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{{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} The Montreal Alouettes (French: Les Alouettes de Montréal{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}, IPA: [alwɛt]) are a Canadian football team based in Montreal, Quebec. Founded in 1946, the team has folded and been revived twice. The Alouettes compete in the Eastern Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and last won the Grey Cup championship in 2010. Their home field is Percival Molson Memorial Stadium for the regular season and as of 2014 also home of their playoff games.

The original Alouettes team (1946–1981) won four Grey Cups and were particularly dominant in the 1970s. After their collapse in 1982, they were immediately reconstituted under new ownership as the Montreal Concordes. After playing for four years as the Concordes, they revived the Alouettes name for the 1986 season. A second folding in 1987 led to a nine-year hiatus of CFL football in the city.

The current Alouettes franchise was established in 1996 by the owners of the Baltimore Stallions. The Stallions were disbanded at the same time as the Alouettes' re-establishment after having been CFL's most successful of the American expansion franchises, culminating in a Grey Cup championship in 1995. Many players from the Stallions' 1995 roster signed with the Alouettes and formed the core of the team's 1996 roster.

The CFL considers all clubs that have played in Montreal as one franchise dating to 1946, and considers the Alouettes to have suspended operations in 1987 before returning in 1996. Although the Alouettes' re-establishment in 1996 is often considered a relocation of the Stallions, neither the league nor the Alouettes recognize the Baltimore franchise, or its records, as part of the Alouettes' official team history.

The latest incarnation of the Alouettes have proven dynamic on the field and were arguably the best CFL team of the 2000s; they took home three Grey Cups in that decade bringing the total for all incarnations of the franchise to seven.<ref name="Grey Cup stats">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The Alouettes haved from 1996 to 2014 the CFL's longest active playoff streak, having miss the playoffs only one time since returning to the league. The streak come to an end in 2015. They have hosted a playoff game every year except 2001, 2007 and 2013 and have never finished with fewer than eight wins. Their only three losing seasons, both 8-10 finishes, came in 2007, 2013 and 2015. Major stars of the recent era include Mike Pringle, the CFL career leader in rushing yards, and quarterback Anthony Calvillo, who leads all of pro football in career passing yards.

The team is owned by investment banker Robert Wetenhall. Jim Popp serves as the team's General Manager and Head Coach, his tenure with the franchise extends back to the Baltimore era.

Montreal Alouettes sections
Intro  Team facts  Franchise history  Current roster  Current coaching staff  Television and Radio  Players of note  Head coaches  General managers  See also  References  External links  Media  

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