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Auxerre
AJ Auxerre.svg
Full name Association de la
Jeunesse Auxerroise
Nickname(s) AJA
Founded 1905
Ground Stade l'Abbé-Deschamps,
Auxerre
(Capacity: 24,493)
Chairman France Alain Dujon[1]
Manager France Jean Fernandez
League Ligue 1
2008-09 L1, 8th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Association de la Jeunesse Auxerroise, or AJ Auxerre, is a French football team, founded in 1905, playing in the town of Auxerre in Burgundy. Its home ground is Stade l'Abbé-Deschamps on the banks of the River Yonne (capacity 23,467, 22,000 seated).

Auxerre are famous throughout Europe, their success at the highest level being unprecedented for a club from such a small town (under 40,000). Auxerre are also the only team from the top flight in France to have never been relegated.

After the 2004-05 season, Auxerre was forced to seek a new manager for the first time in over 40 years, as Guy Roux retired after having been manager since 1961. Roux saw the club rise through every division in French football (from the equivalent of 7th Division), culminating in promotion to Ligue 1 in 1980, and the French championship in 1996.

Auxerre replaced Roux with Jacques Santini, a former France national team head coach. He was sacked after only one season however, failing to guide Auxerre into Europe and was replaced by Jean Fernandez.

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History

The club Association de la Jeuness Auxerroise was founded in 1905, by the priest Father Ernest Abbé Deschamps. The club quickly tasted success, becoming a force in the Catholic league F.G.S.P.F. In 1908, the club even reached the F.G.S.P.F. French Championship final, losing 8-1 however. At the end of the First World War, the club was expelled from its ground. Father Deschamps acquired several pieces of land along the Yonne on the Vaux road, which later formed the Abbé Deschamps Stadium.

Ligue one (1980-present)

Auxerre made his first steps in Division 1 on July 24 1980 against the Sporting Club de Bastia to Toulon (because the field of Corsicans is suspended). Auxerre s'incline 2-0. Auxerre 2-0 bows. Le 20 novembre 1980 , Andrzej Szarmach signe à Auxerre après avoir enfin obtenu le bon de sortie de la Fédération polonaise de football . On November 20 1980, Andrzej Szarmach sign Auxerre having finally got the right output of the Polish Football Association. Il débute deux jours plus tard à domicile contre Lyon et inscrit le premier de ses quatre-vingt quatorze buts en Division 1. It begins two days later at home against Lyon and scored the first of his two hundred and fourteen goals in Division 1. Pour sa première saison en Division 1, l'AJA réussit deux performances : le 13 décembre 1980 , elle s'impose au Parc des Princes contre le Paris Saint-Germain (3-2), puis le 7 avril 1981 , l'AJA s'impose au Stade Marcel-Saupin contre le FC Nantes (1-0), qui n'a plus perdu un match à domicile depuis cinq ans et quatre-vingt douze matchs (invincibilité allant du 15 avril 1976 au 7 avril 1981 ). For its first season in Division 1, AJA managed two performances: on December 13th 1980, it is necessary to Parc des Princes against the Paris Saint-Germain (3-2), then the April 7 1981, AJA s 'requires the Stade Marcel-Saupin against the FC Nantes (1-0), who have not lost a home game for five years and eighty twelve games (invincibility from April 15 1976 to April 7 1981). L'AJA termine à la dixième place au classement final. The AJA finished in tenth place overall. Les deux saisons suivantes, l'AJA termine quinzième puis huitième. The next two seasons, the AJA finished fifteenth and eighth.

