2011–12 Ligue 2

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Ligue 2
Season 2011–12
Champions Bastia
Promoted Bastia
Reims
Troyes
Relegated Metz
Amiens
Boulogne
Matches played 380
Goals scored 872 (2.29 per match)
Top goalscorer Cédric Fauré (15 goals)
Biggest home win Nantes 5–0 Amiens (27 April 2012)[1]
Biggest away win Arles-Avignon 1–5 Istres (20 December 2011)[2]
Highest scoring Metz 2–5 Guingamp (4 May 2012)[3]
Longest winning run 4 games
Reims
(30 July – 19 August)
Bastia
(16 December – 18 January)
Longest unbeaten run 7 games
Clermont
(30 September – 2 December)
Longest winless run 10 games
AS Monaco
(23 September – 20 December)
Longest losing run 4 games
Arles-Avignon
(21 October – 25 November)
Amiens
(16 December – 18 January)
Highest attendance 30,961 – Lens 2–0 Châteauroux (20 December 2011)[4]
Lowest attendance 1,777 – Istres 3–1 Châteauroux (20 September 2011)[5]
Average attendance 7,999[6]

The 2011–12 Ligue 2 season was the 73rd since its establishment.[7] The previous season's champions was Evian. The league schedule was announced on 31 March 2011 and the fixtures were determined on 10 June.[8][9] The season began on 29 July and ended on 18 May 2012.[10] The winter break was in effect from 21 December to 14 January.

Bastia clinched the second division title on 1 May 2012 with three matches to spare after defeating Metz 3–0 at the Stade Armand Cesari.[11] The title is the club's second overall in the division having won the league previously in the 1967–68 season. Bastia will be making its return to the first division after a seven-year absence and will be entering Ligue 1 on a run of two consecutive promotions.[12] The club had earned promotion to Ligue 2 after winning the 2010–11 edition of the Championnat National.

Reims and Troyes became the second and third club, respectively, to earn promotion to Ligue 1 alongside the champions Bastia.[13] Both clubs achieved promotion with one game to spare following league victories on 11 May 2012, which positioned each club in second and third place permanently. Reims, which is a six-time Ligue 1 champion, will be returning to the first division after over 33 years playing in the lower divisions.[14] During those 33 years, the club underwent liquidation and had all aspects of the club (its records, trophies, etc.) auctioned off. Troyes will be returning to Ligue 1 after a four-year stint in Ligue 2.[15]

Teams[edit]

There were three promoted teams from the Championnat National, the third division of French football, replacing the three teams that were relegated from Ligue 2 following the 2010–11 season. A total of 20 teams competed in the league with three clubs suffering relegation to the Championnat National. All clubs that secured Ligue 2 status for the season were subject to approval by the DNCG before becoming eligible to participate.[16]

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.[17] 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.[18] 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.[19]

Bastia became the first team to achieve promotion to Ligue 2 from the Championnat National after drawing 1–1 with Fréjus Saint-Raphaël on 22 April. Coupled with fourth-place Strasbourg's draw with Luzenac on the same day, the results made it mathematically impossible for the Alsatians to catch Bastia in the standings.[20][21] Amiens achieved promotion from National to Ligue 2 on 13 May following its 2–1 home win against Guingamp. Amiens made its return to the second division after spending two seasons in the Championnat National.[22] Guingamp became the final club to earn promotion to National after its 2–0 away win over Rouen. Similar to Bastia, Guingamp made its return to Ligue 2 after only one season in the third division.[23]

Teams relegated to Ligue 2

Teams promoted to Ligue 2

DNCG rulings[edit]

On 1 July 2011, following a preliminary review of each club's administrative and financial accounts in Ligue 2, the DNCG ruled that Tours would be relegated to the Championnat National.[24] Tours president, Frédéric Sebag, confirmed the demotion was as a result of the club's failure to "balance its books". Sebag also confirmed that the club would be appealing the ruling.[25] On 13 July, Tours successfully appealed to the DNCG and was subsequently reinstated into Ligue 2.[26]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Club Location Venue Capacity Average Attendance[6]
Amiens Amiens Stade de la Licorne 12,097 9,411
Angers Angers Stade Jean Bouin 17,100 5,345
Arles-Avignon Avignon Parc des Sports 17,518 2,678
Bastia Bastia Stade Armand Cesari 10,460 10,406
Boulogne Boulogne-sur-Mer Stade de la Libération 15,004 8,168
Châteauroux Châteauroux Stade Gaston Petit 17,173 5,300
Clermont Clermont-Ferrand Stade Gabriel Montpied 10,363 4,726
Guingamp Guingamp Stade du Roudourou 18,126 7,311
Istres Istres Stade Parsemain 17,468 2,106
Laval Laval Stade Francis Le Basser 18,739 5,748
Le Havre Le Havre Stade Jules Deschaseaux 16,454 6,987
Le Mans Le Mans MMArena 25,000 6,973
Lens Lens Stade Félix-Bollaert 41,233 22,519
Metz Metz Stade Municipal Saint-Symphorien 26,700 9,158
AS Monaco Fontvieille Stade Louis II 18,500 4,936
Nantes Nantes Stade de la Beaujoire 38,285 12,506
Reims Reims Stade Auguste-Delaune II 22,000 11,084
Sedan Sedan Stade Louis Dugauguez 23,189 8,183
Tours Tours Stade de la Vallée du Cher 13,500 5,478
Troyes Troyes Stade de l'Aube 21,877 7,613

