AC Ajaccio

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Ajaccio
AC Ajaccio logo.svg
Full nameAthletic Club Ajaccien
Nickname(s)L'ours (The Bears) [1]
Founded1910;112 years ago (1910)
Ground Stade François Coty
Capacity10,446
OwnerHolding Ajaccio Imperial Corse Investissement
PresidentChristian Leca
Head coach Olivier Pantaloni
League Ligue 1
2021–22 Ligue 2, 2nd of 20 (promoted)
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Athletic Club Ajaccio (Corsican : Athletic Club Aiacciu), commonly referred to as AC Ajaccio, ACA or simply Ajaccio, is a French association football club based in the city of Ajaccio on the island of Corsica. The club was founded in 1910 and plays in Ligue 1. The club president is Christian Leca, and the first-team is coached by manager Olivier Pantaloni, [2] following the sacking of Christian Bracconi in October 2014. [3] Ajaccio play their home matches at the Stade François Coty and are rivals with fellow Corsican club Bastia, with whom they contest the Corsica derby (Derby Corse).

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Historical information

Depending on sources, it is agreed that Ajaccio began playing in 1909–10. Their adopted colors are red and white stripes. Though they used to play in what was previously utilised as a sand dump, they decided to move to another, cleaner, safer stadium upon the insistence of Jean Lluis, father-in-law of club president Louis Baretti. The new stadium that was chosen held 5,000 spectators and was in use until 1969.

AC Ajaccio were elected Corsican champions on eight occasions, in 1920, 1921, 1934, 1939, 1948, 1950, 1955 and 1964, and are one of three big "island" teams, along with Gazélec Ajaccio and Bastia, the competition between the three being kept no secret. Spectators during the 1946 Corsican Cup final, held between A.C.A. and Sporting Bastia were handed umbrellas to shield themselves from the violence. Upon refusal of a penalty which would have been awarded to ACA, violence erupted between the fans, who used umbrellas both to cause and shield themselves from violence. This final was abandoned and replayed much later.

A.C.A. became a professional team in 1965 thanks to the ambitious efforts of the club's leaders. They initially adopted the symbol of the polar bear, but this has since been dropped in favour of a more stylised logo that uses a part of the Corsican flag.

In 1967, the team became the first Corsican club to play in France's top division. They were most recently in Ligue 1 in the 2013–14 season, when they were relegated after finishing in last place, following a spell of three seasons in the top flight; the drop was confirmed with defeat at neighbours Bastia. [4]

In November 2014, Olivier Pantaloni returned for a third spell as manager. [5] His team came third in 2017–18, qualifying for the play-offs, where they beat Le Havre in a semi-final marred by violence on and off the pitch, [6] before losing the final to Toulouse. [7] The club were denied promotion in 2019–20 when the season was curtailed with ten games remaining due to the coronavirus pandemic; Ajaccio were one point off the top two, who were the only ones to go up as the play-offs could not be contested. [8] In the 2021-2022 Ligue 2 season, Ajaccio were promoted back to Ligue 1 after finishing second. [9]

Players

Current squad

As of 12 October 2022 [10] [11]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of France.svg  FRA Benjamin Leroy
2 DF Flag of Guadeloupe (local).svg  GLP Mickaël Alphonse
3 DF Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  CIV Ismaël Diallo
4 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Mickaël Barreto
5 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Riad Nouri
6 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Mathieu Coutadeur (captain)
7 FW Flag of France.svg  FRA Mounaïm El Idrissy
8 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Vincent Marchetti (vice-captain)
9 FW Flag of Tunisia.svg  TUN Yoann Touzghar
11 FW Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  CGO Bevic Moussiti-Oko
14 FW Flag of Burkina Faso.svg  BFA Cyrille Bayala
15 DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Clément Vidal
16 GK Flag of France.svg  FRA François-Joseph Sollacaro
17 FW Flag of France.svg  FRA Romain Hamouma
No.Pos.NationPlayer
18 FW Flag of Burkina Faso.svg  BFA Kouamé Botué
19 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Alassane N'Diaye
20 MF Flag of the Comoros.svg  COM Mohamed Youssouf
21 DF Flag of Guadeloupe (local).svg  GLP Cédric Avinel
22 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Yanis Cimignani
23 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Thomas Mangani
25 DF Flag of Cameroon.svg  CMR Oumar Gonzalez
27 MF Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg  SUI Kevin Spadanuda
29 FW Flag of France.svg  FRA Florian Chabrolle
30 GK Flag of France.svg  FRA Ghjuvanni Quilichini
44 DF Flag of the Comoros.svg  COM Chaker Alhadhur
77 DF Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  CGO Fernand Mayembo
92 FW Flag of Algeria.svg  ALG Youcef Belaïli
99 DF Flag of Mali.svg  MLI Youssouf Koné (on loan from Lyon )

Out on loan

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
DF Flag of Gabon.svg  GAB Sidney Obissa (at Villefranche until 30 June 2023)

Notable past players

For a complete list of AC Ajaccio players, see Category:AC Ajaccio players.

Reserve squad

As of 12 October 2020. [12]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
GK Flag of France.svg  FRA Dumenicu Borelli
GK Flag of France.svg  FRA Lucas Marsella
DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Pierre-Joseph Bucchini
DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Théo Emmanuelli
DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Baptiste Susini
MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Lucien Alessandri
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Mala Baro
MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Paul-Behe Leonardi
MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Pierre-Ange De Franchi
MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Noé Messin
FW Flag of France.svg  FRA Florian Danho
FW Flag of France.svg  FRA Zakariya Naili

Club Officials

As of 6 November 2014
PositionStaff
President Flag of France.svg Christian Leca
Sports coordinator Flag of France.svg Johan Cavalli
Sporting Director Flag of France.svg Patrick Vernet
Manager Flag of France.svg Olivier Pantaloni
Assistant Manager Flag of France.svg Jordan Galtier
Goalkeeping Coach Flag of France.svg Thierry Debès
Fitness Coach Flag of France.svg Tom Frère
Youth Coach Flag of France.svg Damien Tibéri
Doctor Flag of France.svg Guillaume Llotito
Physiotherapist Flag of France.svg Jean-Xavier Stefanaggi
Flag of Italy.svg Florian Renucci
Flag of Italy.svg Ghjuvan Andria Piereschi
Intendent Flag of Italy.svg Jean-André Paccioni

Coaches

Honours

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