2008–09 Ligue 1

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Ligue 1
Season 2008–09
Champions Bordeaux
6th French title
Relegated Caen
Nantes
Le Havre
Champions League Bordeaux (group stage)
Marseille (group stage)
Lyon (playoff round)
Europa League Toulouse (playoff round)
Lille (third qualifying round)
Goals scored 858
Average goals/game 2.26
Top goalscorer France André-Pierre Gignac (24)
Biggest home win Marseille 4–0 Auxerre (17 August 2008)
Bordeaux 4–0 Le Havre (28 October 2008)
Bordeaux 4–0 Paris Saint-Germain (11 January 2009)
Marseille 4–0 Rennes (30 May 2009)
Biggest away win Nantes 1–4 Le Mans (30 August 2008)
Saint-Étienne 1–4 Lorient (29 October 2008)
Nantes 1–4 Paris Saint-Germain (7 February 2009)
Highest scoring Rennes 4–4 Marseille (9 August 2008)
(8 goals)
Highest attendance 78,056, Lille 2–0 Lyon (7 March 2009)
Lowest attendance 6,294, AS Monaco 3–0 Le Mans (23 November 2008)
Average attendance 20,913

The 2008–09 Ligue 1 season was the 71st since its establishment. Bordeaux became champions for the sixth time on the last weekend of the season. The fixtures were announced on 23 May 2008.[1] The season began on 9 August 2008 and ended on 30 May 2009. A total of 20 teams contested the league, consisting of 17 who competed the previous season and three that were promoted from France's second division Ligue 2.

Bordeaux consecutively won their last 11 league games of the season and clinched the title on 30 May 2009 after the 1–0 victory against Caen. This was Bordeaux's sixth title and their first since the 1998–99 season. Bordeaux's title victory ended a historic run for Lyon, who had won seven consecutive titles beginning with the 2001–02 season. Le Havre, Nantes, and Caen were relegated to Ligue 2. Both Le Havre and Nantes were promoted from Ligue 2 last season. Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, and Lille all secured European football for the 2009–10 season through their league position.

Promotion and relegation[edit]

RC Lens, RC Strasbourg and FC Metz were relegated to the 2008–09 Ligue 2 after finishing in the bottom three spots of the table at the end of the 2007–08 season. Lens were relegated to the Ligue 2 after 17 seasons of continuous membership in the top football league of France, while Strasbourg and Metz made their immediate return to the second level.

The three relegated teams were replaced by three 2007–08 Ligue 2 sides. Champions Le Havre, who terminated their second-level status after five years, runners-up FC Nantes, who returned to the top flight after one season in second level and Grenoble Foot 38 returned to highest French league for first time after 35 years.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Bordeaux (C) 38 24 8 6 64 34 +30 80 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Marseille 38 22 11 5 67 35 +32 77
3 Lyon 38 20 11 7 52 29 +23 71 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
4 Toulouse 38 16 16 6 45 27 +18 64 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round
5 Lille 38 17 13 8 51 39 +12 64 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
6 Paris Saint-Germain 38 19 7 12 49 38 +11 64
7 Rennes 38 15 16 7 42 34 +8 61
8 Auxerre 38 16 7 15 35 35 0 55
9 Nice 38 13 11 14 40 41 −1 50
10 Lorient 38 10 15 13 47 47 0 45
11 Monaco 38 11 12 15 41 45 −4 45
12 Valenciennes 38 10 14 14 35 42 −7 44
13 Grenoble 38 10 14 14 24 37 −13 44
14 Sochaux 38 10 12 16 40 48 −8 42
15 Nancy 38 10 12 16 38 47 −9 42
16 Le Mans 38 10 10 18 43 54 −11 40
17 Saint-Étienne 38 11 7 20 40 56 −16 40
18 Caen (R) 38 8 13 17 42 49 −7 37 Relegation to Ligue 2
19 Nantes (R) 38 9 10 19 33 54 −21 37
20 Le Havre (R) 38 7 5 26 30 67 −37 26

