FC Nantes

Not to be confused with FC Mantes.
FC Nantes Atlantique
Full name Football Club de Nantes
Nickname(s) Les Canaris (The Canaries)
Founded 1943 (1943)
Ground La Beaujoire-Louis
, Nantes
Ground Capacity 38,285
Chairman Waldemar Kita
Manager Philippe Mao[1]
League Ligue 1
2015–16 Ligue 1, 14th
Website Club home page

Football Club de Nantes (Breton: Naoned, Gallo: Naunnt; commonly referred to as simply Nantes) is a French association football club based in Nantes, Pays de la Loire. The club was founded on 21 April 1943, during World War II, as a result of local clubs based in the city coming together to form one large club. From 1992 to 2007, the club was referred to as FC Nantes Atlantique before reverting to its current name at the start of the 2007–08 season. Nantes currently play in Ligue 1, the first division of French football. The first-team is currently managed by French coach René Girard and captained by goalkeeper Rémy Riou.

Nantes is one of the most successful clubs in French football, having won eight Ligue 1 titles, three Coupe de France wins and attained one Coupe de la Ligue victory. The club is famous for its jeu à la nantaise ("Nantes-style play"), its collective spirit, mainly advocated under coaches José Arribas, Jean-Claude Suaudeau and Raynald Denoueix and for its youth system, which has produced players such as Marcel Desailly, Didier Deschamps, Mickaël Landreau, Claude Makélélé, Christian Karembeu and Jérémy Toulalan. As well as Les Canaris (The Canaries), Nantes is also nicknamed Les jaunes et verts (The Green and Yellows) and La Maison Jaune (The Yellow House).


The club was founded in 1943. [2]

The first match played by Nantes as a professional team took place at the Stade Olympique de Colombes against CA Paris, where Nantes triumphed 2–0. The first home match was a defeat of the same score against Troyes. The club finished fifth at the end of this first season following which the club's manager Aimé Nuic left the club following a dispute, and was succeeded by Antoine Raab, who took over in a player-coach role. After winning 16 consecutive matches, Nantes lost 9–0 to Sochaux.

Supporters at an away match

In July 1991, the club re-instated Jean-Claude Suaudeau, and in July 1992, after spending a fortnight in the second division due to an administrative decision by the DNCG (French Football's financial regulator), FC Nantes was renamed FC Nantes Atlantique, and was able to take its place in the first division back.

They won the French championship in 1994/95.[3] and in 2000/01.


Stade de la Beaujoire

Nantes' home ground since 1984 has been the Stade de la Beaujoire-Louis Fontenau, which has a capacity of 38,004.[4]


Current squad

As of 31 August 2016.[5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 France GK Rémy Riou (captain)
2 Venezuela FW Fernando Aristeguieta
3 Brazil DF Diego Carlos
4 Venezuela DF Oswaldo Vizcarrondo
6 Brazil DF Lucas Lima
7 France MF Jules Iloki
8 France MF Adrien Thomasson
9 Argentina FW Emiliano Sala
10 Morocco FW Yacine Bammou
11 Sweden MF Alexander Kačaniklić
13 France DF Wilfried Moimbé
14 France MF Amine Harit
15 France DF Léo Dubois
No. Position Player
16 France GK Alexandre Olliero
17 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Anthony Walongwa
18 Poland FW Mariusz Stępiński
19 France MF Abdoulaye Touré
23 Denmark MF Nicolaj Thomsen
24 Cameroon MF Alexis Alégué
25 France DF Enock Kwateng
26 Ivory Coast DF Koffi Djidji
27 Belgium MF Guillaume Gillet
28 France MF Valentin Rongier
30 France GK Maxime Dupé
40 France GK Quentin Braat

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
Iceland FW Kolbeinn Sigþórsson (on loan to Galatasaray)

Notable players

Below are the notable former players who have represented Nantes in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1943. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 100 official matches for the club.

For a complete list of FC Nantes players, see Category:FC Nantes players

Former managers


Winners (8): 1964–65, 1965–66, 1972–73, 1976–77, 1979–80, 1982–83, 1994–95, 2000–01
Winners (3): 1978–79, 1998–99, 1999–00
Winners (1): 1964–65
Winners (3): 1965, 1999, 2001
Winners (1): 1981–82


  1. "Nantes". Ligue 1. Who Scored. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  2. "FC Nantes". Soccerway. Perform. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  3. François Mazet and Frédéric Pauron (1 September 2016). "Yearwise list of the champions of France". France - List of Champions. RSSSF. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  4. "FC Nantes". LFP. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  5. "Effectif pro 2016-2017" (in French). fcnantes.com. Retrieved 31 August 2016.

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