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FC Nantes is a professional football club based in the city of Nantes, France. The club was founded in 1943 and is nicknamed ‘Les Canaris’ (The Canaries) due to their yellow and green striped jerseys, which resemble the plumage of a canary bird. The club plays their home matches at the Stade de la Beaujoire-Louis Fonteneau, which has a capacity of 38,128 spectators. The stadium was built in 1984 and has hosted several international matches, including games during the 1998 FIFA World Cup. FC Nantes has a passionate fan base, and their supporters are known for their fervent support of the team, both at home and away matches. The club has a long-standing rivalry with their neighbours, Stade rennais, and matches between the two teams are known as the ‘Derby de l’Ouest’.

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Nantes History

Nantes has a rich and successful history in French football. The club’s greatest period of success came in the 1990s, when they won 3 Ligue 1 titles in a row between 1994 and 1997. During this time, the club was managed by the legendary coach Jean-Claude Suaudeau, who led Nantes to their first title in 28 years in the 1994 season. Despite their success, Nantes has also experienced some difficult periods in their history. The club was relegated from Ligue 1 for the first time in 1963, but they bounced back and won the title in 1965. In 2007, Nantes was relegated again, this time to Ligue 2. The club spent several seasons in the second tier before returning to Ligue 1 in 2013.

Who Owns Nantes

FC Nantes is owned by Waldemar Kita, a polish businessman who acquired the club in 2007. Kita has invested heavily in the club in recent years, including funding the construction of a new training centre, which was opened in 2019.

Nantes Manager

Nantes current manager is Pierre Aristouy. Aristouy is a French manager who started his managerial career at Stade Montois before becoming the manager of Nantes B. over the course of the next 6 years he received multiple promotions and eventually became manager of the first team in 2023.

Biggest Nantes Transfers

Nantes biggest transfers of all time have been:

  • Anthony Limbombe from Club Brugge for £8.25m
  • Ludovic Blas from Guingamp for £8.00m
  • Alban Lafont from Fiorentina for £7.50m
  • Mostafa Mohamed from Galatasaray for £5.75m
  • Douglas Augusto from PAOK Salonika for £5.50m

Nantes biggest sales have been:

  • Emiliano Sala ro Cardiff for £17.00m
  • Ludovic Blas to Stade Rennais for £15.00m
  • Diego Carlos to Sevilla for £15.00m
  • Valentin Rongier to Marseille for £13.00m
  • Eric Carriere to Olympique Lyon for £12.00m

Nantes Drama

In April of 2023, FC Nantes coach Antoine Kombouare sparked major controversy when he dropped full-back Jaouen Hadjam for not breaking fast during Ramadan. He requested that all players retain from practising and while most compiled the full-back refused and was therefore excluded from the matchday squad. 

Who Plays For Nantes

Nantes have a decent squad with defenders such as Alban Lafont, Remy Descamps, Jean-Kevin Duverne, Jean-Charles Castelletto, Eray Comert, Nicolas Pallois, Quentin Merlin, Jaouen Hadjam, Fabien Centonze, and Ronael Pierre-Gabriel. In midfield they have Pedro Chirivella, Lamine Diack, Samuel Moutoussamy, Douglas Augusto, Moussa Sissoko, Mohammed Achi, Adson and Florent Mollet. In attack they have Moses Simon, Marquinhos, Marcus Coco, Abdoul Kader Bamba, Mostafa Mohamed, Matthis Abline and Ignatius Ganago.

What Have Nantes Won

Nantes have been one of the most successful French sides and throughout their history have won:

  • 8 Ligue 1 titles
  • 4 Coupe de France trophies
  • 1 Coupe de la Ligue 
  • 3 Trophee des Champions

Nantes 2023/24 Season Predictions

This season we predict Nantes will finish mid-table. They have an average squad and typically finish mid-table year in year out. Last season they were lucky to avoid relegation and while we do think they will improve we don’t think they will improve that much.

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