Since Saturday 14 May 2022, the imperial city has been decked out in red and white, the colours of one of its football teams: theAthlétique Club Ajaccien (ACA). By beating Toulouse FC 1-0, the ACA has obtained its ticket to the Ligue 1 Uber Eats.
This is thefourth time that the Ajaccio club has entered Ligue 1. The first time was in 1967, then they did it again in 2002, 2011 and 2022.
The ACA is also the first Corsican club to have played a first division match (formerly Ligue 1); it was on 18 August 1967 against Olympique Lyonnais.
On Sunday 15 May, the front page of Corse-Matin (our regional daily newspaper) read "They did it". We can even say that they have done it STILL!
The bear has been the symbol of the ACA since 1919. Several legends explain the choice of this emblem.
And if it disappeared from the shirt and the coat of arms for a few years, it finally came back on both; to the great pleasure of the supporters.
This is also the reason why one can hear the cry of "à l'ourrrrs!" in the stands...
If the entire population of Ajaccio celebrated the ACA victory in the streets of the city during the weekend that followed, it is in fact all Corsicans who are delighted with this feat.
The Haute-Corse /Corse-du Sud rivalry only prevails during derbies (as in all regions). As soon as one of the island teams reaches the national championship, the whole island supports it.
As you can see, we are very proud of this rise in Ligue 1 Uber Eats.
Whether we are passionate about football or not, we are above all fans of our Ajaccio sports teams... So Forza ACA!
By the way, don't hesitate to check the calendar of matches, maybe your favourite team is in Ajaccio during your stay 😉...