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AS Carcassonne

AS Carcassonne is a professional rugby league football club based in Carcassonne in the south of France. It plays in the French rugby league championship and is one of the most successful clubs in French rugby league, having won a total of ten French Championship titles and eleven Lord Derby Cups. In more recent times the club has been less successful than in the past winning only one Championship in the past twenty-five years and two Lord Derby Cups.

The club was founded in 1938 and to date has produced debatably the best ever French Rugby league footballer in Puig Aubert. Carcassonne have several long-standing and fierce rivalries with other local area clubs including Union Treiziste Catalane, who are more commonly known as Les Catalans.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Crest 2
  • 2015/16 Squad 3
  • 2015/16 transfers 4
  • Notable players 5
  • Honours 6
  • External links 7
  • References 8

History

Teddy Sadaoui and Amar Sabri playing for Carcassonne in a match against Lezignan (January 2010).

With the creation of the French rugby league championship in 1934 several rugby league clubs began springing up throughout the French countryside but with a lack of deep south representation local Carcassonne players began putting a team together which eventually came to fruition with the formation of AS Carcassonne in late-1937.

The club was accepted by the French rugby league federation and played its debut season in 1938 and had a somewhat promising debut year before the Second World War broke out mere months later. This first caused the loss of several players who joined the French military units but secondly saw the invading German Army take power of the country and together with the French Vichy government place a ban of rugby league as of December 19, 1941. Certain people associated with Rugby union in France have been shown to have been responsible for these acts.

After the War has subsided somewhat and the Vichy government had lost power, it was agreed that the several remaining clubs of the French championship would again begin competing in annual competition. This saw several new players join the Carcassonne club, most notably nineteen-year-old Puig Aubert; this influx of players would signal both new ambition and success for the southern club who would go on to win five Championship titles over the next ten years coupled with four Lord Derby Cups.

With the completion of the golden years in early 1950s the club went through a somewhat lean period where silverware would evade them for several years until the early 1960s when the club would have a semi-return to their glory days winning back to back Lord Derby Cups and another four French Championships between 1966 and 1976.

Since the completion of the 1977 season the club's fortunes have taken something of a slide. In the thirty years since then the club has managed only a single French Championship in 1992 and two Lord Derby Cups in 1982 and 1989.

Crest

The crest for AS Carcassonne originated when the club decided to design itself a badge that was unique and represented the Carcassonne area. It was subsequently decided to have the city's main feature of the castle-like fortified city appear on the crest; a decision that has proven popular and remains until this day.

2015/16 Squad

* As of 1 September 2015:

2015/16 transfers

Gains
Player Signed from Contract Length Date
Losses
Player Signed for Contract Length Date

Notable players

Honours

1945, 1946, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1966, 1967, 1972, 1976, 1992, 2012.
1945-46, 1946-47, 1950-51, 1951-52, 1960-61, 1962-63, 1966-67, 1967-68, 1976-77, 1982-83, 1989-90, 2008-09, 2011-2012.

External links

  • Official site

References

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