Lors de la saison 1983-1984, l'AJA monte pour la première fois sur le podium en se classant troisième. Patrice Garande termine meilleur buteur du championnat avec vingt-et-une réalisations. During the 1983-1984 season, the AJA rises for first time on the podium in finishing third. Garande Patrice finishing top scorer with twenty-one projects. Garande remporte quelques semaines plus tard la médaille d'or au Jeux olympiques de Los Angeles avec l'équipe de France de football olympique tandis que Joël Bats et Jean-Marc Ferreri gagnent le Championnat d'Europe de football 1984 avec l' équipe de France de football . Garande won few weeks later the gold medal at the Olympics in Los Angeles with the team for Olympic football France while Joel Bats and Jean-Marc Ferreri win the UEFA Euro 1984 with the France team Football. Cet été-là, Auxerre recrute Michel N'Gom . International espoir , il a quitté le Paris Saint-Germain pour franchir un palier en rejoignant l'AJ Auxerre. That summer, Auxerre recruits Michel N'Gom. Hope International, he left Paris Saint-Germain to cross a plateau, joining AJ Auxerre. Lors des matchs de préparation, il inscrit cinq buts en dix matchs [ 27 ] . During the preparation matches, he scored five goals in ten games [27]. Le dernier week-end avant la reprise du championnat, il se rend à Paris pour voir ses anciens coéquipiers. The last weekend before the next championship, he went to Paris to see his former teammates. Malheureusement, il décède suite à un accident de la circulation le 12 août 1984 . Unfortunately, he died following a traffic accident on August 12 1984. Afin de lui rendre hommage, un des salons du stade de l'Abbé Deschamps porte son nom [ 28 ] . To pay tribute, one shows the stage of the Abbé Deschamps bears his name [28]. La saison 1984-1985 voit Auxerre découvrir la Coupe d'Europe pour la première fois de son histoire en participant à la Coupe UEFA . The 1984-1985 season sees Auxerre explore the European Cup for the first time in its history by participating in the UEFA Cup. Le tirage au sort ne lui est pas favorable puisqu'elle est opposée au Sporting Portugal . The draw does not support it because it is opposed to Sporting Portugal. Le 19 septembre 1984 , au Stade José Alvalade , elle dispute donc sa première rencontre européenne et s'incline 2 buts à 0. On September 19 1984 at Jose Alvalade Stadium, the dispute so his first European bows and 2 goals to 0. Le match retour a lieu le 3 octobre 1984 . The return leg takes place on October 3 1984. L'AJA réussit à remonter ses deux buts en retard grâce à un doublé de Szarmach. The AJA managed to go two goals behind with a double by Szarmach. L'AJA cède cependant dans les prolongations en concédant deux buts. The AJA sells in overtime but conceding two goals. Auxerre termine la saison à la quatrième place. Auxerre finished the season in fourth place. Grâce à la victoire de l' AS Monaco , troisième du championnat, en Coupe de France, l'AJA se qualifie pour la Coupe UEFA. With the victory of the AS Monaco, third in the league cup in France, the AJA will qualify for the UEFA Cup.

L'intersaison 1985 voit Joël Bats rejoindre le Paris Saint-Germain. The 1985 offseason saw Joel Bats join Paris Saint-Germain. Auxerre recrute Bruno Martini pour prendre sa succession. Auxerre recruits Bruno Martini as his successor. En UEFA , l'AJA hérite du Milan AC comme adversaire. In UEFA, AJA inherits from AC Milan as an opponent. Au match aller, l'AJA s'impose 3-1. In the first leg, 3-1 AJA needed. Les deux équipes ratent un penalty et Paolo Maldini dispute ce jour-là [ 29 ] son premier match en coupe d'Europe. Both teams miss a penalty and Paolo Maldini dispute that day [29] his first match in European Cup. Au match retour, l'AJA s'incline 3 buts à 0 et est éliminée. In the return match, AJA bows 3 goals to 0 and is eliminated. Septième en championnat et quart-de-finaliste en Coupe de France, l'AJA n'est pas européen une troisième saison d'affilée. Seventh in the league and quarter-finalist in the Coupe de France, the AJA is not European third straight season. Auxerre termine quatrième en 1986-1987, se fait éliminer encore une fois au premier tour de la Coupe UEFA la saison suivante : défaite 2-0 en Grèce contre le Panathinaïkos puis victoire trop courte au retour 3-2. Auxerre finished fourth in 1986-1987, was eliminated once again in the first round of the UEFA Cup next season: 2-0 defeat against Greece in the Panathinaikos can win too short to return 3-2. La saison 1988-1989 voit l'AJA terminer cinquième en championnat et atteindre les demi-finales de la Coupe de France où elle est éliminée par l' Olympique de Marseille , futur vainqueur de l'épreuve. The 1988-1989 season sees the AJA finish fifth in the league and reach the semi-finals of the Coupe de France where it is eliminated by the Olympique Marseille, the future winner of the event. Grâce à sa cinquième place en championnat, l'AJA retrouve la Coupe UEFA et y réalise son premier beau parcours. With his fifth place in the league, AJA found the UEFA Cup and there made his first good race. Lors du tour préliminaire, l'AJA réalise son premier exploit. During the preliminary round, the AJA made his first feat. Battu 0-1 à domicile par le Dynamo Zagreb , elle s'impose 3-1 en Yougoslavie et se qualifie pour les trente-deuxièmes de finale. Beaten 0-1 at home by Dynamo Zagreb, it required 3-1 in Yugoslavia and qualified for the thirty-second final. Auxerre bat successivement les Albanais du KS Apolonia Fier , les Finlandais de RoPS Rovaniemi et les Grecs de l' Olympiakos Le Pirée avant d'être éliminée en quart de finale par la Fiorentina . Auxerre beat successively Albanians KS Apolonia Fier, Finns RoPS and Greeks of the Olympiakos Piraeus before being eliminated in the quarterfinals by Fiorentina. En parallèle à cette aventure, l'AJA termine à la sixième place en championnat. In parallel with this adventure ends of AJA to sixth in the league. Lors de l'été 1990, l'AJA vend Basile Boli et recrute Enzo Scifo , Alain Roche et Zbigniew Kaczmarek . During the summer of 1990, the AJA sells Basile Boli and recruits Enzo Scifo, Alain Roche and Zbigniew Kaczmarek. Auxerre termine à la troisième place après avoir été leader du championnat après quinze journées. Auxerre finished in third place after leading the championship after fifteen days.

