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Football Club (French pronunciation: ​[valɑ̃sjɛn]; commonly known as Valenciennes or USVA) is a French association football club based in Valenciennes. The club was founded in 1913 and currently play in Ligue 2, the second tier of French football. Valenciennes
plays its home matches at the recently built Stade du Hainaut
Stade du Hainaut
located within the city.[1] Valenciennes
was founded under the name Union Sportive de Valenciennes Anzin (USVA). The club spent over 80 years playing under the name before switching to its current name. Valenciennes
has spent an equal amount of time playing in Ligue 1
Ligue 1
and Ligue 2
Ligue 2
having played 40 seasons in the first division and 36 seasons in the second division. The club has never won the first division, but has won Ligue 2
Ligue 2
on two occasions. Valenciennes
has also won the Championnat National
Championnat National
and the Championnat de France amateur
Championnat de France amateur
in 2005 and 1998, respectively. In 1951, the club made its first and only appearance in a Coupe de France final. From 2004–2011, Valenciennes
was presided over by Francis Decourrière, a former politician who served as a Member of the European Parliament
European Parliament
under the Social Democratic Party from 1994–1999 and later the Union pour la Démocratie Française (Union for French Democracy) from 1999–2004.[2] In 2011, Decourrière left the position and was replaced by Jean-Raymond Legrand.


1 History 2 Players

2.1 Current squad 2.2 Reserve squad 2.3 Notable players

3 Management and staff

3.1 Club officials 3.2 Managerial history

4 Honours 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] Valenciennes
Football Club was founded in 1913 by a group of young men known by surnames Colson, Joly, and Bouly. Due to the club having limited resources and its formation coinciding with the onset of World War I, Valenciennes
sought a consolidation between locals clubs in the city. The merger was completed in 1916 with the club changing its name to Union Sportive de Valenciennes
Anzin (USVA) in the process. Following the merger, the new club spent the ensuing 15 years playing the District de l'Escaut Championship. In July 1930, the National Council of the French Football Federation
French Football Federation
voted 128–20 in support of professionalism in French football. Valenciennes, under the leadership of president M. Le Mithouard, achieved professionalism in 1933 and were inserted into the second division. The club, subsequently, became founding members of the second division of French football. In the second division's inaugural season, Valenciennes
finished in 7th place in its group. In the following season, the league table was converted into a single table and Valenciennes
finished in 2nd-place position earning promotion to Division 1 as a result. During this period, the club was notably led by foreign players such as Englishmen Peter O'Dowd and George Gibson and the German-born attackers Édouard Waggi and Ignace Kowalczyk. In the club's first season in Division 1, Valenciennes
finished 15th place falling back to Division 2. The club finished equal on points with Red Star Olympique, but due to having less wins and a lesser goal difference, Valenciennes
were relegated. After suffering relegation, the club brought in a new president known by the surname of Turbot. Soon after arriving, Turbot released several of the club's international players and brought in the likes of Ernest Libérati to replace them. The transition was a success with the club earning promotion back to Division 1 in 1937. However, Valenciennes stint back in Division 1 was the equivalent of its first. The club finished in last place in the 1937–38 season and relegated back to Division 2. Due to World War II, Valenciennes
reverted to amateur status and spent three of the six seasons in wartime playing amateur league football. After the war, Valenciennes
turned professional again and were back in the second division. The club spent a decade in Division 2 before earning promotion the top-flight ahead of the 1956–57 season. Under manager Charles Demeillez, in 1951, Valenciennes
reached the final of the Coupe de France. In the final, the club faced Strasbourg and were humbled 3–0 at the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir
in the Colombes. In the club's return to Division 1, Valenciennes
finished in the latter part of the table for three consecutive seasons. In 1959, Valenciennes
reached the final of the Coupe Drago, but were defeated 3–2 in extra time by Lens at the Parc des Princes. In the 1959–60 season, Valenciennes
achieved its best finish in Division 1 after finishing 8th in the table. However, manager Robert Domergue was unable to keep the consistency as Valenciennes
finished 19th in the following season. Valenciennes, now being led by youngsters Bolec Kocik and Serge Masnaghetti, achieved promotion back to Division 1 after one season and spent the next nine years playing in Division 1. During the stint, Domergue led to club to its highest finish ever in the first division when the club finished 3rd in back-to-back seasons in 1965 and 1966. After the 1966 season, Domergue departed the club and he was replaced by Gaby Robert. Neither Robert or his successor Louis Provelli could match the consistency of Domergue and he returned to the club in 1970. In the club's first season back, Domergue led the club to relegation in 1971, got the club promoted back to the first division in 1972, and coached the club to relegation again in 1973. He departed after the season and was replaced by Jean-Pierre Destrumelle. After spending the early 1970s hovering between top flight and the second division, Destrumelle led the club back to Division 1 for the 1975–76 season. The manager had vast majority of talent in the club, most notably Bruno Metsu, Bruno Zaremba, Dominique Dropsy, and Didier Six and kept the club in the first division for his entire campaign, however, after finishing in 18th place in 1979, Dustremelle was fired and replaced by the combination of Erwin Wilczek and Bolek Tomowski. Under the duo, Valenciennes
lasted in Division 1 until the 1983 season. The club, subsequently, spent the next decade playing in Division 2 under five different managers, which led supporters to slowly become disassociated with the club.

