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Le Havre AC

Havre AC
Full name Havre Athletic Club
Nickname(s) Le club doyen (The Dean Club),
Les Ciel et Marine (The Sky-and-Navy)
Founded 1872 (1872)
Ground Stade Océane,
Le Havre
Ground Capacity 25,178
Chairman Vincent Volpe
Manager Thierry Goudet
League Ligue 2
2014–15 Ligue 2, 7th
Website Club home page
HAC in Tournoi de paques 1913

Havre Athletic Club (French pronunciation: ​; commonly referred to as Le Havre or simply as Havre) is a French association football club based in Le Havre, Haute-Normandie. The club was founded originally as an athletics and rugby club in 1872, thus making it the oldest association football and rugby club registered in France.[1] Le Havre currently plays in Ligue 2, the second level of French football and has played its home matches at the Stade Océane since 2012.

Le Havre made its football debut in France's first-ever championship in 1899 and, on its debut, became the first French club outside of Paris to win the league. The club won the league the following season in 1900. Le Havre has yet to win the current first division of French football, Ligue 1, but has participated in the league 24 times; its last stint being during the 2008–09 season. The club's highest honour to date was winning the Coupe de France in 1959. Le Havre is managed by Thierry Goudet and captained by midfielder Julien François. The main rivalries are "Derby Normand" with SM Caen and an always heated clash with RC Lens, located in the nearby region of Nord Pas-de-Calais.


  • History 1
  • Players 2
    • Current squad 2.1
    • Out on loan 2.2
    • Reserve squad 2.3
  • Honours 3
  • Managerial history 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


It was in 1872 that a group of British residents formed Le Havre Athlétique.[2] which played a hybrid form of football, a cross between rugby and association football, called "combination". Le Havre can therefore be said to be the origin of rugby union in France.

Association football began being played on a regular basis in 1894, so technically AS Strasbourg could be considered the first French football team being established in 1890, however, they were a German team at the time. Le Havre currently play in Ligue 2 of the French league and their home stadium is Stade Océane.

In 1899, Le Havre became the first club from outside Paris to become USFSA. After being awarded a win over Iris Club Lillois in the semi-final by walkover, they were awarded the title after also receiving a walkover in the final against Club Français.[3] They would also win the following year, with the final being a "re-match" of the forfeited 1899 final.

The club is famous for its notable youth investment program which develops and nurtures young talent, with the vision of using them in the first team if they show enough promise. A vast amount of good young talent has gone on to make an impact at international level including Benjamin Mendy, Ibrahim Ba, Jean-Alain Boumsong, Lassana Diarra and Vikash Dhorasoo.

The club was on the receiving end of some high-profile illegal transfers, by which Charles N'Zogbia, Matthias Lepiller and Paul Pogba were signed by other clubs, allegedly without the proper compensation being paid. The first two were arbitrated by FIFA, who ordered Newcastle United and ACF Fiorentina to pay training compensation.

Le Havre is known as 'les ciel et marine' in France, which translates as 'the sky and navy blues'. These colours were chosen by the club's English founders as they were those of their alma maters, the universities of Oxford and Cambridge: the anthem of the club is played on God Save the Queen melody to remark the English origins of the club:

"A jamais le premier de tous les clubs français ô H.A.C. Fiers de tes origins Fils d'Oxford et Cambridge deux coulours font nôtre prestige Ciel et marine!"

English translation:

"The first ever of all French clubs The H.A.C Proud of your roots Son of Oxford and Cambridge two colors make our prestige (the colors of the) sky and the sea!"


Current squad

As of 18 September 2015.[4]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Fabien Farnolle
2 DF Issam Chebake
3 DF Ferland Mendy
4 MF Modeste M'bami
6 DF Costinel Gugu
7 MF Jean-Pascal Fontaine
9 FW Lys Mousset
10 FW Mathieu Duhamel
11 MF Ludovic Gamboa
12 FW Joseph Mendes
14 MF Harisson Manzala
15 DF Jérôme Mombris
No. Position Player
17 MF Alexandre Bonnet
18 DF Steven Fortes
19 MF Dylan Louiserre
20 DF Grégoire Puel
21 DF Dénys Bain
22 MF Victor Lekhal
24 FW Akeem Agbetu
26 DF Cédric Cambon
27 FW Ghislain Gimbert
30 GK Stefan Milosavljevic
40 GK Pierre-Alexandre Bois

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player

Reserve squad

  • Head Coach: Johann Louvel[5]
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
GK Yohan Blind
GK Dan Delauney
DF Paul Bougrat
DF Jérémy Balmy
DF Lenny Houelche
DF Kévin Mendy
DF Benoît Perre
DF Jordan Smith
DF Demba Sow
MF Sandro Agape
MF Elton Boketsu
MF Oumar Camara
No. Position Player
MF Yacine Chatar
MF Mansour Diallo
MF Marvin Dubourg
MF Gussouma Fofana
MF Morgan Gereto
MF Landry Koukoui
MF Rénald Metelus
MF Héry Randriantsara
MF Drissa Traoré
FW Jordan Cuvier
FW Abdoul Diawara
FW Adam Nkusu
FW Jordan Vercleyen


former logo
  • Ligue 2
    • Winners (5) : 1938, 1959, 1985, 1991, 2008
    • Runners-up (1) : 1950
  • Coupe de France
    • Winners (1) : 1959
    • Runners-up (1) : 1920
  • USFSA Championnat
    • Winners (3) : 1899, 1900, 1919
  • Challenge international du Nord
    • Winners (1) : 1900
  • Coupe Nationale
    • Winners (2) : 1918, 1919
  • Normandy Division d'Honneur
    • Winners (13) : 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1909, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1926
  • Challenge des Champions
    • Winners (1) : 1959

Managerial history


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Historical Rugby Milestones – 1870s". The Daily Telegraph. UK. Retrieved 14 May 2006. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Current squad
  5. ^ Equipe CFA Saison 2011–2012
  6. ^ "France – Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs on RSSSF". Retrieved 23 July 2007. 

External links

  • Official site (French)
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