The Union Sportive de Boulogne Côte d' Opale is a French football club based in Boulogne -sur -Mer, a coastal town in the French department of Pas -de- Calais, located on the Strait of Dover.
The immediate proximity to England, the mother country of football, meant that the club was already established as a U.S. Boulonnaise 1898 and is one of the oldest clubs in France. 1904-1906, 1909 and 1922, he was master of the coastal region, 1926 winner of the first division of Northern France. 1936, renamed the U.S. de Boulogne ( sometimes also U.S. du Grand Boulogne ) and 1997, the club adopted its current name. Since 2005, the USBCO went up three times and qualified first time in 2009 for the highest professional league. The club colors are black and red; league team plays at the Stade de la Libération, which now has a capacity of 15,004 seats after the recent renovation of 2009.
Club president is Jacques Wattez; the first team coached since the turn of 2010/2011 Michel Estevan, which was due to the weak start his team released early in the new season after ten matchdays and replaced by Pascal Plancque. After the descent of the Association in the National ( D3) took over for the 2012/13 season as coach Georges Tournay.
Professional status had Boulogne 1935-1939 and again since 1959. First class (Division 1 since 2002 in Ligue 1 renamed) played the club only 1939/40 [ unofficial war championship ] and again in 2009 after the League organization has confirmed the sporty completed ascent. After only one year the club but got off of it again.
- French Cup: Semi-finalist 1936/37,
Major players in the past and present
- Louis Bloquel
- Paul Mathaux
- Alexis Mony
- Pierre Mony
- Maurice Tillette
(all French national team in the 1920s and 1930s )
- Florent Ibengé
- Franck Ribéry
- Grégory Thil