FC against Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund
in 2011

From 1988–1991, Valenciennes
improved significantly under manager Georges Peyroche. Peyroche left the club in 1991 and Francis Smerecki was named as his replacement. In Smerecki's first season, he led the club back to Division 1. In the club's first season back, Valenciennes were involved in a bribing scandal that effectively dismantled the club for the next decade. The scandal, which involved Marseille midfielder Jean-Jacques Eydelie
Jean-Jacques Eydelie
and the club's general manager under the advisement of club chairman Bernard Tapie bribing Valenciennes players Christophe Robert, Jacques Glassmann, and Jorge Burruchaga, became headline news mainly due to Marseille being the most popular club in the country. It was asserted that the bribe was made in order for Valenciennes
players to "take it easy" on Marseille players with the latter club having to play in the 1993 UEFA Champions League Final against Italian club Milan just days later. Marseille beat Valenciennes
1–0 and went on to defeat Milan to become the first French club to win the European competition. After the plot was discovered, Robert admitted to accepting the bribe, Burruchaga admitted to initially agreeing to it, but later changing his mind, while Glassmann said he never agreed to the deal.[3] The subsequent reports of the scandal completely tarnished the Valenciennes's image and several players departed the club amid embarrassment and speculation that they were also involved in the plot. With the club now playing in Ligue 2, Valenciennes
was unable to cope with the damage instilled on it due to the scandal and finished dead last in the league, thus falling to the third division for the first time in the club's lifetime. Two seasons later, the club was relegated to the fourth division due to financial problems. Ahead of the 1996–97 season, the club dropped to amateur status after filing for bankruptcy. On 1 April 1996, the club was renamed Valenciennes
Football Club and finished in fifth place in its inaugural campaign under the name. In the following season, the fourth division was renamed to the Championnat de France amateur
Championnat de France amateur
and Valenciennes
became inaugural champions of the league. Over the next seven seasons, Valenciennes played in the Championnat National, excluding one season back in the CFA. In the 2004–05 season, the club won National and returned to the second division, now called Ligue 2. Surprisingly, after one season, Valenciennes
earned promotion back to the first division, now called Ligue 1, under the leadership of Antoine Kombouaré. After eight years in Ligue 1, the club was relegated to the second division in 2014. Because of this relegation, VAFC experienced financial problems and saw the return to the business of the former minister Jean-Louis Borloo. He saved the club of demotion to fourth division. Players[edit] Current squad[edit] As of 27 February 2018. [4][5] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.


