2012–13 Ligue 2

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Ligue 2
Season 2012–13
Promoted AS Monaco
Guingamp
Nantes
Relegated Le Mans
Sedan
Gazélec Ajaccio
Matches played 380
Goals scored 917 (2.41 per match)
Top goalscorer Mustapha Yatabaré
(23 goals)
Biggest home win Guingamp 7–0 Lens
(10 May 2013)[1]
Biggest away win Lens 0–4 AS Monaco
(21 September 2012)[2]
Istres 0–4 Caen
(5 October 2012)[3]
Châteauroux 0–4 Nantes
(15 April 2013)[4]
Highest scoring Guingamp 4–3 Auxerre
(22 September 2012)[5]
Lens 4–3 Châteauroux
(15 February 2013)[6]
Guingamp 6–1 Le Mans
(19 April 2013)[7]
Guingamp 7–0 Lens
(10 May 2013)[1]
Longest winning run 5 games
AS Monaco
(4 February – 1 March)
Longest unbeaten run 17 games
AS Monaco
(14 December – 29 April)
Longest winless run 13 games
Gazélec Ajaccio
(18 January – 19 April)
Longest losing run 8 games
Gazélec Ajaccio
(18 January – 9 March)
Highest attendance 36,471 – Nantes 1–1 AS Monaco
(30 March 2013)[8]
Lowest attendance 1,383 – Gazélec Ajaccio
3–1 Laval
(14 December 2012)
Average attendance 7,026[8]

The 2012–13 Ligue 2 season was the 74th season since its establishment.[9] The league schedule was announced in April 2012 and the fixtures were determined on 30 May.[10] The season began on 27 July and ended on 24 May 2013.[11] The winter break was in effect from 22 December to 12 January 2013.[12] In addition, German sportswear company Uhlsport became the official provider of match balls for the season after agreeing to a long-term partnership with the Ligue de Football Professionnel.[13]

Teams[edit]

There were three promoted teams from the Championnat National, replacing the three teams that were relegated from Ligue 2 following the 2011–12 season. A total of 20 teams are currently competing in the league with three clubs suffering relegation to the third division, Championnat National. All clubs that secured Ligue 2 status for the season were subject to approval by the DNCG before becoming eligible to participate.[14]

Auxerre was the first club to suffer relegation to Ligue 2 in the 2011–12 Ligue 1 season. The club's drop was confirmed on 13 May 2012 following the team's 3–0 loss to Marseille; a defeat that made it impossible for the club to finish safe.[15] Auxerre returned to the second division after 32 consecutive years playing in Ligue 1.[16] Prior to the 2011–12 season, the club had never suffered relegation from the country's top division. On the final day of the 2011–12 Ligue 1 season, Dijon and Caen were both relegated to Ligue 2 following defeats to Rennes and Valenciennes, respectively. Dijon returned to the second division after only one season in Ligue 1, while Caen fell to the second-tier after two years in the first division.[17]

On 18 May 2012, both Nîmes and Gazélec Ajaccio were promoted to Ligue 2 after each club achieved results that made it impossible for the league's fourth-placed team to surpass them.[18] Nîmes returned to the second division after only one year at semi-professional level, while Gazélec will play in Ligue 2 for the first time since the 1992–93 season. On the final day of the 2011–12 National season, Niort became the final club to earn promotion to Ligue 2 after beating already-promoted Gazélec Ajaccio 1–0. Niort returned to the second division for the first time since the 2007–08 season.[19]

DNCG rulings[edit]

On 11 July 2012, following a preliminary review of each club's administrative and financial accounts in Ligue 2, the DNCG ruled that Le Mans would be relegated to the Championnat National.[20] Following the announcement, Le Mans president Henri Legarda announced that the club would appeal the decision stating the "shareholders will play their part and the club will go after every possible step to restore its rightful place in the sport."[21] On 25 July, Le Mans confirmed on its official website that the DNCG had reversed it decision to relegate the club.[22]

Stadia and locations[edit]


Club Location Venue Capacity Av. Att.[8]
Angers Angers Stade Jean Bouin 17,100 6,850
Arles-Avignon Avignon Parc des Sports 17,518 1,968
Auxerre Auxerre Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps 24,493 5,789
Caen Caen Stade Michel d'Ornano 21,500 10,129
Châteauroux Châteauroux Stade Gaston Petit 17,173 5,416
Clermont Clermont-Ferrand Stade Gabriel Montpied 10,363 4,069
Dijon Dijon Stade Gaston Gérard 15,998 8,321
Gazélec Ajaccio Ajaccio Stade Ange Casanova 5,000 2,471
Guingamp Guingamp Stade du Roudourou 18,126 9,507
Istres Istres Stade Parsemain 17,468 2,024
Laval Laval Stade Francis Le Basser 18,739 4,424
Le Havre Le Havre Stade Océane 25,000 8,397
Le Mans Le Mans MMArena 25,000 6,029
Lens Lens Stade Félix-Bollaert 41,233 16,179
AS Monaco Fontvieille Stade Louis II 18,500 5,293
Nantes Nantes Stade de la Beaujoire 38,285 18,171
Nîmes Nîmes Stade des Costières 18,482 5,509
Niort Niort Stade René Gaillard 10,898 4,572
Sedan Sedan Stade Louis Dugauguez 23,189 5,530
Tours Tours Stade de la Vallée du Cher 13,500 4,059

