2011–12 Ligue 1

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Ligue 1
Season 2011–12
Champions Montpellier
1st title
Relegated Caen
Dijon
Auxerre
Champions League Montpellier
Paris Saint-Germain
Lille
Europa League Lyon
Bordeaux
Marseille
Matches played 380
Goals scored 956 (2.52 per match)
Top goalscorer Olivier Giroud
Nenê (21 goals)
Biggest home win Paris Saint-Germain 6–1 Sochaux (22 April 2012)[1]
Biggest away win Dijon 1–5 Rennes (7 August 2011)[2]
Sochaux 2–6 Rennes (21 September 2011)[2]
Highest scoring Lille 4–5 Bordeaux (12 February 2012)[3]
Longest winning run 6 games[4]
Paris Saint-Germain
(21 September – 29 October)
Longest unbeaten run 17 games[4]
Lille
(20 August – 21 December)
Longest winless run 13 games[4]
Sochaux
(20 November – 3 March)
Longest losing run 5 games[4]
Ajaccio
(16 October – 6 November)
Marseille
(26 February – 17 March)
Highest attendance 46,252 – Paris Saint-Germain 2–1 Marseille (8 April 2012)[4]
Lowest attendance 5,125 – Ajaccio 2–2 Caen (10 September 2011)[4]
Average attendance 18,554[5]

The 2011–12 Ligue 1 season was the 74th since its establishment.[6] Lille were the defending champions. The league schedule was announced on 31 March 2011 and the fixtures were determined on 10 June.[7][8] The season began on 6 August 2011 and ended on 20 May 2012.[9] The winter break was in effect from 22 December 2011 to 14 January 2012.[10]

On 20 May 2012, the final day of the league season, Montpellier clinched its first-ever league title after defeating Auxerre 2–1 at the Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps.[11] Montpellier is the fifth different club to win Ligue 1 since the 2006–07 season and will appear in the UEFA Champions League for the first time in its history. Paris Saint-Germain and Lille will be the country's other Champions League participants, while Lyon, Bordeaux, and Marseille will represent France in the UEFA Europa League. Lyon will not participate in UEFA's top football club competition for the first time in 12 years.

Auxerre, Dijon, and Caen were relegated to Ligue 2.[12] Auxerre will be returning to the second division after 32 consecutive years playing in Ligue 1.[13] Prior to the 2011–12 season, the club had never suffered relegation from the country's top division. Dijon will be returning to the second division after only one season in Ligue 1, while Caen will fall to the second tier after two years in the first division.

Teams[edit]

There were three promoted teams from Ligue 2, replacing the three teams that were relegated from Ligue 1 following the 2010–11 season. A total of 20 teams competed in the league with three clubs suffering relegation to the second division, Ligue 2. All clubs that secured Ligue 1 status for the season were subject to approval by the DNCG before becoming eligible to participate.[14]

Arles-Avignon was the first club to suffer relegation from the first division to Ligue 2. The club's impending drop occurred on 17 April 2011 following the team's 2–0 defeat to AS Monaco. The negative result made it mathematically impossible for Arles to seize the 17th position in the table, which would have allowed the club to remain in Ligue 1. Arles-Avignon made its return to Ligue 2 after only a year's spell in the top division of French football.[15] On 15 May, Lens were relegated from the first division to Ligue 2 after its 1–1 draw with Monaco. Lens returned to Ligue 2 for the first time since the 2008–09 season when the club finished as champions of the league.[16] On the final day of the Ligue 1 season, Monaco suffered relegation to the second division after losing 2–0 to Lyon. The club's appearance in Ligue 2 was its first since 1976.[17]

Evian became the first club from Ligue 2 to achieve promotion to Ligue 1 after its 2–1 victory over Reims on 20 May 2011.[18] Evian made its debut in the first division and, similar to Arles-Avignon the previous season, the club's ascension to the first division is notable due in part to the fact that it has achieved successive promotions in four straight seasons. On the final day of the Ligue 2 season, both Dijon and Ajaccio earned berths in the first division after posting positive results in their respective matches.[19] Dijon was promoted despite losing on the match day and, similar to Évian, made its debut in the top division of French football. Ajaccio returned to Ligue 1 after five seasons in the second division.

