Saint-Etienne is a dynamic city, especially when it comes to culture. Contemporary musical artists are showcased at Le Fil concert hall while Saint-Etienne is the only town in Rhone-Alpes to have a Zenith large-scale performance venue, constructed in 2008.
Michel Platini arrived at the club, but despite winning Ligue 1 in 1981 (the side's last championship) and a few parting blows on the European front (including a 6-0 dismantling of PSV Eindhoven), the glory days became consigned to a fondly remembered past. Disaster then struck with a scandal that resulted in relegation to the second division in 1984.
* This history does not include the "war" seasons (1939/1940 to 1944/1945).
Roger Rocher took over as club president in 1961 and the trophy cabinet soon began to fill. The whole of France looked on in admiration in the 1970s as the Greens became a dominant force. A memorable European Champion Clubs' Cup final ensued in 1976 where a 1-0 defeat by FC Bayern München did not prevent St-Étienne fans descending on the Champs-Élysées in jubilant scenes.
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It took until a next major tournament, the 1998 World Cup, for the stadium to receive a further major upgrade. Seats were installed and corporate facilities increased.
Region: Rhone-AlpesPopulation: 180,000; 400,000 in metropolitan areaCity ambassador: Jérémie Janot (former AS Saint-Étienne goalkeeper, 1996-2012)
Châteaucreux station offers four direct TGV trains a day to Paris, with a journey time of 2 hours 40 minutes. The railway link between Saint-Etienne and Lyon was the first TER (express) line in France. It now has departures every 15 minutes at peak times with the journey to Lyon Part-Dieu station lasting 40 minutes.
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Olympique Lyonnais and AS Saint-Étienne renew one of the most hostile rivalries in French football when they meet for the first time at the Parc OL in Sunday's Rhône derby. Ligue1.com's Ian Holyman looks at the passion behind the clash.
Football has served as an escape from the realities of daily life. The city's legendary club AS Saint-Étienne are an indivisible part of the city's character. The local people identify hugely with the Greens and the stadium they call the 'Cauldron' is once again reaching boiling point.
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Over the last four years, the focus has been on securing sporting and financial stability, with the latter achieved through performance-based salaries. Under the stewardship of coach Christophe Galtier, the Greens finished tenth, seventh, fifth and fourth in Ligue 1 in successive seasons and a return to European competition.
• Couriot Pit Mining Museum Park: Located in the pithead buildings of the last working mine in Saint-Etienne (closed in 1973) at 3 Rue du Maréchal Franchet d'Esperey, ten minutes walk from the city centre. Visitors can explore reconstructed mine workings and the former pithead buildings including the communal washroom, machine room and lamp storage room. The museum is also used for live performances, screening films and festivals.
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• Étivallière sports park: Next to Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, this is ideal for a morning run. This complex boasts a range of sporting facilities including a rugby stadium. If you prefer an indoor work-out, try the Soccer 5 complex, dedicated to five-a-side football, also a stone's throw from St-Étienne's stadium. Do not forget to visit the museum devoted to the Greens.
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard officially opened on 13 September 1931 with a match between AS Stéphanoise (which would later become Saint-Etienne) and Cannes (1-9).
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Managerial careerOlympique de Marseille (adjoint : 1999-01), Aris Salonique (GRE, 2001-02), SC Bastia (adjoint : 2002-04), Al Ayn (EAU, 2004), Portsmouth (ANG, adjoint : 2005), FC Sochaux-Montbéliard (adjoint : 2006-07), Olympique Lyonnais (adjoint : 2007-08), AS Saint-Etienne (adjoint : 08-déc 09, entr. depuis décembre 2009)
Prices for a typical match range from €15.00 to €40.00, but can vary depending on the opponent.
• Place du Peuple: A short walk from Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, Saint-Etienne's main retail outlets are located in Place du Peuple and the surrounding streets: Rue Alsace-Lorraine, Rue Michelet and Rue Général Foy. Check out Chocolats Weiss with its exquisite range of chocolate, one of the city's specialities.
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The stadium got further expanded and renovated for the Euro 1984 Championships, resulting in a capacity of 48,270, almost half of them seats. During the championships it hosted two group matches.
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Stade Geoffroy-Guichard was built on a plot of land that was donated to the club by its founder Geoffroy Guichard (who also founded the retail group Casino). The president of the club, his son Pierre, in turn decided to name the stadium after his father.
There are no hotels right near Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, however if you arrive by car, both Hotel Austria and Hotel Ibis Saint-Etienne are decent options along the A72, and only a 15 to 20-minute walk away. Click here for an overview of hotels near Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
From the main rail station (Châteaucreux), one can take bus 9 in the direction of Montreynaud. Get off at stop Le Marais, from where it is a short walk to the stadium. Buses go at least once every 15 minutes, and the ride won’t take more than 10 minutes.
Saint-Etienne's International Design Centre©Agence LIN / Jan Olivier Kunze
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard has been selected as a playing venue for the Euro 2016 Championships, and as a result is currently undergoing major redevelopment works.
Saint-Etienne striker Robert Beric - injured and out of commission for Slovenia's two World Cup qualifiers - has admitted that he probably shouldn't have played in his side's 2-0 Rhône derby loss to Olympique Lyonnais.
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• Rue des Martyrs de Vingré: The pedestrianised street is a favourite destination for a night out. Enjoy a drink in a very British, football-friendly atmosphere. Choose from a host of eating opportunities, from pizzerias to refined cuisine, with plenty of terrace dining. If you wish to extend your evening, head to Place Neuve and party until the early hours.
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If you arrive by public transport, staying in Saint-Etienne’s city centre or near the railway station is probably the best option. There are various decent options, which you can find here.
One of France's most famous football arenas©Saint-Etienne Métropole
Tickets for Saint-Etienne games can be purchased online, by phone 3223, at the ticket office at the stadium, at the club shop close to the stadium, or via the Francebillet, Ticketnet, and Digitick sales outlets.