AJ Auxerre

AJ Auxerre

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Association de la Jeunesse Auxerroise (; commonly known as AJ Auxerre or simply Auxerre) is a French association football club based in the commune of Auxerre in Burgundy. The club was founded in 1905 and currently play in Ligue 1, the top division of French football. Auxerre plays its home matches at the Stade l'Abbé-Deschamps on the banks of the Yonne River. The team is managed by former football player Laurent Fournier and captained by the French international Benoît Pedretti.

Auxerre was founded in 1905 and made its debut in the first division of French football in the 1980–81 season and have remained a fixture in the league ever since. Auxerre are the only club from the top flight in France to have never been relegated. The club has won Ligue 1 only once in the 1995–96 season. Two years prior, Auxerre achieved its first major honour by winning the Coupe de France in 1994. The club has since added three more Coupe de France titles, which ties the club for fifth-best among teams who have won the trophy.

Auxerre have unearthed several talented players in its existence. The club has most notably served as a springboard for several prominent French football players such as Eric Cantona, Laurent Blanc, Phillipe Mexes, Basile Boli, and Djibril Cissé, among others. All five players became French internationals with Blanc playing on the teams that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000.

From 1961 to 2005 the club was predominantly coached by Guy Roux. This included...
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