The most famous French Football clubs

Visit one of the French Football Clubs - learn French culture live!

The French championship isn't recognised as the most valuable championship in Europe nevertheless lots of great football players has began their careers in France (Zidane, Henry, Trezeguet..).

With the impact of business on football, French clubs have difficulty keeping good players in the French championship.

Players for the French Championship is known to be the first step to enter into Italian Scudeto or la liga espanol.

However, French football clubs try to recruit good foreign players (like Morientes, Pauleta...) and keep them to rise the level of French Championship and to play the European competitions.

This year 2004 was good for French Football clubs with:

  • Monaco, Runner-Up in the Champions League against Porto FC and

  • Marseille also finalist of the UEFA cup against Valencia FC.
Check up the most famous French football clubs!

If you are learning French and visit France, be sure to take in a game at one the French football clubs. It is a cultural experience and a valuable insight in to how the French football fans behave!

by Albin Vidal

Football Club of the Girondins de Bordeaux

Bordeaux football club

City : Bordeaux

Colors of the club : Navy blue shirt with a white scapula, pair of shorts marinades, in the navy blue bottom.

Stadium : Jacques Chaban-Delmas (34,198 capacity)

Team Manager: PAVON Michel

Click here to visit the Bordeaux football club web site


Championships : 5 ( 1950, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1999)
French Cup : 3 ( 1941, 1986, 1987)
French League Cup : 1 ( 2002)
UEFA cup: 1 semi final

Best players of the team :

Jean Claude Darcheville
Lilian Laslandes
Camel Meriem (midfielder)
Ulrich Rame (goal keeper)

Good players who played for the team :

Zinedine Zidane
Bixente Lizarazu
Christophe Dugarry

Paris Saint Germain football club

PSG Football club

City : Paris

Colors of the club : Blue and red shirt, blue pair of shorts, low red

Stadium : Parc des Princes (48,527 capacity)

Team Manager: HALILHODZIC Vahid

Click here to visit the PSG football club web site


C2 : 1 ( 1996)
Intertoto Cup : 1 ( 2001)
French championship : 2 ( 1986, 1994)
French Cup : 6 ( 1982, 1983, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2004)
French League cup : 2 (1995, 1998)

Best Players of the team :

PAULETA Pedro Miguel

Good players who played for the team :

Bernard Lama (goal keeper)
Marco Simone

Association Sportive de Monaco Football

Monaco Football club

City : Monaco

Colors of the club : Red and white shirt, red pair of shorts, low whites

Stadium : Louis II (20,000 capacity)

Team Manager: DESCHAMPS Didier

Click here to visit the Monaco football club web site


French Championship : 7 ( 1961, 1963, 1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2000)
French Cup : 5 ( 1960, 1963, 1980, 1985, 1991)
French League cup: 11 ( 2003)

Champions League: Runner up (2004)

Best Players of the team :

GIULY Ludovic
NONDA Shabani
Morientes Fernando

Good players who played for the team :

Fernando Morientes
Thierry Henry
David Trezeguet

Olympique Lyonnais

Lyon Football club

City : Lyon

Colors of the club : Shirt, pair of shorts and low whites with blue and red facings

Stadium : Gerland (42,000 capacity)

Team Manager: LE GUEN Paul

Click here to visit the Lyon football club web site


French Championship : 3 ( 2002, 2003, 2004)
French Cup : 3 ( 1964, 1967, 1973)
French League Cup: 1 ( 2001)

Champions League: Quarter finalist (2003,2004)

Best Players of the Team :

NDIAYE Ibrahima
ELBER Giovanni

Good players who played for the team :

Paul le Guen
Sonny Anderson

Olympique de Marseille

olympique de Marseille Football club

City : Marseille

Colors of the club : Low white shirt with blue, white short and socks Stadium : Vélodrome (60,000 capacity)

Team Manager: ANIGO Jose

Click here to visit the OM football club web site


C1 : 1 ( 1993)

French Championship : 8 ( 1937, 1948, 1971, 1972, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992)
French Cup : 10 ( 1924, 1926, 1927, 1935, 1938, 1943, 1969, 1972, 1976, 1989)
UEFA Cup : Finalist (2004)

Best Players of the team :


Good players who played for the team :

Marcel Desailly
Didier Deschamps
Basile Boli
Jean Pierre Papin

Association de la Jeunesse Auxerroise

Auxerre Football club

City : Auxerre

Colors of the club : short, shirt and socks in white

Stadium : l'Abbé-Deschamps (23,467 capacity)

Team Manager: ROUX Guy

Check out the website of this one of the French Football clubs - Auxerre


French Championship : 1 ( 1996)
French Cup : 3 ( 1994, 1996, 2003)

Best Players of the team :

MEXES Phillipe
CISSE Djibril

Good players who played for the team :

Lilian Laslandes
Laurent Blanc
Corentin Martins

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