2009–10 in French football

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The 2009–10 season was the 77th season of competitive professional football in France.

The season began on 7 August 2009 for the Championnat National and Ligue 2 and on 8 August for Ligue 1 and the Championnat de France amateur. The season concluded on 14 May 2010 for Ligue 2, 15 May for Ligue 1, and 21 May for the Championnat National and the Championnat de France amateur.[1]

News[edit]

Supercup in Canada[edit]

On 12 May, it was announced that the 2009 Trophée des Champions will be played, for the first time, on international soil at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The match will contest the winners of the 2008–09 Coupe de France, En Avant Guingamp, and the 2008–09 Ligue 1 champions, FC Girondins de Bordeaux with the objective being to promote French professional football abroad.

Match ball sponsorship[edit]

On 5 June, it was announced that German sportswear company Puma will become the official provider of match balls for the upcoming season after agreeing to a long term partnership with the Ligue de Football Professionnel.

Presidential departures[edit]

On 17 June, Olympique de Marseille announced that they were parting ways with longtime chairman Pape Diouf. Diouf had been chairman of the club for five years and was the only black chairman ever to reside over a Ligue 1 club.[2] Jean-Claude Dassier was announced as his replacement.

On 7 July, AJ Auxerre announced that Alain Dujon will become the club's new president. He replaces Jean-Claude Hamel, who had presided over the club for over 46 years.[3]

On 10 September, the Paris Saint-Germain announced that president Sébastien Bazin would step down from his role in order to supervise the club's Surveillance Council. He was replaced by Robin Leproux.

Television deal[edit]

On 29 June, the Ligue de Football Professionnel board of directors announced that France Télévisions will be the official provider of Coupe de la Ligue coverage for the next three seasons.

French football records[edit]

On 9 August 2009, Bordeaux established a record for most consecutive league wins with 12 surpassing Lille who won 11 consecutive matches in 1949, winning their last four games of the 1948–49 season and their first seven in the 1949–50 season.[4] Bordeaux's streak began during the 2008–09 season on 14 March 2009 following a 2–1 victory over Nice. The club broke the record on the opening match day of this season defeating Lens 4–1. The record lasted for 14 matches before coming to an end on 30 August following the club's 0–0 draw with Marseille.

On 31 October 2009, Grenoble set a record for most consecutive losses in French football following the club's eleven straight league defeat, an 0–2 loss to Lille. The previous record of ten straight defeats, held by Sète, had been intact since 1947. The losing streak came to an end the following week, on 7 November, following the club's 0–0 draw with AS Monaco.[5]

DNCG Rulings[edit]

On 23 June, the DNCG ruled that AC Arles-Avignon would not be allowed to play in Ligue 2 following their promotion from the Championnat National, due to irregularities in the club's management.[6] On 3 July, following an appeal, the DNCG reversed its decision reinstating Arles' Ligue 2 status.[7]

Following the DNCG's annual report on clubs, on 25 June, it was announced that six clubs had been relegated from the National to lower divisions. AS Beauvais, SO Cassis Carnoux, CS Louhans-Cuiseaux, and FC Libourne Saint-Seurin were relegated to the Championnat de France Amateurs. Besançon RC, US Luzenac, and FC Rouen, who were all recently promoted, were relegated to Championnat de France Amateurs 2, while FC Sète and Calais RUFC were relegated to the Division d'Honneur. All clubs relegated were allowed to appeal the decision.[8]

Following an appeal from the aforementioned clubs, FC Rouen, AS Beauvais, and US Luzenac had their appeals successfully overturned meaning they will remain in the Championnat National. Some clubs were, however, unsuccessful. FC Sète's appeal was upheld relegating them to the Division d'Honneur. Stade Plabennecois will replace them in the Championnat National.[9] FC Libourne Saint-Seurin, Besançon RC, and Calais RUFC appeals were also rejected by the DNCG, however, all three clubs have decided to take their case to the CNOSF, the National Sporting Committee of France which governs sport in France. Both Calais and Besançon's rulings were determined on 23 July. The CNOSF determined that Besançon should be relegated to the CFA and not CFA 2, while Calais should respect and oblige the DNCG's ruling relegated them to CFA 2.[10][11]

Libourne's ruling was determined on 27 July, when the CNOSF informed the club that they should honor the DNCG's ruling and suffer relegation to the CFA. Libourne's chairman Bernard Layda responded by announcing the club will file for bankruptcy, restructure the club, and oblige the ruling.[12] Besançon and Libournce are slated to be replaced by ES Fréjus and AS Moulins.

