Allez les Verts! acte I

AS Saint-Étienne is the most successful club in French football history, having won ten top-flight titles since the club was formed in 1919. The side from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes also made it all the way to the 1976 European Cup final.

Thirty thousand French headed to Scotland, only 5,000 from Munich. Most of the Scots were with the French and joined in chants of “Allez les Verts”, their famous battle cry.

Bayern won 1-0, a third successive European Cup, but Saint-Etienne had opportunities to score and struck the crossbar. Les Verts lost with honour but did win the hearts of millions of French people.

They won the league for the last time in 1981. Platini was sold to Juventus a year later, out of contract and on a free transfer. St-Etienne faded as richer clubs bankrolled by millionaires moved to the fore of French football.

Since that triumph 36 years ago, Saint-Étienne have yo-yoed between the first and second tiers of the game in France, but have played consistently in Ligue 1 since 2004-05.

Derby Rhône-Alpes

Inhabitants of Saint-Étienne, a working-class town best known for its bicycle manufacture and coal mining, feel they are looked down on by their counterparts from Lyon, which is thought to be a home of the arts, hub of the French silk industry and, more recently, cinema and science.

Hostilities run deep between the two cities, which are only around 30 kilometres apart, making it one of the few genuine local derbies in France.

While Saint-Étienne have won plenty of battles, Lyon claim the outright war on the basis they’ve finished above their rivals on 15 occasions in the past 16 campaigns, with Lyon claiming a record-breaking 7 Ligue 1 titles in a row during this period.

AS Saint-Étienne need to rise again and reclaim top spot in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

For too long has this great club, steeped in history and success, lived in the shadow of our bitter rivals – Olympique Lyonnais.

Ligue 1 Records

  • Most Titles (Team) – AS Saint-Étienne – 10 (1957–1981)
  • Consecutive Titles (Team) – Olympique Lyonnais – 7 (2002-2009)

Objective 1

En route back towards the summit of French football, we first need to establish ourselves as the ‘best of the rest’, if you like. In taking back the Rhône Valley, we should hopefully find we’re ahead of the chasing pack and, hot on the heels of AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain.

It is quite clear what is required of us in terms of our aims for the season. UEFA Europa League qualification should be the main target for the coming campaign. Preferably directly by finishing fourth. That would fulfil expectations we have here at Saint-Étienne.

Best of the Rest

  • AS Saint-Étienne
  • Olympique de Marseille
  • Olympique Lyonnais
  • Stade Rennais
  • OGC Nice
  • Girondins de Bordeaux
  • Lille OSC
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Philosophy

AS Saint-Étienne aspire to be the standout destination for developing young talents and one of the continent’s most exciting clubs. Constructing a youthful nucleus that is the envy – and, certainly, the desire – of much of the European elite. 

It will be a conveyor belt for the first team and it is, most likely, an investment fund that will bankroll ASSE’s future.

There will be sales, of course, but they won’t come at a bargain price. Whether it be manufacturing our own stars or polishing up rough diamonds, AS Saint-Étienne’s reputation for excellence will speak for itself. It will be a delicate balance to maintain coherence on the balance sheet and structure on the field. 

Key to attracting talent to the club will be a clear pathway to the top. Players naturally will move on to bigger and better things after being given the platform to perform at a young age in the first team.

Michael Zorc 

Sporting Director – Borussia Dortmund

“We decided to go with a two-column model“. “Very young, highly-skilled players, but also established, internationally-experienced ones.“

Here, we will briefly survey the spine/core of the team. Stéphane Ruffier and Loïc Perrin; both Les Verts stalwarts, will form the base of our spine, certainly for the coming years, however, both positions are areas we will be looking to find younger players and mould them into being the successors to these ASSE greats.

GK – Stéphane Ruffier

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CB – Loïc Perrin (c)

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Saint-Étienne have really been struggling for goals over the past few years and this season is no different. Remy Cabella has arrived, despite OGC Nice’s attempts to hijack the loan deal from Marseille at the last minute, according to L’Équipe.

Cabella will most likely lead the line this season, however, this is a position that we must look to fill, either internally with a young player from the academy or, we will need to sit down with our scouting team to find suitable players to sign.

CF – Rémy Cabella

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Having completed extensive research on Saint-Étienne, prior to completing my move to the Rhône Valley; two players really caught my attention. Both are products of the renowned AS Saint-Étienne academy that has produced such talents as Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), and developed Dimitri Payet (Marseille).

Rising Stars

The Guardian
“Defensively, the 17-year-old has the potential to be a pressing machine – his rapid lateral movements allow him to change direction and pressure multiple opposition players in quick succession. He has been followed by numerous clubs, notably Manchester City.”

NextGen 60 – Kenny Rocha Santos

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RB – Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel 

Volume II

The next segment in the series will see us continue to explore our main objectives here at Saint-Étienne. Inspecting exactly how we will be looking to express ourselves as a team on the pitch and what specific tactics and formations we will be able to deploy with the personnel we currently have at our disposal.

I really appreciate you taking the time to join us at the beginning of our Ligue 1 journey.

“Stay tuned..!!” “This is going to be good..!!”

I’ve stayed well and truly in the real world with regards to my social media activities, however, you can always find me in the fantastic ‘#Slack’ community space.

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