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The year of Amiens: at the Elysée and to the Ligue 1

In less than two weeks time is 2017 the year of Amiens. The city delivers France in addition to a new president now also a new first division. Amiens SC forced in his last competitieminuut promotion to Ligue 1.

Emmanuel Macron played as a child at Amiens, but is now a fanatic supporter of Olympique Marseille. © AFP

More than 116 years after the club by three students from the ground was pounded, has L’amiens Sporting Club’s most historic achievement in its club history achieved. Les Licornes (the Unicorns) knocked all throughout the season at the gateway of the highest voetbalklasse in France, but that was only in the absolute final open. With just one matchday in Ligue 2 to go, were the North French on a comfortable second place. Salient detail: Amiens could still by four other teams surpassed and picked up, therefore the three points in his last game.

After ninety minutes seemed Amiens the promotieticket from hands to give. On a visit to Stade de Reims, it was 1-1, which makes it in the ranking suddenly virtual sixth was – but in the sixth minute of extra time followed as yet the delirium. Midfielder Emmanuel Bourgaud made the saving hit, which Amiens is still his second spot regained and next season in Ligue 1 should take office.

Allô, president of Macron?

Earlier this week, tried the clubleiding of Amiens to the attention of president Emmanuel Macron – who in the city was born – to draw. “I know the president is not personally, but I hope that he will soon come to look. That he has our support, as we have supported”, let chairman Bernard Joannin at L’equipe again. Amiens shared via its social channels is a photo of the clubshirt, with on the back the number 17 and the name ‘Macron’. “At the front, the shirt signed. We have him sent in, and hope that he, in a message responding. He has never claimed to be a supporter of Amiens, but we hope he is still in our stadium,” says Gaspard Truffet, communications officer at Amiens SC.

Macron received an invitation for the race in Reims, but the president – who is apparently since a young age, is already a football fanatic is – beat that offer. At the first light of day in 1977 schipperde Amiens between an amateur and profstatuut, as well as between the second and the third division of French football. It was anything but a highly regarded organisation and is still not – but nevertheless began Macron as a child to sports in Amiens.

Miniemen

He would end up the colors never wear, nor the promises, nor in the first team. As a teenager Macron is not more than a full-on recreational schoolvoetbalteam l’ENA (Ecole Nationale d’Administration). Apart from the fact that he as a six-year-old when the club joined, he has virtually no affinity with the Unicorns.

Amiens was released this century, however, a few times in the spotlight. In 2001, the amazed friend and enemy by as the next the final of the Coupe de France to achieve it. To go even further: it swallowed on the way to the Stade de France is only one tegendoelpunt and also liked in the final against Strasbourg zero. In the penalty shoot-out stumbled on an excellent José Luis Chilavert. The Paraguayan goalkeeper of Strasbourg stopped one team credentials and stay up of Amiens, and drove the decisive hit against the nets. In 2007, settled in Amiens until then, his best performance ever in the national football: it finished fourth in Ligue 2.

Manchurian candidate

Anyway, the club in the coming season with pleasure one of the 12,000 seats in the small Stade de La Licorne for the president book. In the battle for his sympathy, Amiens it or take against Olympique Marseille. Macron was sixteen when l’OM in 1993, the Champions League won and would from then on be voetbalhart to the club lost.

During his presidential campaign showed Macron several are avid supporterschap. In January came a clip in which he, via his iPhone, the results in Ligue 1 nakeek. “Oh merde chez, deuxième fois. Putain! Monaco a encore battu l’TO.” AS Monaco – the subsequent champion – had that evening for the second time in the season, Marseille defeated. On 1 april lived Macron in the Stade Vélodrome, the home match against Dijon. After asked and he got even the shirt of a trendsetter Dimitri Payet.

“You can be perfectly of both clubs hold,” said Joannin. The chairman is also owner of many shops of Intersport, nota bene the title sponsor of Marseille. “We want to Macron are club not let you deny. We have in our package in addition to our own shirt is also one of Marseille stopped.” Macron for Manchurian president.

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