Source: Ligue 1
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
France's third UEFA Europa League spot went to Ligue 2 side Guingamp, winners of Coupe de France 2008–09.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] AUX BOR CAE GRE HAC MFC LIL LOR OL OM ASM NAL NAN NIC PSG REN STE SOC TFC VAL
Auxerre 0–2 2–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0
Bordeaux 2–0 2–1 1–1 4–0 3–2 2–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–1 2–1
Caen 1–0 0–1 2–2 0–1 3–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 2–2 1–2 3–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–0 3–1
Grenoble 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 1–3 0–2 0–3 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–0
Le Havre 1–2 0–3 1–2 0–1 1–2 0–1 1–3 0–1 0–1 2–3 2–3 0–2 1–0 1–3 1–0 2–4 2–1 0–1 2–1
Le Mans 0–2 1–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–1 1–3 1–1 0–1 2–0 0–2 1–2 0–1 2–2 1–0 2–0 1–2 1–0
Lille 3–2 2–1 2–2 2–1 3–1 1–3 1–1 2–02 1–2 2–1 3–2 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 3–0 3–2 1–1 1–0
Lorient 0–2 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 0–1 1–2 3–1 1–2 1–0 1–1
Lyon 0–2 2–1 3–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–0 2–2 2–1 3–0 3–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 0–0
Marseille 4–0 1–0 2–1 4–1 2–0 0–0 2–2 2–3 1–3 0–0 0–3 2–0 2–1 2–4 4–0 3–1 2–1 2–2 0–0
Monaco 0–1 3–4 1–1 1–0 0–1 3–0 0–2 2–0 0–1 0–1 3–1 1–2 1–2 1–0 3–1 2–2 1–1 3–2 1–1
Nancy 0–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 2–2 0–0 2–2 0–2 1–2 0–1 2–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 2–0
Nantes 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–2 1–4 0–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–4 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–0
Nice 2–0 2–2 2–2 0–0 0–0 2–2 0–1 2–0 1–3 0–2 0–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–0
Paris Saint-Germain 1–2 1–0 2–0 0–1 3–0 3–1 1–0 3–2 1–0 1–3 0–0 4–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 2–2
Rennes 2–0 2–3 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 2–1 3–1 3–0 4–4 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–0
Saint-Étienne 2–0 1–1 3–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–4 0–1 0–3 2–0 0–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 0–3 2–1 2–2 4–0
Sochaux 0–1 0–0 2–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–0 3–0 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–0 1–0 1–2 1–1
Toulouse 1–0 3–0 0–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–0 1–0 2–2 4–1 0–0 3–1 2–1 0–0
Valenciennes 2–0 1–2 2–0 1–1 3–2 0–2 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–3 3–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 2–2 0–1

Source: Ligue 1
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2The match was played at Stade de France.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Source: Ligue 1 (French)

André-Pierre Gignac won the Trophée du Meilleur Buteur.

Position Player Nationality Club Goals
1 André-Pierre Gignac  France Toulouse 24
2 Karim Benzema  France Lyon 17
- Guillaume Hoarau  France PSG 17
4 Michel Bastos  Brazil Lille 14
- Ireneusz Jeleń  Poland Auxerre 14
- Steve Savidan  France Caen 13
7 Fernando Cavenaghi  Argentina Bordeaux 13
- Marouane Chamakh  Morocco Bordeaux 13
- Mamadou Niang  Senegal Marseille 13
10 Yoann Gourcuff  France Bordeaux 12
11 Mevlüt Erdinç  Turkey Sochaux 11
- Kevin Gameiro  France Lorient 11
- Youssouf Hadji  Morocco Nancy 11
- Loïc Rémy  France Nice 11
15 Amadou Alassane  Mauritania Le Havre 10
- Bafétimbi Gomis  France Saint-Étienne 10
- Thorstein Helstad  Norway Le Mans 10
18 5 players 9
22 3 players 8
27 9 players 7
36 11 players 6
47 9 players 5
56 23 players 4
79 24 players 3
102 53 players 2
156 90 players 1
Total: 858
Average after 380 games: 2.26

Assist leaders[edit]

Source: Ligue 1

Michel Bastos won the Trophée du Meilleur Passeur.

