16 Facts About FC Nantes


Football Club de Nantes, commonly referred to as FC Nantes or simply Nantes, is a French professional football club based in Nantes in Pays de la Loire.

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FC Nantes is one of the most successful clubs in French football, having won eight Ligue 1 titles, four Coupe de France wins and attained one Coupe de la Ligue victory.

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FC Nantes was credited with revolutionising the team's game, insisting on team-based, less individual play, and an attack-oriented game.

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FC Nantes's system showed promise but results were not forthcoming right away: placings read 11th, 6th in his first 2 seasons, and finally 2nd in 1962, having led the second division for the first half of the season.

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Jose Arribas and FC Nantes found their place in the top division right away and finished 8th in their first season.

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French success did not lead to European success however, and FC Nantes lost their first-round European Cup game to Partizan Belgrade, who went on to reach the final.

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FC Nantes started by reshuffling the team, putting aside a few stars and starting young academy players such as Loic Amisse, Eric Pecout and Bruno Baronchelli.

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FC Nantes benefited from a star-studded defense, with French international goalkeeper Jean-Paul Bertrand-Demanes, centre-backs Patrice Rio and Maxime Bossis, and full backs Michel Bibard, Thierry Tusseau and William Ayache; Bruno Baronchelli still pulls the strings in midfield, helped by academy youngster Seth Adonkor protecting the defence; winger Loic Amisse enjoyed a purple patch in his twilight years; strikers Jose Toure and particularly Vahid Halilhodzic enjoyed a great partnership.

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FC Nantes were still among the premier clubs in France, attracting players such as Jorge Burruchaga, and managed to finish 6th in 1984,2nd in 1985 and 2nd again in 1986.

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In July 1991, the club re-appointed Jean-Claude Suaudeau, and in July 1992, after spending a fortnight in the second division due to an administrative decision by the DNCG, FC Nantes was renamed FC Nantes Atlantique, and was able to take its place in the first division back.

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However, FC Nantes continued to sell its best players, with Karembeu and Loko sold in 1995 and Ouedec, N'Doram, Makelele, Benoit Cauet and goalkeeper David Marraud sold in the following two years.

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Denoueix's departure for Real Sociedad impacted the club somewhat, but FC Nantes still managed a French Cup semi-final, a League Cup final and 6th place in the league in 2004 under coaches Angel Marcos Loic Amisse.

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FC Nantes finished last in the league in 2007 and were relegated, triggering a pitch invasion and protests by fans.

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FC Nantes then finished in 15th place in Ligue 2 under the management of three different coaches.

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FC Nantes took the team to 7th place, but left in June 2017 for FC Porto to be closer to his family.

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FC Nantes finished the season in that position, before winning the play-off against Toulouse to stay up.

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