2005–06 Luxembourg National Division

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The 2005-06 season of Luxembourg's National Division football league ran from 7 August 2005 to 28 May 2006. The league title was won by F91 Dudelange, who also won the Luxembourg Cup to complete the Double.

Teams[edit]

Locations of participating teams across Luxembourg.

The 2005-06 season saw the National Division's roster of twelve clubs include:

Format[edit]

The twelve teams completed the round-robin by playing each other twice (once home and once away) by 2 April. Then, the league divided into three. The top four teams were separated from the rest and formed the 'Title group' . The bottom eight teams were then subdivided into two groups of four, titled 'Relegation group A' and 'Relegation group B' . In the event, the top four were F91 Dudelange, Jeunesse Esch, FC Etzella Ettelbruck, and CS Grevenmacher.

In each of the three mini-leagues, each team played each of the three other teams in the mini-league twice (once home and once away). To these results were added the 22 results of the first stage. The overall points totals (and goal difference, etc.) were used to determine each club's position in its respective mini-league.

After calculating the final results after 28 games, F91 Dudelange, the top team in the title group, was declared the league champion. The fourth-placed team in each of the relegation groups (US Rumelange and FC Avenir Beggen in groups A and B respectively) played off against the third- and fourth-placed teams in Luxembourg's second division (FC Mondercange and FC Mamer 32), the Division of Honour. The winning team in each tie was awarded a place in the National Division in the 2006-07 season, whilst the losing team was confined to the second division. The matches were played on 28 May on neutral ground. Both National Division teams lost, thus were relegated.

2005-06 was the last season to use this format. From 2006-07, a simple league round-robin will be used for the entire season.

European qualification[edit]

Luxembourg was assigned one spot in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League, for the league champions; it was also assigned two spots in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Cup, for the runners-up and the winners of the Luxembourg Cup. As league champions, F91 Dudelange qualified for the Champions League. Jeunesse Esch qualified for the UEFA Cup as runners-up. In addition, as F91 Dudelange and Jeunesse Esch contested the Luxembourg Cup final, the UEFA Cup assigned to the cup winners went to FC Etzella Ettelbruck, who finished third in the league.

Final standings[edit]

First stage[edit]

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 F91 Dudelange 22 16 3 3 63 15 +48 51 Qualify for title play-off
2 Jeunesse Esch 22 14 2 6 49 19 +30 44 Qualify for title play-off
3 FC Etzella Ettelbruck 22 13 1 8 48 36 +12 40 Qualify for title play-off
4 CS Grevenmacher 22 12 2 8 51 27 +24 38 Qualify for title play-off
5 FC Wiltz 71 22 9 7 6 36 27 +9 34
6 UN Käerjeng 97 22 10 4 8 36 33 +3 34
7 Racing FC Union Luxembourg 22 10 4 8 31 30 +1 34
8 CS Pétange 22 10 2 10 29 33 -4 32
9 FC Swift Hesperange 22 6 8 8 31 37 -6 26
10 FC Victoria Rosport 22 6 5 11 24 42 -18 23
11 US Rumelange 22 3 3 16 20 58 -38 12
12 FC Avenir Beggen 22 0 5 17 10 71 -61 5

Second stage[edit]

Title Play-off[edit]

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 F91 Dudelange 28 20 4 4 83 22 +61 64 Champions; qualify for the UEFA Champions League
2 Jeunesse Esch 28 17 2 9 58 36 +22 53 Qualify for the UEFA Cup
3 FC Etzella Ettelbruck 28 16 1 11 59 47 +12 49 Qualify for the UEFA Cup
4 CS Grevenmacher 28 13 3 12 58 39 +18 42

Relegation Group A[edit]

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 FC Wiltz 71 28 13 8 7 49 36 +13 47
2 Racing FC Union Luxembourg 28 12 5 11 40 39 +1 41
3 FC Swift Hesperange 28 9 9 10 41 44 -3 36
4 US Rumelange 28 4 4 20 25 70 -45 16 Relegation play-off with FC Mamer 32

Relegation Group B[edit]

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts Notes
1 CS Pétange 28 12 4 12 39 40 -1 40
2 UN Käerjeng 97 28 10 7 11 44 46 -2 37
3 FC Victoria Rosport 28 8 8 12 34 50 -16 32
4 FC Avenir Beggen 28 4 5 19 18 79 -61 17 Relegation play-off with FC Mondercange

Relegation play-offs[edit]

National Division Score Division of Honour Date Venue
FC Avenir Beggen 2-3 aet FC Mondercange 28 May 2006 Stade rue de la Gare, Junglinster
US Rumelange 0-0 aet
3-4 pen
FC Mamer 32 28 May 2006 Stade Municipal, Schifflange

Top goalscorers[edit]

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Fatih Sözen Turkey CS Grevenmacher 23
=2 Joris Di Gregorio France F91 Dudelange 22
=2 Fabrizio Rosamilia Belgium FC Wiltz 71 22
4 Daniel Huss Luxembourg CS Grevenmacher 18
5 Rudy Marchal France Jeunesse Esch 17
=6 Daniel Da Mota Luxembourg FC Etzella Ettelbruck 16
=6 Stéphane Martine France F91 Dudelange 16
8 Tomasz Gruszczyński Poland F91 Dudelange 15
9 Sergio Pupovac Luxembourg Racing FC Union Luxembourg 14
10 Carlo Pace Luxembourg UN Käerjeng 97 13

Team changes for 2006-07 season[edit]

After the 2005-06 season ended, the league was expanded from twelve teams to fourteen. The champions and runners-up of the Division of Honour, FC Differdange 03 and FC Progrès Niedercorn, were promoted automatically. After losing their relegation play-offs, Avenir Beggen and US Rumelange were relegated and replaced by FC Mondercange and FC Mamer 32.