Position Player


GK Nicolas Kocik


DF Baptiste Aloé


MF Eloge Enza Yamissi


DF Sikou Niakaté


MF Johann Ramaré


MF Thiago Xavier


MF Adil Azbague


DF Loïc Nestor


MF Gaëtan Robail
Gaëtan Robail
(on loan from Paris SG)


MF Sébastien Roudet
Sébastien Roudet


MF Sigamary Diarra


FW Jordan Tell
Jordan Tell
(on loan from Rennes)


DF Chérif Quenum


GK Damien Perquis


Position Player


DF Loris Néry


MF Lossémy Karaboué


MF Elhadj Dabo


FW Steve Ambri


DF Saliou Ciss
Saliou Ciss
(on loan from Angers)


MF Tony Mauricio


MF Lenny Nangis


DF Ahmed Kantari


DF Mehdi Tahrat
Mehdi Tahrat
(on loan from Angers)


FW Mehdy Guezoui


DF Laurent Dos Santos


FW Sloan Privat


GK Cyrille Merville


MF Julien Masson

Reserve squad[edit] As of 26 August 2017[6] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.


Position Player

GK Guillaume Bievez

GK Théo Châtelain

GK Florent Duparchy

DF David Bangala

DF Pierre Barremaecker

DF Yanis Benhamdane

DF Yanis Boucif

DF Gilian Dupire

DF Geoffrey Fatien

DF Anthony Goelzer

DF William Hervé

DF Hugo Leguennec

DF Allan Linguet

DF Abdoulaye Ousmane

DF Luca Pélissier

DF Hamady Traoré

MF Gaëtan Arib

MF William Baku

MF Bastien Bataille

MF Kévin Cabral


Position Player

MF Ladji Dagnogo

MF Yassine El Harrak

MF Kalvin Guede

MF Donovan Habbas

MF Sabri Hanni

MF Antoine Herant

MF Giovanni Hospital

MF Andy Jaoui

MF Saïd Khaies

MF Aidara Inoussa Koné

MF Kyllian Mammou

MF Gessym Monnier

MF Aymen Rachmoune

MF Lucas Ribeiro Costa

MF Samba Tamboura

FW Amadou Konaté

FW Mattéo Rabuel

FW Ozcan Sahan

Notable players[edit] Below are the notable former players who have represented Valenciennes in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1913. For a complete list of Valenciennes
players, see Category:Valenciennes FC players.

Noel King Nourredine Kourichi Jorge Burruchaga Wolfgang Matzky Ivica Osim Eugène Ekéké Roger Milla Joseph Yegba Maya Carlos Sanchez Johan Audel Joseph Bonnel Jean-Claude Bras Bernard Chiarelli Renaud Cohade Dominique Corroyer Gaël Danic Léon Desmenez Jean-Claude Darcheville David Ducourtioux

Laurent Dufresne Jacky Duguépéroux Dominique Dropsy Jean-Luc Fugaldi Jérôme Foulon Francis Gillot Jacques Glassmann Wilfried Gohel Jean-Pierre Guinot Bolec Kocik Hocine Lachaab Thierry Laurey Daniel Leclercq Joseph Magiera Serge Masnaghetti Rudy Mater Bruno Metsu Daniel Moreira

Jean-Pierre Papin Nicolas Penneteau Jean-Claude Piumi Louis Provelli Grégory Pujol José Saez Steve Savidan Orlando Silvestri Didier Six Bruno Zaremba Pascal Zaremba Éric Chelle Petrus Van Rhijn Włodzimierz Lubański Erwin Wilczek Milan Biševac David Régis

Management and staff[edit] Club officials[edit]

Football Club (SASP)[7]

President: Jean-Louis Borloo Association president: Jean-Claude Brienne General director: Alain Dhee

Coaching and medical staff[4]

Manager: Bernard Casoni Assistant manager: Laurent Dufresne

Youth coaching staff[8]

Youth academy director: Gabriel Desmenez

Managerial history[edit]

Charles Griffiths (1933 - 1935) Peter Fabian (1935 - 1938) Charles Demeillez (1938) Pierre Parmentier (1938 - 1946) Arthur Plummer (1946 - 1947) Pierre Parmentier (1947 - 1948) André Tison (1948 - November 1950) Henri Pérus (November 1950 – 1953) Charles Demeillez (1951 – 1953) Robert Domergue (1953 – 1966) Gaby Robert (1966 – 1970) Louis Provelli (1970)

