Tours FC

Tours Football Club, commonly referred to as simply Tours (French pronunciation: ​[tuʁ]), is a French association football club based in Tours, the capital city of the Indre-et-Loire department. The club was formed in 1919 and currently play in Championnat National 3, the fifth level of French football. Tours plays its home matches at the Stade de la Vallée du Cher located within the city. The team is managed by Michel Estevan and captained by defender Rodéric Filippi.

Tours
Tours FC logo
Full nameTours Football Club
Nickname(s)TFC
Founded1951; 69 years ago (1951)
GroundStade de la Vallée du Cher,
Tours, France
Capacity16,247
ChairmanJean-Marc Ettori
ManagerMichel Estevan
LeagueNational 3 Group C
2019–20National 3 Group C, 1st (denied promotion)
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

Tours Football Club was founded in 1919 as under the name AS Docks-du-Centre. After two years of playing under the moniker, the club changed its name to AS du Centre. The club spent 30 years under the name as French football entered professionalism in the 1930s. In 1951, the club changed its name again to the current Tours FC. Under the Tours emblem, the club achieved success in its infancy reaching the Round of 64 in the Coupe de France thanks to player-coach Alfred Aston that same year.

 
FC Tours historical logo

Tours was promoted to the first division in 1980. Prior to the start of the season, the club signed prolific striker Delio Onnis from Monaco. Onnis improved the club's attack significantly over the next three years and departing the club in 1983 after Tours suffered relegation. During Onnis' stint between 1980–83, Tours twice reached the semi-finals of the Coupe de France in 1982 and 1983.[1][2] The club was eliminated on both occasions by Paris Saint-Germain. In 1984, Tours quickly returned to the first division after winning Division 2 title. However, after one season, the club returned to the lower league. Tours have yet to manage a return to Ligue 1.[3]

During the club's current absence from Ligue 1, Tours fell to the Championnat National, the third division of French football, after finishing dead last in the 2006–07 season. During the season, Albert Falette, the club manager for eight years was removed from his position. At the end of the season, the club released or sold almost all its players, including captain David Fleurival. The club only kept long-time goalkeeper Armand Raimbault and young prospect Rudy Wendling. The long-term outlook strategy paid off with the club finishing second in the 2007–08 National season, thus returning to Ligue 2, where the club remained for ten years until relegated to Championnat National following a last place finish in the 2017-2018 campaign.

The club were relegated again at the end of the 2018–19 Championnat National season, and were further relegated administratively by the DNCG, confirmed by appeal on 11 July 2019, forcing them to play at the fifth level Championnat National 3 in the 2019–20 season.[4]

In April 2020, after the truncation of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tours expected to be promoted back to Championnat National 2, due to being placed top of their group at the time the season was stopped.[5] However, on 15 June 2020, The DNCG committee of the FFF denied their promotion.[6] The decision was ratified by the appeal committee on 10 July 2020.[7]

Colours and logosEdit

 
Tours Coat of arms

Tours' crest is inspired by the city's coats of arms with three towers and a Fleur-de-lis. It bears the club's motto "Turonorum civitas libera", which means in Latin "Free city of Turones". Turones is the Celtic tribe, which gave its name to Tours. The motto was found engraved on a rock, which is now in the undergrounds of the Beaux Arts Museum located in the city.[8] The salamander is a reference to King François I.

StadiumEdit

Tours has been playing at the Stade de la Vallée du Cher since 1978. In 1979, the stadium's capacity was 22,000, but now only incorporates on 13,500. The stadium was built thanks to former mayor Jean Royer, as he wanted a decent venue for the club. Before the construction of the Vallée du Cher, Tours played its home matches at the Stade de Grammont.

SupportersEdit

In France, Tours is not a town fond of football because of the lack of football tradition. Moreover, supporters were disappointed of the club's poor results in the past. However, the accession to Ligue 2 in 2006 where they remained for 10 seasons created some interest in the city and audiences in the stadium are gradually increasing. There are currently three groups of supporters:

  • Amicale des supporters
  • Turons 1951
  • Les Diables Bleus

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 22 June 2019[9]

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   GUI Steeve Elana
2 MF   COD Distel Zola
3 MF   GUI Ousmane Baldé
4 DF   FRA Rodéric Filippi
5 DF   FRA Hugo Mesbah
7 MF   FRA Romain Bayard
8 MF   FRA Victor Lobry
10 MF   CMR Alexis Alégué (on loan from Nantes)
11 FW   FRA Béni Nkololo
12 MF   FRA Florian Fabre
16 GK   CMR Jules Goda
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 FW   FRA William Sea
20 DF   FRA Baptiste Etcheverria
21 MF   BFA Louckmane Ouédraogo
22 FW   FRA Stefano Caille
23 DF   FRA Cyriaque Louvion
24 FW   FRA Yann Mabella
25 MF   FRA Corentin Jacob (on loan from Brest)
28 FW   FRA Ulrich N'Nomo
29 DF   COM Akim Abdallah (on loan from Troyes)
MF   GAB Samson Mbingui

Reserve teamEdit

As of 18 March 2019[10]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
-- GK   FRA Florentin Bloch
-- DF   FRA Rafael Lubuisu
-- DF   FRA Bengaly Kaba-Soares
-- DF   FRA David Becquelin
-- DF   FRA William Tsobgni
-- DF   FRA Samy Lestringuez
-- DF   FRA Quentin Constanciel
-- DF   FRA Grégoire Chetaneau
-- MF   FRA Alexandre Ferreira
No. Pos. Nation Player
-- MF   FRA Djamile Lebon
-- MF   FRA Said Khaies
-- MF   FRA Rayan Benamara
-- MF   GAB Martin Mayoulou
-- MF   FRA Yanis Hamoudi
-- FW   FRA Alassane Tall
-- FW   FRA Thomas Berthelot
-- FW   FRA Xavier Grondin
-- FW   FRA Salah Bouzrara


Notable former playersEdit

Below are the notable former players who have represented Tours in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1919. 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 Tours FC players, see Category:Tours FC players.

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Coupe de France demi-finales 1982". French Football Federation. Archived from the original on 27 October 2005. Retrieved 12 April 2008.
  2. ^ "Coupe de France demi-finales 1983". French Football Federation. Archived from the original on 27 October 2005. Retrieved 12 April 2008.
  3. ^ "De l'AS du Centre au Tours FC". Tours FC. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 12 April 2008.
  4. ^ "DNCG. Tours et l'Athlético Marseille rétrogradés en National 3, Saint-Nazaire en Régional 1" (in French). footamateur.fr. 11 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Football : le Tours FC promu en National 2" (in French). La Nouvelle République. 16 April 2020.
  6. ^ "La DNCG interdit le Tours FC de monter en National 2 !". footamateur.fr. 15 June 2020.
  7. ^ "L'interdiction d'accession du Tours FC confirmée en appel" (in French). footamateur.fr. 10 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Tours antique – une ville derrière son rempart". Collège Montaigne de Tours. Archived from the original on 26 February 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2008.
  9. ^ "Effectif". toursfc.fr. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  10. ^ "TFC FORMATION NATIONAL 3" (in French). Tours FC. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  11. ^ "France – Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 April 2008.

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