Stade de la Beaujoire

The Stade de la Beaujoire - Emiliano Sala, or "Stade de la Beaujoire" (French pronunciation: ​[stad də la boʒwaʁ]), is a stadium in Nantes, France. It is the home of the FC Nantes football club.

The stadium opened for the first time on May 8, 1984, for a friendly game: FC Nantes - Romania. It was named after Louis Fonteneau, who was President of FC Nantes between 1969-1986. It was renovated in 1998, for the World Cup. While its original capacity was 52,923, in 1998, it was converted to an all-seater stadium and its current capacity is 38,128. Previously, the team played at Stade Marcel Saupin.

The stadium also hosts international rugby matches, including France against New Zealand (16-3) on November 15, 1986. In September 2007, it hosted three pool matches of the 2007 Rugby World Cup: Wales vs Canada on September 9, England vs Samoa on September 22 and Wales vs Fiji on September 29. In domestic rugby, La Beaujoire hosted both Top 14 semifinal matches in 2013, and Paris-area Top 14 side Racing Métro 92 will play their final "home" match of the 2013–14 season against Clermont at La Beaujoire on April 19, 2014.

La Beaujoire hosted matches during the UEFA Euro 1984, including a 5-0 victory for France over Belgium. Six matches were also played there during the 1998 FIFA World Cup, including the quarter-final between Brazil and Denmark. The stadium was not selected for the UEFA Euro 2016.

The France national football team have played here on five occasions, most recently in 2019 where they played a friendly match against Bolivia.

The stadium has also hosted musical concerts including:

Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau
La Beaujoire
Stade de la Beaujoire
Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau is located in Nantes
Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau
Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau
Location within Nantes
LocationRoute de Saint Joseph 44300, Nantes, France
Coordinates47°15′20″N 1°31′31″W / 47.255631°N 1.525375°W
SurfaceDesso GrassMaster (105m x 68m)
FC Nantes (1984–present)


A new stadium named YellowPark will be inaugurated on 2022 and replace the Stade de la Beaujoire, which will be demolished for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris and the 2023 Rugby World Cup.[2]

1998 FIFA World Cup

The stadium was one of the venues of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, and held the following matches:

Date Team #1 Res. Team #2 Round
13 June 1998  Spain 2–3  Nigeria Group D
16 June 1998  Brazil 3–0  Morocco Group A
20 June 1998  Japan 0–1  Croatia Group H
23 June 1998  Chile 1–1  Cameroon Group B
25 June 1998  United States 0–1  Yugoslavia Group F
03 July 1998  Brazil 3–2  Denmark Quarter-finals


  1. ^ "Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau". soccerway. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Le FC Nantes aura son nouveau stade, le YellowPark, en 2022" (in French). FranceInfo. 19 September 2017.
1995–96 UEFA Champions League group stage

The group stage of the 1995–96 UEFA Champions League began on 13 September 1995 and ended on 6 December 1995. Eight teams qualified automatically for the group stage, while eight more qualified via a preliminary round. The 16 teams were divided into four groups of four, and the teams in each group played against each other on a home-and-away basis, meaning that each team played a total of six group matches. For each win, teams were awarded three points, with one point awarded for each draw. At the end of the group stage, the two teams in each group with the most points advanced to the quarter-finals.

1995–96 UEFA Champions League knockout stage

The knockout stage of the 1995–96 UEFA Champions League began on 6 March 1996 and ended with the final at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on 22 May 1996. The top two teams from each of the four groups in the group stage competed in the knockout stage. For the quarter-finals, each group winner was randomly drawn against the runner-up from another group. The four quarter-final winners were then drawn together for the semi-finals, the winners of which contested the final.

Each quarter-final and semi-final was played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home; the team that scored the most goals over the two legs qualified for the following round. In the event that the two teams scored the same number of goals over the two legs, the team that scored more goals away from home qualified for the next round; if both teams scored the same number of away goals, matches would go to extra time and then penalties if the teams could not be separated after extra time.

1997 Tournoi de France

The 1997 Tournoi de France ([tuʁ.nwa də fʁɒ̃ːs]; French for "Tournament of France", often referred to as Le Tournoi) was a friendly international football tournament held in France in early June 1997 as a warm-up to the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The four national teams participating at the tournament were Brazil, England, hosts France, and Italy. They played against each other in a single round-robin tournament with the group winner also being the winner of the tournament.

2001–02 UEFA Champions League second group stage

Eight winners and eight runners-up from the first group stage were drawn into four groups of four teams, each containing two group winners and two runners-up. Teams from the same country or from the same first round group could not be drawn together. The top two teams in each group advanced to the quarter-finals.

2013–14 Coupe de la Ligue

The 2013–14 Coupe de la Ligue was the 20th edition of the French league cup competition. The competition was organized by the Ligue de Football Professionnel and was open to the 44 professional clubs in France that are managed by the organization.The defending champions were Saint-Étienne, who defeated Rennes 1–0 in the final of the previous season. They were eliminated in the Last 16 by eventual champions Paris Saint-Germain, who won their record fourth title by defeating Lyon 2–1 in the final.

