CA Paris

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The Cercle Athlétique de Paris or CAP for short was a traditional French football club from the French capital .

CAP emerged from the Nationale de Saint-Mandé , founded in 1892 , a "Society for gymnastics and military training", in which in 1896 a football department was created. In 1899 the club was renamed Football Club de Paris (this Paris FC is not identical to the Paris FC , which was created much later ); he merged in 1906 with Union Sportive de XII e and Paris Athlétic Club and took the name Cercle Athlétique . The very early steps (until 1906) took place under the name FC Paris . In the early years the footballers played on a place called Belle-Gabrielle in the Bois de Vincennes .


Before the First World War

CAP joined in 1897 the only football association in France, the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques (USFSA). From 1898 onwards, he carried out a national championship competition called Championnat de France , which the regional champions from Paris and other parts of the country played. CAP reached the highest Paris division in 1899 and was first city champion in 1906. After victories over SU Caen and SOE Toulouse, however, the “serial champions” of those days, the RC Roubaix , proved to be too strong in the final and won 4-1. In 1909 the second Paris championship followed, and at national level they reached the final again after victories over Angers UC , Stade Rennais UC and US Tourcoing , but lost it again this time (2: 3 against Stade Helvétique Marseille ).

In 1910 the club founded a new organization, the Ligue de Football Association (LFA), together with a few others from the USFSA . This split was primarily triggered by differing views on the professionalization of football ( see also football in France # early years ). Under the umbrella of the Comité Français Interfédéral , the champions of the competing football associations LFA, FCAF and FGSPF (the unified French association Fédération Française de Football / FFF was only founded in 1919) played for the national title Trophée de France , of which the UFSFA title holder before 1913 remained excluded. CAP was already champion of the LFA in 1911 and then won the French CFI championship (1-0 over the Catholic club Étoile des Deux Lacs from Paris). Two years later they won the Trophée de France again, this time with a 2-1 win at VGA Médoc Bordeaux .

Between the wars: trophy and professionalism

During the First World War, there was no regular game operation at CA Paris either. However, from 1917/18 a national cup competition for clubs of all associations ( Coupe Charles Simon ) was held for the first time , which has been continued by the FFF since 1919/20 until today under the name Coupe de France . CAP was among the 48 clubs that registered for it in 1917, reaching the round of sixteen, and even the quarter-finals a year later. 1920 succeeded after victories over US Saint-Servan , Red Star (only in the replay) and VGA Médoc Bordeaux, the entry into the final, which was won against Le Havre AC 2-1. In the ranks of the cup winners stood next to the French international Henri Bard u. a. also two Swiss (Dreyfus and Pache) and one British (McDewitt). However, the successful team disbanded immediately after the triumph.

The cup win remained the only official title for CA Paris. In this competition, however, you got relatively far several times: In 1921 it was in the quarter-finals, in 1927 in the semi-finals (and Olympique Marseille even required a replay, in which CAP however then outclassed 6-0); In 1928 the second cup win was within reach, but in the final they lost 3-1 to Red Star. From 1929 to 1931 and 1940, the club was eliminated in the quarter-finals, in 1934 in the second round - but that was barely enough to make the headlines. The "National Championship" of 1927 (final round with CA, Olympique Marseille, AC Amiens and FC Rouen ) ultimately remained worthless: there was no national league yet, and the FFF only counts the championships as official titles from 1932/33.

After all: with the introduction of a national, professional league operation ( Division 1 from 1932/33, in the first year in two groups that were not put together according to regional aspects), CAP was again among the pioneers, took fifth place in its group in the first season, but had to a year later relegated to the second division and never returned to the House of Lords (apart from the occupation years 1939-1943, which do not count as official championship years because of the division of France).

After the Second World War

After the liberation of the country, CA Paris played in the second division for 18 years, completing eleven seasons last or penultimate in the table. In the cup too, CAP only made it into the last 32 teams (1946, 1948, 1950 and 1951). Persistent failures and the fact that the club only found a short-term home in the absence of a stadium of its own inside and outside Paris (including in Saint-Ouen , Vincennes , even in Mantes-la-Jolie ) led to the CAP in 1963 retired from professional football under his long-time president Marcel Langiller , an ex-national player.

In 1964 the football division joined SO Charenton and that was the end of CAP. There has been a Cercle Athlétique Paris again since 1998 - but this is the successor to another traditional Paris club, namely Cercle Athletique XIV e , from the 14th and not from the 12th arrondissement like the "real" CA.

League affiliation and achievements

CA had professional status from 1932 to 1963, first class ( Division 1 , renamed Ligue 1 since 2002 ), however, he only played 1932-1934.

Known players

  • French national team
  • The number of internationals for CA Paris (or those contained therein for [FC Paris] until 1906) and the period of these international appearances are given in brackets
    • Georges Albert (1; 1908)
    • Henri Bard (10; 1919–1921; three goals; inter alia at the Olympic football tournament in 1920 ) before and afterwards eight more international matches for another club
    • Henri Beau, called Coulon (5; 1911)
    • Maurice Beaudier (3; 1921)
    • Maurice Bigue (7; 1911-1914)
    • Charles Bilot (6 [1]; 1904–1912)
    • Georges Bilot (1 [1]; 1904)
    • Gaston Cyprès (6 [2]; 1904–1908; two goals)
    • Jean Fidon (1; 1927)
    • Louis Finot (7; 1930-1934)
    • Ernest Gravier (6; 1911; one goal) then five more internationals for another club
    • Marcel Langiller (10; 1927–1928 and 1937; two goals; inter alia at the 1928 Olympic football tournament ) in between 20 more international matches for two other clubs
    • Jean Laurent (3; 1930; World Cup participant 1930 ) then six more international matches for another club
    • Lucien Laurent (2; 1930) then eight more internationals for two other clubs
    • Louis Mesnier (14 [2]; 1904–1913; six gates)
    • Georges Moulène (1; 1926)
    • Georges Ouvray (1; 1928; one goal)
    • Marcel Vanco (7; 1920-1922) then another international match for another club
    • Joseph Verlet (7 [2]; 1904–1911; a gate)
  • Other


  • Thierry Berthou / Collectif: Dictionnaire historique des clubs de football français. Pages de Foot, Créteil 1999 - Volume 1 (A-Mo) ISBN 2-913146-01-5 , Volume 2 (Mu-W) ISBN 2-913146-02-3