As France’s National 1 (third tier) season reaches its second round of fixtures, newly promoted Paris 13 Atlético make their home debut in Paris FC’s 20,000 seater home ground, Stade Charléty against Stade Briochin.
On Wednesday morning, as reported by Le Parisien Jean-Guy Wallemme’s squad trained at Charléty to get a feel for the place. “It’s a big stadium, special with the track, I wanted them to get their bearings,” said the Paris 13 Atletico coach, who coached Paris FC in 2007-2008 and therefore knows the stadium well.
As reported in L’Équipe and Le Parisien in June, recently promoted National 1 outfit Paris 13 Atlético (formerly known as Gobelins FC) will be able start their season at home at Paris FC’s Stade Charléty.
After winning the fourth tier last season the clubs home, Stade Boutroux, does not meet the criteria set by the French Football Federation to play in the third tier in National 1, meaning the Gobelins will have to play elsewhere for the 2022/23 season whilst works are under way.
Their 2000 capacity stadium is wedged between a ring road, an SNCF train depot, and a social housing block in the 13th arrondissement of Paris – with a covered stand that houses 214 seats. The problem at Boutroux is that its floodlights are not adequate for that of National 1, nor its earthy mounds surrounding the pitch suitable in terms of safety.