Le Mans Football Club (French pronunciation: [ləmɑ̃]; commonly referred to as Le MUC or simply Le Mans) is a French association football club based in Le Mans. The club was founded in 1985 as a result of a merger under the name Le Mans Union Club 72. In 2010, Le Mans changed its name to Le Mans FC to coincide with the re-modeling of the club, which includes moving into a new stadium, MMArena, which opened in January 2011. The stadium is based in the interior of the famous circuit in the city. The club played in Ligue 2, the second level of French football having suffered relegation from Ligue 1 following the 2009–10 season. Due to financial difficulties, the club lost its professional status in 2013, went bankrupt, and reformed in the Division d'Honneur, Maine for the 2013–14 season. The club won promotion back to CFA 2 at the first time of asking, won promotion again to the new Championnat National 2 in 2017, and again to the Championnat National in 2018. In 2019 the club achieved their third successive promotion, to Ligue 2, after finishing 3rd in the 2018–19 Championnat National. The promotion was secured after defeating Gazélec Ajaccio 2–0 in the second leg of the promotion play-off (3–2 on aggregate).