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ASEC Mimosas
File:ASEC Mimosas.png
Full name Association Sportive des Employés de Commerce Mimosas
Nickname(s) Les Mimosas (The Mimosas)
Noir et Jaunes (Black and Yellows)
Founded 1948
Ground Stade Robert Champroux,
Abidjan
Ground Capacity 15,000[1]
Chairman 23x15px Roger Ouégnin
Manager 23x15px Benoit You
Coach 23x15px Siaka Traoré
League Côte d'Ivoire Ligue 1
2012–2013 1st

The Association Sportive des Employés de Commerce Mimosas, literally Mimosas Commerce Employees' Sporting Association, is an Ivorian football club based in Abidjan. The club is also known as ASEC Mimosas Abidjan and ASEC Abidjan, especially in international club competitions. Founded in 1948, they are the most successful side in Ivorian football, having won the Ivorian Premier Division 24 times and the 1998 CAF Champions League. In addition, ASEC's Académie MimoSifcom has produced a number of famous players now based in top foreign leagues, including Bonaventure Kalou, Didier Zokora, Emmanuel Eboué, Gervinho, Salomon Kalou, Romaric, Didier Ya Konan, and Yaya Touré, all of whom have played internationally.

History

ASEC Mimosas was founded on 1 January 1948 by a group of businessmen from Western Africa, Lebanon and France. The club originates from a place called Sol-béni in Abidjan-M'pouto, which today is the name of their training complex.[2] In the following years, ASEC competed in the Championship of Abidjan together with their eternal rival Africa Sports, with their first professional coach being Frenchman Guy Fabre in 1954. Fabre also shaped the club's philosophy of que les enfants s'amusent... en jouant au football (may the children have fun... by playing football).[3]

After Independence in 1960, ASEC won its first title in the newly found Premier Division in 1963. In the early 1970s, ASEC rose to power by winning the league title 5 out of 6 possible times from 1970 to 1975. This was the era of players as Laurent Pokou and Eustache Manglé. In the next years, it was Africa Sports who dominated the league, with ASEC winning only once in 1980.

On 19 November 1989, advocate Roger Ouégnin was elected as club president. In his wish to professionalize the club, he introduced Philippe Troussier as coach from 1989 till 1992. This was the time for ASEC to return to old strength, winning the championship six consecutive times between 1990 and 1995. ASEC also provided the backbone of the national team that won the 1992 African Cup of Nations, including key members of the side such as Ben Badi, Donald-Olivier Sié and Basile Aka Kouamé. After having qualified for the semi-finals already five times before, ASEC finally won the CAF Champions League in 1998. For some players, this was the chance to sign for a European club, for example team captain Tchiressoua Guel, who joined Olympique de Marseille afterwards. A few years later, ASEC bet their own record by winning the league seven consecutive times between 2000 and 2006.

In 1993, former French national player Jean-Marc Guillou joined the club staff as director, manager and financier. Together with chairman Roger Ouégnin, he founded the Académie MimoSifcom at Sol Béni. In the following weeks, they started to scout amongst thousands of young kids to form the first promotions to receive coaching and education. In 1999, following ASECs success in the 1998 Champions League, ASEC faced Espérance Sportive de Tunis in the CAF Super Cup. But most of the old players were aged, had left the club or at least wanted to. So Guillou and Ouégnin decided to replace the old squad with the first products of the Academy, most of them only aged around 17/18 years. The own protested against this measure and Espérance's president Slim Chiboub called it a "scandal to be playing against children". However, the young ASEC squad surprisingly beat the their opponents by 3 to 1 goals and brought in the second big international title for their club.[4] Amongst others, Boubacar 'Copa' Barry, Kolo Touré, Didier Zokora, Gilles Yapi Yapo, Siaka Tiéné, Abdoulaye Djire, Venance Zézé, and Aruna Dindane were part of that squad.

