Amiens SC

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Amiens
Amiens SC Logo.svg
Full nameAmiens Sporting Club
Nickname(s)Les Licornes (The Unicorns)
Founded1901; 118 years ago (1901)
GroundStade de la Licorne
Capacity12,097
PresidentBernard Joannin
Head coachLuka Elsner
LeagueLigue 1
2018–19Ligue 1, 15th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Amiens Sporting Club (French pronunciation: ​[amjɛ̃]; commonly referred to as Amiens SC or simply Amiens) is a French association football club based in the northern city of Amiens in the Hauts-de-France region. The club was formed in 1901 and play in Ligue 1, the top level of French football. The club plays its home matches at the Stade de la Licorne located within the city. The 2017–18 Ligue 1 season was the first in the club's 116-year history, where they finished in 13th place to secure a position in Ligue 1 for the following year. Amiens have never won a major trophy.[1][2]

History[edit]

Amiens Athlétic Club (AAC) was set up in 1901 by a group of players from the Association du Lycée d'Amiens, French schoolboy champions in 1902, 1903, and 1904. AAC crushed its very first opponents, Saint-Quentin, 13–0 a few months after its creation. In April 1902, the Comité de Picardie de l'U.S.F.S.A was established by the then-president of the AAC (Henri-Frédéric Petit). AAC dominated the early USFSA league for the first 12 seasons. In 1909, the club got a new ground, at the Henry Daussy Park, allowing an attendance of more than 1,000.

In 1933, the club got its first professional section, later abandoned in 1952, before becoming professional again in 1993. Since the early days, AAC has undergone two name changes: In 1961, to Sporting Club d'Amiens, and in 1989, as Amiens Sporting Club. Amiens played in Ligue 2 between 2001–2009.

The team made a return to the second tier of French football for the 2016–2017 season, after finishing 3rd in the Championnat National. Their first season back in Ligue 2 was the most successful ever, as they finished runners-up and were promoted to top-tier Ligue 1 for the first time ever. It was a dramatic promotion, too, as they would have dropped out of the promotion places but for a last-gasp winning goal in the final game against Reims.[3][4] Amiens first season in Ligue 1 ended in survival with a comfortable 13th placed finish on the table.[5]

In the 2018/2019 season, Amiens finished in 15th place on the table and secured their survival after a 2-1 victory over already relegated EA Guingamp.[6]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 September 2019.[7]

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

No. Position Player
1 France GK Régis Gurtner (vice-captain)
2 France DF Prince-Désir Gouano (3rd captain)
3 Italy DF Arturo Calabresi (on loan from Bologna)
5 France MF Eddy Gnahoré
6 France MF Thomas Monconduit (captain)
7 Iran FW Saman Ghoddos
8 South Africa MF Bongani Zungu
9 France FW Serhou Guirassy
10 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Gaël Kakuta
11 Colombia MF Juan Ferney Otero
12 Mali DF Bakaye Dibassy
13 France DF Christophe Jallet
14 Norway DF Haitam Aleesami
15 Senegal FW Moussa Konaté
16 France GK Matthieu Dreyer
17 France MF Alexis Blin
No. Position Player
18 France DF Sanasi Sy
19 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Chadrac Akolo (on loan from VfB Stuttgart)
20 Colombia FW Stiven Mendoza
21 Poland MF Rafał Kurzawa
22 France MF Madih Talal
23 Sweden FW Jack Lahne
24 France MF Mathieu Bodmer
25 France DF Jordan Lefort
27 Cameroon DF Aurélien Chedjou
28 Mali FW Fousseni Diabaté (on loan from Leicester City)
29 France FW Quentin Cornette
30 Cameroon GK Boris Essele
35 France DF Valentin Gendrey
36 France MF Jayson Papeau
38 France MF Ulrick Eneme Ella
39 France MF Jonathan Bumbu

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Ivory Coast MF Cheick Timité (on loan to Paris FC)
France MF Gaoussou Traoré (on loan to Quevilly-Rouen)

Notable former players[edit]

Below are the notable former players who have represented Amiens and its predecessors in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1901. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 80 official matches for the club.

For a list of former Amiens players, see Category:Amiens SC players.

Managers[edit]

Honours[edit]

  • Division d'Honneur (Nord)
    • Champions (4): 1924, 1927, 1957, 1963
  • Division d'Honneur (Picardie)
    • Champions (2): 1920, 1921
  • USFSA League (Picardie)
    • Champions (11): 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Neymar watches on as Cavani and Pastore seal PSG victory". Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  2. ^ "ESPN.com Soccernet Europe: News - French Cup: Nantes close in on double". www.espnfc.com.au. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Ligue 1: Strasbourg and Amiens win promotion - Goal.com". Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Ligue 2: Strasbourg win title as Amiens promoted after 96th-minute winner". 20 May 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2018 – via www.bbc.com.
  5. ^ "Ligue1.com - Marseille miss out". www.ligue1.com.
  6. ^ "Amiens celebrate survival with victory". Ligue 1.
  7. ^ "Effectif" (in French). amiensfootball.com. Retrieved 3 August 2017.

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