The Sporting Club de Bastia, which fell from Ligue 1 to National 3 in the summer of 2017, is officially promoted to Ligue 2, like Quevilly-Rouen, after the poor performance of Orleans. RMC Sport traveled to Corsica this week to understand the reasons for this spectacular recovery.
On an island where football is a religion and Sporting perhaps the largest of institutions, the return of SC Bastia to Ligue 2 is necessarily a special event. And even with the bars closed, on the benches of Place Saint-Nicolas, the future of the Corsican club is at the center of discussions.
“If RMC is back in Bastia, it is because Sporting is doing very well”, sums up Jean-Louis, supporters of the SCB, seated in front of the statue of Napoleon. It is true that the Bastia club is in great shape, leader of the National championship three days from the end, the Blues are guaranteed to play in the second division next season, like Quevilly-Rouen.
The recovery of the Sporting Club de Bastia began in the summer of 2017. After the financial debacle and the bankruptcy, the SCB was initially able to count on popular support with the creation of a Socios movement, today ‘hui integrated into the board of directors of the club. But the ray of hope came from two local investors: Claude Ferrandi and Pierre-Noël Luiggi. The two men decided to take over the institution with the project of returning to the professional world.
“We can take a big hat off to them for coming to National 3, admits Anthony Luciani, former president of the Socios (SECB). Everything is not perfect as everywhere, but their first objective was to find the professional world and the contract is fulfilled. We can say thank you. The return to professionalism is practically the return to life. “
“It’s a crazy thing”
After a first transition season in National 3, Sporting continues with two successive climbs before setting foot in National. Even if the objective of the rise was not posted by the leaders at the beginning of the year, the Corsican club marched on the championship.
“You have to understand that we have been at the top since the fourth day, underlines Mathieu Chabert, Sporting coach since 2019. To race in the lead as we did is something extraordinary. C It’s a crazy thing. All is not rosy, all is not great, but staying on top for 30 days is not for everyone, especially for a promoted. ” Sporting is therefore making its third rise in four years, the result of a peaceful climate around the club.
“Whether it is in the management team, in the staff or even among the players, we are invested with a collective mission, affirms Claude Ferrandi, president of the SCB since 2017. We want to leave this imprint on the club. is aware that alone we will achieve nothing, so we need everyone’s strength. And I believe that everyone has understood this message well. This is what has been our strength so far. And I hope that we will keep this state of mind in the future. ” And so that this end of the season ends in apotheosis, Mathieu Chabert has also set another goal for his players.
“It would be nice to be National champion, indicates the former coach of Béziers. I think of the people who invested in this club in 2017… The story is magic for us to continue it.”
Furiani empty, fervor in front of… the TV!
An exceptional season in a completely empty Armand-Cesari stadium. A speaker which, perhaps more than elsewhere, influences the outcome of a match. “With a full Furiani, we would already be champion, affirms Loïc Capretti, Sporting supporter. In front of the television, you cannot help your team, you cannot support it as it should be.” Same analysis at Anthony Luciani: “Sportingly this year I never doubted. But I suffered from football on television. To fill this void on match nights, supporters meet on social networks to comment on the matches. “
Fortunately for Bastia fans, Canal +, broadcaster of the championship, has very often chosen the posters of SC Bastia, providers of audiences, in its box on Monday evening. Without an audience in the bays of Furiani, analyzes and criticisms have therefore gone through social networks.
“In Bastia, there is a very Latin vision of football, according to Julien Pernici, journalist for the radio Alta Frequenza. Mathieu Chabert’s choices have been challenged at several times this season but the results are there and it will be very interesting to see what he can do with his group next year in Ligue 2. “
A budget of 7.5 million euros in Ligue 2
The leaders began several weeks ago preparations for next season. Recruitment, budget and organization, everything goes. “We worked on different hypotheses, says Claude Ferrandi, president of the SCB. Sporting’s budget next year will depend on the distribution of TV rights and the call for tenders in progress. We should turn around the 7, 5-8 million euros. ” Far from the big cars of the championship but enough to start a few projects. “Sporting must enter the football of the 21st century, says Loïc Capretti, former member of the Socios board. This rise is the most important step to have stability. To start projects you need a minimum of money. . In National it was impossible. In Ligue 2 with small TV rights, now is the time to structure. “
“A rise in Ligue 2 will accelerate projects, confides Pierre-Noël Luiggi, vice-president of Sporting. The training center has always been one of our deepest wishes.” Another project is the modernization of the Armand-Cesari stadium. An important file for obtaining the “Club License”. Mythical but far from modernity, the enclosure must be given a facelift. The Bastia agglomeration community presented a stadium modernization project for an estimated amount of 7 million euros a few days ago. Work will begin this summer with the installation of giant screens, a new sound system, etc. This modernization should ultimately allow the installation of two roofs on the East and West stands. A revolution for Furiani!
The renaissance of Sporting is underway. “I have always been told that Sporting picks up where others cannot get up,” says Loïc. Anthony confirms: “The SCB had already fallen in National 10 years ago and had managed to find the Ligue 1… to get up a second time, it is unique in Europe.” On all the lips of Bastia fans two words are pronounced: “Semper Vivu!” (still alive !, in French). Four years in the depths of French football does not change the identity of a club. The passion around SC Bastia is still strong. The blue people are now waiting for a Ligue 2 match, with the public, in their den of Furiani.