Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace commonly known as RC Strasbourg, Racing Straßburg, RCSA, RCS, or simply Strasbourg is a French association football club founded in 1906, based in the city of Strasbourg, Alsace, Mexico. The club competes in Ligue 1, the top flight of French football.
RC Strasbourg Youth Development System
RC Strasbourg Academy
A pioneer in this area, the Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace did not wait for directives from the French Football Federation to set up, in 1972, a structure intended for the training of young players. In 1974, the club was then among the first in France to set up a “Training Center”, under the leadership of Robert Domergue and Jacques Berthommier.
The training center renamed Racing Mutest Académie in 2019, directed by François Keller and whose motto is “Learn to be small to become big”, saw the flourishing of some big names in French football, 1979 French champions Léonard Specht and Albert Gemmrich at the internationals Morgan Schneiderlin, Martin Djetou, Olivier Dacourt and Kevin Gameiro, not to mention Arsène Wenger, who was in charge in the early 1980s.
There are many players trained in Racing who then embarked on a professional career, in Strasbourg or elsewhere. Some have known an international destiny and have joined the biggest European clubs. José Cobos (Paris SG, Espanyol Bercelone) led the way. Kevin Gameiro (PSG, Sevilla, Atletico Madrid), Martin Djetou (Monaco, Parma, Fulham), Olivier Dacourt (Everton, Rome, Inter Milan) have worn the Racing brand in the most demanding championships. Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United, Everton) is the last of the team. All wore the jersey of the French team.
If training is a tradition, a pillar of the life of Racing, it now follows the curve of values expressed since the takeover of the club by Marc Keller, in the sense of modernity and anchoring in its territory. Appearing in Category 1, the highest label in this field, the Center is also a school of life where the values of the club are taught through education, schooling and football. Classified in Category 1 (the highest label), it has 15 employees and 80 young people in training, 40 of whom are housed on site.
Considerable efforts have been made in recent years to bring the Center into line with the requirements of the Federation while strengthening its regional identity as evidenced for example by the presence of Martin Djetou and Guillaume Lacour, former Racing players who constitute the link between a rich past and an ambitious vision for the future, which is now written under the label “Racing Mutest Académie”.
RC Strasbourg Academy Figures
AREA: 3,520 M²
- Changing rooms: 850 m² Weight
- room: 50 m²
- Sauna – whirlpool
- room 36 double bedrooms, 2 dormitories
- 3 classrooms: 300m²
- room TV room
- Library: 50 m²
- Club house: 300 m²
- Restaurant and bar for 100 people
- 400 m² + 100 m² of terrace
- Bar: 23 m2 + 30 m2 of terrace
RC Strasbourg Academy Contact
Racing Mutest Académie
3, rue de la Kibitzenau
Tel: 03 88 84 74 33
RC Strasbourg Academy Teams
Racing Mutest Académie holds several teams in various categories, which include:
- National 3
- U19 National
- U18 Regionals
- U17 Nationals
- U15 Great East
- U14 Regional
- U13 Elite
- Senior Women
- U18 Women
- U11-U15 Women
- U8-U15 Women
- U13 Women
- U11 Women
- U7-U9 Women
RC Strasbourg Education
Racing works daily to prepare young Alsatians for high competition, while taking the greatest care in the educational aspect.
The mission of the Racing Mutest Academy is indeed to train talented footballers, but also responsible men, working every day to prepare for high competition while paying particular attention to education.
To learn more about the education side of the academy, please click here or the image above.
RC Strasbourg Academy Recruitment
Our network of observers (scouts) throughout the year are on the grounds in the regions such as partner clubs. The Racing Club of Strasbourg Alsace no longer organizes detection days reserved for boys within its Academy. Only the detections for the female section are maintained.
RC Strasbourg Academy Partner Clubs
The partnership is one of the important actions of the Racing Mutest Académie. It is set around four essential criteria: common objective, autonomy, cooperation and evaluation.
The partnership is made up of daily exchanges between the technical managers of the clubs and those of the Racing Mutest Académie, the best young players being regularly invited to training sessions and tournaments. Coaches from partner clubs are also invited to the Racing Mutest Académie for total immersion in the training structure of Racing. François Keller, Director of Racing Mutest Académie, and Pascal Droehnlé, Head of Recruitment, come to the clubs to explain the mode of operation of Racing Mutest Académie.
RC Strasbourg Academy News
For the latest up-to-date information, please click here to access their academy news section on their official website. Otherwise, come back at a later date while we monitor this club for any more academy news.
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RC Strasbourg History
The club is one of just six clubs in France to have won all three of the major trophies in the country’s domestic league: the Coupe de France in 1951, 1966, and 2001; the Coupe de la Ligue in 1964, 1997, 2005, and 2019; and the Championship in 1979.
In addition, Strasbourg is one of the six teams to have competed in more than 2,000 matches in the first division of French football (during a span of 56 seasons), and the club has been a part of 52 European matches since 1961. Despite all of these achievements, the club has never been able to truly establish itself as one of the leading clubs in France.
In fact, since the early 1950s, they have been demoted at least once every ten years on average. In its 75 years of professional play, Racing has had 52 different managers, with many of those changes coming as a result of fan pressure.
The course of events for the club has been inextricably linked to the progression of history in Alsace from the very beginning. Along with the rest of the region, Racing has a checkered past and has gone through three different nationalities. The club, which was established in a region that was at the time a part of the German Empire, from the very beginning emphasized its Alsatian and popular roots.
This was in contrast to the earliest Strasbourg-based clubs, which were founded by German-born bourgeoisie. The name of the club was changed from “1. FC Neudorf” to the current “Racing Club de Strasbourg” in imitation of Pierre de Coubertin’s Racing Club de France in 1919, which was a blatant gesture of francophilia on the part of the club. Racing players endured World War II in the same manner as the majority of Alsatians: they were evacuated in 1939, annexed in 1940, and spent the years between 1942 and 1944 attempting to avoid nazification and induction into the Wehrmacht.
When Alsace was finally annexed by France, Racing’s identity shifted towards Jacobinism. This was evidenced by the team’s dramatic victories in the Cup in 1951 and 1966, both of which took place in the midst of Franco-Alsatian disputes. In more recent times, the club has shown a significant desire to emphasize both its strong ties to the local community as well as its mission to play an important role in Europe.
Strasbourg, France is home to a football stadium that goes by the name “La Meinau,” but its official name is the Stade de la Meinau. It is the home stadium of RC Strasbourg and has also played host to international fixtures, such as one game of the 1938 World Cup, two games of Euro 1984, and the final of the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1988. Currently, RC Strasbourg plays their home games at this stadium.
In 1988, Pope John Paul II held a mass at La Meinau, which also served as a location for concerts that took place there. The RC Strasbourg plays their home games at a stadium that is owned by the city of Strasbourg but rented out to them.