2014–15 Ligue 2

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Ligue 2
Season 2014–15
Matches played 240
Goals scored 548 (2.28 per match)
Top goalscorer Jonathan Kodjia
(14 goals)
Highest attendance 16,908
Troyes 0–0 Valenciennes
(4 October 2014)[1]
Average attendance 5,861[1]
2015–16

The 2014–15 Ligue 2 season is the 76th season since its establishment.

Teams[edit]

There are three promoted teams from Championnat National, replacing the three teams that were promoted to Ligue 1 following the 2013-14 season. A total of 20 teams currently compete in the league with three clubs suffering relegation to the third division, the National. All clubs that secured Ligue 2 status for the season were subject to approval by the DNCG before becoming eligible to participate.

On 18 April 2014, Luzenac became the first team to secure a spot in the Ligue 2 following a 1-0 victory over Boulogne-sur-Mer, which gave them an advance on the 4th placed team, Red Star, that couldn't be surpassed in the last games.[2] By gaining promotion for a professional level for the first time in its history, Luzenac, the club of a village of 600 habitants in Southern France, became the smallest club in the history of professional football in France.[3] Orléans was the second team to gain promotion to Ligue 2 on 2 May after a 2-0 victory against Paris FC. This marked a return for Orléans in the professional leagues after a twenty-two-years absence.[4] Gazélec Ajaccio was the third and last team to achieve promotion on 9 May 2014.[5] This means that for the first time since the 1997–98 season, a Derby of Ajaccio will be contested between Gazélec and AC Ajaccio.

On 20 April, Ajaccio officially suffered relegation from Ligue 1 after a 2-1 defeat in the Derby Corse against archrivals Bastia.[6] This ended a three-year stint for Ajaccio in Ligue 1. Valenciennes FC were the second team to suffer relegation on 4 May.[7] On 5 June, Luzenac's promotion was revoked by DNCG for financial reasons, but the club decided to appeal.[8]

On 25 June, the DNCG relegated Valenciennes FC to the Championnat National because of their approximate amount of €8 million in debts, this allowing Châteauroux to remain in Ligue 2.[9] On 4 July, DNCG confirmed its denial of Luzenac's promotion despite the appeal,[10] allowing Istres also to remain in Ligue 2. On 11 July the ruling against Valenciennes FC was revoked and FC Istres was once again relegated.[11]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Club Location Venue Capacity
Ajaccio Ajaccio Stade François Coty 10,660
Gazélec Ajaccio Ajaccio Stade Ange Casanova 5,000
Angers Angers Stade Jean Bouin 17,835
Arles-Avignon Avignon Parc des Sports 17,518
Auxerre Auxerre Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps 21,379
Brest Brest Stade Francis-Le Blé 15,583
Châteauroux Châteauroux Stade Gaston Petit 17,072
Clermont Clermont-Ferrand Stade Gabriel Montpied 11,980
Créteil Créteil Stade Dominique Duvauchelle 12,150
Dijon Dijon Stade Gaston Gérard 16,098
Laval Laval Stade Francis Le Basser 18,467
Le Havre Le Havre Stade Océane 25,278
Nancy Tomblaine Stade Marcel Picot 20,087
Nîmes Nîmes Stade des Costières 18,482
Niort Niort Stade René Gaillard 10,406
Orléans Orléans Stade de la Source 8,000
Sochaux Montbéliard Stade Auguste Bonal 20,005
Tours Tours Stade de la Vallée du Cher 16,327
Troyes Troyes Stade de l'Aube 20,842
Valenciennes Valenciennes Stade du Hainaut 25,172

Number of teams by regions[edit]

Number of teams Region Team(s)
3  Centre Châteauroux, Orléans and Tours
2  Burgundy Auxerre and Dijon
 Corsica Ajaccio and Gazélec Ajaccio
 Pays de la Loire Angers and Laval
1  Auvergne Clermont
 Brittany Brest
 Champagne-Ardenne Troyes
 Franche-Comté Sochaux
 Île-de-France Créteil
 Languedoc-Roussillon Nîmes
 Lorraine Nancy
 Nord-Pas-de-Calais Valenciennes
 Poitou-Charentes Niort
 Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Arles-Avignon
 Upper Normandy Le Havre

