Founded In
Saint-Étienne, France


About Saint-Étienne

Association Sportive de Saint-Étienne Loire, commonly known as Saint-Étienne, was founded in 1919 by a group of employees from a French grocery store. Historically, Saint-Étienne have been one of French football's most successful clubs and in terms of domestic league titles, they are the most successful of all.

Saint-Étienne became a fully professional outfit in 1933 and achieved promotion to the top flight of French football in 1938, under the management of William Duckworth. The team maintains a strong rivalry with nearby Olympique Lyonnais, which is known as the Rhône Derby.

In total, the club has won the French championship a record ten times. The most successful period in the team's history came during the 1960s and 1970s, where eight of those league titles were won. Additional league titles in 1957 and 1981 complete the haul. In addition, Saint-Étienne have won the Coupe de France on six occasions, including four successes during the 1970s. Furthermore, the club made it to the final of the European Cup in 1976, although they were ultimately unsuccessful, losing out to Bayern Munich. However, since their last league title win in 1981, the club has endured a barren spell in terms of major honours and has even suffered relegation to the second tier on a few occasions.

Some of the team's most notable former talents include Georges Bereta, who won six league titles for the club; Robert Herbin, who won five French championships with Saint-Étienne and the legendary Michel Platini, who captained the side during their 1981 league title triumph.

The Stade Geoffroy-Guichard has served as Saint-Étienne's home stadium since its opening in 1931. The ground has previousl hosted matches during the 1984 European Championships and the 1998 FIFA World Cup and it is currently undergoing renovations ahead of the 2016 European Championships. After the work is complete, the stadium will have a total capacity of 40,830.