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
Angers Moulin, StéphaneStéphane Moulin Malicki, GrégoryGrégory Malicki Umbro Scania
Arles-Avignon Tosi, NoëlNoël Tosi Butelle, LudovicLudovic Butelle Uhlsport Groupe Nicollin
Auxerre Casoni, BernardBernard Casoni Coulibaly, AdamaAdama Coulibaly Airness Maisons Pierre
Caen Garande, PatricePatrice Garande Sorbon, JérémyJérémy Sorbon Nike GDE Recyclage
Châteauroux Tholot, DidierDidier Tholot Sambou, MassambaMassamba Sambou Nike Le Seyec
Clermont Brouard, RégisRégis Brouard Rivière, Jean-FrançoisJean-François Rivière Patrick Sport Crédit Mutuel
Dijon Dall'Oglio, OlivierOlivier Dall'Oglio Varrault, CédricCédric Varrault Nike Doras
Gazélec Ajaccio Laurey, ThierryThierry Laurey Poggi, LouisLouis Poggi Adidas
Guingamp Gourvennec, JocelynJocelyn Gourvennec Mathis, LionelLionel Mathis Patrick Sport Groupe Stalaven
Istres Pasqualetti, JoséJosé Pasqualetti Akrour, NassimNassim Akrour Duarig Kertel
Laval Hinschberger, PhilippePhilippe Hinschberger Levrat, FabriceFabrice Levrat Duarig Lactel
Le Havre Mombaerts, ErickErick Mombaerts François, JulienJulien François Nike System U
Le Mans Beunardeau, RégisRégis Beunardeau Thomas, FrédéricFrédéric Thomas Macron LOUÉ
Lens Sikora, ÉricÉric Sikora Demont, YohanYohan Demont adidas Invicta
AS Monaco Ranieri, ClaudioClaudio Ranieri Wolf, AndreasAndreas Wolf Macron Fedcom
Nantes Der Zakarian, MichelMichel Der Zakarian Veigneau, OlivierOlivier Veigneau Erreà Offset 5
Nîmes Zvunka, VictorVictor Zvunka Poulain, BenoîtBenoît Poulain Erreà Mac Dan
Niort Gastien, PascalPascal Gastien Letzelter, JohanJohan Letzelter Puma Restaurant Le Billon (home), Cheminées Poujoulat (away)
Sedan Guyot, LaurentLaurent Guyot Diallo, MamadouMamadou Diallo Nike Invicta
Tours Blaquart, BernardBernard Blaquart Cardy, JulienJulien Cardy Duarig Invicta

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
AS Monaco Marco Simone Fired 19 May 2012[23] Off-season Claudio Ranieri 30 May 2012[24] Off-season
Dijon Patrice Carteron Mutual consent 24 May 2012[25] Off-season Olivier Dall'Oglio 1 June 2012[26] Off-season
Nîmes Thierry Froger End of contract 25 May 2012[27] Off-season Victor Zvunka 1 June 2012[28] Off-season
Nantes Landry Chauvin Joined Brest 31 May 2012[29] Off-season Michel Der Zakarian 1 June 2012[30] Off-season
Clermont Michel Der Zakarian Resigned 30 May 2012[31] Off-season Régis Brouard 7 June 2012[32] Off-season
Caen Franck Dumas Resigned 13 June 2012 Off-season Patrice Garande 18 June 2012[33] Off-season
Gazélec Ajaccio Dominique Veilex Mutual consent 1 August 2012[34] 15th Jean-Michel Cavalli 6 August 2012[35] 18th
Tours Peter Zeidler Fired 21 August 2012[36] 20th Bernard Blaquart 21 August 2012 20th
Lens Jean-Louis Garcia Fired 24 September 2012[37] 15th Éric Sikora 24 September 2012 15th
Arles-Avignon Thierry Laurey Fired 3 November 2012[38] 18th Pierre Mosca (interim) 3 November 2012 18th
Le Havre Cédric Daury Fired 12 November 2012[39] 16th Erick Mombaerts 21 December 2012[40] 9th
Auxerre Jean-Guy Wallemme Mutual consent 2 December 2012[41] 15th Bernard Casoni 3 December 2012[42] 15th
Arles-Avignon Pierre Mosca (interim) End of interim spell 11 February 2013 17th Noël Tosi 11 February 2013[43] 17th
Gazélec Ajaccio Jean-Michel Cavalli Fired 15 February 2013[44] 19th Thierry Laurey 19 February 2013[45] 19th
Le Mans Denis Zanko Fired 24 April 2013[46] 18th Régis Beunardeau 24 April 2013 18th

