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Full name Association Sportive
Saint-Étienne Loire
Nickname(s) Les Verts, Stéphanois, ASSE
Founded 1919
Ground Stade Geoffroy-Guichard,
Saint Étienne
(Capacity: 35,616[1])
Chairman France Bernard Caiazzo
France Roland Romeyer
Manager France Christophe Galtier
League Ligue 1
2008-09 Ligue 1, 17th
Home colours
Away colours

Association Sportive de Saint-Étienne Loire, (ASSE or A.S. Saint-Étienne) are a French football team founded in 1920. They play their home games at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in the city of Saint Étienne. They are also one of the most successful teams in French Football history, with honours including 10 French First Division championship wins. Their primary rivals are Olympique Lyonnais, from nearby Lyon. As of 2009, they have added a women's club, AS Saint-Étienne (Ladies).




Early days

A.S. Saint-Étienne was created in 1919 by members of the Amicale des employés de la Société des magasins Casino: members of the employees' Union of the Casino grocery chain. Since green was the colour of the chain, green jerseys were also adopted. Due to FFF regulations, the commercial name Casino was dropped from the club's name in 1920. In order to keep the initials A.S.C, however, the club was re-named Amical Sporting Club.

In 1928, Pierre Guichard (the son of the head of Casino Geoffroy Guichard) took over the club and renamed it Association Sportive Stéphanoise. In 1933, the team turned professional and the name was changed again to the form it presently holds: Association Sportive de Saint-Étienne. The club was first promoted to the French First Division for the 1937-1938 season.


In 1955 ASSE won their first trophy, the Charles Drago Cup. In 1958, three seasons later, the club claimed the French First Division title for the first time. As French Champions, Saint-Étienne subsequently participated in their first European Cup campaign against Rangers.

Roger Rocher became president of the club in 1961. The following year, the team won the French Cup, but also were relegated to the Second Division. ASSE won the Second Division the following year, and were promoted back to the First Division. The team then continued a surprising ascent, winning the French First Division trophy the following year (1964). Between 1967 and 1970, Saint-Étienne won four championships consecutively, and added two additional French Cups to their trophy cabinet (1967, 1970).

Robert Herbin was named manager in 1972, and led the team to the double in 1974 and 1976. The team won a ninth championship in 1976. That same year, the club lost in the finals of the European Cup against Bayern Munich. Saint-Étienne followed that season by winning the French Cup again in 1977. Their last championship (and major silverware) win came in 1981, with their tenth First Division Championship.


In 1982, a financial scandal led to the decline in the club's performance. President Roger Rocher was forced to leave the club and spent several months in jail. Since then, the club has spent much of its time in the bottom half of the First Division and the Second Division. Although its sporting performances have been inconsistent, the club has still benefited from the unconditional support of its fans.

The club came back to the first division in 1999, finishing 6th. Supporters hoped for a return to success with Brazilian strikers Aloisio and Alex celebrating his goals by imitating a panther (Emblem of the club), but in 2001, Alex and the Ukrainian goalkeeper Maksym Levytsky, were suspended for four months for the use of fake Portuguese and Greek passports, respectively. At the end of a judicial inquiry, which linked some of the management staff to the passport forgeries, seven championship points were subtracted from Saint-Étienne's tally, causing them to be relegated to the Second Division.


After relegation Saint-Étienne struggled, with mixed results in the Second Division/Ligue 2. They finally won the Ligue 2 championship in 2004, achieving promotion to Ligue 1. The club finished 6th in Ligue 1 the following season, which enabled them to participate in a European tournament, the Intertoto Cup, for the first time in many years. Having finished the 2007-08 Ligue 1 season in 5th place, Saint-Étienne played in the 2008-09 UEFA Cup after 27 years of absence, ultimately losing in the round of 16. Racked by injuries, the 2008-09 season, was much more of a struggle for the club as they only secured their Ligue 1 status for next season with a 4-0 final matchday win over Valenciennes.


  • Ligue 1:
    • Winners (10): 1957, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981
  • Ligue 2:
    • Winners (3): 1963, 1999, 2004
  • French Cup:
    • Winners (6): 1962, 1968, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1977

Current squad

As of September 10, 2009[2]

No. Position Player
1 France GK Vincent Planté
2 France DF Cédric Varrault
3 Senegal DF Pape Diakhaté (on loan from Dynamo Kyiv)
4 Greece DF Efstathios Tavlaridis
5 Argentina MF Augusto Fernández (on loan from River Plate)
6 France DF Sylvain Monsoreau
7 France FW Dimitri Payet
8 Brazil FW Ilan
9 Argentina FW Gonzalo Bergessio
10 Belgium FW Kevin Mirallas
11 France MF Bakary Sako
12 France MF Blaise Matuidi
14 Côte d'Ivoire FW Boubacar Sanogo
15 France DF Yoann Andreu
16 France GK Jérémie Janot
No. Position Player
17 France MF Yohan Hautcoeur
18 Senegal DF Guirane N'Daw (on loan from Nantes)
19 France MF Christophe Landrin (vice-captain)
20 Senegal MF Boubacar Mansaly
21 France DF Mouhamadou Dabo
22 Switzerland MF Gelson Fernandes
24 France MF Loïc Perrin (captain)
26 Senegal DF Moustapha Bayal Sall
27 France FW Helton Dos Reis
28 France DF Yohan Benalouane
29 France FW Emmanuel Rivière
31 Senegal FW Maodomalick Faye
32 Algeria MF Amine Linganzi
40 Senegal GK Abdoulaye Coulibaly