Both CS Louhans-Cuiseaux and SO Cassis Carnoux had their appeals heard by the DNCG on 9 July.[13] On 10 July, the DNGC ruled that both Louhans-Cuiseaux and Cassis-Carnoux rulings had been overturned meaning they will play in the Championnat National this season.[14]

On 6 August, just three days before the start of the season, the CNSOF ruled that CFA 2 club Olympique Saumur would be allowed promotion to the CFA on the assumption that the club was ranked second behind Les Herbiers VF in terms of the promotion chart following a current CFA club's relegation by means of a federation ruling.[15] With Besançon's relegation to the CFA, it has been determined that two groups will have an allocation of 20 clubs, while one group will have an allocation of 19 clubs.[16] Due to the sudden circumstances, on 7 August, the FFF devised a brand new schedule for the CFA.[17] The federation also announced that they had rejected the CNOSF's proposal for integrating Saumur into the CFA. Saumur responding by announcing their intent to appeal the judgment in Administrative Court.[18]

Turmoil at 2010 FIFA World Cup[edit]

On 19 June 2010, France international striker Nicolas Anelka was dismissed from the national team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup after reportedly having a dispute, in which obscenities were passed with team manager Raymond Domenech during the team's 2–0 loss against Mexico.[19] The French Football Federation condemned the actions and, following a meeting with Anelka, Domenech, and team captain Patrice Evra, the federation agreed to send the player home.[20] The following day, Evra got into a heated confrontation with team trainer Robert Duverne with latter having to be restrained by Domenech. The resulting confrontation led to the players returning to the team bus and canceling practice.[21] The team's managing director, Jean-Louis Valentin, announced his resignation from his position and the federation the same day stating he was "sickened and disgusted" by the actions of the team.[22] The team, through Domenech, later released a statement criticizing the federation for sending Anelka home based on reports from the media. The federation responded to the statement by declaring the player's boycott "unacceptable" and apologizing to the world for the conduct of the players. The federation also announced that following the World Cup, the Federal Council would convene to discuss the current state of the team.[23]

Five players were identified as having been key to the embarrassing events at the World Cup, Nicolas Anelka, Patrice Evra, Franck Ribéry, Jérémy Toulalan and Éric Abidal, and were summoned to a hearing before the FFF discipliniary committee on 17 August 2010. After the expulsion of Anelka and ensuing training strike, Evra and Ribery were summoned for failing in their dutes as captain and vice captain, Toulalan was seen as the originator of the statement read out by coach Domenech to the media, while Abidal was accused of refusing to play in the final group match. After the hearing, Anelka was banned from playing for France for 18 games, Evra was banned for five, Ribery for three, and Toulalan for one, while Abidal escaped punishment. Anelka dismissed the sanction as irrelevant, considering himself already retired from international football.[24][25]

Promotion and relegation[edit]

Teams promoted to Ligue 1 2009–10

Teams relegated from Ligue 1 2008–09

Teams promoted to Ligue 2 2009–10

Teams relegated from Ligue 2 2008–09

Teams promoted to Championnat National 2009–10

Teams relegated from Championnat National 2008-09

Teams promoted to Championnat de France Amateurs 2009-10

Promoted from CFA 2

1Saint-Raphael finished as Champions, but won't participate in next season's CFA because the club will fuse with ES Fréjus to form a new club. As such, Le Pontet was allowed to take their promotion spot.

2Tours B finished as Champions, but won't participate in next season's CFA because the DNCG deemed the formation structure of the reserves inadequate. Les Herbiers were allowed to take their promotion spot.

Teams relegated from Championnat de France Amateurs 2008–09

Managerial changes[edit]

Ligue 1[edit]