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Monaco (C) 38 21 13 4 64 33 +31 76 Promotion to the 2013–14 Ligue 1
2 Guingamp (P) 38 20 10 8 63 38 +25 70
3 Nantes (P) 38 19 12 7 54 29 +25 69
4 Caen 38 17 12 9 48 28 +20 63
5 Angers 38 17 10 11 52 39 +13 61
6 Le Havre 38 16 11 11 52 47 +5 59
7 Dijon 38 15 14 9 52 49 +3 59
8 Nîmes 38 17 7 14 52 42 +10 58
9 Auxerre 38 13 10 15 51 53 −2 49
10 Tours 38 12 13 13 40 49 −9 49
11 Arles-Avignon 38 10 16 12 36 48 −12 46
12 Lens 38 9 18 11 39 53 −14 45
13 Istres 38 11 10 17 38 45 −7 43
14 Clermont 38 9 16 13 33 47 −14 43
15 Niort 38 8 18 12 39 42 −3 42
16 Châteauroux 38 8 18 12 43 47 −4 42
17 Laval 38 10 12 16 47 54 −7 42
18 Le Mans (R) 38 11 7 20 39 62 −23 40 Relegation to the 2013–14 Championnat National
19 Sedan (R) 38 6 13 19 41 58 −17 28
20 Gazélec Ajaccio (R) 38 6 10 22 34 54 −20 25

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] ANG ACAA AUX CAE CHA CLR DIJ GAZ GUI IST LVL HAC MFC RCL ASM NAN NMS NRT SED TOU
Angers 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 3–3 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–0 3–1 4–0 3–2 1–2 2–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–1
Arles-Avignon 2–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 0–3 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–2 2–2
Auxerre 2–2 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 4–1 1–1 1–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 4–2 1–0 3–2
Caen 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–0 4–0 2–2 2–1 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–2 0–0 3–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 0–1
Châteauroux 2–3 2–0 1–1 2–2 0–0 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–4 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–0
Clermont 1–2 2–4 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–2 1–2 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–1
Dijon 0–0 2–3 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 2–2 3–0 2–1 0–2 3–1 2–1 1–1 4–2 1–0
Gazélec Ajaccio 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–2 0–1 3–2 3–1 0–1 1–3 1–1 0–1 3–1 2–3 2–2 1–1 0–1
Guingamp 2–1 0–0 4–3 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–3 6–1 7–0 1–2 2–1 3–0 4–3 2–0 0–0
Istres 0–0 0–1 0–3 0–4 0–0 0–0 2–3 2–0 2–0 2–2 3–0 1–0 2–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–0 1–0 4–1
Laval 1–4 1–3 4–5 1–2 3–2 1–1 3–0 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 3–0 2–2
Le Havre 2–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–3 3–0 2–1 0–1 2–0 1–2 1–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–0
Le Mans 0–2 0–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–2 1–0 0–2 1–2 2–0 0–4 2–1 2–3 0–3 0–3 2–2 1–0 1–0
Lens 1–3 0–0 1–0 0–0 4–3 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–2 0–4 1–2 1–2 1–0 2–2 0–0
Monaco 2–2 3–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 4–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 3–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 4–0
Nantes 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 3–1
Nîmes 3–0 4–1 4–2 0–2 2–0 3–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 3–1 2–1 1–1
Niort 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 4–2 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 0–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–3 3–1
Sedan 2–2 4–2 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 4–1 1–2 0–2 1–3 1–2 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–3 0–2 1–1
Tours 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 2–0 0–0 1–2 0–2 1–0 2–2 1–1

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.

Season statistics[edit]

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date
Touré, IbrahimaIbrahima Touré AS Monaco Lens 0–4 21 September 2012
Keserü, ClaudiuClaudiu Keserü4 Angers Le Mans 4–0 28 September 2012
Beauvue, ClaudioClaudio Beauvue Châteauroux Gazélec Ajaccio 3–1 19 October 2012
Aristeguieta, FernandoFernando Aristeguieta Nantes Châteauroux 0–4 15 April 2013
Yatabaré, MustaphaMustapha Yatabaré Guingamp Lens 7–0 10 May 2013
Cacérès, RaphaëlRaphaël Cacérès Arles-Avignon Dijon 2–3 17 May 2013
  • 4 Player scored 4 goals

Scoring[edit]

  • First goal of the season: Steeven Langil for Auxerre against Nîmes (27 July 2012)

List of 2012–13 transfers[edit]

References[edit]

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