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager1 Captain1 Kit Manufacturer1 Main Sponsor1
Ajaccio France Pantaloni, OlivierOlivier Pantaloni France Cavalli, JohanJohan Cavalli Macron Restaurants du Cœur
Gazélec Ajaccio France Laurey, ThierryThierry Laurey France Poggi, LouisLouis Poggi Macron Carrefour
Angers France Moulin, StéphaneStéphane Moulin France Auriac, OlivierOlivier Auriac Kappa Scania
Arles-Avignon France Zvunka, VictorVictor Zvunka France Quintin, ErwanErwan Quintin Legea Groupe Nicollin
Auxerre France Vannuchi, Jean-LucJean-Luc Vannuchi France Puygrenier, SébastienSébastien Puygrenier Airness Maisons Pierre
Brest France Dupont, AlexAlex Dupont France Grougi, BrunoBruno Grougi Nike Quéguiner
Châteauroux France Daury, CédricCédric Daury France Roudet, SébastienSébastien Roudet Nike Le Seyec
Clermont France Diacre, CorinneCorinne Diacre Cameroon Ekobo, EugèneEugène Ekobo Patrick Crédit Mutuel
Créteil France De Percin, FrancisFrancis De Percin France Lesage, Jean-MichelJean-Michel Lesage Nike SFB Béton
Dijon France Dall'Oglio, OlivierOlivier Dall'Oglio France Varrault, CédricCédric Varrault Kappa DVF, Doras
Laval France Zanko, DenisDenis Zanko France Gonçalves, AnthonyAnthony Gonçalves Kappa Lactel
Le Havre France Goudet, ThierryThierry Goudet France Rivière, YohannYohann Rivière Nike Api
Nancy Uruguay Correa, PabloPablo Correa France Bellugou, FrançoisFrançois Bellugou Nike Odalys Vacances
Nîmes France Pasqualetti, JoséJosé Pasqualetti France Maoulida, ToifilouToifilou Maoulida Erreà Mac Dan
Niort France Brouard, RégisRégis Brouard Senegal Diaw, MouhamadouMouhamadou Diaw Puma Restaurant Le Billon (home), Cheminées Poujoulat (away)
Orléans France Frapolli, OlivierOlivier Frapolli France Maxime Brillault Kappa CTVL
Sochaux France Echouafni, OlivierOlivier Echouafni France Butin, ÉdouardÉdouard Butin Lotto Peugeot
Tours France Dujeux, AlexandreAlexandre Dujeux France Bergougnoux, BryanBryan Bergougnoux Nike Corsicatours
Troyes France Furlan, Jean-MarcJean-Marc Furlan France Nivet, BenjaminBenjamin Nivet Kappa Afflelou
Valenciennes France Casoni, BernardBernard Casoni Mali Coulibaly, AdamaAdama Coulibaly Uhlsport GDE Recyclage

1Subject to change during the season.