Team Outgoing Manner Date Table Incoming Date Table
Olympique Marseille Belgium Eric Gerets Resigned 12 May 2009[26] Off-season France Didier Deschamps 1 July 2009[27] N/A
Paris Saint-Germain France Paul Le Guen Contract Expiration 30 June 2009[28] Off-season France Antoine Kombouaré 1 July 2009[29] N/A
Nice France Frédéric Antonetti Contract Expiration 30 June 2009[30] Off-season France Didier Ollé-Nicolle 1 July 2009[31] N/A
AS Monaco Brazil Ricardo Gomes Contract Expiration 30 June 2009[32] Off-season France Guy Lacombe 1 July 2009[33] N/A
Valenciennes France Antoine Kombouaré Moved to Paris Saint-Germain 30 June 2009[29] Off-season France Philippe Montanier 1 July 2009[34] N/A
Rennes France Guy Lacombe Move to AS Monaco 30 June 2009[33] Off-season France Frédéric Antonetti 1 July 2009[35] N/A
Le Mans France Arnaud Cormier Mutual consent 30 June 2009[36] Off-season Portugal Paulo Duarte 1 July 2009[37] N/A
Boulogne France Philippe Montanier Moved to Valenciennes 30 June 2009[34] Off-season France Laurent Guyot 1 July 2009[38] N/A
Montpellier France Rolland Courbis Mutual consent 30 June 2009[39] Off-season France René Girard 1 July 2009[40] N/A

In season[edit]

Team Outgoing Manner Date Table Incoming Date Table
Le Mans Portugal Paulo Duarte Sacked 10 December 2009[41] 19th France Arnaud Cormier 10 December 2009[41] 19th
Saint-Étienne France Alain Perrin Sacked 15 December 2009[42] 18th France Christophe Galtier 15 December 2009 18th
Nice France Didier Ollé-Nicolle Sacked 9 March 2010[43] 17th France Eric Roy 9 March 2010 17th

Ligue 2[edit]

Team Outgoing Manner Date Table Incoming Date Table
Bastia France Bernard Casoni Contract Expiration 30 June 2009[44] Off-season France Philippe Anziani 1 July 2009[45] N/A
Clermont France Didier Ollé-Nicole Joined Nice 30 June 2009[46] Off-season Armenia Michel Der Zakarian 1 July 2009[47] N/A
Le Havre France Frédéric Hantz Resigned 30 June 2009[48] Off-season France Cédric Daury 1 July 2009[49] N/A
Nantes France Elie Baup Mutual consent 30 June 2009[50] Off-season Germany Gernot Rohr 1 July 2009[51] N/A
Strasbourg France Jean-Marc Furlan Sacked 3 June 2009[52] Off-season France Gilbert Gress 1 July 2009[53] N/A
Dijon Bosnia and Herzegovina Faruk Hadžibegić Sacked 20 June 2009 Off-season France Patrice Carteron 1 July 2009[54] N/A

In season[edit]

Team Outgoing Manner Date Table Incoming Date Table
Strasbourg France Gilbert Gress Sacked 24 August 2009[55] 18th France Pascal Janin 24 August 2009[55] 18th
Bastia France Philippe Anziani Sacked 25 November 2009[56] 20th Bosnia and Herzegovina Faruk Hadžibegić 10 December 2009[56] 20th
Nantes Germany Gernot Rohr Sacked 3 December 2009[57] 7th France Jean-Marc Furlan 3 December 2009[57] 7th
Châteauroux France Dominique Bijotat Sacked 23 December 2009 16th France Jean-Pierre Papin 29 December 2009[58] 16th
Nantes France Jean-Marc Furlan Sacked 19 February 2010 14th France Baptiste Gentilli 18 April 2010[59] 14th
Metz France Yvon Pouliquen Sacked 17 April 2010 4th France Joël Müller 18 April 2010[60] 4th

Championnat National[edit]

Team Outgoing Manner Date Table Incoming Date Table
Cannes France Patrice Carteron Sacked 29 June 2009[61] Off-season France Albert Emon 1 July 2009[62] N/A
Reims France Luis Fernandez Sacked 12 June 2009 Off-season France Marc Collat 1 July 2009[63] N/A
Troyes France Claude Robin Sacked 4 June 2009 Off-season France Patrick Rémy 1 July 2009[64] N/A
Amiens France Thierry Laurey Sacked 10 June 2009 Off-season France Serge Romano 1 July 2009[65] N/A

In season[edit]

Team Outgoing Manner Date Table Incoming Date Table
Évian France Stéphane Paille Sacked 15 January 2010 1st France Bernard Casoni 20 January 2010[66] 1st

Transfers[edit]

Notable transfers[edit]

Bordeaux completes the signing of midfielder Yoann Gourcuff after the player spent the entire 2008–09 season on loan from Italian club A.C. Milan. The transfer fee was priced at €15m.[67]

Defending Portuguese Liga champions Porto lose four players to three Ligue 1 title chasers with Marseille signing midfielder Lucho Gonzalez for €18m,[68] Lyon signing both striker Lisandro López for €24m[69] and defender Aly Cissokho for €15m,[70] and Toulouse signing Paulo Machado for a modest €3.5m. Porto also lost veteran defender João Paulo Andrade to Le Mans for a fee of €1.5m.

