Overview of RC Strasbourg Alsace Football from France
RC Strasbourg Alsace Football Club is a French professional football team found in Strasbourg, Grand Est, France. The team presently plays in the Ligue 1, the top tier of French soccer.
History of the Team
The history of RC Strasbourg Alsace goes back to the beginning of the 20th century when the team was established as FC Neudorf. In 1904, the club was renamed Racing Club de Strasbourg. The team enjoyed success in the regional championships of Alsace-Lorraine and finally reached the top level of French football in 1933.
Strasbourg spent most of their early years in Ligue 1, but also spent some time outside the top division altogether. In the early 1970s, RC Strasbourg Alsace won two consecutive Coupe de France titles (1978 and 1979) and were on the verge of winning the French league in 1979, but they ended up finishing second after losing out to Nantes.
Since then, Strasbourg has mainly played in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, with brief spells in the third tier of French football. The team gained promotion to the Ligue 1 in the 2017-2018 season after finishing first in the Ligue 2, which was a significant accomplishment for the club.
Over the years, RC Strasbourg Alsace has had various great players who have contributed to the club’s success. Some of the notable players include:
– Lucien Laurent: Laurent was a French footballer who was the first-ever player to score a goal in the FIFA World Cup history in 1930 in Uruguay. He played for RC Strasbourg between 1929-1939.
– Dominique Dropsy: He was a goalkeeper who played for Strasbourg for 12 seasons between 1974-1986. He played over 600 matches for the club and was considered one of the best goalkeepers in France in the 1980s.
– Ivica Osim: Osim was a Bosnian football player and coach who guided the RC Strasbourg Alsace team to win the French Cup twice in the 1990s.
RC Strasbourg Alsace has had many coaches over the years, including:
– Jacky Duguépéroux: A French football player and coach. He coached Strasbourg when they won the Coupe de la Ligue in 1997 and 2005.
– Thierry Laurey: a former French football player who managed Strasbourg when they won the Coupe de la Ligue in 2019.
– Kader Firoud: A former Algerian player and coach who is presently the head coach of RC Strasbourg Alsace. He succeeded Thierry Laurey in 2021.
Most Successful Season
RC Strasbourg Alsace’s most successful season was in 1979 when they finished second in the French league, narrowly missing out on the title. They went on to win the Coupe de France twice in 1978 and 1979, the only major honors they have won to date.
The club’s ownership is in the hands of an organization named Association Sportive de Strasbourg which is made up of members of the club.
RC Strasbourg Alsace plays its home matches at Stade de la Meinau, which holds 26,000 spectators. The stadium was modernized for UEFA Euro 1984 and in recent years has undergone some renovations, including a new media center and improved locker rooms.
In conclusion, RC Strasbourg Alsace is an important football team in French soccer. Although they have not won as many titles as some of the other great French teams, they have made notable achievements over the years. With an exciting squad and new head coach, the future looks bright for the club.
– RC Strasbourg Alsace Official Website.
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