In 1991-1992, Auxerre was eliminated in Round of the UEFA Cup with Liverpool and then finished fourth in Division 1. This summer 1992, the AJA sells Alain Roche, Jean-Marc Ferreri while recruiting Frank Verlaat and Gerald Baticle. Auxerre then performs a sumptuous journey into UEFA. Auxerre eliminates Lokomotiv Plovdiv and the newly FC Copenhagen. Eighth-finals, the AJA eliminates the Belgians of Standard Liege. In the quarterfinals, the AJA is opposed to the Ajax defending champion and undefeated in the European Cup two years. Before facing Ajax, Auxerre is five defeats in the league. Auxerre carries a big game and needed 4 to 2 at home. In the second leg bends Auxerre 1-0 and qualified for the semifinals. The semifinal between AJA at Borussia Dortmund. In the first leg in Germany, AJA bows 2 goals to 0. During the second leg, 18 400 spectators encourage AJA opening the scoring in the eighth minute. Both teams then engaged a match of great intensity. Neither team closes the game, and the Swiss striker of Dortmund, Stéphane Chapuisat obtains many occasions. At the seventy-eleven minutes, Vahirua fired a free kick is sent into the net head by Verlaat. Two minutes later, and Baticle Cocard start to end. Baticle Cocard which shifts the toe pushes the ball towards the empty net. While the ball will go, a German defender leaves the last minute. At the end of regulation time, so there is perfect equality between the AJA and Dortmund and is the extension. It is marked by an expulsion in each camp (Kutowski for Dortmund, and Guerreiro to AJA). The score does not change, the two teams divide among them on penalties. While the score is 6-5, Stephane Mahe fails in his attempt. Auxerre is eliminated and the image of Mahe, in tears, is rooted in the minds of fans Auxerre. While finishing sixth in the championship, Auxerre is again qualified for the UEFA Cup after the VA-OM case. The OM was suspended in C1, it is replaced by Monaco, which is registered first for the UEFA Cup. Place of Monaco is then assigned to AJ Auxerre. But unlike the epic of the previous season, the AJA is eliminated in the first round of the Tenerife of Fernando Redondo. The AJA is catching up with the championship (third) but also by winning the first major trophy in its history, the Coupe de France. Having rejected the lower division teams in the early laps, AJA eliminates Nantes in the semifinals before winning 3 goals to 0 at Parc des Princes in the final against Montpellier. The following season, Auxerre finished fourth in the league and is a quarter-finalist of the Cup Winners' Cup: Auxerre was eliminated by Arsenal in the Abbe-Deschamps (1-0) having obtained a 1-1 draw at Highbury.

