Feel the Strasbourg experience ! [R]

Discussion in 'France: Clubs' started by Pierre-Henri, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. Pierre-Henri

    Pierre-Henri New Member

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    You know it is a new season when Strasbourg starts crashing again, so I thought it was a good opportunity to begin the thread. After all, our ridiculous failures give rhythm to the French leagues. Our bizarre and comical setbacks are the bass drum of French soccer.

    Since I guess no one follows Strasbourg, here is a chronology of the facts. Strasbourg is the only team whose highlights require a sitcom laughing track.


    - last season we finish 4th. The president, Philippe Ginestet, fires the coach Jean-Marc Furlan who was still under contract. Furlan sues the club and makes big money.

    - Ginestet had an ambitious real estate project : a brand new, gigantic international level stadium... for a sluggish league 2 team. He swears that taxpayers won't have to pay. It appears that his partners are crooks and wanted, precisely, to suck the taxpayers dry. Fortunately, the mayor refuses to bring the dough. The project disappears, Ginestet quits the chair BUT (admire the simplicity of the thing) remains the team principal owner.

    - The Strasbourg board employ another president, Leonard Specht, who is an adversary of Ginestet -- who is still, if you follow well, the major owner. So the president hates the main owner.

    - Specht recruits old misanthropic glory Gilbert Gress (68). He is not officially the coach, since he's beyond the age limit. Anyaway, the main owner hates the president, and the coach hates everyone.

    - Due to stadium blunder, and various lawsuits, the club is broke. Most good players leave. Insults start flying in the locker rooms.

    - Coupe de la ligue vs Istres. We get utterly thrashed 6-1. It appears that we are an amateur level team. Not surprisingly, the golden era coach reveals himself as a bubbling old geezer.

    - After a little more than one month, and two official games, Gilbert Gress is fired. The president, Leonard Spech, quits. Since Gress wasn't officially coach, it is still unclear if any lawsuit will follow.

    Right now, nobody chairs and the coach is an interim. Anyway, the local lawyers are rejoicing : the Racing will fill their pockets this season. But soccer ? Soccer ? What is soccer already ?


  2. SportBoy333

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    Looks like they are headed straight for the National.
  3. Pierre-Henri

    Pierre-Henri New Member

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    Loss 0-3 vs Clermont. We're now last of ligue 2.

    Supporting Strasbourg is really something special. Maybe an unique experience in the world of soccer.
  4. SportBoy333

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    I was talking to a guy from Strasbourg the other day and I aked him if he supported RC Strasbourg and he said he doesnt follow the French championship.:)


  5. Pierre-Henri

    Pierre-Henri New Member

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    RACING CLUB DE STRASBOURG : THE TELENOVELA.

    Philippe Ginestet, the club owner, wanted to sell. First, an estonian businessman, Roman Loban, was interested, who recruited an executive president, Julien Fournier.

    Then, the estonian dropped. The club was actually bought by a parisian trader, Alain Fontenla. Julien Fournier remains in charge. The coach, Pascal Janin, is fired and replaced by Jean-Pierre Papin.

    A situation that lasts.... one week. Alain Fontenla, after being owner for one week, is now selling the club again. Jean-Pierre Papin is dismissed even before he started to work, and Pascal Janin is recalled. Julien Fournier remains executive president, even though nobody pays his wage.

    It appears that Fontenla didn't have the cash ! His intent was to speculate on players' value. We're talking about a sluggish team at he bottom of league 2, that's heading directly to national... How the heck can someone expect to speculate on players' value ? Yes, the guy is a trader. I suppose that's how they think.

    So : the executive president is, so to say, an unpaid worker who directs a team without owner. The coach was fired and re-hired in the same week. You can imagine how team morale is.

    You've always dreamt to be a team owner ? A team is here, cheap (actually it's worthless). It can be yours. Since Strasbourg is a very special team, it could be the adventure of your life ! It will probably lead you to bankruptcy... er, I mean, to glory !

    I like this team. Every season something new happens. There is no room for boredom... except on the pitch itself.
  6. Nanbawan

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    Thanks for the update !

    I always hear it's a mess but now I have a better idea of what actual kind of mess ! :D
  7. Pierre-Henri

    Pierre-Henri New Member

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    The DNCG and the tax department are on our trail too.

