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Full name Football Club de Metz
Nickname(s) Les Grenats, Les Graoullys
Founded 1932
Ground Stade Municipal
(Capacity: 26,700[1])
Chairman Bernard Serin
Manager Yvon Pouliquen
League Ligue 2
2008-09 L2, 5th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Football Club de Metz (French pronunciation: [mɛs]) is a French football team, playing in the town of Metz, in the Lorraine region, which has played in the French Ligue 1 for most of its history.


History of the club

FC Metz was founded in 1932 by the amalgamation of two amateur athletic clubs, and shortly thereafter became a professional team; it is one of the oldest professional football teams in France. Its roots trace back further, to the SpVgg Metz club, formed in 1905 when the city of Metz was part of the German Empire. SpVgg played in the tier-one Westkreis-Liga for a season in 1913-14, before the outbreak of the First World War stopped all play. Some players of this club were part of the Cercle Athlétique Messin in 1919, which went on to become FC Metz in 1932. Messin was a leading club in the Division d'Honneur - Lorraine, taking out league titles in 1920, 1921, 1922, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1929 and 1931.[2]

The club played in the French second division north from 1933, winning the league in 1935 and earning promotion to Ligue 1 for the first time.[3] The team became a mid-table side in the first division until the outbreak of the war interfeared play once more. FCM did not take part in the top-tier regional competitions in 1939-40.[4]

During the 2nd World War, the Moselle département being annexed by Germany, the club had to play under the Germanised name of FV Metz in the Gauliga Westmark. In the three completed seasons of this league from 1941 to 1944, the club finished runners-up each year[5].

Despite the city of Metz being retaken by allied forces in autumn 1944, the club did not take part in French league football in 1944-45 but returned to Ligue 1 in 1945-46, to come 17th out of 18 clubs. An expansion of the league to 20 clubs meant, the team was not relegated and stayed at the highest level until 1950, when a last place finish ended its Ligue 1 membership.

The club rebounded immediately, finishing second in Ligue 2, behind Olympique Lyon and returned to the first division. FC Metz made a strong return to this league, finishing fifth in its first season back. After this, the club once more had to battle against relegation season-by-season, finishing second-last in 1958 and having to return to Ligue 2. It took three seasons in this league before it could manage to return to Ligue 1 in 1961, but lasted for only one year in the top flight. FC Metz spent the next five seasons at second division level.

FC Metz ascended to the top level of French football once more in 1967; the team remained in the highest division until they were relegated in 2001, although they bounced back immediately and returned to the Ligue 1 the following year. In 2006 they were relegated again. In 1998 the team competed in the qualifications to the Uefa Champions League but lost in the third round to Finnish team HJK Helsinki.

FC Metz plays its home matches at the stade Saint-Symphorien, which has a capacity of 26,700. Its official colors are grenat (maroon) and white, from which the team derives its nickname Les Grenats. The team's crest features the Lorraine cross, symbolic of the team's regional affiliation, and the dragon called the Graoully, which in local legend was tamed by Saint Clement of Metz.[6]

On December 24 2007, Yvon Pouliquen was named new coach after Francis De Taddeo was sacked for lack of result.

FC Metz also gained recognition in France and Europe for its successful youth academy, which produced star players including: Jean-Philippe Rohr, Sylvain Kastendeuch, Michel Ettore, Philippe Gaillot, Philippe Hinschberger, Carmelo Micciche, Cyril Serredzum, David Terrier, Jeff Strasser, Cyrille Pouget, Rigobert Song, Robert Pirès, Louis Saha, Nasredine Kraouche, Grégory Proment, Emmanuel Adebayor, Miralem Pjanić.

Satellite clubs

  • Senegal AS Génération Foot (Dakar)


FC Metz has never won the French championship; its best result was a second-place finish in 1998, behind RC Lens. Metz won the Coupe de France twice, in 1984 and 1988, the first of these victories enabled it to qualify for the European Cup Winners' Cup where it achieved arguably the team's greatest moment, an upset of FC Barcelona in the first round of the competition in October 1984. It lost 4-2 at home in the first leg but won 4-1 away in the return leg, thus qualifying 6-5 on aggregate. FC Metz also won the Coupe de la Ligue twice, in 1986 and 1996, and has made a total of ten appearances in European tournaments.

Current squad

As of October 23, 2009[7] 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 Christophe Marichez
2 Senegal DF Cheikh Gueye
3 Senegal MF Diagné Fallou
4 Brazil DF Matheus
6 France MF Julien Cardy
7 France MF Vincent Bessat
8 France MF Pascal Johansen
9 France FW Sylvain Wiltord
10 Morocco MF Youssef Mokhtari
11 France FW Thibault Bourgeois
12 France DF Stéphane Borbiconi
14 Algeria FW Amine Aribi
15 France MF Yeni Ngbakoto
16 France GK Romain Ruffier
No. Position Player
17 Senegal FW Victor Mendy
19 Luxembourg DF Mario Mutsch
20 Benin FW Razak Omotoyossi
21 France DF Frédéric Biancalani
22 Senegal MF Ibrahima Gueye
23 France FW Diafra Sakho
24 Mali DF Adama Tamboura
25 France MF Djemel N'Ganvala
26 Portugal MF Nuno Frechaut
27 France MF Romain Rocchi
28 France FW Jérémy Pied
30 Mali GK Oumar Sissoko
40 France GK Joris Delle

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
5 France DF Romain Brégerie (at LB Chateauroux)
9 France FW Rudy Gestede (at AS Cannes)


Head Coach

Assistant Coach

  • Christian Mattiello

Goalkeeper Coach

  • Jean-Marc Rodolphe

Youth Coach

  • Olivier Perrin



  • Patrice L'Huillier


  • Luc Labeeu
  • Jacques Muller

Famous players

For a complete list of FC Metz players, see Category:FC Metz players


Managerial History



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