Gazélec Ajaccio

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GFC Ajaccio
Gazélec Ajaccio logo.png
Full nameGazélec Football Club Ajaccio
Nickname(s)Le Gaz
Le Bistrot (The Bistro)
I diavuli rossi (The Devilish Reds)
Les Gaziers
Founded1910; 109 years ago (1910)
GroundStade Ange Casanova
Ajaccio (Corse-du-Sud)
Capacity8,000
PresidentOlivier Miniconi
CoachFrançois Ciccolini
LeagueChampionnat National
2018–19Ligue 2, 18th (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Gazélec Football Club Ajaccio (Corsican: Gazélec Football Club Aiacciu), commonly referred to as GFC Ajaccio, GFCA, Gazélec Ajaccio or simply Gazélec (French: [ɡazelɛk]), is a French football club from Ajaccio, Corsica. Founded in 1910, Gazélec play in the Championnat National, the third tier of football in France.

History[edit]

Gazélec are best known for reaching the semi-finals of the 2011-12 Coupe de France, in which they hosted later home games at the larger Stade François Coty, home of AC Ajaccio. On 15 May 2015, Gazélec were promoted to Ligue 1 for the first time in the club's history, following a 3–2 win over Niort with two goals by John Tshibumbu. It was their second consecutive promotion and fourth in five years. Gazelec Ajaccio started off the 2015-16 Ligue 1 season as one of the smallest teams to compete in the divisions history. [1]. On 24 October 2015, Gazelec recorded their first ever win in Ligue 1 with a 3–1 victory over Nice. At the end of the season, Gazelec were relegated to Ligue 2 after finishing 19th on the table. [2] [3]

Honours[edit]

  • Ligue 2 Runner-up (1) : 2014-15
  • French Amateur Champions: 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968.
  • Corsican Champions: 1937, 1938, 1956, 1957, 1961.
  • CFA Champions: 2003, 2011.

Rivalries[edit]

The club has rivalries with the other two Corsican professional clubs: SC Bastia and AC Ajaccio which plays the Ajaccio Derby with Gazélec. For many years, Gazélec played in a lower division than their city rivals.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 7 September 2019.[4]

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 Arnaud Balijon
3 Nigeria DF Ibrahim Usman
4 France DF Rodéric Filippi
5 France DF Ahmed Guettaf
6 France DF Grégoire Pineau
7 France FW Keelan Lebon (on loan from Paris FC)
8 France MF Virgile Piechocki
9 France FW Maxime Pélican
10 Senegal MF Mayoro N'Doye
11 France FW Stanley Segarel
12 Ivory Coast DF Zié Diabaté
16 France GK Cyril Fogacci
No. Position Player
18 France DF Dominique Guidi
19 Belgium FW David Pollet
20 France DF Anthony Lippini
21 France FW Steeve Beusnard
23 France MF Julien Anziani
24 France DF Paul-Antoine Finidori
26 France MF Clément Goguey
27 France MF Thibault Campanini
28 France DF Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi
29 France FW Scott Kyei (on loan from Reims)
30 France GK Clément Maury
Guinea DF Fodé Camara (on loan from Olympiacos)

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/football/french-ligue-1-gazelec-ajaccio-complete-fairytale-rise-from-obscurity-to-win-promotion/news-story/f50fe8cae16592fcec41f72ec8a0eace
  2. ^ http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11800/10042729/ligue-1-round-up
  3. ^ http://www.ligue1.com/club/gazelec-fc-ajaccio
  4. ^ "Le Groupe Professionnel". gfca-foot.com. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Ajaccio GFC : Ciccolini nommé entraîneur (off)" (in French). foot-national.com. 18 June 2019.