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Le Mans
Full name Le Mans Union Club 72
Nickname(s) MUC 72
Founded 1903/1985
Ground Stade Léon-Bollée,
Le Mans
(Capacity: 17,500)
Chairman France Henri Legarda
Manager France Arnaud Cormier
League Ligue 1
2008-09 L1, 16th
Home colours
Away colours

Le Mans Union Club 72 is a French football club, based in Le Mans. It was founded in 1985, as a result of a merger between Union Sportive du Mans (USM) and Stade Olympique du Maine (SOM). Beginning 1 July 2010, the club will be renamed Le Mans Football Club and will have a brand new logo.[1]



The football section of Union Sportive du Mans was founded in 1903.

Yves Bertucci succeeds Rudi Garcia, as manager of the MUC 72 in June 2008. The club gained its first historical promotion to Ligue 1 for the 2003-04 season, but was quickly relegated. However, they fought back and in 2005 won another promotion. Since then they have no problems with retaining their top flight place. After finishing 11th and 12th in 2006 and 2007, respectively, they finished 9th in 2008, the best result in club history. They play their home games in Stade Omnisports Léon Bollée.


Historical information

Le Mans Sports Club were founded in 1900, but it wasn't until 1908 that a football club existed within it. In 1910, Le Mans qualified for the Championnat de la France in 1910 but are heavily overturned by Saint-Servan. Gaining a huge reputation up to World War I, they plunged into obscurity by World War II before joining the league in 1942.

Le Mans UC72 exist thanks to a merge between USM and SOM on June 12, 1985. It was at this time that their coach, Christian Gourcuff, joined as a scout.

On December 2nd, 2009, the club announced that they were changing their name from Le Mans Union Club 72 to LEMANS FC.[2]

Current squad

As of September 9, 2009[3]

No. Position Player
1 Gabon GK Didier Ovono
2 Brazil DF Géder
5 France DF Grégory Cerdan
6 France MF Idir Ouali
7 Norway MF Fredrik Strømstad
8 France MF Frédéric Thomas (captain)
9 Mali FW Modibo Maiga
10 France FW Anthony Le Tallec
13 France DF Cyriaque Louvion
14 France MF Mathieu Dossevi
16 France GK Rodolphe Roche
17 Senegal MF Badara Sène (on loan from Sochaux)
18 France DF Samuel Bouhours
19 France MF Mamadou Wague
21 France MF Guillaume Loriot
22 Norway FW Thorstein Helstad
No. Position Player
23 Portugal DF João Paulo Andrade
24 France DF Ludovic Baal
25 Belgium FW Roland Lamah
26 France MF Hérold Goulon
27 Switzerland MF Almen Abdi
28 France DF Sébastien Corchia
29 Guinea DF Ibrahima Camara
30 Georgia (country) GK Giorgi Makaridze
33 France FW Fousseyni Cissé
34 Cameroon FW Patrick Ekeng-Ekeng
35 Guinea FW Idrissa Sylla
36 Cameroon MF Valentin Nkwelle
37 Cameroon DF Dominique Essome Bayi
38 Brazil MF Marcos Paulo
Cameroon DF Henri Bedimo

Reserves team

Le Mans' B team plays in the Championnat de France amateur Group C.

As of November 2009.

No. Position Player
France GK Benoît Blancheton
Georgia (country) GK Giorgi Makaridze
France GK Stelio Marcelin
Côte d'Ivoire DF Ali Vanomo Bamba
Cameroon DF Dominique Essome Bayi
France DF Samuel Bouhours
Guinea DF Ibrahima Camara
France DF Pierre Gibaud
France DF Geoffrey Grego
Georgia (country) DF Amiran Sanaia
Côte d'Ivoire DF Mekeme Tamla Ladji
France DF Boris Tshimpi
France DF Mamadou Wague
No. Position Player
Algeria MF Billal Djeddou
France MF Oualid El Hajam
France MF Massiré Kanté
Guinea MF Guy-Michel Landel
Cameroon MF Valentin Nkwelle
Brazil MF Marcos Paulo
Guinea MF Saidou Sow
Guinea MF Idrissa Sylla
Guinea FW Moussa Bangoura
France FW Fousseyni Cissé
France FW Anthony Derouard
Cameroon FW Patrick Ekeng-Ekeng
France FW Pouaillon
Côte d'Ivoire DF Sekou Ouattara

Out on loan

No. Position Player
1 France GK Thibault Ferrand (at Stade Reims)
2 Benin DF Khaled Adenon (at SC Bastia)
4 Brazil DF Paulo André (on loan to Corinthians)
15 Mali MF Alphousseyni Keita (on loan to Nîmes)
-- Georgia (country) FW Vakhtang Panthskhava (on loan to Metalist Kharkiv)
-- Morocco MF Brahim El Bahri (on loan to FC Istres)
-- France FW Abdou Dieye (on loan to Rodez AF)

Notable former players

For a complete list of Le Mans Union Club 72 players, see Category:Le Mans UC72 players

Ivory Coast
South Africa


  • 1945-1946 : Braustein
  • 1946-1948 : ?
  • 1948-1951 : Émile Rummelhardt
  • 1951-1952 : Choulet
  • 1952-1953 : ?
  • 1953-1957 : Camille Libar
  • 1957-1964 : André Grillon
  • 1964-1976 : René Dereuddre
  • 1976-1979 : Alain Laurier
  • 1979-1981 : Michel Rodriguez
  • 1981-1985 : Guttierez
  • 1985-1986 : Bernard Deferrez
  • June 1986-January 1989 : Christian Gourcuff
  • January 1989-January 1994 : Christian Létard


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