US Créteil-Lusitanos

US Créteil
Full name Union Sportive Créteil-Lusitanos
Nickname(s) Les Béliers (The Rams)
Les Cristoliens (The Créteiliens)
Founded 1936 (1936)
Ground Stade Dominique Duvauchelle,
Ground Capacity 12,150
Chairman Armand Lopes
Manager Laurent Roussey
League Championnat National
2015–16 Ligue 2, 19th (relegated)
Website Club home page

Union Sportive Créteil-Lusitanos (commonly referred to as US Créteil or USC) is a French football club based in Créteil, a southeastern suburb of Paris. The club was founded in 1936 and currently play in the Championnat National, the third division of French football. The football club forms part of an omnisports club that is also known for its handball team.

US Créteil was founded in 1936 as an omnisports club and have a rich history, despite achieving minimal honours. The club has won the Division d'Honneur on two occasions in 1962 and 1986. In 1987, Créteil were crowned champions of the now-defunct Division 4 and, a year later, captured the Division 3 title. The club's best finish in the prestigious Coupe de France was during the 1985–86 edition of the competition when the team reached the quarter-finals. For eight consecutive seasons (1999–2007), Créteil played in Ligue 2, the second division of French football. It returned to Ligue 2 in the 2013-2014 season.

The team is affectionately known as Les Béliers ("The Rams") or Les Cristoliens, the name given to the inhabitants of Créteil.


Association football ventured to the city of Créteil relatively late compared to other communes located in and around Paris. The first club to enter the fray was Club Sportif de Créteil. However, the club was considered unstable from the start and was declared unofficial as the city was attempting to replicate the passion and heart clubs such as Red Star 93, CA Paris-Charenton, and Racing Club de France displayed in nearby communes. The declaration soon came to fruition following the foundation of Union Sportive Créteil in 1936 by a man commonly known as M. Hemon. Créteil spent almost 30 years hovering in the lower divisions. During this time, the football club played its home matches at the Stade Desmont, which seated only 800 spectators. Under the leadership of B. Hainque, Créteil reached the Championnat de France amateur in 1962. The team then proceeded to falter back into the Promotion d'Honneur before reaching the Division d'Honneur in the new decade.

Créteil and Bordeaux lining up at the Stade Dominique Duvauchelle in 2012

Créteil were a lucky beneficiary in 1978 when the French Football Federation announced the creation of the Division 4. The club was promoted to the new league despite its 7th-place finish in the Division d'Honneur the previous season. The team's shaky form showed as they were in dead last after ten matches were contested. By the end of the season, Créteil were back in the Division d'Honneur. In 1983, the club moved into its new stadium, the Stade Dominique Duvauchelle, after having spent almost 50 years at the Stade Desmont. Two years later, under the guidance of the city's deputy mayor Laurent Cathala, Union Sportive Créteil merged with the Créteil omnisports club in order to give the city a better sporting identity. The club's main sports became football, swimming, athletics, and cycling.


The club has a small but loyal and fanatical fan-base, mostly from Val-de-Marne, the southern and eastern suburbs of Paris. The club has two ultras groups; Urban Devils founded in 2002, later re-formed in 2005 and Kop de Banlieue founded in 2004. The fans are known as the Cristoliens, inhabitants of Créteil.

Despite playing in a modern facility, the club's level attendance is very low, averaging only around 500 spectators during the Championnat National years, although after promotion that number has risen to around 2500 per game in Ligue 2.[1]

The club has rivalries with Red Star Paris and Paris FC,[2] with whom they contest the Parisian derbies.


Average attendances:[3][4]


Créteil play its home matches at the 12,000-seat Stade Dominique Duvauchelle, named after Dominique Duvauchelle, a local sports journalist from the city of Créteil.


Current squad

As of 11 August 2016.[5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 France GK Yann Kerboriou
2 France DF Jonathan Ringayen
4 Cameroon DF Brice Nlaté (on loan from Marseille)
5 France MF Abdelhak Benaniba
6 Madagascar MF Johann Paul
8 France MF Cyril Mandouki
9 France FW Sacha Clémence
10 Morocco MF Bilel El Hamzaoui
11 France FW Guillaume Loriot
12 Guadeloupe MF Kevin Sainte-Luce
No. Position Player
14 Ivory Coast FW Wilfried Kanga (on loan from Paris SG)
15 Senegal MF Pape Gassama
16 France GK Romain Lejeune
21 France FW Gaoussou Sackho
22 Portugal DF Serginho
24 France DF Sidi Fofana
25 France DF Jason Buaillon
27 France DF Vincent Di Bartolomeo
28 France DF Sébastien Puygrenier
France FW Youssouf Niakaté

Former players

For a complete list of former US Créteil-Lusitanos players with a Wikipedia article, see here.


Current coaching staff

As of 27 June 2014.[6]
Position Name Nationality
Manager Laurent Roussey  French
Assistant manager Francis de Percin  French
Assistant manager Jean-Michel Bridier  French
Goalkeeping coach Jean-Pascal Beaufreton  French
Physiotherapist Olivier Roussey  French
Medical Doctor Nicolas Bompard  French
Intendant Amandio Adubeiro  Portuguese

Managerial history

US Créteil-Lusitanos has had numerous managers and caretaker managers since the club's foundation in 1936. The list below begins with the club's managers since 1986.

Manager Créteil career Major Honours
France Komano, Jean-MarcJean-Marc Komano 1986–88 Won Division 4 and Division 3.
France Redon, PhilippePhilippe Redon 1988–89, 1989–90
France Troussier, PhilippePhilippe Troussier 1989
Uruguay Umpierrez, RubenRuben Umpierrez 1989
Algeria Chebel, FathiFathi Chebel 1989
France Lemée, JackyJacky Lemée 1990–92
France Collat, MarcMarc Collat 1992–95
France Buiges, RobertRobert Buiges 1995–96
France Garcia, PierrePierre Garcia 1996–97
France Simondi, BernardBernard Simondi 1997–99 Achieved promotion to Ligue 2.
Germany Rohr, GernotGernot Rohr 1999–00
France Roussey, LaurentLaurent Roussey 2000–01
Bosnia and Herzegovina Vukićević, SlavišaSlaviša Vukićević 2001
Spain Lozano, LadislasLadislas Lozano 2001–02
France Tosi, NoëlNoël Tosi 2002–03
France Bridier, Jean-MichelJean-Michel Bridier 2003, 2004
France Cavalli, Jean-MichelJean-Michel Cavalli 2003–04
France David, GuyGuy David 2004–05
France Rust, AlbertAlbert Rust 2006
France Frapolli, OlivierOlivier Frapolli 2006, 2008–09
Portugal Jorge, ArturArtur Jorge 2006–07
France Goudet, ThierryThierry Goudet 2007–08
France Fournier, LaurentLaurent Fournier 2009–10
France Velud, HubertHubert Velud 2010–2011
France Vasseur, Jean-LucJean-Luc Vasseur 2011–2014 Won the 2012–13 Championnat National
France Hinschberger, PhilippePhilippe Hinschberger 2014
France Froger, ThierryThierry Froger 2014–2015
France Roussey, LaurentLaurent Roussey 2015–present
Managers in italics were hired as caretakers




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