US Lusitanos Saint-Maur

Union Sportive Luistanos Saint-Maur or US Lusitanos Saint-Maur is a French football club based in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, Val-de-Marne, the southeastern suburbs of Paris.

US Lusitanos Saint-Maur
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Full nameUnion Sportive Lusitanos Saint-Maur
Nickname(s)Les Lusitanos
Founded1966
GroundStade Adolphe-Chéron,
Saint-Maur-des-Fossés
Capacity3,500
ChairmanArthur Machado
ManagerAdérito Moreira
LeagueNational 2 Group B
2021–22National 2 Group B, 6th
WebsiteClub website

The club was founded in 1966 by Portuguese immigrants who worked in a factory in the town. They play their games at the Stade Adolphe-Chéron. They have twice reached the Championnat National, the third level of French football, and in 2002 they reached the round of 16 in the Coupe de France.

As of the 2017–18 season, the club plays in Championnat National 2, the fourth level of French football.

HistoryEdit

US Lusitanos Saint-Maur was founded in 1966 by José Lebre, amongst the Portuguese immigrant community in the town of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés. Initially the club consisted entirely of first generation Portuguese, but before long it needed to recruit second generation immigrants with French nationality in order to expand.

In 1975 Armand Lopes, one of the sponsors of the club, took over and set goals for the club to rise up to the national leagues within five years. This took longer than planned, but they arrived in the newly formed National 3 in 1993, as champions of the Division d'Honneur in the Paris region. They gained promotion to National 2 the following season, and two seasons later reached Championnat National the highest amateur division in the country.

After finishing fourth at the first attempt, the club moved up and down between the Championnat National and Championnat de France Amateur, as National 2 had now become. In the 2001–02 season, back in the Championnat National, they reached the last 16 of the Coupe de France, beating Ligue 1 side Girondins de Bordeaux in the round of 32.

They suffered another relegation back to the CFA in 2002, and due to a failed merger with US Créteil-Lusitanos and failure to properly register the team, they were administratively relegated to the Division Supérieure Régionale of the Paris region, effectively level seven of French football. They remained in regional football for more than a decade. In 2012 Arthur Machado was elected as president, restructuring the club.[1]

The club gained promotion again to Championnat de France Amateur 2 (level 5) in 2015 and to the CFA in 2016.

Current squadEdit

As at 22 February 2018.[2]

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 Revelino Anastase
GK   FRA Mickaël Ponzio
GK   FRA Tony Sébastiao
DF   FRA Alexandre de Oliveira Maia
DF   BRA Lucas
DF   FRA Tom Gaxotte-Fergon
DF   POR Barros Rafael Moreno
DF   FRA Allan Ramos
DF   FRA Mathieu Rangoly
DF   POR João Tiago Ribeiro da Fonseca
DF   POR Valter João Tavares Viegas
MF   POR João Barros Monteiro
MF   FRA Kévin Diaz
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   FRA Nathan Diyangi Konda
MF   FRA Rui Monteiro
MF   FRA Jonathan Ribadeira
MF   FRA Joël Saki
MF   CPV Airton Silva Nascimento
MF   FRA Yohan Taisson
FW   BRA Edilberto Cordeiro
FW   CPV Kisley
FW   FRA Brett Julian Mbalanda
FW   FRA Jérémy Meunier
FW   STP Jony Ramos
FW   GNB Leonel Ucha

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "50 anos de História" (in French). US Lusitanos Saint-Maur Official Site. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Lusitanos St Maur US" (in French). scoresway.com. Retrieved 22 February 2018.