The winner of the competition should have qualified for the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League and be inserted into the third qualifying round, but Paris Saint-Germain had already qualified for the Champions League via their league position.

2014–15 FC Nantes season

The 2014–15 FC Nantes season is the 71st professional season of the club since its creation in 1943.

2015–16 FC Nantes season

The 2015–16 FC Nantes season is the 72nd professional season of the club since its creation in 1943.

2016–17 FC Nantes season

Football Club de Nantes (Breton: Naoned, Gallo: Naunnt), commonly referred to as FC Nantes or simply Nantes, is a French association football club based in Nantes, Pays de la Loire. During the 2016-17 campaign, they will compete in the following competitions: Ligue 1, Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue.

2017–18 FC Nantes season

The 2017–18 FC Nantes season is the 75th professional season of the club since its creation in 1943.

2018–19 AS Saint-Étienne season

The 2018–19 AS Saint-Étienne season was the 99th professional season of the club since its creation in 1919.

2018–19 FC Nantes season

The 2018–19 FC Nantes season is the 75th professional season of the club since its creation in 1943.

Bob Valentine (referee)

Robert Bonar "Bob" Valentine (born 10 May 1939) is a former football referee from Scotland. He is mostly known for supervising two matches in the 1982 World Cup in Spain: the infamous "Great Gijon Swindle" between West Germany and Austria, and the second-round match between Poland and the Soviets.

He was also one of the linesmen (the other was Bruno Galler) for the classic semi-final that year between France and West Germany at the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville.

Valentine also refereed the Euro 84 match between France and Belgium at the Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes, and the Euro 88 match between West Germany and Denmark at the Parkstadion in Gelsenkirchen.

After his refereeing retirement, Valentine became the Scottish FA's Head of Refereeing. Outside of football, he worked as a print compositor.

FC Nantes

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Football Club de Nantes (Breton: Naoned; Gallo: Naunnt), commonly referred to as FC Nantes or simply Nantes (IPA: [nɑ̃t] (listen)), is a French association football club based in Nantes, Pays de la Loire. The club was founded on 21 April 1943, during World War II, as a result of local clubs based in the city coming together to form one large club. From 1992 to 2007, the club was referred to as FC Nantes Atlantique before reverting to its current name at the start of the 2007–08 season. Nantes play in Ligue 1, the first division of French football.

Nantes is one of the most successful clubs in French football, having won eight Ligue 1 titles, three Coupe de France wins and attained one Coupe de la Ligue victory. The club is famous for its jeu à la nantaise ("Nantes-style play"), its collective spirit, mainly advocated under coaches José Arribas, Jean-Claude Suaudeau and Raynald Denoueix and for its youth system, which has produced players such as Marcel Desailly, Didier Deschamps, Mickaël Landreau, Claude Makelele, Christian Karembeu and Jérémy Toulalan. As well as Les Canaris (The Canaries), Nantes is also nicknamed Les jaunes et verts (The Green and Yellows) and La Maison Jaune (The Yellow House).

List of international goals scored by Ronaldo

Ronaldo is a retired Brazilian footballer. He represented Brazil 98 times, scoring 62 goals, including 15 of those in the FIFA World Cup. He is Brazil's second highest international goalscorer of all time, only next to Pelé's tally of 77 goals.

Louis Fonteneau

Louis Fonteneau (died 29 January 1989) was the president of FC Nantes from 1969 to 1986.

Under his presidency, the club won 4 times the French Championship (1973, 1977, 1980, and 1983) and 1 Coupe de France (1979)

The largest stadium of Nantes, stade de la Beaujoire—Louis Fonteneau, is named after him since 1989.

László Vágner

László Vágner (born December 24, 1955 in Gávavencsellő) is a Hungarian former football referee.

He refereed two matches in the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France: Scotland v Norway at the Parc de Lescure in Bordeaux, and Chile v Cameroon at the Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes.

Stade Marcel Saupin

The Stade Marcel-Saupin is a sports complex in the city of Nantes (Loire-Atlantique), France. It was opened in 1937 under the name Stade Malakoff, and was used primarily by the rugby union Stade nantais université club, then became the stadium of FC Nantes after World War II until the club moved to the Stade de la Beaujoire in 1984.

UEFA Euro 1984

The 1984 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was held in France from 12 to 27 June 1984. It was the seventh European Football Championship, a competition held every four years and endorsed by UEFA.

At the time, only eight countries took part in the final stage of the tournament, seven of which had to come through the qualifying stage. France qualified automatically as hosts of the event; led by Michel Platini, who scored nine goals in France's five matches, Les Bleus won the tournament – their first major international title.


YelloPark was a football stadium planned to be built in Nantes, France. It was expected to serve as the future stadium of FC Nantes and as a football venue for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris and the 2023 Rugby World Cup. The stadium would've have a capacity of 40,000 and its construction was projected to take place between 2019 and 2022.. It was to be built near the Stade de la Beaujoire that it was planned to eventually replace.

On 7 December 2018, the Nantes Metropolitan Council approved the sale of the land which would be used to built the stadium. It also voted for the renovation of the Stade de la Beaujoire.On 26 February 2019, the project was canceled.

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