Position Player Nationality Club Assists
1 Michel Bastos  Brazil Lille 9
2 Kevin Gameiro  France Lorient 8
- Yoann Gourcuff  France Bordeaux 8
- Wendel  Brazil Bordeaux 8
5 6 players 7
9 9 players 6
19 7 players 5
24 15 players 4
38 25 players 3
60 42 players 2
103 98 players 1
Total: 481
Average after 380 games: 1.27

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

UNFP Player of the Month[edit]

Month Player Club
August[2] France Steve Mandanda Marseille
September[3] France André-Pierre Gignac Toulouse
October[4] France Guillaume Hoarau Paris Saint-Germain
November[5] France Olivier Echouafni Nice
December[6] Benin Stéphane Sessegnon Paris Saint-Germain
January[7] France Péguy Luyindula Paris Saint-Germain
February[8] France Guillaume Hoarau Paris Saint-Germain
March[9] France André-Pierre Gignac Toulouse
April[10] France Yoann Gourcuff Bordeaux

Annual awards[edit]

Here are shown the nominees for Ligue 1 annual awards.[11] The winners, displayed in bold, were determined at the annual UNFP Awards on 24 May 2009.[12]

Player of the Year[edit]

Player Nationality Club
Michel Bastos  Brazil Lille
André-Pierre Gignac  France Toulouse
Yoann Gourcuff  France Bordeaux
Stéphane Sessegnon  Benin PSG

Young Player of the Year[edit]

Player Nationality Club
Étienne Capoue  France Toulouse
Eden Hazard  Belgium Lille
Loïc Rémy  France Nice
Moussa Sissoko  France Toulouse

Keeper of the Year[edit]

Player Nationality Club
Cédric Carrasso  France Toulouse
Hugo Lloris  France Lyon
Nicolas Douchez  France Rennes
Steve Mandanda  France Marseille

Manager of the Year[edit]

Player Nationality Club
Frédéric Antonetti  France Nice
Laurent Blanc  France Bordeaux
Eric Gerets  Belgium Marseille
Paul Le Guen  France PSG

Team of the Year[edit]

GK France Hugo Lloris Lyon
RB France Rod Fanni Rennes
CB Brazil Hilton Marseille
CB Senegal Souleymane Diawara Bordeaux
LB Nigeria Taye Taiwo Marseille
RM France Benoît Cheyrou Marseille
CM France Yoann Gourcuff Bordeaux
CM Benin Stéphane Sessegnon Paris Saint-Germain
LM Brazil Michel Bastos Lille
ST France Guillaume Hoarau Paris Saint-Germain
ST France André-Pierre Gignac Toulouse

Managers[edit]

Club Manager
Auxerre France Jean Fernandez
Bordeaux France Laurent Blanc
Caen France Franck Dumas
Grenoble Bosnia and Herzegovina Mehmed Baždarević
Le Havre France Jean-Marc Nobilo, replaced in December 2008 by France Frédéric Hantz
Le Mans France Yves Bertucci, replaced in February 2009 by Switzerland Daniel Jeandupeux, replaced in May 2009 by France Arnaud Cormier
Lille France Rudi Garcia
Lorient France Christian Gourcuff
Lyon France Claude Puel
Marseille Belgium Eric Gerets
AS Monaco Brazil Ricardo Gomes
Nancy Uruguay Pablo Correa
Nantes Armenia Michel Der Zakarian, replaced in September 2008 by France Elie Baup
Nice France Frédéric Antonetti
Paris Saint-Germain France Paul Le Guen
Rennes France Guy Lacombe
Saint-Étienne France Laurent Roussey, replaced in November 2008 by France Alain Perrin
Sochaux France Francis Gillot
Toulouse France Alain Casanova
Valenciennes France Antoine Kombouaré

Stadia and locations[edit]

Team Stadium Capacity
Marseille Stade Vélodrome 60,031
PSG Parc des Princes 48,712
Lyon Stade de Gerland 43,051
Nantes Stade de la Beaujoire 38,285
Toulouse Stadium Municipal 35,672
Saint-Étienne Stade Geoffroy-Guichard 35,616
Bordeaux Stade Chaban-Delmas 34,327
Rennes Stade de la Route de Lorient 31,127
Auxerre Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps 24,493
Lille Stadium Lille-Metropole 21,803
Caen Stade Michel d'Ornano 21,500
Nancy Stade Marcel Picot 20,087
Sochaux Stade Auguste Bonal 20,025
Grenoble Stade des Alpes 20,000
AS Monaco Stade Louis II 18,500
Le Mans Stade Léon-Bollée 17,500
Nice Stade du Ray 17,415
Lorient Stade du Moustoir 16,669
Valenciennes Stade Nungesser 16,547
Le Havre Stade Jules Deschaseaux 16,454

Kits[edit]

