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All you need to know: AJ Auxerre

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All you need to know: AJ Auxerre

The club was actually launched as a sports association in 1905 by the Abbé Deschamps — much more of him later — and incorporated shooting and gymnastics sections as properly as football when it commenced. An unremarkable swimmer in the backwaters of the French match for the very first fifty percent-century of its existence, Auxerre’s fortunes changed radically when Person Roux was appointed player-mentor in 1961. By 1974, Roux — a former AJA player — experienced guided the workforce to the next division even with the club still having newbie position.

The club loved a selection of fantastic Coupe de France operates that introduced it nationwide focus, peaking — at the very least for the time becoming — in reaching the closing in the 1978/79 year, beating freshly topped Ligue 1 champions Strasbourg in the semi-finals. It was the 1st time since 1933 an beginner club experienced attained the remaining — sure, the club was still newbie at the time — and they had been the first 2nd division aspect to get there due to the fact 1959.

The club’s upward trajectory was not concluded there, and they have been promoted to Ligue 1 the really subsequent year — 1979/80 — for the to start with of their 32 best-flight strategies to day. Roux even took a workforce — that includes Laurent Blanc, Sabri Lamouchi and flamboyant Nigeria global Taribo West — to a Ligue 1/Coupe de France double in 1995/96. Although it continues to be the club’s only best-flight title, they have tallied a full of 4 Coupes de France, all below Roux’s unrivalled tenure.

Common features in the UEFA Champions League and other European competitions, Auxerre are renowned for a youth academy that has manufactured the likes of France internationals Djibril Cissé, Philippe Mexès, Bacary Sagna and Jean-Alain Boumsong, but — subsequent Roux’s retirement in 2005 — they have been in the doldrums, dropping out of the leading flight in 2012. Jean-Marc Furlan — appointed in May well 2019 — has guided them again to the major time and tallied a record-extending fifth advertising for himself.


Check out: Auxerre protected their best-flight return at Saint-Etienne


Club icon: Guy Roux

Mention Auxerre to any individual in France, and they will immediately imagine of Roux. A former player (from 1952 to 1957), he was invited back to become participant-coach aged just 23 in 1961 and was decided on in advance of other extra experienced candidates because he was most economical. He stayed for practically all of the up coming 4 a long time, eventually retiring in 2005 getting turned the youth club into French champions, Coupe de France winners and frequent individuals in European opposition.

Club colors
Auxerre at first performed in all black, but then opted for its recent blue and white. The shirts were predominantly blue till 1980 when — due to the bad floodlighting at their Stade de l’Abbe Deschamps residence — they switched to mostly white so that the gamers could place just about every other a lot more easily.


Stade de l'Abbe Deschamps, Auxerre 


Stadium: Stade de l’Abbé Deschamps
Capacity: 17,924
Named after the club’s founder, Ernest-Théodore Valentin Deschamps, adhering to his death in 1949, it has really been AJA’s lasting dwelling because mid-Oct 1918. It has gone through a range of facelifts given that, but only three golf equipment — Angers, Brest and Clermont — have a lesser capacity in the French prime flight.

Renowned former gamers
Laurent Blanc (1995/96), Jean-Alain Boumsong (2000-04), Eric Cantona (1981-88), Djibril Cissé (1996-2004), Benoît Cheyrou (2004-07), Stéphane Guivarch (1995/96, 1997/98, 1999-01), Younès Kaboul (2000-07), Olivier Kapo (1996-2004, 2012/13), Philippe Mexès (1997-2004), Evan N’Dicka (2012-18), Bacary Sagna (1997-2007)

Did you know?
AJ Auxerre stands for Association de la jeunesse auxerroise — The Auxerre Youth Assocation. 


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