US Créteil-Lusitanos

Union Sportive Créteil-Lusitanos (commonly referred to as US Créteil or USC) is a French football club based in Créteil, a southeastern suburb of Paris. The club was founded in 1936 and currently play in the Championnat National 2, the fourth division of French football. The football club forms part of an omnisports club that is also known for its handball team.

US Créteil
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Full nameUnion Sportive Créteil-Lusitanos
Nickname(s)Les Béliers (The Rams)
Les Cristoliens (The Créteiliens)
USC
Founded1936; 84 years ago (1936)
GroundStade Dominique Duvauchelle,
Créteil
Capacity12,150
ChairmanArmand Lopes
ManagerCarlos Secretário
LeagueChampionnat National
2018–19National 2 Group D, 1st (promoted)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

US Créteil was founded in 1936 as an omnisports club and have a rich history, despite achieving minimal honours.

The club has won the Division d'Honneur on two occasions in 1962 and 1986. In 1987, Créteil were crowned champions of the now-defunct Division 4 and, a year later, captured the Division 3 title. The club's best finish in the prestigious Coupe de France was during the 1985–86 edition of the competition when the team reached the quarter-finals. For eight consecutive seasons (1999–2007), Créteil played in Ligue 2, the second division of French football. It returned to Ligue 2 in the 2013-2014 season. In 2018, the club was relegated to the Championnat National 2.

The team is affectionately known as Les Béliers ("The Rams") or Les Cristoliens, the name given to the inhabitants of Créteil.

HistoryEdit

Association football ventured to the city of Créteil relatively late compared to other communes located in and around Paris. The first club to enter the fray was Club Sportif de Créteil. However, the club was considered unstable from the start and was declared unofficial as the city was attempting to replicate the passion and heart clubs such as Red Star 93, CA Paris-Charenton, and Racing Club de France displayed in nearby communes. The declaration soon came to fruition following the foundation of Union Sportive Créteil in 1936 by a man commonly known as M. Hemon. Créteil spent almost 30 years hovering in the lower divisions. During this time, the football club played its home matches at the Stade Desmont, which seated only 800 spectators. Under the leadership of B. Hainque, Créteil reached the Championnat de France amateur in 1962. The team then proceeded to falter back into the Promotion d'Honneur before reaching the Division d'Honneur in the new decade.

 
Créteil and Bordeaux lining up at the Stade Dominique Duvauchelle in 2012

Créteil were a lucky beneficiary in 1978 when the French Football Federation announced the creation of the Division 4. The club was promoted to the new league despite its 7th-place finish in the Division d'Honneur the previous season. The team's shaky form showed as they were in dead last after ten matches were contested. By the end of the season, Créteil were back in the Division d'Honneur. In 1983, the club moved into its new stadium, the Stade Dominique Duvauchelle, after having spent almost 50 years at the Stade Desmont. Two years later, under the guidance of the city's deputy mayor Laurent Cathala, Union Sportive Créteil merged with the Créteil omnisports club in order to give the city a better sporting identity. The club's main sports became football, swimming, athletics, and cycling.

US Créteil spent the 2000s between the third division and Ligue 2 before being relegated back to Championnat de France National. In the 2012/2013 season, the club was promoted back to Ligue 2 and they reached the round of 16 in the 2012 Coupe de France competition before being eliminated by Girondins de Bordeaux. In 2016, the club was relegated from Ligue 2 back to the Championnat National. In 2018, US Créteil were relegated to the Championnat National 2 after finishing bottom of the table.[1][2] On 27 May 2019, Créteil were promoted back to the Championnat de France National after finishing as champions of the Championnat National 2 Group D.[3]

SupportersEdit

The club has a small but loyal and fanatical fan-base, mostly from Val-de-Marne, the southern and eastern suburbs of Paris. The club has two ultras groups; Urban Devils founded in 2002, later re-formed in 2005 and Kop de Banlieue founded in 2004. The fans are known as the Cristoliens, inhabitants of Créteil.

Despite playing in a modern facility, the club's level attendance is very low, averaging only around 500 spectators during the Championnat National years, although after promotion that number has risen to around 2500 per game in Ligue 2.[4]

The club has rivalries with Red Star F.C. and Paris FC,[5] with whom they contest the Parisian derbies.

