AS Cannes

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AS Cannes
AS Cannes crest
Full nameAssociation Sportive de Cannes Football
Nickname(s)Les Dragons Rouges (The Red Dragons)
Founded1902; 112 years ago (1902)
GroundStade Pierre de Coubertin,
Ground Capacity16,000
ChairmanZiad Fakhri
ManagerJean-Marc Pilorget
LeagueChampionnat de France amateur
2011–12Group C, 4th
WebsiteClub home page
Home colours
Away colours
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AS Cannes
AS Cannes crest
Full nameAssociation Sportive de Cannes Football
Nickname(s)Les Dragons Rouges (The Red Dragons)
Founded1902; 112 years ago (1902)
GroundStade Pierre de Coubertin,
Ground Capacity16,000
ChairmanZiad Fakhri
ManagerJean-Marc Pilorget
LeagueChampionnat de France amateur
2011–12Group C, 4th
WebsiteClub home page
Home colours
Away colours

Association Sportive de Cannes Football (French pronunciation: ​[a.sɔ.sja.sjɔ̃ spɔrtɪv də kan]; commonly referred to as AS Cannes or simply Cannes) is a French association football club based in Cannes. The club was formed 1902 as a sports club and currently play in the Championnat de France amateur, the fourth division of French football. Cannes plays its home matches at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin located within the city. The team is managed by Jean-Marc Pilorget and captained by defender Vincent Di Bartoloméo.

Despite playing football on the French Riviera, a popular and relaxing tourist destination, Cannes have had a lackluster existence. The club was one of the founding members of the first division of French football and finished runners-up in the league's inaugural season. The club's highest honor to date was winning the Coupe de France in 1932. Cannes last played in Ligue 1 in the 1997–98 season and are currently serving the longest stint of any club in the National division having been in the league since the 2001–02 season. The club has most notably served as a springboard for several prominent French football players such as Zinedine Zidane, Patrick Vieira, Johan Micoud, Gaël Clichy, Sébastien Frey, and Jonathan Zebina.

Cannes is known as Les Dragons Rouges (The Red Dragons) and incorporates the nickname into a multitude of club's fixtures, most notably its crest. On 21 May 2010, the club unveiled the its new logo to its supporters. The new logo is similar to the club's previous logo, but is now more dynamic with the club's city name and foundation now being displayed on the badge. The dragon, which is a focal point of the club, is also given a more up-to-date design.[1]


Cannes and Olympique Lillois in the Coupe de France in 1920.

Association Sportive de Cannes was founded on 4 August 1902 by English sportsman Herbert Lowe and a group of friends. Lowe was installed as the club's president. During the infancy of the club, in addition to association football, Cannes also practiced the sports of competitive swimming and athletics. The club also wore a black and blue combination kit before switching to its current red and white stripe following the club's merger with Club Sportif de Cannes in 1905. Under the leadership of Louis Grosso, a local furniture dealer, the football section developed its structures. In 1920, Cannes were playing in the Ligue du Sud-Est, a regional league under the watch of the French Football Federation. While playing in the league, Cannes developed rivalries with Nice and Marseille. Nice and Cannes contest the derby match that is known as the Derby de la Côte d'Azur. In 1921, the club inaugurated the Stade Municipal de Cannes and celebrated the opening by defeating Spanish club Espanyol 4–0. During the 1920s, Cannes successfully reached the semi-finals of the Coupe de France on two occasions. Led by French internationals such as Maurice Cottenet, Charles Bardot, and Raoul Dutheil, Cannes were regular participants in the latter rounds of the prestigious cup competition. In 1932, the club finally won the competition after defeating RC Roubaix 1–0 at the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir in Colombes, courtesy of a goal from captain Louis Clerc.

In July 1930, the National Council of the French Football Federation voted 128–20 in support of professionalism in French football. Cannes, along with most clubs from the south, were among the first clubs to adopt the new statute and, subsequently, became professional and were founding members of the new league. In the league's inaugural season, Cannes finished runner-up to champions Olympique Lillois after losing 4–3 in the ultimate match on 14 May 1933. Cannes had originally finished second in its group behind Antibes, but were declared champions of the group after Antibes was disqualified from the league for suspected bribery. Cannes remained in Division 1 for a decade before falling to Division 2 in the 1948–49 season after finishing last in the league table.

Cannes returned to the top division for the 1965–66 season and spent an unforgettable campaign in the league finishing second from bottom, thus returning to Division 2. It took another 20 years before the club returned to the first division for the 1987–88 season. During this time, Cannes had a young play-maker by the name of Zinedine Zidane in its ranks. In the club return to the first division, Cannes finished in 11th place. In the ensuing two seasons, Cannes remained mid-table finishing 12th and 11th, respectively. However, in the 1990–91 season, the club surprised everyone by finishing in 4th place, which gave the club qualification for the UEFA Cup. Along with Zidane, the striking duo of loanee Amara Simba and the emerging George Weah formed an excellent partnership, which tormented defenses. Weah later left the club for rivals AS Monaco and Simba returned to Paris Saint-Germain. Unfortunately, in the following season, with the departure of Simba and Weah and Cannes having to combine its focus on both the league and Europe, the club finished in a disastrous 19th place position. The club also suffered elimination in Round of 32 in the UEFA Cup. The resulting relegation led to the departure of Zidane and numerous others who were being courted by Division 1 clubs.