When Guillou became manager of Belgian side K.S.K. Beveren in 2001, many of the Academy's players joined him. As a result, the Belgian team consisted mainly out of Ivorian players for several years. These could use Beveren as a chance to show their talent to top European clubs. Players as Yaya Touré, Arthur Boka, Emmanuel Eboué, Gervinho, Romaric and Copa all had their time in Beveren. This lasted till 2006, when Guillou and Beveren broke up with ASEC Mimosas. ASEC then linked up with Charlton Athletic.[5]

Satellite clubs

The following clubs are affiliated with ASEC:

Académie MimoSifcom

Main article: Académie de Sol Beni

ASECs youth academy has been described[by whom?] as the crown jewel of African football. The academy started by Roger Ouégnin and Jean-Marc Guillou in 1993 at ASEC's training complex has since produced many international stars. The student-athletes are given an education, for which they take classes in math, history, geography, physics, French, English, and Spanish. The students live in dorms during the week and have two training sessions a day. They play matches on Saturday and get health care and tutoring.

Current squad

As of 25 March 2014[8]

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

No. Position Player
1 23x15px GK Adama Cissé
2 23x15px DF N'Clomandé Konan
3 23x15px MF Gauthier Koffi
4 23x15px DF Marc Goua Mahan
5 23x15px DF Bangaly Soumahoro
6 23x15px DF Yao Yves Ablakor
7 23x15px MF Michel Mvondo
8 23x15px FW Ibrahim Diarassouba
9 23x15px DF Mohamed Aidara
10 23x15px FW Koffi Foba Stevens
11 23x15px MF Hamed Barry
12 23x15px MF Inza Diabaté
13 23x15px MF Hugues Zagbayou
14 23x15px MF Moussa Traoré
15 23x15px DF Koffi Constant Kouamé
No. Position Player
16 23x15px GK Badra Ali Sangaré
17 23x15px MF Brefo Mensah
18 23x15px MF Mark Sekyere
19 23x15px DF Nabi Ibrahim Koné
20 23x15px MF Adama Diéng
21 23x15px GK Sylvain Komenan
23 23x15px FW Koffi Davy Bouah
24 23x15px MF Simon Kangoh
25 23x15px DF Adama Kangouté
26 23x15px DF Moustapha Sakanoko
27 23x15px FW Adriel d'Avila Ba Loua
28 23x15px DF Assana Koné
29 23x15px DF Karim Touré
30 23x15px FW Ibrahima Fofana

Technical Staff

23x15px Siaka 'Gigi' Traoré Manager
23x15px Lucien Kassy-Kouadio Amadou Saganogo Assistant Coach
23x15px Amadou Saganogo Assistant Coach
23x15px Tivoli Bi N'Guessan Goalkeeping Coach
23x15px Dr. Yves Kouamé Doctor
23x15px Patrice Voli Bi Masseur
23x15px Rémy Kouadio Masseur
23x15px Dr. Zaka Physiotherapist
23x15px Issouf Kanaté Kit Manager
23x15px Moussa Traoré Kit Manager
23x15px Hyacinthe Coulidjaty Director of Sport
23x15px Siaka Samaké Assistant Director
23x15px Julien Chevalier Head Coach of the Academy
23x15px Steve Vilmiaire Assistant Coach of the Academy

Transfers

for transfers see: ASEC Mimosas transfers

Club life

The club's colours are yellow and black; the badge displays a Mimosa. Together with their biggest rival Africa Sports National, they contest the most important ivorian football derby. These two are also the only clubs allowed to play their home games in Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny.

ASEC has, after own declarations,[9] more than 8,000,000 fans in Ivory Coast and 15,000,000 in the whole region. The fans are called the Actionnaires. They are organised in the CNACO (Comité National d`Action et de Coordination, = National Committee for Action and Coordination), which has 40,000 members and consists out of 350 commissions.

Records

ASEC holds the world record for unbeaten league games, racking up 108 league and domestic cup games without loss between 1989 and 1994 before they were eventually beaten by SO Armee; four more than the unbeaten run of Steaua Bucureşti in the late 1980s.[10]

Honours

Domestic

1963, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1980, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010.
1962, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1983, 1990, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013.
1975, 1980, 1983, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.

International

1998
1999
1990
2001[11]

Performance in CAF competitions

2009 – Second round of 16
2011 – quarter-finals
2012 – Second round of 16
2013 - Second round of 16
2014 -
1983 – semi-finals
1984 – quarter-finals
1987 – Second round
2000 – First round

Former Managers

   

Former presidents

 

References

External links