Football Club des Girondins de Bordeaux, more commonly known as Bordeaux, was established in 1881. At present, it is the fourth most supported team in France and one of the country's most successful clubs of all time.
In 1936, the club merged with Girondins Guyenne Sport. This merger eventually led to the club achieving professional status in the same year. In the 1937-38 season, Bordeaux were granted entry to the second tier of the French league system. At the climax of the 1948–49 campaign, the team achieved promotion to the first division.
Amazingly, the club's first top flight season in 1949–50 also saw them win the French championship, finishing six points ahead of their closest rivals. The club's golden era, however, would come during the 1980s. League titles in 1983–84, 1984–85 and 1986–87 were added to by Coupe de France triumphs in 1986 and 1987. The 1990s saw the club's status grow through their performances in continental competitions. After winning the Intertoto Cup in 1995, Bordeaux reached the final of the UEFA Cup in 1995-96. Two more league titles in 1998–99 and 2008–09 would bring their championship tally up to six. Additionally, Bordeaux also won the Coupe de la Ligue in 2002, 2007, 2009. The club currently holds the record for most appearances in the final of the competition, having reached the last hurdle on six occasions.
Their main rivals are FC Nantes and the derby is known as the 'Atlantic Derby'. There is also the 'Garonne Derby' which they contest against Toulouse FC.
Bordeaux have housed a host of top French international footballers over the years, including names like Zinedine Zidane, Bixente Lizarazu, Jean Tigana, René Girard, Christophe Dugarry and Yoann Gourcuff. Notable foreign talents to represent the club include Héctor De Bourgoing, Pauleta and Marouane Chamakh.
The club's home matches have been hosted at the Stade Chaban-Delmas, formerly known as the Parc Lescure, since 1938. The ground has a total capacity of 34,694. The team is currently hoping to move into a new stadium in 2015, ahead of the 2016 European Championships. The new ground will hold a capacity of 43,000.