A midfielder is an association football position. Midfielders are generally positioned on the field between their teams defenders and forwards, some midfielders play a disciplined defensive role, breaking up attacks, and are otherwise known as defensive midfielders. Others blur the boundaries, being mobile and efficient in passing, they are commonly referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box. The number of midfielders on a team and their assigned roles depends on the teams formation, most managers assign at least one midfielder to disrupt the opposing teams attacks, while others may be tasked with creating goals, or have equal responsibilities between attack and defence. Midfielders are the players who typically travel the greatest distance during a match, central or centre midfielders are players whose role is divided roughly equally between attack and defence. When the opposing team has the ball, a midfielder may drop back to protect the goal or move forward. The 4–3–3 and 4–5–1 formations each use three central midfielders, the 4−4−2 formation may use two central midfielders, and in the 4–2–3–1 formation one of the two deeper midfielders may be a central midfielder. The term box-to-box midfielder refers to central midfielders who have abilities and are skilled at both defending and attacking. These players can track back to their own box to make tackles and block shots. A good box-to-box midfielder needs good passing, vision, control, stamina, tackling and marking in defence, left and right midfielders have a role balanced between attack and defence, similar to that of central midfielders, but they are positioned closer to the touchlines of the pitch. They may be asked to cross the ball into the penalty area to make scoring chances for their teammates. Common modern formations that include left and right midfielders are the 4−4−2, the 4−4−1−1, the 4–2–3–1, a notable example of a right midfielder is David Beckham. Defensive midfielders are players who focus on protecting their teams goal. These players may defend a zone in front of their teams defence, defensive midfielders may also move to the full-back or centre-back positions if those players move forward to join in an attack. Sergio Busquets described his attitude, The coach knows that I am an obedient player who likes to help out and if I have to run to the wing to cover someones position, great. A good defensive midfielder needs good positional awareness, anticipation of play, marking, tackling, interceptions, passing and great stamina. A holding or deep-lying midfielder stays close to their teams defence, a player in this role will try to protect their goal by disrupting the opponents attacking moves and stopping long shots on the goal. The holding midfielder may also have responsibilities when their team has the ball and this player will make mostly short and simple passes to more attacking members of their team but may try some more difficult passes depending on the teams strategy
Athletic Club Ajaccio is a French association football club based in the city of Ajaccio on the island of Corsica. The club was founded in 1910 and currently plays in Ligue 2, the club president is Léon Luciani and the first-team is currently coached by manager Olivier Pantaloni following the sacking of Christian Bracconi in October 2014. Ajaccio play their matches at the Stade François Coty and are rivals with fellow Corsican club Bastia. Depending on sources, it is agreed that Ajaccio began playing in 1909–10 and their adopted colours are red and white stripes. The new stadium that was chosen held 5,000 spectators and was in use until 1969, spectators during the 1946 Corsican Cup final, held between A. C. A. and Sporting Bastia were handed umbrellas to shield themselves from the violence. Upon refusal of a penalty which would have awarded to ACA. This final was abandoned and replayed much later, a. C. A. became a professional team in 1965 thanks to the ambitious efforts of the clubs leaders. They initially adopted the symbol of the bear, but this has since been dropped in favour of a more stylised logo that uses a part of the Corsican flag. In 1967, the became the first Corsican club to play in the Frances top division. They were most recently in Ligue 1 in the 2013–14 season, as of 28 January,2017 Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality, for a complete list of AC Ajaccio players, see Category, AC Ajaccio players. Division 2 Champions, 1966–67, 2001–02 Championnat National Champions, 1997–98 Ligue de Corse Champions,1920,1921,1934,1939,1948,1950,1955,1964,1994 Official website Soccerway Profile
Paris Saint-Germain F.C.