Though the departure of Zidane and others did hurt the club, Cannes still had a solid core of players, which included veterans André Amitrano, William Ayache, Franck Durix, and Adick Koot and youngsters Johan Micoud, Patrick Vieira, David Jemmali, and Laurent Macquet. The group effectively lived up to club expectations by finishing second in its group in the second division. Due to having more points than the second-place finisher in the other group, Cannes were back in Division 1. In the club's return, Cannes finished in a respectable 9th place position for the 1994–95 season. The next season, Cannes finished 14th. In the off-season heading into the 1996–97, Vieira departed the club for Italy, Durix ventured to Japan, and Ayache retired. Cannes struggled to replace the departed players and, subsequently, finished in 15th place for the season. Midway through the campaign, Micoud left the club for FC Girondins de Bordeaux. After the season, Jammeli followed suit and also joined Bordeaux. The resulting departure of all the club's youth talent ultimately led to its downfall with Cannes finishing dead last in the 1997–98 season. Since the club's relegation in 1998, Cannes have yet to return to the first division of French football.


Current squad[edit]

As of 24 July 2011.[2]

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

1FranceGKJérémy Gavanon
5FranceDFSébastien Gimenez
7FranceMFSebastien Gregori
8FranceMFDidier Neumann
10FranceMFFrancois Masson
11FranceMFLilian Compan
13RwandaFWElias Uzamukunda
15TogoFWBiliaminou Tidjani
16SerbiaGKPerica Radić
18FranceMFAntony Lopez Peralta
21MadagascarFWPaulin Voavy
25SenegalMFSylvain N'Diaye
26FranceDFRomain Rambier
29FranceMFBenoît Leroy
30FranceGKKevin Dolmadjian
FranceDFGrégory Tomas
BurundiDFAdama Soumaré
FranceMFJérémy Cordoval
FranceMFDylan Domarin
FranceMFSerisay Barthelemy
FranceMFJonathan Roufosse
FranceMFMathieu Lafon
SenegalFWMouhamed Soly (on loan from Guingamp)

Notable players[edit]

Below are the notable former players who have represented Cannes in league and international competition since the club's foundation as a football club in 1909. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 80 official matches for the club.

For a complete list of Cannes players, see Category:AS Cannes players

Club officials[edit]

Management and coaching[edit]

Association Sportive de Cannes Football
Senior club staff
Coaching and medical staff

Managerial history[edit]

1932–1934Scotland Billy Aitken
1934–1938England Stan Hillier
1938–1939France Maurice Cottenet
France Cornelli
France Francis Roux
1948Romania Elek Schwartz
1948–1949France Dominique Mori
1949–1952Austria Anton Marek
1952–1955France Lucien Troupel
France Léon Rossi
France Paul Baron
1961–1962Italy Dante Lerda
1962–1964Argentina Alberto Muro
1964–1966France Louis Mus
1966–1968France Maurice Blondel
1968–1976Italy Dante Lerda
1976–1981France Robert Domergue
1981–1983France Charly Loubet
1983–1985France Jean-Marc Guillou
1985–1990France Jean Fernandez
1990–1992Bosnia and Herzegovina Boro Primorac
1992France Erick Mombaerts
1992–1994France Luis Fernandez
1994–1995Bosnia and Herzegovina Safet Sušić
1995France William Ayache
1995–1997France Guy Lacombe
1997–1998Netherlands Adick Koot
1998France Guy Calleja
1998–2001France Roland Gransard
2001–2002France René Marsiglia
2002France Bernard Casoni
2002France Christian Lopez
2002–2003France Robert Buigues
2003Serbia Nenad Stojkovic
2003–2004France René Marsiglia
2004–2006France Gérard Bernardet
2006–2007France Michel Dussuyer
2007France Patrice Carteron
2007–2008France Stéphane Paille
2008–2009France Patrice Carteron
2009–2011France Albert Emon
2011France Victor Zvunka
2011–2012France David Guion
2012–France Jean-Marc Pilorget



  1. ^ "Un nouveau logo pour le club". Foot National (Foot National). 21 May 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Effectif 2010–2011". AS Cannes. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Organigramme". AS Cannes. Retrieved 28 December 2010. 
  4. ^ France – Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs
  5. ^ Though finishing runner-up in the league is not considered an honour, during the French league's inaugural season, a league table/playoff format was used with the top two teams of each league table contesting each other in a one-off final match to determine the champions.

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