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Calais Racing Union FC (Calais RUFC) is a France football (soccer) club based in Calais, France.

The Club

The club was founded 1902 as Racing Club de Calais and was in the year 1974 renamed in Calais Racing Union Football Club.

Calais will compete in the CFA 2 for the 2009-10 season after being relegated from the Championnat National finishing 18th in the 2008-09 season. This would normally mean relegation to the Championnat de France Amateurs, but on Thursday 14 July 2009, it was announced by the DNCG that Calais RUFC had been relegated to the CFA 2 due to administrative reasons. CRUFC played their first match in their new Stade de l'Epopée on Saturday September 27, 2008, going down 1-4 to Stade Lavallois in a Championnat National match. On Saturday 17 April 2010, Calais RUFC broke the attendance record for a CFA 2 game which currently stands at 3078. The game was played against ES Wasquehal and about 4000 Calaisiens attended, breaking the record comfortably.

On 15th May 2010, CRUFC won the CFA 2 Group A by defeating US Gravelines Foot 2-0, with Alexandre Danset scoring both of the goals. They will therefore compete in the Championnat de France Amateurs for the 2010-11 season.

Unfortunately on 3rd June 2010, Calais RUFC were place into liquidation by the Boulogne central court. It is now unclear whether they will compete in the CFA next season, with the DH (Division Honneur) perhaps the most likely league that Calais will end up in. There is however still hope that this situation can be avoided if the feud between the president, Pascal Joly and the Mayoress of Calais, Natacha Bouchart, ends.

It seems likely now that CRUFC will be removed from existence and that a new football club in Calais will be created, possibly named Racing Club de Calais, this club will play in DH (Division Honneur) or PH (Promotion Honneur).

On 10th June 2010, the Boulogne central court, confirmed the liquidation of CRUFC. Calais's footballing future is now unsure.

Notable chairmans

- Jean-Marc Puissesseau

Coupe de France

Calais RUFC entered the international spotlight during their fairytale run to the final of the 2000 Coupe de France. Made up of teachers, dock workers and office clerks, Calais' remarkable run saw the team defeat first division powers RC Strasbourg and FC Girondins de Bordeaux. They eventually lost 2-1 to FC Nantes Atlantique in a close match, but their mere presence in the final was an epic achievement for an amateur club.


French Cup
- Runners-Up: 1999-00
- Quarter Final: 2005-06

CFA Group A
- Champions: 2006-07

Division Three (North)
- Champions: 1980-81

CFA 2 Group A
- Champions: 1987-88, 1997–98, 2002–03, 2009–10

DH North
- Champions: 1975-76

DH North pas de Calais
- Champions: 1990-91



- Chairman: Pascal Joly
- Vice-President: Christophe Pollet
- Director of Sport: Arthur Denez
- Spokesman: Patrice Guyot
- Director of Finances: Alain Guérot
- Director of Sport: Bruno Willems


- Head Coach: Djézon Boutoille
- Assistant Coach: Eric Warmez
- Goalkeeper Coach: Richard Ellena
- Technical Coach: Didier Popieul
- Team Chef: Luc Denez


- Doctor: Franck Beaurain
- Psychotherapist: Kevin Hochard
- Physio: Olivier Finot

2009-10 Recent Results

Calais are currently top of the French CFA 2 - Group A, with 82 points and 1 game remaining. By winning against US Gravelines Foot in the local derby, they became champions of the CFA 2 Group A, with two games to spare.

Calais RUFC 3-0 Pacy Vallée-d'Eure 'B' (Sankare x3) (29/05/10)
Évreux FC 1-0 Calais RUFC (22/05/10)

Calais RUFC 2-0 US Gravelines Foot (Danset x2) (15/05/10)

CMS Oissel 2-1 Calais (Gaillard) (08/05/10)

Calais RUFC 1-0 Amiens AC (Mantel) (01/05/10)

US Saint-Omer 0-0 Calais RUFC (24/04/10)

Calais RUFC 0-2 ES Wasquehal (17/04/10)

FC Drouais 0-1 Calais RUFC (Mayombo) (10/04/10)

Calais RUFC 2-0 L'Entente SSG 'B' (Mayombo, Marque)

Calais RUFC 1-0 Amiens SC 'B' (Sankaré) (27/03/10)

SC Bastia 'B' 1-1 Calais RUFC (Sankaré) (20/03/10)

Calais RUFC 1-1 AS Poissy (Gaillard) (13/03/10)

Calais RUFC 5-0 ESM Gonfreville (Danset x3, Sankaré x2) (06/03/10)

SC Hazebrouck 1-1 Calais RUFC (Mayombo) (20/02/10)

FC Dieppe 0-3 Calais RUFC (Danset x2, Deleudeuil) (06/02/10)

Notable coaches

- Albert Dubreucq (1962–1965)
- Dimitri Antonov (1965–1966)
- R. Noël (1966–1967)
- Jean (1967–1968)
- Claude Plancque (1968–1973)
- Bernard Placzek (1973–1979
- Eugène Grévin (1979–1980)
- Jacques Fardoux (1980–1982)
- Mohamed Lekkak (1982–1983)
- Bernard Ledru (1983–1985)
- Gabriel Desmenez (1985–1987)
- Richard Ellena (1987–1991)
- Jean-Marc Varnier (1991–1993)
- Jean-Claude Cloët (1993–1994)
- Daniel Fuchs (1994–1995)
- Ladislas Lozano (1995–2001)
- Manuel Abreu Freitas (2001–2002)
- Sylvain Jore (2002)
- Jean-Jacques Allais (2002)
- Sylvain Jore (2002–2003)
- Jean-Jacques Allais (2003)
- Sylvain Jore (2003–2007)

Reserve squad

Notable players

- Mohamed Djebaïli
- Medy Loorius
- François Ribery
- Matthieu Millien

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