US Créteil-Lusitanos

Union Sportive Créteil-Lusitanos (commonly referred to as US Créteil, USC, or simply Créteil) 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 level of French football. The football club forms part of an omnisports club that is also known for its handball team.

Créteil
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Full nameUnion Sportive Créteil-Lusitanos
Nickname(s)Les Béliers (The Rams)
Les Cristoliens (The Créteiliens)
USC
Founded1936; 86 years ago (1936)
GroundStade Dominique Duvauchelle
Capacity12,150
ChairmanArmand Lopes
ManagerStéphane Masala
LeagueNational 2 Group B
2021–22Championnat National, 17th of 18 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

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 2013–14 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 2002, the club merged with its neighbor Lusitanos, from Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, changing its name to the current Créteil-Lusitanos.

In the 2012–13 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 National after finishing as champions of the Championnat National 2 Group D.[3] They were relegated in May 2022, finishing 17th in the 2021–22 season.[4]

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.[5]

The club has rivalries with Red Star F.C. and Paris FC,[6] with whom they contest the Parisian derbies.

AttendancesEdit

Average attendances:[5][7][8]

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 17 July 2022.[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   COD Riffi Mandanda
2 DF   CMR Pierre-Daniel N'Guinda
3 DF   GLP Kelly Irep
4 DF   FRA Mady Soaré
5 DF   FRA Zakaria Belkouche
7 FW   POR Alexis Araujo
8 MF   ALG Abdelmalek Mokdad
10 MF   FRA Christopher Baptista
12 DF   FRA Julien Serrano
13 MF   FRA Abdessalem Boujenfa
16 GK   FRA Romain Cagnon
17 FW   FRA Kamel Chergui
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF   FRA Richard Richecard (on loan from Marseille)
19 MF   FRA Younes Aouladzian
20 DF   SEN Elhadj Dabo
21 MF   CTA Axel Urie
22 DF   FRA Yamadou Fofana
23 FW   FRA Victor Glaentzlin
26 DF   MLI Mahamadou N'Diaye
27 MF   POR Fábio Pereira
30 GK   FRA Léonard Aggoune
33 MF   GUF Thomas Némouthé
MF   MLI Ismaël Keïta
FW   ALG Nadjib Baouia

Reserve squadEdit

As of 9 April 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 Cédric Babel
GK   FRA Wahmey Ahissou
DF   FRA Lukas Matuba Lema
DF   FRA Jonas Célestine
DF   FRA Mamadou Bilaly Diarra
DF   FRA Vinéa Koubemba
DF   FRA Lucas Larade
DF   FRA Alan Tankeu
MF   FRA Rochdi Izem
MF   FRA Modibo Haïdara
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   FRA Geraud NSele
MF   FRA Diambéré Diarra
MF   SEN Ibou Sow
MF   FRA Mohamed Traoré
MF   MLI Oumar Coulibaly
MF   FRA Mohamed Soumahoro
MF   FRA Abdeslam Boujenfa
FW   FRA Rachid Marwane
FW   FRA Bilal Cissé
FW   FRA 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.[11]
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 2017–2018
  Carlos Secretário 2018–2020
  Richard Déziré 2020–2021[12]
  Emmanuel Da Costa 2021–2022[13]
  Stéphane Masala 2022–[14]
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. ^ "Paris FC and Red Star mean Paris is more than PSG". 25 April 2017.
  2. ^ "National : Créteil continuerait avec le même président, malgré une relégation". 20 April 2018.
  3. ^ "L'US CRÉTEIL LUSITANOS CHAMPION DES CHAMPIONS DE NATIONAL 2 !". www.actufoot.com.
  4. ^ "National. Pourquoi Créteil, Chambly et Boulogne sont déjà relégués" (in French). footamateur.fr. 4 May 2022.
  5. ^ a b Ligue1.com - French Football League - Domino's Ligue 2 - Attendances
  6. ^ Créteil - Paris FC : Match et incident en photos
  7. ^ Classement National 2010 / 2011
  8. ^ "Archived copy". www.foot-national.com. Archived from the original on 2017-12-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "EFFECTIF NATIONAL". uscl.fr. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  10. ^ "EFFECTIF NATIONAL 3" (in French). US Créteil-Lusitanos. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  11. ^ Staff technique
  12. ^ "Coupe de France. L'US Créteil vire (déjà) Richard Déziré !" (in French). footamateur.fr. 25 February 2021.
  13. ^ "National. Manu Da Costa nouvel entraîneur de l'US Créteil" (in French). footamateur.fr. 15 March 2021.
  14. ^ "Football. National 2 : L'ancien entraîneur des Herbiers Stéphane Masala file à Créteil" [Football. National 2: Former Les Herbiers manager Stéphane Masala signs for Créteil]. Ouest-France (in French). 30 May 2022. Retrieved 19 June 2022.
  15. ^ Palmarès - US Créteil 1936

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