Friday, November 30, 2012

Evian Thonon Gaillard Football Club (French pronunciation: ​[evjɑ̃ tɔnɔ̃ ɡajaʁ]; commonly referred to as Evian TG or simply Evian) is a French association football club originally based in Gaillard near the Swiss border and the city of Geneva. In 2007, the club moved to Thonon-les-Bains. Evian was founded in 2003 as a result of a merger and currently play in Ligue 1, the first division of French football after earning promotion from Ligue 2 in the 2010–11 season. The team is managed by Uruguayan coach Pablo Correa and captained by midfielder Cédric Barbosa.
Evian was founded under the name Football Croix-de-Savoie 74 and have since gone under two other different mergers. The original incarnation of the club was known as FC Gaillard and existed from 1924–2003. Gaillard achieved minimal honours in its life only winning the Division d'Honneur of the Rhône-Alpes region in 1999. Evian have proved more successful ascending to the professional divisions after just three seasons. The club won the Championnat de France amateur in 2008, the Championnat National in 2010, and finally the Ligue 2 in 2011.
Evian formerly played its home matches at the Stade Joseph-Moynat in the club's hometown, but moved to the Parc des Sports in nearby Annecy for the 2010–11 season as the Joseph-Moynat did not meet the Ligue de Football Professionnel's standards. The Parc des Sports will serve as a temporary stadium for the club, while the club contemplates building a new facility or renovating the Stade Joseph-Moynat. Prior to moving to its current facility, Evian sought to play at the Stade de Genève in nearby Geneva.

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