Team Kit maker Main Sponsor Notes
Auxerre Airness Prest Oil No changes were reported.
Bordeaux Puma Kia The Puma/Kia provider/sponsor partnership remained. Updated home, away, and new alternate kit were used as an away kit for Champions League matches. Home kit was updated with its traditional dark blue colour. The away shirt was white. The alternate Champions League kit was striped black and pink combining the design of logos of the home shirt with the v-design of the away shirt. The v-design remained prominent on all kits.[13][14]
Caen Nike GDE Recyclage GDE Recyclage remained on as primary sponsor and new sponsor Campagne de France came on as secondary sponsor. New home kit, away kit, and alternate kit. Their home shirt was blue and red with a classic blue collar. Their away shirt was light-blue and the third shirt was primarily yellow with black sleeves.[15]
Grenoble Nike Index New home and away kits. Their home shirt was blue and white striped with new Index sponsor, with blue shorts. Black away shirt with silver style badge and sponsors, with black shorts. Alternative kit was an orange shirt with white shorts.[16]
Le Havre Airness TBA New kit provider Airness came on. New home kit consisting of sky blue/marine blue two-stripe lining.[17] New away kit consisted of a fluorescent shirt with black shorts and black socks.
Le Mans Kappa Le Gaulois No changes were reported.
Lille Canterbury of New Zealand Groupe Partouche No changes were reported.
Lorient Erreà Biscuits La trinitaine Both the home and away kits were updated. The away kit was the same design, it was white with a black diagonal stripe from the left shoulder to the right hip. There was a small orange stripe just below with the legendary La trinitaine Biscuits sponsorship on the front.[18]
Lyon Umbro Novotel New home, away, and Champions League kit was presented on 30 June. New home kit was original white with the red and blue vertical strip, along with single blue stripes along the shoulders. New away kit was all blue with single black stripes along the shoulders and the new Champions League away kit was electric yellow with the red and blue vertical stripe, along with single red and blue stripes on the shoulders.[19][20]
Marseille adidas Neuf Neuf stayed as sponsors and new sponsor Direct Energie came on. New home, away, and alternate kit. New home kit featured new sponsor Direct Energie and also featured the city of Marseille's coat of arms.[21] New sky blue and black away kit had a trendy design with a cut and polo style collar deriving from a printed jacquard.[22]
AS Monaco Puma Fedcom Updated home kit and a brand new away kit. New away kit was all sky blue.[23]
Nancy Baliston Odalys Vacances No changes were reported.
Nantes Kappa Profil+ New sponsor Profil+ and new kit provider Kappa came on. Synergy stayed as sponsors. New home shirt had Nantes' traditional colours of yellow, with a green collar and green piping around the bottom of the shirt and the ends of the sleeves. New away kit bore resemblance to Werder Bremen's alternate kit of the previous year.[24]
Nice Lotto Takara New primary sponsor Takara came on. Secondary sponsors included on kits as well. Updated home kit with thinner black stripes with black shorts and black socks. New away kit with white shirt, white shorts, and white socks. The shirt was white with a red and black stripe going across the chest.[25]
PSG Nike Emirates Emirates stayed as sponsors. Updated home kit. New away kit, which was bronze, and a new European kit, which was all gray. The red stripe on both the away kit and the European kit was horizontal instead of its usual vertical placement.[26][27]
Rennes Puma Samsic New away kit. Along with a black collar, the white away shirt had black lining on the sides going all the way up to the underarms.[28]
Saint-Étienne adidas Konica Minolta New home and away kit. Home kit was green with white shorts and green socks with lime entrenched in the shirt. Away shirt was black with lime scaling the top starting from the left shoulder all the way to the right arm. The shorts were lime and the socks were black.[29]
Sochaux Lotto Mobil 1 New home kit, which retained the traditional colours of Sochaux, but for the first time had a vertical stripe on it.[30] New away kit was sky blue with a yellow collar.[31]
Toulouse Airness IDEC Toulouse left Lotto for Airness after 8 years with the Italian brand. New home, away, and alternate kit. New home kit had a purple shirt with white stripes, white shorts, and purple socks. Away kit was all black with pink linings on the shirt. Alternate kit was all white with purple linings on the shirt.[32]
Valenciennes Diadora Toyota Toyota stayed as sponsors and new sponsor SITA came on. Brand new red home kit, new white away kit, and new blue alternate kit. Valenciennes revived their scapular tradition. This was the first time they have worn the scapular since the final of the French Cup in 1951.[33]

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