FC Sochaux-Montbéliard

The Football Club Sochaux- Montbeliard (French soʃo - mɔbeljar, also known as FCSM or simply Sochaux) situated is a French football club from the immediately adjacent to Montbeliard Sochaux industrial town, south of Belfort in the department of Doubs.

Founded the "Factory club" of the automaker Peugeot as Sochaux in 1928; The club colors are yellow and blue, and the Peugeot logo, a standing lion, to this day adorns the club crest. The players of the club also les Lionceaux be called. Also the Stade Auguste Bonal - (formerly: Stade de la Forge ) was established in 1931 in the immediate vicinity of the factory; it holds 20,000 spectators today. Although the PSA Group currently has to contend with considerable sales problems - in 2012 they closed with a loss of € 5 billion from - FC Sochaux can continue to count even 85 years after its inception on the support of the company and the Peugeot family. With Christian, Thierry and Xavier Peugeot currently three family members are engaged in the management and supervisory bodies of the corporation of the association ( Société Anonyme Sportive Professionnelle / SASP ). Also, the current president of the SASP, Alain Cordier, is a former senior executive of the company. The League team has been training since March 2012 by Éric Hély, the end of September 2013 declared his resignation after the team dropped back after the seventh round of the 2013/14 season at the bottom of the table. Took over from him in October Hervé Renard. (Updated: October 7, 2013)

League membership

The club had settled within a very short time thanks to support from Peugeot at the top of French football: In 1930 the FC Sochaux after a merger with the AS Montbéliard its present name and won in 1931, the national championship of the French Football Federation FFF, but nowadays only counts as a " precursor ", not as an official title. Such was followed for the first time 1935. The Sochaliens how the players (and the residents) Sochaux in France are called, played from 1932 to 1939, 1942/43, 1945/46, 1947-1960, 1961/62, 1964-1987, 1988-1995, 1998/99 and off since 2001 in the top division, Division 1 ( 2002 Ligue 1 renamed). The club has thus completed the most playing time of all clubs in the French top. FC Sochaux- Montbéliard, in addition to its troubled past and in the present successful and achieved ( gain of the League Cup in 2004 and the Coupe de France in 2007 ). Last but not least, the club is now considered one of the best talent hotbeds for young talents in France, crowned by winning the French Cup for youth club teams, the Coupe Gambardella (1983 and 2007).

The second representation of Sochaux was next to the Racing Strasbourg one of two reserve teams that could compete for the 1970/71 season tentatively for a year in the second division; the experiment was terminated, however, after a year and so Sochaux is next to Strasbourg and Marseille, the second team was represented from 1949 to 1951, one of three clubs with this feature.


  • French Champion: 1935, 1938 ( also 1931 Champion de France par Catégories )
  • French Cup Winners: 1937, 2007 ( and finalist in 1959, 1967, 1988)
  • League Cup Winners: 2004
  • Winner of the Coupe Drago: 1953, 1963, 1964
  • Uhrencup winner 1966
  • European Cups: semi-finalist in the UEFA Cup (1981) and the Intertoto Cup (2002)

Player Squad 2013/14

Status: October 2013

Major players in the past

  • André Abegglen
  • Héctor Cazenave World Cup qualifiers in 1938
  • Roger Courtois
  • Frédéric Darras
  • Laurent Di Lorto World Cup qualifiers in 1938
  • El Hadji Diouf
  • Pierre- Alain Frau
  • René Gardien
  • Bernard Genghini
  • Josef " Pepi " Humpal
  • Lucien Laurent scored the first ever goal at a World Cup ( 13 July 1930)
  • Georges Lech
  • Jean -Jacques Marcel
  • Étienne Mattler played for France in the first three Wmen (1930, 1934 and 1938 )