Current squad

As of September 09, 2009[2] Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 France GK Olivier Sorin
2 France DF Cédric Hengbart
4 Switzerland DF Stéphane Grichting
5 Poland MF Dariusz Dudka
6 Mali DF Adama Coulibaly
7 Morocco MF Kamel Chafni
8 France MF Aurélien Capoue (on loan from Nantes)
9 Slovenia FW Valter Birsa
10 France FW Alexandre Licata
11 France FW Julien Quercia
12 France DF Jean-Pascal Mignot
14 Kenya FW Dennis Oliech
15 France DF Baptiste Martin
16 France GK Remy Riou
17 France MF Benoît Pedretti (captain)
No. Position Player
18 France FW Roy Contout
19 France FW Yaya Sanogo
20 Mali MF Amadou Sidibé
21 Romania FW Daniel Niculae
22 Poland FW Ireneusz Jeleń
23 France DF Jérémy Berthod
24 Mali DF Amara Morikè Kallé
25 France FW Maxime Bourgeois
26 Madagascar FW Anicet Andrianantenaina
27 Burkina Faso MF Alain Traoré
28 Republic of Macedonia DF Robert Popov
29 Republic of the Congo MF Delvin Ndinga
32 France DF Kévin Malaga
34 France MF Vincent Acapandié
40 France GK Willy Maeyens

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
3 Ghana MF Moussa Narry (on loan to Le Mans UC 72)
18 Romania DF Gabriel Tamaş (on loan to West Bromwich Albion)
19 France FW Steeven Langil (on loan to SM Caen)
24 France FW Lynel Kitambala (on loan to Dijon FCO)
No. Position Player
26 France MF Maxime Jasse (on loan to Dijon FCO)
30 Serbia GK Denis Petrić (on loan to SO Cassis Carnoux)
32 Belgium DF Jérémy Huyghebaert (on loan to K.S.V. Roeselare)
France FW Kevin Lejeune (to FC Nantes)

Coaching staff

  • Head coach: France Jean Fernandez
  • Assistant coach: France David Carre
  • Goalkeeper coach: Hungary Attila Farkas
  • Goalkeeper coach: France Xavier Poitrinal
  • Team Chef: France Bernard David
  • Director of Sport: France Christophe Grosso
  • Physiotheapist: France Guillaume Colin
  • Medic: France François Darras
  • Medic: France Mathieu Debain
  • Medic: France Didier Laurens
  • Medic: France Rudy Slepko
  • Coach Equipe C: France Claude Barret
  • Coach U-15: France Jérémy Spender
  • Coach E-Youth: Poland Zbigniew Szlykowicz
  • Coach D-Youth: Italy Mario Zaccardi

Current reserve squad

As of March 14, 2010[3] and[4] Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 France GK Mohamed Diakité Kaba
3 France DF Charlie Abraham
5 Republic of the Congo DF Bernard Onanga Itoua
7 Poland FW Mateusz Szczepaniak
8 Morocco MF Karim El Idrissi
9 France FW Nicolas Lemaigre
10 Republic of the Congo MF Cecil Filanckembo
11 France FW Loïc Puyo
13 France DF Mathieu Guenot
14 France MF David Camps
15 France MF Philippe Poulain
17 France DF Jessie Londas
19 France MF Nathaniel Virayie
20 Morocco MF Houcine Qoji
21 Madagascar MF Anicet Andrianantenaina
No. Position Player
22 France MF Damien Dufour
23 France FW Rémi Platel
25 France DF Cédric Chevasson
26 Côte d'Ivoire MF Vafoubge Dosso
27 France DF Mickael Edelblutte
28 France MF Christopher Missilou
29 Mali FW Soumaila Keita
30 France MF Stéphane Madeira
31 France DF Willy Boly
36 France DF Jérémy Messiba
37 Algeria DF Nabil Brahim Bounab
38 France GK Mickaël Petain
39 France DF Kaster Bindoumou
40 Egypt GK Adam Mansour
41 France DF Thomas Monconduit

Honours

Managers

Notable players

For a complete list of AJ Auxerre players, see Category:AJ Auxerre players

Greatest ever AJ Auxerre team

A poll was conducted amongst fans who voted for the greatest AJ Auxerre team ever.[7]

See also

References

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