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
Amiens France Batelli, LudovicLudovic Batelli France Thomas Mienniel Kappa Amiens Métropole
Angers France Moulin, StéphaneStéphane Moulin France Grégory Malicki Umbro Next Generation
Arles-Avignon France Laurey, ThierryThierry Laurey France Fabien Laurenti Uhlsport Groupe Nicollin
Bastia France Hantz, FrédéricFrédéric Hantz France Yannick Cahuzac Kappa Oscaro
Boulogne France Estevan, MichelMichel Estevan Mali Bakary Soumare Uhlsport Boostyle
Châteauroux France Didier Tholot France Romain Reynaud Nike Le Seyec
Clermont Armenia Der Zakarian, MichelMichel Der Zakarian France Damien Perrinelle Kappa Clermont-Ferrand
Guingamp France Gourvennec, JocelynJocelyn Gourvennec France Lionel Mathis adidas Groupe Stalaven
Istres France Pasqualetti, JoséJosé Pasqualetti France Amor Kehiha Duarig Kertel
Laval France Hinschberger, PhilippePhilippe Hinschberger France Fabrice Levrat Duarig Lactel
Le Havre France Daury, CédricCédric Daury France Julien François Airness System U
Le Mans France Zanko, DenisDenis Zanko France Frédéric Thomas Macron LOUÉ
Lens France Garcia, Jean-LouisJean-Louis Garcia France Yohan Demont adidas Invicta
Metz France Bijotat, DominiqueDominique Bijotat France Ludovic Guerriero Nike Moselle
AS Monaco Italy Simone, MarcoMarco Simone France Ludovic Giuly Macron Fedcom
Nantes France Chauvin, LandryLandry Chauvin Brazil Matheus Vivian Erreà Profil+
Reims France Fournier, HubertHubert Fournier France Mickaël Tacalfred Kappa IDEC
Sedan France Guyot, LaurentLaurent Guyot France Jérôme Lemoigne Duarig Invicta
Tours Germany Peter Zeidler France Julien Cardy Duarig Invicta
Troyes France Furlan, Jean-MarcJean-Marc Furlan Central African Republic Eloge Enza Yamissi Duarig Urbanéo

1Subject 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
Sedan France Landry Chauvin End of contract 26 May 2011 Off-season France Laurent Guyot 26 May 2011[27] Off-season
Lens Romania László Bölöni Mutual consent 1 June 2011 France Jean-Louis Garcia 1 June 2011[28]
Nantes France Philippe Anziani 26 May 2011 France Landry Chauvin 1 June 2011[29]
Angers France Jean-Louis Garcia Joined Lens 1 June 2011 France Stéphane Moulin 2 June 2011[30]
Tours France Daniel Sanchez Joined Valenciennes 8 June 2011[31] Germany Peter Zeidler 14 June 2011[32]
AS Monaco France Laurent Banide Fired 12 September 2011[33] 17th Italy Marco Simone 12 September 2011[34] 17th
Arles-Avignon Bosnia and Herzegovina Faruk Hadžibegić 23 November 2011[35] 19th France Thierry Laurey 28 November 2011[36] 19th
Le Mans France Arnaud Cormier 22 December 2011[37] 17th France Denis Zanko 28 December 2011[38] 17th

Ownership changes[edit]

Club New owner Previous owner Date
AS Monaco Russia Monaco Sports Invest France AS Monaco[39] 23 December 2011[40]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Bastia (C) 38 21 8 9 61 36 +25 71 Promotion to 2012–13 Ligue 1
2 Reims (P) 38 18 11 9 54 37 +17 65
3 Troyes (P) 38 17 13 8 45 35 +10 64
4 Sedan 38 15 14 9 56 45 +11 59
5 Clermont 38 15 13 10 48 39 +9 58
6 Tours 38 15 11 12 44 43 +1 56
7 Guingamp 38 15 10 13 46 43 +3 55
8 Monaco 38 13 13 12 41 48 −7 52
9 Nantes 38 14 9 15 51 42 +9 51
10 Istres 38 13 12 13 46 44 +2 51
11 Angers 38 13 12 13 44 45 −1 51
12 Lens 38 12 12 14 42 48 −6 48
13 Arles-Avignon 38 10 18 10 34 41 −7 48
14 Châteauroux 38 14 6 18 38 54 −16 48
15 Le Havre 38 11 14 13 38 34 +4 47
16 Laval 38 12 11 15 46 50 −4 47
17 Le Mans 38 11 12 15 39 40 −1 45
18 Metz (R) 38 10 12 16 30 44 −14 42 Relegation to 2012–13 Championnat National
19 Boulogne (R) 38 7 15 16 40 47 −7 36
20 Amiens (R) 38 4 14 20 29 57 −28 26

