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Full name Valenciennes Football Club
Nickname(s) Les Athéniens (in the past)
Founded 1913
Ground Stade Nungesser
(Capacity: 16,500)
Chairman France Francis Decourrière
Manager France Philippe Montanier
League Ligue 1
2008-09 L1, 12th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The Valenciennes Football Club (known as "Valenciennes FC" or as "USVA", the acronym of a previous name) is a French football club from the town of Valenciennes in the Nord department. The club was founded in 1913. In the 2005-06 season, it competed in Ligue 2 (Division 2), with Francis Decourrière as general manager and Antoine Kombouaré as head coach. In 2006, they returned to the top flight after more than a decade's exile and maintained their Ligue 1 status at the end of this season.



  • Champions Division 2 : 1971/72, 2005/06.
  • Champions Division 3: 2004/05.
  • Runners-up Division 2 : 1934/35, 1936/37, 1961/62, 1974/75, 1991/92.
  • Division 4 Champions: 1997/98.
  • French Cup: Finalists: 1950/51.



The beginnings of the Valenciennes club

Valenciennes FC was founded in 1913 by a group of young men, notably Mssrs Colson, Joly and Bouly. With the Great War in progress, the club made little impact at first. However, in 1916 another group of sportsmen made contact with the directors of the club with a view to creating the "Union Sportive Valenciennes-Anzin" (Valenciennes-Anzin Sports Union, known by its French initials USVA) under which name they then participated in the Escaut Département championships. Under the leadership of their president, M. Lélithouard, USVA attained professional status in 1933.


  • 1913: Foundation of Valenciennes Football Club (FCV).
  • 1916: The club is renamed Union Sportive Valenciennes-Anzin (USVA), and retains this name until 1996.
  • 1933: Creation of a professional section.
  • 1993: Valenciennes and Marseille are involved in a match fixing scandal. Marseille chairman Bernard Tapie is believed to have bribed Valenciennes players to ensure a Marseille win so that the club could have more time to prepare for the UEFA Champions League final. Both clubs suffer a forced relegation as a result of this incident.
  • 1994: Valenciennes relegated to Division 3.
  • 1996: End of the professional section.
  • 1996: The club is renamed as "Valenciennes Football Club" .
  • 2005: Professional section refounded .
  • 2005: Valenciennes promoted to Ligue 2
  • 2006: Valenciennes promoted to Ligue 1

Current squad

As of 21 December 2009[1] 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 Nicolas Penneteau (vice-captain)
2 France DF David Ducourtioux
3 France DF Jacques Abardonado
4 Guinea DF Bobo Baldé
5 Brazil DF Rafael Schmitz
6 Serbia DF Milan Biševac (captain)
7 France FW Johan Audel
8 France MF Gael Danic
9 Slovakia FW Filip Šebo
10 Tunisia MF Fahid Ben Khalfallah
12 Senegal MF Rémi Gomis
14 Algeria MF Foued Kadir
15 Côte d'Ivoire DF Siaka Tiéné
No. Position Player
16 France GK Jean-Louis Leca
17 Colombia MF Carlos Sánchez
18 Guinea MF Amara Karba Bangoura
19 South Korea MF Nam Tae-Hee
20 Côte d'Ivoire DF Angoua Brou Benjamin
22 France MF Jonathan Lacourt
23 France MF José Saez
24 France DF Gaëtan Bong
25 France DF Rudy Mater
26 France MF Renaud Cohade
27 Mali FW Mamadou Samassa (on loan from Marseille)
28 France FW Grégory Pujol
30 Cameroon GK Guy N'dy Assembé
40 France GK Grégory Wimbée

Great players of the past

Logo used till 2008

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


International success of its players

Managerial history


  • Attendance record: 21,268 spectators (14 March 1955, Sedan)
  • Home office: 43 bis Avenue de Reims, 59300 Valenciennes
  • In the Video Game FIFA 06, Valenciennes are 1 of 2 one-star rated teams in the game.


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