Association Sportive de Saint-Etienne Loire, popularly known as AS Saint-Etienne, is a French football club based in the city of Saint-Etienne. They currently feature in French Ligue 1 and are one of the traditional giants of European football.
AS Saint-Etienne were constructed in 1919 by members of the employees’ Union of the Casino grocery chain. In 1920 as per the FFF regulations, the name ‘Casino’ had to be removed. The club was then renamed as Amical Sporting Club.
In 1928 the club was renamed as Association Sportive Stephanoise and in 1933 after they turned professional, they rechristened themselves as Association Sportive de Saint-Etienne.
Saint-Etienne were promoted to the French first division for the 1937-1938 season. In 1955 they won their first trophy, the Charles Drago Cup. In 1958 they won their first ever French first division title.
In 1962 they won the French Cup and won the French first division again in 1964. Then between 1967 and 1970 they won four successive first division championships. Saint-Etienne did the double twice, in 1974 and 1976. In 1976 they reached the final of the European Cup but lost to German powerhouse Bayern Munich.
But in 1982 a financial crisis hit the club and that resulted in the club going into a decline. In 1999 they returned to the French first division but went down soon after. But they finished 5th in the 2007-2008 season and shall feature in the UEFA Cup for the 2008-2009 season after 27 years.
AS Saint-Etienne play their home matches at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard that can entertain a crowd of 35,6186. They bear the nickname Les Verts.
Some of the major achievements of the club include: -10 Ligue 1 championships -6 French Cups
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