Bastia

Founded In
1905
Location
Furiani, France

Bastia

About Bastia

Sporting Club de Bastia, more commonly known as Bastia, was founded in 1905 by Hans Ruesch, a Swiss teacher. The club's main rival is Ajaccio, and the two sides contest the Derby Corse, or Corsica derby.

Bastia turned from amateur to professional in 1965, upon entering the French second division. Just a few years later, at the conclusion of the 1967-68 season, the club was crowned champions of the second tier and gained promotion to France's top flight. Less than a decade later, in 1977, the club achieved a third place finish in Ligue 1, gaining qualification for the following season's UEFA Cup.

The 1977-78 UEFA Cup campaign helped to raise Bastia's profile around the continent. After victories against teams like Sporting Lisbon and Newcastle United, Bastia eliminated Torino, who had been unbeaten at home for two years. Eventually, Bastia would make it all the way to the final, although they were ultimately unsuccessful, losing to PSV Eindhoven. The biggest success in the club's history took place in 1981, when Bastia won the Coupe de France, beating Saint-Étienne in the final. The club would reach the final again in 2002, but would fail to overcome Lorient. In 1997, Bastia won the Intertoto Cup and in 2011–12, having previously been relegated, they were once again crowned champions of Ligue 2, gaining promotion to the top flight.

Some of the best players to play for Bastia over the duration of the club's history include Claude Papi, Johnny Rep and Charles Orlanducci. Bastia also have a history of nurturing some of the top African talent around, including players like Roger Milla, Alex Song and Michael Essien.

The Stade Armand Cesari serves as the club's home and holds a capacity of 16,480 fans. The stadium is perhaps best known as the scene of the 1992 Furiani disaster, which led to 18 deaths and over 2,000 injuries to supporters.