Stadia and locations[edit]


Club Location Venue Capacity Average Attendance[5]
Ajaccio Ajaccio Stade François Coty 10,660 6,338
Auxerre Auxerre Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps 24,493 11,879
Bordeaux Bordeaux Stade Chaban-Delmas 34,462 20,712
Brest Brest Stade Francis-Le Blé 16,000 13,542
Caen Caen Stade Michel d'Ornano 21,500 15,280
Dijon Dijon Stade Gaston Gérard 15,998 13,597
Evian Annecy Parc des Sports 15,600 11,855
Lille Villeneuve-d'Ascq Stadium Nord Lille Métropole 18,185 16,969
Lorient Lorient Stade du Moustoir 18,890 15,594
Lyon Lyon Stade de Gerland 41,842 33,108
Marseille Marseille Stade Vélodrome1 42,000 40,455
Montpellier Montpellier Stade de la Mosson 32,900 17,492
Nancy Tomblaine Stade Marcel Picot 20,085 15,328
Nice Nice Stade du Ray 17,415 9,133
Paris Saint-Germain Paris Parc des Princes 48,712 42,892
Rennes Rennes Stade de la Route de Lorient 31,127 20,725
Saint-Étienne Saint-Étienne Stade Geoffroy-Guichard2 26,747 21,409
Sochaux Montbéliard Stade Auguste Bonal 20,005 13,826
Toulouse Toulouse Stadium Municipal 35,470 22,033
Valenciennes Valenciennes Stade du Hainaut 25,000 15,226

Personnel and kits[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players and managers may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager1 Captain1 Kit Manufacturer1 Main Sponsor1
Ajaccio France Pantaloni, OlivierOlivier Pantaloni France Pierazzi, Jean-BaptisteJean-Baptiste Pierazzi Duarig Géant
Auxerre France Wallemme, Jean-GuyJean-Guy Wallemme France Sorin, OlivierOlivier Sorin Airness Senoble
Bordeaux France Gillot, FrancisFrancis Gillot Czech Republic Plašil, JaroslavJaroslav Plašil Puma Kia
Brest France Martins, CorentinCorentin Martins (interim) Republic of the Congo Ewolo, OscarOscar Ewolo Nike Quéguiner
Caen France Dumas, FranckFranck Dumas France Seube, NicolasNicolas Seube Nike GDE Recyclage
Dijon France Carteron, PatricePatrice Carteron Ivory Coast Abdoulaye Méïté Nike Sita-Suez
Evian Uruguay Correa, PabloPablo Correa France Barbosa, CédricCédric Barbosa Kappa Danette
Lille France Garcia, RudiRudi Garcia France Mavuba, RioRio Mavuba Umbro Groupe Partouche
Lorient France Gourcuff, ChristianChristian Gourcuff France Audard, FabienFabien Audard Macron La trinitaine
Lyon France Garde, RémiRémi Garde Brazil , CrisCris adidas Everest Poker
Marseille France Deschamps, DidierDidier Deschamps France Mandanda, SteveSteve Mandanda adidas BetClic
Montpellier France Girard, RenéRené Girard France Yanga-Mbiwa, MapouMapou Yanga-Mbiwa Nike La Foir'Fouille
Nancy France Fernandez, JeanJean Fernandez Brazil , André LuizAndré Luiz Umbro Odalys Vacances
Nice France Marsiglia, RenéRené Marsiglia France Digard, DidierDidier Digard BURRDA Mad-Croc
Paris Saint-Germain Italy Carlo Ancelotti France Sakho, MamadouMamadou Sakho Nike Emirates
Rennes France Antonetti, FrédéricFrédéric Antonetti Senegal Mangane, KaderKader Mangane Puma Samsic
Saint-Étienne France Galtier, ChristopheChristophe Galtier France Perrin, LoïcLoïc Perrin adidas Winamax
Sochaux France Eric Hely France Richert, TeddyTeddy Richert Lotto Peugeot
Toulouse France Casanova, AlainAlain Casanova France Congré, DanielDaniel Congré Kappa IDEC
Valenciennes France Sanchez, DanielDaniel Sanchez France Mater, RudyRudy Mater Uhlsport Toyota

1 Subject to change during the season.

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing head coach Manner of
departure
Date of
vacancy
Position
in table
Incoming head coach Date of
appointment
Position
in table
Auxerre France Jean Fernandez End of contract 2 June 2011[22] Off-season France Laurent Fournier 8 June 2011[23] Off-season
Valenciennes France Philippe Montanier Joined Real Sociedad 4 June 2011[24] France Daniel Sanchez 8 June 2011[25]
Nancy Uruguay Pablo Correa Resigned 5 June 2011 France Jean Fernandez 5 June 2011[26]
Sochaux France Francis Gillot 5 June 2011 Bosnia and Herzegovina Mehmed Baždarević 10 June 2011[27]
Bordeaux France Eric Bédouet Mutual consent 6 June 2011 France Francis Gillot 6 June 2011[28]
Lyon France Claude Puel Sacked 20 June 2011[29] France Rémi Garde 21 June 2011[30]
Nice France Éric Roy Sacked 15 November 2011 17th France René Marsiglia 15 November 2011[31] 17th
Paris Saint-Germain France Antoine Kombouaré Mutual consent[32][33][34] 30 December 2011 1st Italy Carlo Ancelotti 30 December 2011[35] 1st
Evian France Bernard Casoni Sacked[36] 1 January 2012 11th Uruguay Pablo Correa 2 January 2012 11th
Sochaux Bosnia and Herzegovina Mehmed Baždarević Sacked[37] 6 March 2012 20th France Eric Hély 6 March 2012[37] 20th
Auxerre France Laurent Fournier Sacked[38] 18 March 2012 20th France Jean-Guy Wallemme 18 March 2012[38] 20th
Brest France Alex Dupont Sacked[39] 26 April 2012 18th France Corentin Martins 26 April 2012 18th

