1973–74 French Division 2

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Division 2
Season 1973–74
Champions Lille
Promoted Lille
Red Star
Paris Saint-Germain
Relegated Poitiers
Le Mans
La Rochelle
Ajaccio
Nevers
Arles-Avignon
Vittel

The 1973–74 French Division 2 was the 33rd season since its establishment.[1] It was constituted by two groups (A and B) with 18 clubs each. The winners of each group won promotion to the 1974–75 French Division 1.[2] Additionally, the winners met in a two-legged championship play–off. The victor was crowned champion and awarded the trophy.[3] Meanwhile, the runners-up of both groups faced each other in a two-legged play-off, with the victor claiming the last promotion spot.[4] On the other hand, the bottom three clubs of each group were relegated to the 1974–75 French Division 3, while Ajaccio abandoned its professional status and joined them.[5]

The season began on 1 July 1973 and ended on 5 June 1974. The winter break was in effect from 22 December 1973 to 12 January 1974. Two points were awarded for a win, with no points for a loss. If the match was drawn, each team received one point. Likewise, this season was the first time that bonus points were awarded: any team scoring three or more goals in a match received an additional point.[2] During the play–offs, if the aggregate score was tied after two legs, the match was decided by extra time and/or penalty shootout.[3]

League tables[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Lille (C) (P) 34 24 8 2 68 21 +47 67 Promotion to 1974–75 French Division 1
Qualification to the Finale de la Division 2
2 Valenciennes 34 21 7 6 78 29 +49 64 Qualification for Division 2 Playoffs
3 Rouen 34 18 6 10 59 31 +28 56
4 Boulogne 34 16 10 8 58 39 +19 53
5 Laval 34 16 10 8 54 40 +14 48
6 Lorient 34 14 10 10 50 34 +16 45
7 Besançon 34 14 8 12 53 50 +3 41
8 Dunkerque 34 13 7 14 49 50 −1 40
9 Brest 34 13 9 12 41 43 −2 37
10 Bourges 34 10 11 13 36 54 −18 35
11 Chaumont 34 9 12 13 45 58 −13 34
12 Montluçon 34 11 5 18 52 61 −9 33
13 Cambrai 34 11 9 14 42 55 −13 33
14 Blois 34 10 9 15 36 52 −16 33
15 Hazebrouck 34 10 8 16 45 54 −9 32
16 Poitiers (R) 34 10 7 17 43 61 −18 32 Relegation to 1974–75 French Division 3
17 Le Mans (R) 34 5 8 21 29 63 −34 23
18 ES La Rochelle (R) 34 5 8 21 29 72 −43 18

Source: LFP


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.

Group B[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Red Star (P) 34 19 12 3 71 29 +42 61 Promotion to 1974–75 French Division 1
Qualification to the Finale de la Division 2
2 Paris Saint-Germain (P) 34 19 6 9 70 42 +28 57 Promotion to 1974–75 French Division 1
Qualification to the Division 2 Playoffs
3 Toulouse 34 17 5 12 64 42 +22 48
4 Avignon 34 15 10 9 47 33 +14 46
5 Toulon 34 15 8 11 50 39 +11 46
6 CA Mantes-la-Ville 34 14 7 13 47 45 +2 39
7 Ajaccio (R) 34 12 9 13 46 44 +2 39 Relegation to 1974–75 French Division 3
8 Cannes 34 11 12 11 39 42 −3 39
9 Angoulême 34 13 8 13 45 49 −4 39
10 Mulhouse 34 12 7 15 49 56 −7 38
11 RC Fontainebleau 34 11 9 14 42 48 −6 36
12 Sète 34 13 8 13 30 51 −21 36
13 Châteauroux 34 10 10 14 43 47 −4 35
14 Gueugnon 34 10 9 15 46 56 −10 34
15 Béziers Hérault 34 11 8 15 35 46 −11 34
16 Nevers (R) 34 10 10 14 37 49 −12 34 Relegation to 1974–75 French Division 3
17 Arles-Avignon (R) 34 9 8 17 44 67 −23 30
18 CS Vittel (R) 34 8 8 18 27 49 −22 26

Source: LFP


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.

Finale de la Division 2[edit]

30 May 1974
Red Star 2–0 Lille
Victor Hugo Jarra Goal 5' (pen.)
Ducuing Goal 89'
Report
Stade de Paris, Saint-Ouen
Attendance: 4,084
Referee: Michel Kitabdjian

5 June 1974
Lille 5–1 (a.e.t.) Red Star
Desmenez Goal 7, 75'
Gauthier Goal 35'
Coste Goal 108'
Verhoeve Goal 115'
Report  ? Goal 90'
Stade Henri-Jooris, Lille
Attendance: 7,608
Referee: Roger Machin

Division 2 Playoffs[edit]


4 June 1974
Paris Saint-Germain 4–2 Valenciennes
M'Pelé Goal 35'
Dogliani Goal 54, 75'
Michel Marella Goal 61'
Report Neubert Goal 39'
Wilczek Goal 48'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 19,511
Referee: Robert Wurtz

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Palmarès: Les champions de France depuis 1934/1935". LFP. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Calendrier / Resultats: 1973/1974". LFP. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Finale de la Division 2 1974". Footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Barrages Ligue 1 1974". Footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Classement: 1974/1975". LFP. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 

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