Updated to games played on 18 May 2012.
Source: Ligue de Football Professionnel
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(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] AMI ANG ACAA BAS BOU CHA CLR GUI IST LVL HAC MFC RCL MET ASM NAN REI SED TOU TRO
Amiens 2–0 0–3 1–1 0–0 4–0 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–2 0–2 0–2 0–3 1–1 1–1
Angers 0–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 1–0 3–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–2 2–0 0–0 1–3 1–0 2–3
Arles-Avignon 1–1 2–2 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–2 1–2 1–5 1–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–2 0–0 2–2 0–0
Bastia 2–1 3–1 3–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 3–1 3–1 3–2 1–0 1–0 2–2 3–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–2 4–1 5–1
Boulogne 0–1 3–3 1–1 1–3 0–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–0
Châteauroux 4–1 0–1 1–2 0–2 2–1 2–1 0–2 0–2 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–3 1–0
Clermont 2–1 1–2 0–0 2–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1
Guingamp 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 3–0 0–1 4–0 2–0 2–3 1–3 0–0 0–0
Istres 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 3–1 2–2 2–1 1–2 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–0
Laval 3–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–2 1–2 2–1 0–2 2–1 2–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 3–2 5–1 1–2 0–0
Le Havre 2–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 3–0 0–2 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 3–0
Le Mans 3–2 2–2 1–1 3–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 1–3 3–1 0–1 0–1 0–1 0–0 0–1 3–1 0–1 1–1
Lens 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–3 2–0 2–3 2–1 0–2 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–3 0–2 2–2 1–0 0–2 4–2 3–0 2–1
Metz 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 2–2 2–5 1–2 2–2 0–2 0–1 2–0 0–2 1–3 1–0 0–2 1–1 2–2
Monaco 1–1 1–3 1–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 1–0 3–2 2–1 1–0 2–2 2–2 0–2 2–1 1–2 2–2 0–0 0–2
Nantes 5–0 2–1 3–0 0–2 3–3 3–0 1–0 4–0 3–1 2–3 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 3–0 2–0 1–2 1–0 1–1
Reims 1–0 3–0 3–2 1–0 3–2 2–0 2–2 2–1 2–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–0 2–0 3–1 1–2 2–3 1–0
Sedan 3–1 2–2 0–0 2–0 1–4 2–0 1–2 0–1 1–1 2–1 3–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–0 3–0 1–2
Tours 1–1 1–0 4–1 2–1 3–1 1–2 2–1 5–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–3 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 0–2
Troyes 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 3–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–1

Updated to games played on 18 May 2012.
Source: Ligue de Football Professionnel
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

  • First goal of the season: Yoann Tougzhar for Amiens against Troyes (29 July 2011)
  • First own goal of the season: Nicolas Pallois for Clermont against Laval (29 July 2011)
  • Highest scoring game: 7 goals
    • Metz 2–5 Guingamp (4 May 2012)
  • Widest winning margin: 5 goals
    • Nantes 5–0 Amiens (27 April 2012)
  • Most goals scored in a match by a single team: 5 goals
    • Tours 5–1 Guingamp (16 December 2011)
    • Arles-Avignon 1–5 Istres (20 December 2011)
    • Bastia 5–1 Troyes (4 February 2012)
    • Laval 5–1 Sedan (6 April 2012)
    • Nantes 5–0 Amiens (27 April 2012)
    • Metz 2–5 Guingamp (4 May 2012)

Discipline[edit]

  • Worst overall disciplinary record (1 pt per yellow card, 3 pts per red card):
    • Arles-Avignon – 59 points (44 yellow & 5 red cards)[41]
  • Best overall disciplinary record: 33 points[41]
    • Boulogne (30 yellow & 1 red cards)
  • Most yellow cards (club): 46[41]
    • Amiens
  • Most red cards (club): 7[41]
    • Istres

Awards[edit]

Annual awards[edit]

UNFP Player of the Year[edit]

The nominees for the UNFP Ligue 2 Player of the Year award was awarded to Bastia midfielder Jérôme Rothen.[42]

UNFP Goalkeeper of the Year[edit]

The UNFP Goalkeeper of the Year award was awarded to Macedo Novaes of Bastia.[42]

UNFP Manager of the Year[edit]

The UNFP Manager of the Year award went to Frédéric Hantz of Bastia.[42]

UNFP Team of the Year[edit]

The UNFP selected the following 11 players for the Ligue 2 Team of the Year:[43]

List of 2011–12 transfers[edit]

References[edit]

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