As you might have guessed from the badge, Stade Malherbe Caen were formed in 1913. Sometimes known as SM Caen or simply Caen, the French club came together as a result of a merger of Club Sportif Caennais and Club Malherbe Caennais. They currently play in the top tier of French club football, Ligue 1, and the team’s current crest reflects the history of the city.
Adopted in 2016, the new badge reflects the Viking presence in Normandy in centuries past with the classic horned helmet prominent in the design. This also connects to William the Conqueror, who launched the Norman conquest of England in 1066 and was later buried in the city of Caen following his death. The team remain proud of their Norman routes, singing a club anthem named ‘Nous sommes Normands, fiers et conquérants‘ at matches, which translates to ‘We are Normans, proud and conquering’.
One of Stade Malherbe Caen’s former players has recently conquered the English Premier League in a big way. He joined Leicester City from SM Caen in 2015, but now plays his home games at Stamford Bridge… His name? N’Golo Kanté.