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Full name  Annecy Football Club
Ground Capacity  12,500
Manager  Hélder Esteves
Founded  1993
Ground  Parc des Sports Annecy
Arena/Stadium  Parc des Sports Annecy
Location  Annecy, France
Annecy FC httpsuploadwikimediaorgwikipediaen112FCA
Presidents  Michel Rousseaux Stéphane Loison
2015–16  Championnat de France Amateur 2 2nd (Promoted), Group D
League  Championnat de France Amateur

Annecy Football Club is a French amateur football club based in the town of Annecy in Haute-Savoie. The team plays its home matches at the Parc des Sports, where the club and its predecessor have been based since 1964. For the 2016–17 season, Annecy competed in the Championnat de France Amateur, the fourth tier of French football.

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Annecy Football Club was founded under its current name in 1993 as the reincarnation of the defunct Football Club d'Annecy. FC Annecy, formed in 1927, spent the majority of their history in regional amateur football. The club turned professional in 1942, but was compelled to return to amateurism a year later. When a national amateur league was formed for the 1948–49 season, Annecy became founder members. After eleven seasons, Annecy became the amateur champions of France at the end of the 1959–60 season, and after a short rise in the early 1970s shrank back into the obscurity that had characterised their early days.

The 1980s saw a sharp rise back up again, as FC Annecy won three promotions in nine years to reach France's second tier for the 1988–89 campaign. The club turned professional again following the first season in the division, and reached a peak in 1990–91 as the team performed well in both the Coupe de France and the league. After relegation in 1992–93, the club capitulated in October 1993. Annecy Football Club was therefore established in its stead, taking up a league place five divisions below the third tier position that the former club had left. Though the new side won promotion twice within five years, Annecy then spent nine years in the sixth tier before meeting relegation again in 2007–08.

History

Football Club d'Annecy was founded in May 1927. The first president of the club was Louis Monnet, who held the office until 1933 when he was replaced by Jean Chatenoud. The club turned professional in 1942 after winning the Lyonnais Division Honneur, but was forced to return to its former status as amateur a year later as professional football clubs were outlawed. As amateurs, Annecy won the league twice more in 1946–47 and 1947–48 before joining the Championnat de France amateur on its formation for 1948–49. Winning the Coupe de Lyonnais in 1953–54 was capped by finishing top of the Championnat's south-eastern section a year later. The team regained the Coupe de Lyonnais in 1958–59 and ended the 1959–60 campaign as the amateur champions of France. Chatenoud finally stepped down in 1970, after 37 years as president. The Championnat was dissolved after the 1970–71 season, and Annecy were subsequently accepted into the Division 3 Sud-Est.

During their first season in the new league, Annecy were nearly promoted, but lost a play-off match to FC Martigues. The team competed in the division until 1973–74, when Annecy were relegated back to the Lyonnais Division Honneur. The team revived during the early 1980s, achieving promotion to the fourth level for 1980–81 before winning the championship in 1983–84. Another promotion in 1987–88 saw the club in the second tier for 1988–89, and prompted a change back to professionalism. Annecy's best season came in 1990–91, when the team finished ninth in the league and reached the last 16 of the Coupe de France. However, on relegation in 1992–93, Annecy fell as swiftly as they had emerged – the club was wound up on 16 October 1993, and therefore gave up its professional status along with its place in the third level.

Annecy Football Club was formed on the same day as FC Annecy's demise, and took up a league place five tiers below that of the former team in the Rhône-Alpes Promotion Honneur Régional. The new club was promoted in its second season, and repeated this feat two years later. After nine years at the sixth level, the Rhône-Alpes Honneur Ligue, Annecy were relegated again in 2007–08. In 2013 the club regained the historic name FC Annecy, and in 2015 won the Rhône-Alpes Division Honneur, to gain access to the CFA 2. In 2016 the club were again promoted to the Championnat de France Amateur.

Managers

Twenty-three men have managed Annecy in its two incarnations. Only one of these, the Yugoslav Georges Korac, has been a foreigner. The longest serving manager is Jean-Christian Lang, who managed the club for six years from 1981 to 1987.

Honours

The club has won a variety of honours, all of them amateur. The most notable honour won by Annecy in either guise is the French amateur championship won by the club in 1959–60.

References

Annecy FC Wikipedia


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