Paris Saint-Germain Football Club is a French professional football club based in Paris, whose first team play in the highest tier of French football, the Ligue 1. The club was formed in 1970 by the merger of Paris FC, Paris Saint-Germain remain the only club to have never been relegated from Ligue 1. The Parisians are also one of only two French clubs to win a European title – the other being arch-rivals Olympique de Marseille, PSG are the most successful French club in terms of trophies won, with 32. Domestically, Paris SG have won six Ligue 1 titles, a record ten French Cups, in international club football, Paris have won one UEFA Cup Winners Cup and one UEFA Intertoto Cup. PSG have always represented both Paris and nearby Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the capital side play their games in Paris at the Parc des Princes, while the Camp des Loges is located in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Paris SG spent their formative years using the Stade Municipal Georges Lefèvre, located in front of the Camp des Loges, Paris SG shares an intense rivalry with Marseille and contest the most notorious football match in France, known as Le Classique. PSG is the second-highest supported football club in France after OM, red, blue and white are the clubs traditional colours. And Paris est magique. are PSGs most popular mottos, the Red-and-Blues have hosted the Tournoi de Paris at the Parc des Princes since 1975. During the tournaments 2010 edition, PSG unveiled Allez Paris Saint-Germain, to the tune of Go West by Village People, Qatar Sports Investments has been the clubs owner since 2011. The takeover made Paris Saint-Germain the richest club in France and amongst the richest in the world. Currently, PSG have the sixth-highest revenue in the world with an annual revenue of €520.9 million. Towards the end of the 1960s, an group of businessmen decided to create a major club in the French capital. After a petition was signed by 20,000 people, Paris Saint-Germain Football Club were founded on 12 August 1970 with the merger of Paris FC, PSG are today the citys largest club by far, as well as Frances most successful club in terms of trophies won. Paris SG won the Ligue 2 title in their inaugural season, PSG have never formally been relegated from Ligue 1. However, the split into two in 1972. The professional arm of the continued life in the top-flight under the name of Paris FC. Paris returned to Ligue 1 in 1974, ironically the year that Paris FC were relegated. Since then, PSG have always played in Ligue 1, the clubs trophy cabinet welcomed its first major silverware in the shape of the French Cup in 1981–82
Racing Club de France football Colombes 92
Racing Club de France football Colombes 92 is a French association football club based in Colombes, a suburb of Paris. Racing was founded in 1882 as a multi sports club and is one of the oldest clubs in French football history. The team currently plays in the Championnat de France amateur 2, Racing is managed by former football player Azzedine Meguellatti and hosts its home matches at the Stade Lucien-Choine, a smaller stadium next to the Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir in Colombes. Racing Club de France was founded in 1882 and was one of the members of Ligue 1. The club have won one Ligue 1 title, which came during the 1935–36 season and five Coupe de France titles, Racing also played in the USFSA-sanctioned league, which was Frances first-ever league championship. Racing made its debut in the league in 1899 and won the league in 1907 having previously finished as runner-up in 1902 and 1903, diagne spent a decade with the club from 1930–1940 and, in 1931, became the first black player to play in the French national team. He later played on the team at the 1938 FIFA World Cup alongside Abdelkader Ben Bouali, his Racing teammate, between 2009 and 2012, the club moved to nearby Levallois-Perret after the club reached a financial agreement with the commune. Racing Club de France is a team of French football, however. During the 1900 Summer Olympics, the hosted the athletic events at Croix-Catelan Stadium. Racings days at its zenith were in the 1930s and 40s, when the won the Division 1 in 1936. The club was successful at the beginning of the 1960s. However, midway through the decade, Racing became a significant focal point of the crisis that affected French football. The clubs financial struggles resulted in its relegation to the lower divisions, Lagardère gets especially the latter in case of maintenance of RP1 in D2, the two clubs will merge. This does not lack arrive, the first team of RP1, D2, is attached to Racing, while the reserve and youth teams of the former Paris FC are returned in the fourth division, the goals are ambitious, but their realization through promotion to the top flight. Alain de Martigny is the coach of the team, the climb is acquired in 1984, during a phase of dam which opposes the first RCP Lyon, then in Nice, the Eaglets won the first leg at the Stade du Ray, and mark the first in Colombes. At home in front of 40,000 fans, Racingmen fail to win, while he now shares the Parc des Princes with PSG, Racing nourishes important ambitions. Despite relegation, Lagardère made a new recruitment effort with the arrival of international Eugène Kabongo, team Racing, now led by René Hauss, won the title of champion of the second division in 1985-1986, confirming options Lagardère. Yet the mayonnaise takes evil and the results are disappointing in terms of investments, Lagardère, determined to lead his club in European Cup draws in 1987 the Portuguese coach Artur Jorge, just basking in his victory in the European Cup with FC Porto
