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FC Metz

Full name Football Club de Metz
Nickname(s) Les Grenats, Les Graoullys
Founded 1932; 84 years ago (1932)
Ground Stade Municipal
Ground Capacity 26,700[1]
Chairman Bernard Serin
Manager Albert Cartier
League Ligue 2
2014–15 Ligue 1, 19th (relegated)
Website Club home page
33px Current season

Football Club de Metz, commonly referred to as simply Metz (Template:IPA-fr), is a French association football club based in Metz. The club was formed in 1932 and has spent most of its history in Ligue 1, except for a stint in Ligue 2 (the second level in the French football league system) between 2008 and 2014, which also encompassed a relegation to the National Championship in 2012. In April 2014, Metz secured its spot back in Ligue 1 by defeating Auxerre. Metz plays its home matches at the Stade Municipal Saint-Symphorien located within the city. The team is managed by former FC Metz player Albert Cartier.


FC Metz was founded in 1932 by the amalgamation of two amateur athletic clubs, and shortly thereafter became a professional team; it is one of the oldest professional football teams in France. Its roots trace back further, to the SpVgg Metz club, formed in 1905 when the city of Metz was part of the German Empire. SpVgg played in the tier-one Westkreis-Liga for a season in 1913–14, before the outbreak of the First World War stopped all play. Some players of this club were part of the Cercle Athlétique Messin in 1919, which went on to become FC Metz in 1932. Messin was a leading club in the Division d'Honneur – Lorraine, taking out league titles in 1920, 1921, 1922, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1929 and 1931.[2]

The club played in the French second division north from 1933, winning the league in 1935 and earning promotion to Ligue 1 for the first time.[3] The team became a mid-table side in the first division until the outbreak of the war interfered with play once more. FCM did not take part in the top-tier regional competitions in 1939–40.[4]

During the 2nd World War, the Moselle département being annexed by Germany, the club had to play under the Germanised name of FV Metz in the Gauliga Westmark. In the three completed seasons of this league from 1941 to 1944, the club finished runners-up each year.[5]

Despite the city of Metz being retaken by allied forces in autumn 1944, the club did not take part in French league football in 1944–45 but returned to Ligue 1 in 1945–46, to come 17th out of 18 clubs. An expansion of the league to 20 clubs meant, the team was not relegated and stayed at the highest level until 1950, when a last place finish ended its Ligue 1 membership.

The club rebounded immediately, finishing second in Ligue 2, behind Olympique Lyon and returned to the first division. FC Metz made a strong return to this league, finishing fifth in its first season back. After this, the club once more had to battle against relegation season-by-season, finishing second-last in 1958 and having to return to Ligue 2. It took three seasons in this league before it could manage to return to Ligue 1 in 1961, but lasted for only one year in the top flight. FC Metz spent the next five seasons at second division level.

FC Metz ascended to the top level of French football once more in 1967; the team remained in the highest division until they were relegated in 2001, although they bounced back immediately and returned to the Ligue 1 the following year. In 2006 they were relegated again. In 1998 the team competed in the qualifications to the Uefa Champions League but lost in the third round to Finnish team HJK Helsinki. Finally Metz once finished 18th of Ligue 2 and relegated to National, third tier of French football after 1–1 draw with FC Tours at home match in 20 May 2012.

FC Metz plays its home matches at the stade Saint-Symphorien, which has a capacity of 26,700. Its official colours are grenat (maroon) and white, from which the team derives its nickname Les Grenats. The team's crest features the Lorraine cross, symbolic of the team's regional affiliation, and the dragon called the Graoully, which in local legend was tamed by Saint Clement of Metz.[6]

FC Metz also gained recognition in France and Europe for its successful youth academy, which produced star players including: Rigobert Song, Robert Pirès, Louis Saha, Emmanuel Adebayor, Papiss Cissé, Miralem Pjanić, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Sadio Mané.


FC Metz has never won the French championship; its best result was a second-place finish in 1998, behind RC Lens. Metz won the Coupe de France twice, in 1984 and 1988, the first of these victories enabled it to qualify for the European Cup Winners' Cup where it achieved arguably the team's greatest moment, an upset of FC Barcelona in the first round of the competition in October 1984. It lost 4–2 at home in the first leg but won 4–1 away in the return leg, thus qualifying 6–5 on aggregate. FC Metz also won the Coupe de la Ligue twice, in 1986 and 1996, and has made a total of ten appearances in European tournaments.

Runners-up (1): 1997–98
Winners (3): 1934–35, 2006–07, 2013–14
Winners (2): 1983–84, 1987–88
Runners-up (1): 1937–38
Winners (2): 1985–86, 1995–96
Runners-up (1): 1998–99


Current squad

As of 17 January, 2015[7]

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 Johann Carrasso
3 23x15px DF Jonathan Rivierez
4 23x15px DF Sylvain Marchal
5 23x15px DF Guido Milán
6 23x15px MF Ferjani Sassi
7 23x15px MF Romain Rocchi
8 23x15px MF Cheick Doukouré
9 23x15px FW Juan Manuel Falcón
10 23x15px MF Bouna Sarr
11 23x15px FW Federico Andrada (on loan from River Plate)
12 23x15px FW Kwame Nsor
13 23x15px MF Florent Malouda
14 23x15px MF Fadil Sido
15 23x15px DF Romain Métanire
16 23x15px GK Anthony Mfa Mezui
No. Position Player
17 23x15px FW Fakhreddine Ben Youssef
18 23x15px DF Jérémy Choplin
19 23x15px FW Thibaut Vion
20 23x15px FW Modibo Maïga (on loan from West Ham)
21 23x15px MF Ahmed Kashi
22 23x15px MF Kevin Lejeune
23 23x15px MF Yeni Ngbakoto
24 23x15px DF Gaëtan Bussmann
25 23x15px MF Guirane N'Daw
26 23x15px DF Chris Philipps
27 23x15px DF José Luis Palomino
28 23x15px MF Jānis Ikaunieks
29 23x15px MF Sergey Krivets
30 23x15px GK David Oberhauser

On loan

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

No. Position Player
23x15px GK Thomas Didillon (on loan to Seraing United)
23x15px DF Médéric Deher (on loan to Luçon)
23x15px DF Abdallah Ndour (on loan to Strasbourg)
23x15px DF Ali Bamba (on loan to Seraing United)
No. Position Player
23x15px MF Samy Kehli (on loan to Seraing United)
23x15px MF Popoola Saliu (on loan to Seraing United)
23x15px MF Mayoro N'Doye-Baye (on loan to Strasbourg)
23x15px FW Moussa Gueye (on loan to Seraing United)

Notable players

Below are the notable former players who have represented Metz in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1932. To appear in the section below, a player must have played at least a full season for the club.

For a complete list of FC Metz players, see Category:FC Metz players

Current technical staff

Position Name
Head Coach Albert Cartier

Managerial history


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