Guingamp striker Eduardo, who wrote his name into French football history by scoring both his team's goals in a 2–1 triumph in the Coupe de France final against Rennes, moves to recently promoted RC Lens for approximately €3m.[71]

Four French national team goalkeepers move clubs with Cédric Carrasso joining Bordeaux for €8m,[72] Mickaël Landreau joining Lille from Paris Saint-Germain for €2m, Yohann Pelé moving to Toulouse from Le Mans on a Bosman transfer, and Grégory Coupet makes his return Ligue 1 signing with Paris Saint-Germain from La Liga side Atlético Madrid.

Paris Saint-Germain sign two Ligue 1 stars for a total on €12m committing four years to both Turkish striker Mevlüt Erdinç and Lorient midfielder Christophe Jallet.

AS Nancy recruits three Bordeaux youngsters. The Malian striker Cheick Diabaté, French defender Florian Marange, and the Togolese midfielder Floyd Ayité all join the club with Diabaté and Ayité joining on loan for the entire season and Marange signing a one-year contract.[73]

AS Saint-Étienne sign two Argentine internationals from the Primera División of Argentina. The first signing being striker Gonzalo Bergessio, formerly of San Lorenzo, for an undisclosed fee and midfielder Augusto Fernández, who joins the club on loan for the entire season from River Plate.

Honours[edit]

Competition Winner Details Match Report
Ligue 1 Marseille 2009–10 Ligue 1
Ligue 2 Caen Ligue 2 2009–10
Championnat National Évian Championnat National 2009–10
Championnat de France amateur Colmar Championnat de France Amateurs 2009–10
Championnat de France amateur 2 Metz B Championnat de France Amateurs 2 2009–10
D1 Féminine Lyon D1 Féminine 2009–10
Coupe de France Paris Saint-Germain 2009–10 Coupe de France
Beat AS Monaco 1–0
Report
Coupe de la Ligue Marseille 2009–10 Coupe de la Ligue
Beat Bordeaux 3–1
Report
Challenge de France Paris Saint-Germain 2009–10 Challenge de France
Beat Montpellier 5–0
Report
Coupe Gambardella Metz 2009–10 Coupe Gambardella
Beat Sochaux 4–3 on penalties
Report
Trophée des Champions Bordeaux 2009 Trophée des Champions
Beat Guingamp 2–0
Report

National teams[edit]

France[edit]

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Friendly

2010 FIFA World Cup

Last updated: 28 March 2010
Source: French Football Federation Les matches de l'équipe de France

France (women's)[edit]

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification

Friendly

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification

Friendly

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification

Last updated: 28 March 2010
Source: French Football Federation Women's Schedule

France U-21[edit]

Friendly

2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification

Friendly

2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification

Friendly

France U-20[edit]

25 June 2009
17:00 CET
France  2 – 0  Turkey
Malonga Goal 20'
Joseph-Monrose Goal 76'
Report

29 June 2009
17:00 CET
France  1 – 0  Malta
Lasimant Goal 7' Report

1 July 2009
21:00 CET
France  1 – 2  Spain
Tabanou Goal 87' Report Nsue Goal 42'
Víctor Goal 51'

4 July 2009
19:00 CET
Libya  0 – 0
8 – 7 pen.
 France
Report

28 September 2009
21:00 CET
France  1 – 1  Senegal
Cissé Goal 34' Report Wade Goal 27'

26 September 2009
21:00 CET
France  0 – 1  Morocco
Report Kachani Goal 1'

Last updated: 30 March 2010
Source: French Football Federation U-21 Schedule

France U-19[edit]

2009 Sendaï Cup

Friendly

Tournio de Limoges

Friendly

Unofficial Friendly

2010 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship

Last updated: 28 March 2010
Source: French Football Federation U-19 Schedule

France U-17[edit]

2010 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship First Round qualification

2010 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship Elite Round qualification

2010 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship

Last updated: 27 March 2010
Source: French Football Federation U-17 Schedule

See also[edit]

2009–10 season

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