Ownership changes[edit]

Club New owner Previous owner Date
Paris Saint-Germain Qatar Qatar Investment Authority United States Colony Capital and France Butler Capital Partners[40] 1 July 2011[41]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Montpellier (C) 38 25 7 6 68 34 +34 82 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Paris Saint-Germain 38 23 10 5 75 41 +34 79
3 Lille 38 21 11 6 72 39 +33 74 2012–13 UEFA Champions League play-off round
4 Lyon 38 19 7 12 64 51 +13 64 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Group stage 1
5 Bordeaux 38 16 13 9 53 41 +12 61 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Play-off round 1
6 Rennes 38 17 9 12 53 44 +9 60
7 Saint-Étienne 38 16 9 13 49 45 +4 57
8 Toulouse 38 15 11 12 37 34 +3 56
9 Evian 38 13 11 14 54 55 −1 50
10 Marseille 38 12 12 14 45 41 +4 48 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round 2
11 Nancy 38 11 12 15 38 48 −10 45
12 Valenciennes 38 12 7 19 40 50 −10 43
13 Nice 38 10 12 16 39 46 −7 42
14 Sochaux 38 11 9 18 40 60 −20 42
15 Brest 38 8 17 13 31 38 −7 41
16 Ajaccio 38 9 14 15 40 61 −21 41
17 Lorient 38 9 12 17 35 49 −14 39
18 Caen (R) 38 9 11 18 39 59 −20 38 Relegation to the 2012–13 Ligue 2
19 Dijon (R) 38 9 9 20 38 63 −25 36
20 Auxerre (R) 38 7 13 18 46 57 −11 34

Updated to games played on 20 May 2012.
Source: Ligue de Football Professionnel
Rules for classification: .
1Lyon have won the 2011–12 Coupe de France and thus qualify for the group stage of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League. Since they finished 4th, the spot for the Europa League play-off round goes to the fifth-placed team.
2Marseille, as winner of the 2011–12 Coupe de la Ligue, qualifies for the third qualifying round of 2012–13 UEFA Europa League.
(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] ACA AUX BOR BRS CAE DIJ EVI LIL LOR OL OM MHS NAL NIC PSG REN STE SOC TFC VAL
Ajaccio 2–1 0–2 0–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–3 0–0 1–1 1–3 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–2 3–1
Auxerre 4–1 2–4 4–0 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–3 2–2 1–2 1–3 2–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 4–1 2–0 2–0
Bordeaux 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–2 2–0 1–2 1–1 2–0 1–2 1–0 2–0 2–1
Brest 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–2 2–0 0–0 1–0
Caen 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 3–0 2–2 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–3 1–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–4 1–3 0–1 1–0
Dijon 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–0 2–0 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–2 2–3 1–1 0–2 3–0 1–2 1–5 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–2
Evian 2–1 3–1 0–0 0–1 2–4 0–1 0–3 2–1 1–3 2–0 4–2 2–0 1–0 2–2 1–3 1–2 2–3 2–1 2–1
Lille 4–1 2–2 4–5 2–0 3–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–2 0–1 4–1 4–4 2–1 2–0 3–0 2–2 2–1 4–0
Lorient 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–2 0–2 3–0 1–1 0–0 2–0
Lyon 1–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 2–1 2–1 3–2 2–0 2–1 3–1 3–4 4–4 1–2 2–0 2–1 3–2 4–1
Marseille 2–0 3–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 2–0 2–1 2–2 1–3 1–0 2–0 3–0 0–1 0–0 2–2 0–1 1–1
Montpellier 3–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 3–0 5–3 2–2 1–0 4–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–3 4–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–0
Nancy 2–2 0–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–3 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 3–2 1–2 0–3 1–1
Nice 3–0 1–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0
Paris Saint-Germain 4–1 3–2 1–1 1–0 4–2 2–0 3–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 2–1 2–2 0–1 2–1 3–0 2–0 6–1 3–1 2–1
Rennes 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–2 5–0 3–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–1
Saint-Étienne 3–1 1–1 2–3 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–2 1–3 4–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–3 0–1 4–0 1–0 1–1 1–0
Sochaux 0–2 0–0 0–3 2–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–3 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–6 2–1 3–0 1–1
Toulouse 0–2 1–0 3–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 3–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–3 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–0
Valenciennes 1–2 2–1 1–2 0–0 3–1 4–0 0–3 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 3–4 1–0 1–2 3–0 2–0