AttendancesEdit

Average attendances:[4][6][7]

StadiumEdit

Créteil play its home matches at the 12,000-seat Stade Dominique Duvauchelle, named after Dominique Duvauchelle, a local sports journalist from the city of Créteil.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 13 September 2019[8]

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 Stephane Veron
2   DF Alain Logombe
4   DF Mady Soaré
5   DF Zakaria Belkouche
6   MF Christopher Baptista
7   FW Maxime Ras
8   MF Abdelmalek Mokdad
9   FW Yannis Dogo
10   MF Jason Buaillon
11   FW Mamadou Diallo
12   DF Hugo Muxa
15   MF Matthias Llambrich
16   GK Over Mandanda
No. Position Player
17   DF Axel Dauchy
18   FW Teddy Okou
19   FW Ryad Habbas
20   DF Jacques-Antoine Pelletier
21   DF Alexandre Pardal
22   DF Yamadou Fofana
23   MF Loïc Baal
25   DF Maxime De Taddeo
26   MF Geraud N'Selé
27   MF Fábio Pereira
28   FW Karim Bouhmidi
30   GK Vivien Cédille

Reserve squadEdit

As of 9 April 2019[9]

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

No. Position Player
  GK Cédric Babel
  GK Wahmey Ahissou
  DF Lukas Matuba Lema
  DF Jonas Célestine
  DF Mamadou Bilaly Diarra
  DF Vinéa Koubemba
  DF Lucas Larade
  DF Alan Tankeu
  MF Rochdi Izem
  MF Modibo Haïdara
No. Position Player
  MF Geraud NSele
  MF Diambéré Diarra
  MF Ibou Sow
  MF Mohamed Traoré
  MF Oumar Coulibaly
  MF Mohamed Soumahoro
  MF Abdeslam Boujenfa
  FW Rachid Marwane
  FW Bilal Cissé
  FW Aiman Bani


Former playersEdit

For a complete list of former US Créteil-Lusitanos players with a Wikipedia article, see here.

ManagersEdit

Current coaching staffEdit

As of 27 June 2014.[10]
Position Name Nationality
Manager Yann Lachuer   French
Assistant manager Francis de Percin   French
Assistant manager Jean-Michel Bridier   French
Goalkeeping coach Jean-Pascal Beaufreton   French
Physiotherapist Olivier Roussey   French
Medical Doctor Nicolas Bompard   French
Intendant Amandio Adubeiro   Portuguese

Managerial historyEdit

US Créteil-Lusitanos has had numerous managers and caretaker managers since the club's foundation in 1936. The list below begins with the club's managers since 1986.

Manager Créteil career Major Honours
  Jean-Marc Komano 1986–88 Won Division 4 and Division 3.
  Philippe Redon 1988–89, 1989–90
  Philippe Troussier 1989
  Ruben Umpierrez 1989
  Fathi Chebel 1989
  Jacky Lemée 1990–92
  Marc Collat 1992–95
  Robert Buiges 1995–96
  Pierre Garcia 1996–97
  Bernard Simondi 1997–99 Achieved promotion to Ligue 2.
  Gernot Rohr 1999–00
  Laurent Roussey 2000–01
  Slaviša Vukićević 2001
  Ladislas Lozano 2001–02
  Noël Tosi 2002–03
  Jean-Michel Bridier 2003, 2004
  Jean-Michel Cavalli 2003–04
  Guy David 2004–05
  Albert Rust 2006
  Olivier Frapolli 2006, 2008–09
  Artur Jorge 2006–07
  Thierry Goudet 2007–08
  Laurent Fournier 2009–10
  Hubert Velud 2010–2011
  Jean-Luc Vasseur 2011–2014 Won the 2012–13 Championnat National
  Philippe Hinschberger 2014
  Thierry Froger 2014–2015
  Laurent Roussey 2015–Unknown
  Stéphane Le Mignan 2017–Present
Managers in italics were hired as caretakers

HonoursEdit

  • Championnat National
    • Champions (1): 2013
  • Division 4 (CFA 2)
    • Champions (1): 1987, 2019
  • Division d'Honneur (Île-de-France)
    • Champions (2): 1962, 1986
  • Coupe de Paris - Ile de France
    • Champions (1) 1998

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://frenchfootballweekly.com/2017/04/25/paris-fc-and-red-star-mean-paris-is-more-than-psg/
  2. ^ http://www.leparisien.fr/sports/ile-de-france/national-creteil-conserverait-son-president-malgre-une-relegation-20-04-2018-7673967.php
  3. ^ "L'US CRÉTEIL LUSITANOS CHAMPION DES CHAMPIONS DE NATIONAL 2 !". www.actufoot.com.
  4. ^ a b Ligue1.com - French Football League - Domino's Ligue 2 - Attendances
  5. ^ Créteil - Paris FC : Match et incident en photos
  6. ^ Classement National 2010 / 2011
  7. ^ http://www.foot-national.com/2017-2018-classement-national-type-domicile-spectateur-journees-1-38.html
  8. ^ "EFFECTIF NATIONAL". uscl.fr. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  9. ^ "EFFECTIF NATIONAL 3" (in French). US Créteil-Lusitanos. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  10. ^ Staff technique
  11. ^ Palmarès - US Créteil 1936

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