Amiens
Full nameAmiens Sporting Club
Nickname(s)Les pourfendeurs de la LFP (The LFP slayers)
Founded1901; 120 years ago (1901)
GroundStade de la Licorne
Capacity12,097
PresidentBernard Joannin
Head coachOswald Tanchot
LeagueLigue 2
2020–2110th
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 2, the second division 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

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 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]

Despite this, during the 2019-2020 season with just 10 games to play, the side sat in 19th position having slipped down the table after a modest start, sitting just 4 points behind 18th placed Nîmes. The LFP suspended Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 indefinitely as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, and on 30 April 2020, the league title was awarded to Paris Saint-Germain and thus the bottom two placed teams, Amiens and Toulouse were automatically relegated to Ligue 2 for the 2020–21 season.[7]

Players

Current squad

As of 23 February 2021.[8]

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 France FRA Régis Gurtner (Vice-captain)
2 DF France FRA Prince-Désir Gouano (Captain)
4 DF Ghana GHA Nicholas Opoku (on loan from Udinese)
5 DF Mali MLI Molla Wagué (on loan from FC Nantes)
7 FW Burkina Faso BFA Abou Ouattara (on loan from Lille)
8 DF Senegal SEN Racine Coly (on loan from Nice)
9 FW Nigeria NGA Stephen Odey
10 MF France FRA Arnaud Lusamba
11 FW France FRA Adama Diakhaby
12 DF Ghana GHA Emmanuel Lomotey
13 DF Guadeloupe GLP Mickaël Alphonse
16 GK Guadeloupe GLP Yohann Thuram-Ulien
17 MF France FRA Alexis Blin
21 DF Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Nathan Monzango
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 MF France FRA Iron Gomis
23 MF Senegal SEN Amadou Ciss
24 MF Ivory Coast CIV Cheick Timité
25 DF Portugal POR Rafael Fonseca
26 MF France FRA Jayson Papeau
27 FW France FRA Mustapha Sangaré
28 MF France FRA Gaoussou Traoré
30 GK France FRA Grégoire Coudert
31 MF France FRA Mathis Lachuer
32 FW France FRA Darell Tokpa
34 MF Morocco MAR Ayman Ouhatti
35 DF France FRA Valentin Gendrey
36 FW France FRA Florian Bianchini

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. Nation Player
MF Democratic Republic of the Congo COD Chadrac Akolo (on loan at SC Paderborn)
MF France FRA Jonathan Bumbu (on loan at Boulogne)
MF France FRA Eddy Gnahoré (on loan at Wuhan Zall)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Morocco MAR Driss Khalid (on loan at Orléans)
MF South Africa RSA Bongani Zungu (on loan at Rangers)

Current technical staff

Position Name
Head coach Slovenia Luka Elsner
Assistant Coaches FranceAlgeria Abder Ramdane
France Romain Poyet
Fitness Coaches France Léo Djaoui
France Simon Lucq
Physiotherapist France Bakasso Diaby
France Bruno Stefanczyk
Goalkeeping Coach France Nicolas Dehon
Club Doctor France Christophe Carpentier
Podologist France Nathalie Metais
Osteopath France Martin Galand

Notable former players

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

  • Hungary Ferenc Kónya (1933–34)
  • France Jules Limbeck (1934–35)
  • France Raymond Demey (1935–36)
  • France Louis Finot (1942–43)
  • Denmark Kaj Andrup (1945–46)
  • France Illiet (1946–47)
  • France Mony Braunstein (1947–48)
  • France André Riou (1950–51)
  • France Édouard Harduin (1958–59)
  • France Jean Mankowski (1959–60)
  • France Emilien Méresse (1960–67)
  • France Lautié (1967–68)
  • France Emilien Méresse (1968)
  • France André Grillon (1968–77)
  • France Robert Buchot (1977–79)
  • France Paul Pruvost (1979 – December 79)
  • France Robert Buchot (December 1979–80)
  • France Claude Le Roy and Paul Pruvost (1980–81)
  • France Claude Le Roy (1981–83)

Honours

References

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  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. ^ "Paris St-Germain awarded French title as season finished early". www.bbc.co.uk.
  8. ^ "Effectif" (in French). amiensfootball.com. Retrieved 3 August 2017.