Updated to games played on 20 May 2012.
Source: Ligue de Football Professionnel
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Statistics[edit]

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Kenya Oliech, DennisDennis Oliech Auxerre Sochaux 4–1 25 September 2011
France Giroud, OlivierOlivier Giroud Montpellier Dijon 5–3 15 October 2011
France Gameiro, KévinKévin Gameiro Paris Saint-Germain Ajaccio 1–3 16 October 2011
France Giroud, OlivierOlivier Giroud Montpellier Sochaux 1–3 26 November 2011
Gabon , Pierre-Emerick AubameyangPierre-Emerick Aubameyang Saint-Étienne Lorient 4–2 22 February 2012
Brazil , NenêNenê Paris Saint-Germain Rennes 3–0 13 May 2012
Belgium Hazard, EdenEden Hazard Lille Nancy 4–1

20 May 2012

Scoring[edit]

  • First goal of the season: Anthony Mounier for Nice against Lyon (6 August 2011)[42]
  • Fastest goal of the season: 18 secondsJaroslav Plašil for Bordeaux against Nancy (4 December 2011)[43][44]
  • Latest goal of the season: 90+4 minutesFrançois Clerc for Nice against Lille (21 December 2011)
  • First own goal of the season: Abdoulaye Bamba (Dijon) for Lyon (10 September 2011)[45]
  • Widest winning margin: 5 goals[4]
    • Paris Saint-Germain 6–1 Sochaux (22 April 2012)
  • Highest scoring game: 9 goals[4]
    • Lille 4–5 Bordeaux
  • Most goals scored in a match by a single team: 6 goals[4]
    • Sochaux 2–6 Rennes (21 September 2011)
    • Paris Saint-Germain 6–1 Sochaux (22 April 2012)

Discipline[edit]

  • Worst overall disciplinary record (1 pt per yellow card, 3 pts per red card): 119 points[46]
    • Ajaccio (92 yellow & 9 red cards)
  • Best overall disciplinary record: 66 points[46]
    • Sochaux (60 yellow & 2 red cards)
  • Most yellow cards (club): 92[46]
    • Ajaccio
  • Most yellow cards (player): 13[47]
  • Most red cards (club): 9[46]
    • Ajaccio
  • Most red cards (player): 3[4]

Awards[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Month Player of the Month
Player Club
September[48] Argentina Javier Pastore Paris Saint-Germain
October[49] Brazil Nenê Paris Saint-Germain
November[50] Morocco Younès Belhanda Montpellier
December[51] Italy Salvatore Sirigu Paris Saint-Germain
January[52] Serbia Milan Biševac Paris Saint-Germain
February[53] Gabon P.E. Aubameyang Saint-Étienne
March[54] Belgium Eden Hazard Lille

Annual awards[edit]

UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year[edit]

The UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year was awarded to Eden Hazard. The midfielder is the second player in the awards' history after Pauleta to win the award in back-to-back seasons.[55]

UNFP Young Player of the Year[edit]

The UNFP Young Player of the Year was awarded to Younès Belhanda.[55]

UNFP Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year[edit]

The UNFP Goalkeeper of the Year was awarded to Hugo Lloris.[55]

UNFP Team of the Year[edit]

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris (Lyon)
Defence: Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), Vitorino Hilton (Montpellier), Henri Bedimo (Montpellier), Nicolas N'Koulou (Marseille)
Midfield: Rio Mavuba (Lille), Étienne Capoue (Toulouse), Younès Belhanda (Montpellier), Eden Hazard (Lille)
Attack: Olivier Giroud (Montpellier), Nenê (Paris Saint-Germain)

UNFP Ligue 1 Manager of the Year[edit]

The UNFP Manager of the Year was awarded to René Girard of Montpellier.[55]

Number of teams by region[edit]

Region Number of teams Teams
1  Brittany 3 Brest, Lorient and Rennes
2  Rhône-Alpes 3 Evian, Lyon and St. Étienne
3  Burgundy 2 Auxerre and Dijon
4  Nord-Pas-de-Calais 2 Lille and Valenciennes
5  Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur 2 Marseille and Nice
6  Aquitaine 1 Bordeaux
7  Corsica 1 Ajaccio
8  Franche-Comté 1 Sochaux
9  Île-de-France 1 Paris Saint-Germain
10  Languedoc-Roussillon 1 Montpellier
11  Lorraine 1 Nancy
12  Lower Normandy 1 Caen
13  Midi-Pyrénées 1 Toulouse

List of 2011–12 transfers[edit]

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