Overview of FC Rouen Football Team
FC Rouen is a French football team that competes in the Championnat National – the third tier of football in France. The team is based in Rouen, Normandy and has been in existence since 1899. FC Rouen is known for their distinctive round-necked, full red shirts with white shorts.
History of the Team
FC Rouen was formed in 1899 as a result of a merger between two football clubs, Le Trefle and La Nautique. The club played in the second division of French football between 1933 and 1939 before being relegated to the third division in 1947, where it has remained for the majority of its existence. The team then spent several seasons bouncing between the second and third divisions. In total, FC Rouen has spent 18 seasons in the top two divisions of French football but has never been able to establish itself as a top-tier club.
Several notable players have played for FC Rouen throughout its history, including Mahmoud El-Khatib, who played for the club during the 1989-90 season. El-Khatib won African Footballer of the Year twice during his career and played for Egypt in three World Cups. Another notable player is André Grillon, who played for FC Rouen in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Grillon played for the French National Team and won the Coupe de France with FC Rouen in 1959.
Over the years, FC Rouen has had several coaches, including Raymond Keruzore, who was in charge of the team for five seasons during the 1990s. Keruzore also played for the club in the 1970s. Another notable coach is Marcel Husson, who led FC Rouen to their most successful season in 1969-70.
Most Successful Season
FC Rouen’s most successful season came in 1969-70 when the team finished as runners-up in the top tier of French football, just one point behind Marseille. The team also reached the semi-finals of the Coupe de France that year but were ultimately knocked out by Saint-Etienne, who went on to win the competition.
FC Rouen is owned by the Rouen Football Club Association (RFCA), which is made up of various local businesses and supporters of the team. The association is responsible for the management and financial support of the club.
FC Rouen plays its home matches at the Stade Robert Diochon, which has a capacity of 12,018. The stadium was built in 1921 and has undergone several renovations and upgrades over the years.
Overall, FC Rouen Football Team has a rich history and a loyal fanbase. Although the team has not achieved the same level of success as some of France’s top clubs, it remains a well-respected and well-supported team within the French football community.