Football Club Istres Ouest Provence, commonly referred to as simply Istres, is a French association football club based in Istres. The club was founded in 1920 by Édouard Guizonnier as SS Istréenne. In 1969, SS Istréenne was merged into the more general sports club Istres Sports, who chose to keep Istréenne's distinctive purple and black colours. In 1977 the club made young entrepreneur Michel Aviet the club's president and ex-Yugoslav goalkeeper Georges Korac the club's manager. During the Aviet-Korac years, the club advanced from France's lower regional divisions all the way up to Ligue 2.
In 2004, the club reached Ligue 1 but finished last and was relegated to Ligue 2 the following year. The club returned to Ligue 2 for the 2009–10 season after winning the Championnat National 2008–09. The club got relegated from Ligue 2 in 2013–14 season after a 2–4 defeat to Dijon FCO.
In July 2015 the club was relegated the 7th tier for financial reasons.
Stade Parsemain, Fos-sur-Mer
The club's colours are purple and black. Uniforms are completely purple with black vertical stripes. Away kit is usually white with black and purple details.
National Champions: 2009
Champion Div 4 Groupe H: 1984
DH Méditerranée Champion: 1982, 1990
DHR Méditerranée Champion: 1981, 1989
PHA Provence Champion: 1980, 1988
PHB Provence Champion: 1987
Coupe de Provence Champion: 1933, 1982, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1993
From the beginning of the 1990s, a first ultra-violet kop of about twenty members followed the first team on his journeys and even to Sedan or Angers for the play-off match in Division 1. A Fanzine is also created and the magazine SUP'MAG integrates the group in the top 50 French.
Ultras Violet: 1998 to 2005
Brigada Istré: 2005 to 2009
Fanatics Istres: 2005
Magenta Ultra: since February 2010
Official website: http://istresfootballclub.fr/
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