NICKNAME – Les Moutardes (The Mustards), Les Rouges (The Reds)
FOUNDED – 1998
LOCATED IN – Dijon, Bourgogne-Franche-Comte
STADIUM – Stade Gaston Gerard
CAPACITY – 15,995
PROMOTED – 2016
BEST LIGUE 1 FINISH – 11th (2017/2018)
BEST COUPE DE FRANCE RUN – SF (2003/2004)
BEST COUPE DE LA LIGUE/D’ETE RUN – QF (2011/2012)
RECORD GOALSCORER – Julio Tavares (80)
2019/2020 FINISH – 16th
FIVE FACTS ABOUT DIJON FCO
1. Dijon FCO is a very young club, formed through the merger of the city’s two rival clubs in 1998. If you can’t beat them…
2. A famous cup run in 2004 saw them topple four Ligue 2 sides and Ligue 1 Lens en route to the semi-final.
3. After some near misses under current Lyon coach Rudi Garcia and a return of 10 goals from a teenage Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in 2009, they finally achieved their first promotion to Ligue 1 in 2011.
4. The owl on the club crest is a symbol of the city and its wings are spread in a V for “victoire” (victory).
5. FCO means “Football Cote d’Or”, the department of which Dijon is the capital. In this case, “cote” means “slope” and not “coast”. Dijon is nowhere near the sea.
FIVE FACTS ABOUT DIJON
1. Dijon’s golden age came as the seat of the Dukes of Burgundy. Philip the Good was good for the arts, but not so good for Joan of Arc, whom he handed over to the English.
2. The famed Dijon mustard is a combination of mustard seeds and white wine (originally vinegar). However, 80% of the seeds used in its production are now grown in Canada.
3. As well as being a fine wine hub, it is the home of “creme de cassis” (blackcurrant liqueur), an essential in the preparation of the Kir cocktail, which was named after a former mayor.
4. Dijon’s famed “Burgundy roofs”, which sit atop the city centre’s UNESCO buildings, are made up of terracotta tiles arranged in geometric designs.
5. Gustave Eiffel, who built a relatively famous tower, was born and raised in Dijon.
OTHER FRENCH TEAMS
Amiens, Angers, Bordeaux, Brest, Dijon, Lens, Lille, Lorient, Lyon, Marseille, Metz, Monaco, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Nimes, Paris Saint-Germain, Reims, Rennes, Saint-Etienne, Strasbourg, Toulouse