    And the most amazing thing : we won last game. Pascal Janin is a hero. The guy works without owner, without president, without staff, without budget, without team, he has been re-fired and re-hired countless times, he doesn't even know who he is working for... and yet he managed to put 11 guys on the pitch and make them actually play soccer.
  8. Winoman

    Winoman Drinkin' Wine Spo-De-O-De!

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    The dead thread rises from the grave! :D

    I tried to go to RC Strasbourg's website to see how they are doing in the 3rd Division. I guess their website must have been taken down, because I get error messages.

    The Ligue 1 website only links to Ligue 2, not the National. The last time I saw their website, they were about middle of the table.

    I hope their ownership/legal/tac problems have been straightened out and they can work their way back up to Ligue 2.

    Does anyone who follows French football have any more current (hopefully positive) information about RCS?
    Thanks in advance.
  9. Catel

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    The website down is the last Strasbourg's fail :eek:

    lfp.fr covers only the professional leagues, Le National is a semi-pro league. You can have all information on fff.fr that covers the entire French soccer.

    Here is the ranking of the 3rd division:

    47 Bastia(-1)
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    45
    44
    43
    42
    41 Guingamp(-1)
    40
    39
    38
    37
    36
    35 Cannes(-1) Amiens(-1)
    34
    33
    32 Beauvais(-1)
    31
    30
    29 Niort(-1) Rouen(-2)
    28 Paris(-2)
    27 Fréjus(-2) Luzenac
    26 Strasbourg(-2)
    25
    24 Plabennec(-1)
    23
    22 Créteil(-3)
    21 Pacy(-3)
    20
    19
    18 Gap(-2)
    17 Rodez(-1) Orléans(-1)
    16
    15 Bayonne(-2)
    14
    13
    12 Colmar(-2)
    11
    10
    9
    8 Gueugnon(-3)
    7 Alfortville(-2)

    After horrible debut due to the internal crisis, coach Laurent Fournier managed to lose only 2 matchs this season.
  10. SportBoy333

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    I'm still waiting for the day Le National becomes fully professional like it should be. I guess I'll be waiting a long time.:)
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    Winoman Drinkin' Wine Spo-De-O-De!

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    Thanks for the info, Catel!
  12. CoDave

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    So what is the latest? Is the club non-existent now??
  13. Tsigalko

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    Seems a bit unclear the moment, they were supposed to start playing in the CFA (4h division) last weekend but there are some appeals going on that postponed that game, there's also some new punishment that could be coming in after the latest bankruptcy filing that means that would be forcefully relegated next season again, down to division 5. Should be clearer what's going to happen in a few weeks.
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    With one more win last year, they would have been promoted to Ligue 2.

    The only encouraging news is that there appears to be someone who actually wants to buy the team. I hope he has very deep pockets, for the team's & fans' sake. The only word to describe what has happened to RCS in the last 5 years, includes the term "cluster."
  17. Winoman

    Winoman Drinkin' Wine Spo-De-O-De!

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    RCS arent they promoted to 4th. Division from the coming season? Thats at least a start.
  19. guignol

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    get on board the night train!
  20. cardy

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    Hey...any news of RC Strasbourg?...I can't find anything anywhere...Any help would be greatly appreciated...
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    official site (and rather good if a bit amateurish; i'm not even sure it's the "official" site but it's the best site in existence about racing) : http://www.racingstub.com/

    a vid from a july friendly (with some others offered at the end)

    and their page on foot national, the best independent site for following the lower levels : http://www.foot-national.com/77-club-Racing-Club-de-Strasbourg.html

    alors, que veut le peuple?
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  22. SportBoy333

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    They got a really tough group in their first season in the CFA. They stuck Strasbourg and Grenoble in the same group and there's also Lyon Duchere who got a ton of points last year and narrowly missed promotion. They also are in the same group as the PSG reserves who can't be promoted but there's still only 1 promotion spot in each CFA group. They played their first match of the new season last weekend and won 2-0.

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    i miss the euro-stadium project it looked amazing
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    Sans club depuis la fin de son contrat avec l’Olympique de Marseille, Jean-Philippe Sabo (25 ans) devrait rebondir du côté de Strasbourg (CFA).
    Le Racing vient en effet d’annoncer qu’un accord de principe avait été trouvé avec le latéral gauche. Une fois la traditionnelle visite médicale et les derniers détails réglés, l’ancien Marseillais devrait parapher un contrat de six mois
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