Out on loan

No. Position Player
France GK Jessy Moulin (at Arles)
France MF Samy Houri (at Arles)


As of November 11, 2008[3]

No. Position Player
France GK Maxime Cassara
France GK Benjamin Lardon
France DF Pierrick Cros
France DF Clément Jouve
Algeria DF Lounis Lanseur
France DF Loris Néry
France DF Hugo Vidal
Cameroon MF Olivier Boumal
France MF Clément Charbonnier
France MF Paul Charmasson
France MF Hamid Draoui
No. Position Player
France MF Yohan Garric
France MF Josua Guilavogui
France MF Sébastien Lajara
Algeria MF Fayçal Lebbihi
France MF Pape Abdou Paye
France MF Kévin Salabiaku
Côte d'Ivoire FW Serge Didi
France FW Valentin Lavialle
France FW Quentin Lendresse


Geoffroy Guichard ASSE.JPG

Saint-Etienne's home is the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, nicknamed Le chaudron[4] or Le chaudron vert[5] (The cauldron or the green cauldron). It has four stands:

  • Charles Paret : 8,541 places
  • Jean Snella : 8,767
  • Pierre Faurand : 7,993 places
  • Henri Point : 10,315 places

The stadium can host 35.616 people.[6]

Notable players

For a complete list of AS Saint-Étienne players, see Category:AS Saint-Étienne players

France France
Algeria Algeria
Argentina Argentina
Brazil Brazil
Bulgaria Bulgaria
Cameroon Cameroon
Colombia Colombia
Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire
Czech Republic Czech Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo
Denmark Denmark
Germany Germany
Guinea Guinea
Mali Mali
Morocco Morocco
The Netherlands Netherlands
Norway Norway
Poland Poland
Portugal Portugal
Russia Russia
Senegal Senegal
Slovakia Slovakia
Switzerland Switzerland
Tunisia Tunisia
Yugoslavia Yugoslavia

Club officials

Board of Directors

  • President: Bernard Caiazzo
  • Vice-President: Roland Romeyer
  • General Director: Vincent Tong-Cuong
  • General Manager: Damien Comolli
  • Directors: Didier Lacombe , Eric Fages , Philippe Lyonnet & Nicolas Jacq
  • Secrétary: Claudine Frey


  • Manager: Christophe Galtier
  • Assistant Manager: David Guion & Gerard Fernandez
  • Fitness Coach: Thierry Cotte
  • Coach: Frederic Emile
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Jean Dees
  • Team-Chef: Philippe Lyonnet
  • Physios: Laurent Bensadi & Hubert Largeron

Academy Coaching Staff

  • Director of Youth Academy: Luc Bruder & Alain Blachon
  • Reserves Coach: Jean-Philippe Primard
  • Manager: Alan Blachon
  • Team Chef: René Richard
  • Under 18's Coach: Abdelaziz Bouhazama
  • Under 16's Coach: Romain Revelli
  • Under 15's Coach: Gilles Rodriguez
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Gilbert Ceccarelli
  • Under 14's Coach: Philippe Guillemet
  • Under 13's Coach: Philippe Durieu
  • Under 13's Assistant Coach: Lionel Vaillant
  • Under 13's Fitness Coach: Loïc Colaud
  • Goalkeeping Coach: Mickaël Dumas
  • Physio: Sébastien Sangnier


  • Team Chef: Guy Demonteil
  • Doctor: Tarak Bouzabia & Grégory Roche
  • Therapeut: Alexandre Rambaud & François Castro

Managerial history

  • 1933-33 : England Albert Locke
  • 1934-34 : England Harold Rivers
  • 1934-35 : Scotland William Duckworth
  • 1935-36 : Hungary Zoltán Vágó
  • 1936-40 : Scotland William Duckworth
  • 1940-43 : France Émile Cabannes
  • 1943-50 : Austria France Ignace Tax
  • 1950-59 : FrancePoland Jean Snella
  • 1959-60 : France René Vernier
  • 1960-61 : France François Wicart
  • 1961-62 : France Henri Guérin
  • 1962-63 : France François Wicart
  • 1963-67 : France Jean Snella
  • 1967-72 : France Albert Batteux
  • 1972-83 : France Robert Herbin
  • 1983  : France Guy Briet
  • 1983-84 : France Jean Djorkaeff
  • 1984 : France Robert Philippe
  • 1984-87 : Poland Henryk Kasperczak



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