Union Sportive de Boulogne-sur-Mer Côte dOpale is a French association football club based in the commune of Boulogne-sur-Mer. The club was founded in 1898 and currently plays in Championnat National, the club was formed in 1898 and its achievements are minor with their biggest feat consisting of reaching the semi-finals during the 1936–37 edition of the Coupe de France. Boulogne play their matches at the Stade de la Libération. US Boulogne were founded in December 1898 by a group of young athletes, while they mainly focussed originally on athletic events, they moved into the football industry and made a decent job in their first few years as a football club. Boulogne won the Maritime Championship three years running between 1904 and 1906 and they next won the Championship in 1909 and their final victory of this division was in 1922. In 1924, Boulogne moved to the Northern Championship and fared well, the team also did well in the Coupe de France – reaching the quarter-finals in 1929 and the last 16 three times. In 1926, Boulogne won the Northern League and only six years later, in 1935, under chairman Marcel Lacroix, the team joined the professional leagues. However, they played averagely in Division Two but there were a few bright sparks in the team, the Coupe de France 1937 competition saw Boulogne make the semi-finals, but they were convincingly beaten by FC Sochaux 6–0. After the war, Boulogne reverted to amateur status – and only became a team again in 1957 when they were re-elected into Division Two. They stayed in Division Two for 22 years but plummeted through the divisions – suffering consecutive relegations, the Coupe de France competition only provided little restbite, as the team made the last 16 three times. Robert Senechal arrived in 1983 and stabilised the club in Division Four and they missed out on promotion by a narrow margin in 1984 – but were promoted in 1991. However, it was short-lived and they were relegated again from whence they came. In June 1994, it was announced that Boulogne were in serious debt – owing ₣3 million, however, mayor and billionaire John Muselet intervened to save the club and appointed Jacques Wattez as chairman. Under the leadership of Wattez, the adopted a new name – Union Sportive Boulogne Côte dOpale – in July 1994. The debts of the club were wiped and Boulogne – although still struggling in Division Four – reached the last sixteen of the Coupe de France again in 1997 and they earned a home tie against Ligue 1 side Olympique de Marseille. Although, Boulogne battled their way through the match, they narrowly lost 1–0, Boulogne were slowly building their team in the Championnat National and under manager Philippe Montanier, the club clinched promotion to Ligue 2 with a tense 2–1 victory over SC Toulon. However, Boulogne were initially blocked from playing in Ligue 2 due to problems but after hard work. They struggled that season and on the day, they were occupying the final relegation spot
Chamois Niortais F.C.
Chamois Niortais Football Club is a French association football club based in the commune of Niort, in the Deux-Sèvres department of western France. It was founded in 1925 by Charles Boinot, the son of the owner of a chamois leather factory. The clubs badge shows a chamois goat standing on a football, Chamois Niortais has traditionally played in an entirely blue home strip, although away strips regularly differ. For the first 20 years of the clubs existence they played in leagues around the Centre-Ouest region. In 1945, after the Second World War, the joined the Championnat de France amateur. They achieved promotion to Division 3 in 1970 and stayed in the division for the eight seasons. Between 1980 and 1984, the played in Division 4 before winning promotion back to Division 3. The club gained professional status for the first time the year when they were promoted to Division 2. After another promotion in 1987, they played in Division 1 for the time in the 1987–88 season. Chamois Niortais were relegated to the Championnat National in 2008, and relegated again a season later, after finishing as runners-up in the Championnat National, the team were promoted back to Ligue 2 for the 2012–13 season. After the First World War, local chamois leather factory owner, Theophile Boinot, established the first sports club in Niort, soon after, the football section of the club was founded and named Étoile Sportive Niortaise. In 1923, many players were conscripted into the French army, in 1925, a number of the players returned to the town and Boinots son, Charles, set up the first proper association football team in the town, which he named Chamois Niortais Football Club. For the first season, the presidency of the club was entrusted to Jean Gavaggio, Georges Poussard, also a worker in the factory, was appointed as the clubs first secretary. The original team played in a white strip, and competed in the regional championship of the Ligue de Charentes. In 1929, the Swiss footballer Franchina was named as the clubs first manager, throughout the 1930s the club continued to grow in size, enlisting more players and members, despite the team performing relatively poorly in the league. For the 1932–33 season, Chamois Niortais joined the DH Centre-Ouest, the highest level of football in France. The side achieved consecutive sixth- and seventh-place finishes in the two seasons, before being relegated to the Promotion dHonneur in 1936. The team played in the division for three seasons, until they gained promotion back to the DH Centre-Ouest at the end of the 1938–39 campaign, in 1939, Joseph Boinot was appointed president of the club