 1983 after finishing a commendable fifth in the league. In Laval's first season in Europe, it knocked Dynamo Kyiv out of the competition, before being knocked out by Austria Wien.[citation needed] This would prove to be the club's only European experience. In 1989, the club was relegated to the second division, after 13 years in the elite division.[citation needed] In 2005, Laval became a SASP (Société Anonyme Sportive Professionnelle), roughly equivalent to going on the stock exchange. In the 2005–06 season, the club was relegated to the Championnat National. Laval remained in the third division for two seasons before managing promotion back to Ligue 2 after the 2008–09 season.[citation needed]

In the 2021–22 season, Laval achieved promotion to Ligue 2 by winning the Championnat National.[2][3]


Current squadEdit

As of 29 July 2022.[4]

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 Maxime Hautbois
2 DF   FRA Kévin Perrot
3 DF   CGO Marvin Baudry
4 MF   FRA Jimmy Roye
5 MF   FRA Julien Maggiotti (on loan from Charleroi)
6 MF   FRA Sam Sanna (on loan from Toulouse)
7 DF   FRA Bryan Gonçalves
8 MF   FRA Kevin Tapoko
9 FW   GLP Geoffray Durbant
10 MF   FRA Ryan Ferhaoui
11 FW   CIV Kader N'Chobi
12 DF   FRA Yasser Baldé
14 FW   FRA François-Xavier Fumu Tamuzo
No. Pos. Nation Player
15 DF   SEN Elhadji Pape Diaw (on loan from Rukh Lviv)
16 GK   FRA Alexis Sauvage
18 DF   FRA Rémy Duterte
20 FW   FRA Sébastien Da Silva
21 FW   FRA Steven Nsimba
22 DF   FRA Pierrick Cros
23 DF   POR Yohan Tavares
24 FW   ALG Zakaria Naidji (on loan from Paradou AC)
25 DF   FRA Edson Seidou
27 MF   BEN Jordan Adéoti
39 DF   FRA Anthony Gonçalves
40 GK   FRA Théo Chatelain
- DF   ALG Hamza Mouali (on loan from Paradou AC)

Notable playersEdit

Below are the notable former players who have represented Laval in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1902. 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 Stade Laval players, see Category:Stade Lavallois players.



  1. ^ "#105 – Stade Lavallois : les Tangos" (in French). Footnickname. 6 June 2020. Retrieved 17 September 2022.
  2. ^ "Stade Laval promoted to Ligue 2". Get French Football News. 2 May 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  3. ^ a b "Laval sacré champion de National, bataille entre Annecy et Villefranche pour la montée directe" [Laval crowned champion of the National, battle between Annecy and Villefranche for direct promotion]. RMC Sport (in French). 6 May 2022. Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Effectif 2020-2021" (in French). Stade Lavallois. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  5. ^ France – Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs
  6. ^ "Stade lavallois. François Ciccolini et Laval, le divorce bientôt officialisé" (in French). 6 February 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2019.