Robert Domergue (1970 – 1972) Jean-Pierre Destrumelle (1972 – 1979) Wilczek and Tempowski (1979 – 1982) Erwin Wilczek (1982) Léon Desmenez (1982 – 1986) Daniel Leclercq
Daniel Leclercq
(1986 – 1987) Victor Zvunka (1987 – 1988) Georges Peyroche (1988 – 1991) Francis Smerecki
Francis Smerecki
(1991 – 1992) Boro Primorac (1992 – 1993) Bruno Metsu
Bruno Metsu
(1993 – 1994) Robert Dewilder (1994 – April 1996)

Dominique Corroyer (April 1996 – June 1996) Ludovic Batelli (1996 – 2000) Didier Ollé-Nicolle
Didier Ollé-Nicolle
(2000 – June 2003) Daniel Leclercq
Daniel Leclercq
(June 2003 – July 2005) Antoine Kombouaré
Antoine Kombouaré
(July 2005 – June 2009) Philippe Montanier
Philippe Montanier
(June 2009 – June 2011) Daniel Sanchez (June 2011 – October 2013) Ariël Jacobs
Ariël Jacobs
(October 2013 – July 2014) Bernard Casoni
Bernard Casoni
(July 2014 – February 2015) David Le Frapper (Feb. 2015 – Dec. 2015) Nicolas Rabuel (January 2016) Faruk Hadzibegic
Faruk Hadzibegic
(Jan. 2016 – Sep. 2017)

Nicolas Rabuel (Oct. 2017 - Nov. 2017) Réginald Ray (Nov. 2017 - Now)


Ligue 2

Champions (2): 1972, 2006

Championnat National

Champions (1): 2005

Championnat de France

Champions (1): 1998

Coupe de France

Runners-up (1): 1951

Coupe Charles Drago

Runners-up (1): 1959


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FC. Retrieved 6 April 2018.  ^ " Valenciennes
FC". Scoresway.com. Retrieved 27 February 2018.  ^ "Effectif CFA 2 – Saison 2012/2013". Valenciennes
FC. Retrieved 9 January 2011.  ^ "L'équipe administrative". Valenciennes
FC. Retrieved 12 January 2011.  ^ "Le centre de formation". Valenciennes
FC. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 

External links[edit]

Official website (in French)

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Ligue 2
Ligue 2

2017–18 clubs

Ajaccio Auxerre Bourg-en-Bresse Brest Châteauroux Clermont Gazélec Ajaccio Le Havre Lens Lorient Nancy Nîmes Niort Orléans Paris FC Quevilly-Rouen Reims Sochaux Tours Valenciennes

Former teams

Abbeville Aix-en-Provence Alès Amiens Ancenis Angers Angoulême Annecy Antibes Arles-Avignon Avignon CA Bastia SC Bastia Beauvais Besançon Béziers Blénod Blois Boulogne Bourges Bordeaux Caen Calais Cambrai Cannes Charleville Châtellerault Chaumont Cherbourg Cholet Club Français Colmar Corbeil-Essonnes Creil Créteil Dijon Douai Dunkerque Épinal Évian Évreux Fives Fontainebleau Forbach Grenoble GSC Marseille Gueugnon Guingamp Haguenau Hazebrouck Hyères Istres La Ciotat La Roche-sur-Yon La Rochelle Laval Le Mans Le Puy Foot Le Touquet Libourne-Saint-Seurin Lille Olympique Lillois Limoges Foot Louhans-Cuiseaux Lucé Lyon Lyon OU Malakoff Mantes Marignane Marseille Martigues Melun Merlebach Metz Monaco Montceau-les-Mines Montélimar Montluçon Montmorillon Montpellier Mouzon Mulhouse FC Nancy Nantes Nevers Nice Nœux-les-Mines Paris-Charenton Paris-Joinville Paris-Neuilly Paris Saint-Germain Racing Paris Perpignan Poissy Poitiers Quimper Red Star Rodez Rennes Excelsior Roubaix Racing Roubaix Roubaix-Tourcoing Rouen Saint-Brieuc Saint-Dié Saint-Dizier Saint-Étienne Saint-Quentin Saint-Seurin Sedan Sète Stade Français Strasbourg Tavaux Thionville Thonon-Chablais Toulon Toulouse Toulouse (1937) Troyes Troyes AF Troyes ASTS Valence Vannes Vauban Strasbourg Villefranche Viry-Châtillo