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AC Ajaccio

AC Ajaccio is a football (soccer) club from France.

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About AC Ajaccio

Athletic Club Ajaccio (; commonly referred to as AC Ajaccio or simply Ajaccio) is a football in France club based in the city of Ajaccio on the island of Corsica. The club was founded in 1910 and currently plays in Ligue 1, the first division of French football, having finished 2nd in the 2010–11 Ligue 2. The club president is Alain Orsoni and the first-team is coached by Olivier Pantaloni. Ajaccio play their home matches at the Stade François Coty and are rivals with fellow island club SC Bastia, with whom they contest the Derby Corse .

Historical information

Depending on sources, it is agreed that Ajaccio began playing in 1909–10. Their adopted colours are red and white stripes. Though they used to play in what was previously utilized as a sand dump, they decided to move to another, cleaner, safer stadium upon the insistence of Jean Lluis, father-in-law of club president Louis Baretti. The new stadium that was chosen held 5,000 spectators and was in use until 1969.

AC Ajaccio were elected Corsican champions on eight occasions, in 1920, 1921, 1934, 1939, 1948, 1950, 1955 and 1964, and are one of three big "island" teams, along with Gazélec Ajaccio and SC Bastia, the competition between the three being kept no secret. Spectators during the 1946 Corsican Cup final, held between A.C.A. and Sporting Bastia were handed umbrellas to shield themselves from the violence. Upon refusal of a penalty which would have been awarded to ACA, violence erupted between the fans, who used umbrellas both as cause and limitation of violence. This final was abandoned and replayed much later.

A.C.A. became a professional team in 1965 thanks to the ambitious assembly of a team by leaders of the club. They initially adopted the symbol of the polar bear, but this has since been dropped in favour of a more stylized logo that uses a part of the Corsican flag.

Players

As of 28 July 2011.



Out on loan





Notable past players

For a complete list of AC Ajaccio players, see :Category:AC Ajaccio players.
- Dominique Baratelli
- Rolland Courbis
- François M'Pelé
- Dado Pršo
- Marius Trésor
- Sébastien Squillaci

Managers


Honours

- Ligue 2
- - Champions (2): 1967, French football Division 2 2001-02
- Championnat National
- - Champions (1): 1998
- Ligue de Corse
- - Champions (9): 1920, 1921, 1934, 1939, 1948, 1950, 1955, 1964, 1994




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