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Replaced by Date of appointment
Clermont Foot France Régis Brouard End of contract 16 May 2014 Pre-season Portugal Helena Costa 16 May 2014
Chamois Niortais France Pascal Gastien End of contract 16 May 2014 France Régis Brouard 21 May 2014
Sochaux France Hervé Renard End of contract 17 May 2014 France Olivier Echouafni 17 June 2014
Châteauroux France Jean-Louis Garcia Resigned 29 May 2014 France Pascal Gastien 4 June 2014
Créteil France Jean-Luc Vasseur Signed by Reims 14 June 2014 France Philippe Hinschberger 17 June 2014
Clermont Foot Portugal Helena Costa Mutual consent 24 June 2014 France Corinne Diacre 28 June 2014
Nîmes France René Marsiglia Mutual consent 24 June 2014[12] France José Pasqualetti 25 June 2014[13]
Valenciennes Belgium Ariël Jacobs Resigned 11 July 2014[14] France Bernard Casoni 17 July 2014[15]
Arles-Avignon France Franck Dumas Resigned 22 August 2014[16] 18th France Bruno Irles 22 August 2014
Arles-Avignon France Bruno Irles Sacked 20 October 2014 19th France Stéphane Crucet 20 October 2014
Ajaccio France Christian Bracconi Sacked 18 October 2014[17] 12th France Olivier Pantaloni 6 November 2014[18]
Tours France Olivier Pantaloni Resigned 21 October 2014[19] 20th France Alexandre Dujeux 21 October 2014[20]
Créteil France Philippe Hinschberger Mutual consent 18 November 2014[21] 18th France Francis De Percin 18 November 2014
Le Havre France Erick Mombaerts Resigned 10 December 2014[22] 8th France Thierry Goudet 28 December 2014[23]
Arles-Avignon France Stéphane Crucet Sacked 29 December 2014[24] 20th France Victor Zvunka 1 January 2015
Châteauroux France Pascal Gastien Sacked 9 February 2015[25] 19th France Cédric Daury 16 February 2015[26]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or Relegation
1 Troyes (C) 35 22 6 7 52 21 +31 72 Promotion to Ligue 1
2 Gazélec Ajaccio 35 17 10 8 44 32 +12 61
3 Angers 35 17 8 10 44 30 +14 59
4 Dijon 34 16 8 10 43 34 +9 56
5 Nancy 35 14 12 9 51 36 +15 54
6 Brest 34 13 14 7 38 23 +15 53
7 Le Havre 35 13 12 10 45 35 +10 51
8 Sochaux 35 13 11 11 38 35 +3 50
9 Auxerre 35 12 14 9 44 37 +7 50
10 Niort 35 11 16 8 38 35 +3 49
11 Laval 35 9 20 6 33 31 +2 47
12 Clermont 35 11 12 12 41 43 −2 45
13 Nîmes (R) 35 12 8 15 42 52 −10 44 Relegation to Championnat National
14 Créteil 35 10 13 12 40 45 −5 43
15 Tours 35 10 7 18 44 53 −9 37
16 Valenciennes 35 9 10 16 29 47 −18 37
17 Orléans 35 8 12 15 33 42 −9 36
18 Ajaccio 35 7 13 15 27 39 −12 34
19 Châteauroux 35 6 10 19 29 59 −30 28 Relegation to Championnat National
20 Arles-Avignon 35 6 9 20 26 52 −26 27
Updated to match(es) played on 13 April 2015. Source: Ligue de Football Professionel
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] ACA GAZ ANG ACAA AUX BRS CHA CLR CRE DIJ LVL HAC NAL NMS NRT ORL SOC TOU TRO VAL
Ajaccio 0–3 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 2–0 0–1 0–0 2–3 0–2 1–0 2–1 2–1
Gazélec Ajaccio 0–2 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 3–2 3–0 1–1 0–4 2–0
Angers 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–2 1–1 3–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 3–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 0–3 0–0
Arles-Avignon 0–0 0–0 1–3 2–4 1–0 0–1 0–0 2–0 0–2 2–3 0–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 2–2 1–0 0–4 1–2
Auxerre 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–3 3–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–3 0–1 1–2
Brest 3–0 0–0 1–0 0–1 3–0 2–1 2–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 3–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0
Châteauroux 0–0 0–2 0–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 3–2 2–2 1–1 1–1 2–5 2–1 0–1 0–0 1–4 2–1 0–1 3–0
Clermont 1–1 3–4 2–0 3–1 1–1 3–3 1–0 2–5 0–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 1–0 0–0
Créteil 3–2 0–1 2–0 2–2 2–1 3–0 2–2 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 0–0
Dijon 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 4–5 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–3 0–1 1–1
Laval 0–0 0–2 3–2 1–0 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–1 3–1
Le Havre 2–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 3–2 3–1
Nancy 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 6–0 1–2 3–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–1
Nîmes 2–0 3–2 2–2 0–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–2 0–0 3–3 1–1 3–2 0–1 2–1 3–2 1–2 2–0
Niort 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 3–0 0–0 1–3 1–1 1–0 1–4 3–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 3–0
Orléans 1–1 0–1 2–3 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–2 0–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 0–1
Sochaux 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 3–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 2–0 2–3 0–1 2–1 0–2
Tours 0–2 2–1 1–2 2–2 2–3 1–1 1–0 0–1 4–2 1–1 3–2 1–1 1–2 1–0 4–3 0–1 0–2 1–0
Troyes 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–2 1–0 2–0 4–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–0
Valenciennes 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–2 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–3 0–4 1–1 2–2 1–3 2–0 1–2 1–2 1–1

Last updated: 16 February 2015
Source: Ligue de Football Professionnel

Season statistics[edit]

References[edit]

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