FCSM from the northern French town of Montbéliard was founded in 1928 by Jean-Pierre Peugeot with the aim of offering the factory car manufacturers a chance to relax. The club was a great champion of professionalizing football and eventually became one of the first professional clubs in France.
The biggest triumphs in the French competition did not follow long after the founding, because in the 1930s the two only national titles were won by Sochaux. During this period, the French Cup was also seized once, making this the decade the most successful period of club history.
The war didn't do FC Sochaux any good. The club didn't win any major prizes in the following decades and even had to settle a few times for playing one or two seasons at the second French level. Whats important though is the establishment of the famous youth academy of the club in 1974.
The success story of FCSM only continues from 2004 when the Coupe de la Ligue was won and then Coupe de France was won for the second time in the clubs history in 2007. However, the club could not hold onto this and Sochaux were relegated in 2014 when they have been since.
The club has a healthy pot of money. A balance of just under £6,000,000 means that the club hopefully won't struggle without a cup run or promotion but this will limit our chances of further upgrading our facilities and being able to spend in the transfer windows.
Sochaux plays its home matches at the Stade Auguste Bonal in Montbéliard. The stadium was constructed in 1931 and opened on 11 November of that same year. The facility was previously known as Stade de la Forge. In July 1945, the club changed the stadium's name to its current version. It is named after Auguste Bonal, the former sports director of the club, who after refusing to co-operate with the Germans during World War II, was murdered.
The Stade Auguste Bonal has undergone renovations twice: in 1973 and 1997. In 1997, the majority of the stadium was completely overhauled, and practically a new stadium was built. The stadium still hosted matches during the renovation period, but with a limited capacity. The renovation cost ₣114 million, and took nearly three years to complete. The Nouveau Bonal was officially inaugurated on 22 July 2000 in a Trophée des champions match between FC Nantes and AS Monaco. The stadium's current capacity is 20,005.