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Le Havre

Le Havre is a football (soccer) club from France.

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About Le Havre

Le Havre Athletic Club Football Association (; commonly referred to as Le HAC, HAC, or simply Le Havre) is a Football in France club based in Le Havre. The club was founded originally as an athletics and Rugby union in 1872, thus making it the oldest association football and rugby club registered in France. Le Havre currently plays in Ligue 2, the second level of Football in France and plays its home matches at the Stade Jules Deschaseaux, although in 2012 it will move into the Grand Stade du Havre.

Le Havre made its football debut in France's USFSA in 1899 and, on its debut, became the first French club outside of Paris to win the league. The club, subsequently, 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 Ligue 1. The club's highest honor to date was winning the Coupe de France in 1959 Coupe de France Final. Le Havre is managed by Cédric Daury and Captain (association football) by midfielder Hassane Alla.


It was in 1872 that a group of British residents formed Le Havre Athletique. which played a hybrid form of football, a cross between Rugby football and soccer, called "combination". Le Havre can therefore be said to be origin of rugby union in France.

Association football began being played on a regular basis in 1894, so technically FC Mulhouse could be considered the first French football team being established in 1893 (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 Jules Deschaseaux.

In 1899, Le Havre became the first club from outside Paris to become French football champions. At the time the championship was organised by the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques. 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. 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 system which develops and nurtures young (often local) 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 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.


Out on loan

Reserve squad

- Head Coach: Johann Louvel

Notable players

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