2011–12 Championnat National

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Championnat National
Season 2011–12
Champions Nîmes
Promoted Niort
Gazélec Ajaccio
Relegated Beauvais
Martigues
Besançon
Bayonne
Matches played 380
Goals scored 977 (2.57 per match)
Top goalscorer Seydou Koné (17 goals)
Biggest home win Paris 6–0 Épinal (12 October 2011)
Biggest away win Paris 0–4 Red Star (15 September 2011)
Orléans 1–5 Niort (2 December 2011)
Highest scoring Cherbourg 4–5 Gazélec Ajaccio (4 May 2012)
Besançon 4–5 Rouen (26 May 2012)
Longest winning run 5 games
Rouen
(12 August – 10 September)
Longest unbeaten run 9 games
Épinal
(6 August – 24 September)
Longest winless run 13 games
Martigues
(7 October – 17 February)
Longest losing run 7 games
Red Star
(20 September – 4 November)

The 2011–12 Championnat National season was the 14th since its establishment.[1] The previous season's champions was Bastia. The league schedule was announced on 16 May 2011 and the fixtures were determined in July. The season began on 6 August 2011 and ended on 26 May 2012. The winter break was in effect from 23 December to 6 January.[2]

Teams[edit]

There will be four promoted teams from the Championnat de France amateur, the fourth division of French football, replacing the five teams that were relegated from the Championnat National following the 2010–11 season. A total of 20 teams will compete in the league with four clubs suffering relegation to the Championnat de France amateur. All clubs that secure league status for the season will be subject to approval by the DNCG before becoming eligible to participate.[3]

Grenoble became the first professional club to fall to the Championnat National from Ligue 2. The club's drop occurred on 13 May 2011 without it even playing a match following positive results from clubs Grenoble had been trailing in the table.[4] Grenoble will be returning to the third division after playing over a decade under the Ligue de Football Professionnel emblem in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. On 20 May, both Nîmes and Vannes completed the trio of Ligue 2 clubs dropping down to the third division.[5] Nîmes will be returning to National after three seasons playing in Ligue 2, while Vannes will regress back to the third division after two seasons.

On 7 May 2011, despite having the week off, Le Poiré-sur-Vie became the first club from the Championnat de France amateur to achieve promotion from the fourth division to the Championnat National. The club's spot in the third division was confirmed following second-place Les Herbiers' 0–0 draw with the reserve team of professional club Lorient.[6] Le Poiré-sur-Vie will be making its debut in the third division having spent, aside from six seasons in the fifth and fourth division, its entire history languishing in the regional leagues of Centre-Ouest and Atlantique.[7] Two weeks later, both Besançon and Gazélec Ajaccio were promoted to the Championnat National after recording victories during the match day.[8][9] Besançon will be returning to the third division after spending six seasons in the Championnat de France amateur, while Gazélec will be returning to the league after spending four seasons in the fourth division. On the final day of the season, Quevilly became the final club in the CFA to earn promotion to National after drawing with Poissy. Despite drawing, the two points Quevilly earned from the match was enough to edge Red Star Paris, which also drew during the week.[10]

Teams relegated to Championnat National

Teams promoted to Championnat National

DNCG rulings[edit]

On 26 May 2011, following a preliminary review of each club's administrative and financial accounts in the Championnat National, the DNCG ruled that Pacy Vallée-d'Eure, Strasbourg, Gap, Grenoble, and Cannes would be relegated to the Championnat de France amateur after the organisation determined that the clubs were enduring financial difficulties. The clubs had the option to appeal the ruling.[11] On 24 June 2011, Pacy Vallée-d'Eure officials confirmed in a press conference that it would accept its relegation to the fourth division in an effort to smooth over its €350,000 debt into next year.[12] Two weeks later, Grenoble confirmed on its website that the Appeals Board of the DNCG had informed club officials that it will be relegated to the fourth division.[13] Grenoble, subsequently, entered liquidation on 7 July. On 13 July, Grenoble's relegation was validated after the French Football Federation confirmed via letter to SAS Épinal that the club would be replacing Grenoble in the Championnat National.[14]

On 8 July 2011, the Appeals Board of the DNCG confirmed that both Strasbourg and Gap would remain relegated after the clubs failed to convince the board of its intent to fix its financial liabilities. Strasbourg has a deficit of over €4 million, while Gap's debt has exceeded over €80,000.[15] Following the appeal denial, Gap officials announced that the club would appeal to the CNOSF, the National Sporting Committee of France.[16] On 18 July, despite both clubs still having the option to appeal the DNCG rulings, the Ligue du Football Amateur (LFA) announced that Red Star and Cherbourg would replace Strasbourg and Gap, respectively, for the 2011–12 edition of the Championnat National.[17] On the following day, Cannes had its appeal to remain in the Championnat National rejected by the DNCG.[18] Similar to Gap, following the decision, Cannes announced its intent to appeal the ruling at the CNOSF.[19] On 29 July, the CNOSF gave a favourable ruling for Cannes recommending to the federation that Cannes should remain in the third division.[20] On 3 August, the CNOSF ruled Gap confirmed the demotion of Gap to the Championnat de France amateur.[21] The French Football Federation determined whether Cannes would be allowed to participate in the league on 4 August, one day before the season was set to begin at the federation's annual executive meeting.[22] At the meeting, the Federation re-affirmed its decision to relegate Cannes to the CFA stating it "trust the DNCG and followed its decisions".[23]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Club Location Venue Capacity Average Attendance
Bayonne Bayonne Stade Didier Deschamps 3,500
Beauvais Beauvais Stade Pierre Brisson 10,178
Besançon Besançon Stade Léo Lagrange 10,500
Cherbourg Cherbourg-Octeville Stade Maurice Postaire 7,000
Colmar Colmar Colmar Stadium 7,000
Créteil Créteil Stade Dominique Duvauchelle 12,150
Épinal Épinal Stade de la Colombière 8,000
Fréjus Fréjus Stade Pourcin 2,500
Gazélec Ajaccio Ajaccio Stade Ange Casanova 8,000
Le Poiré-sur-Vie Le Poiré-sur-Vie Stade de l'Idonnière 1,950
Luzenac Luzenac Stade Paul Fédou 1,000
Martigues Martigues Stade Francis Turcan 11,500
Nîmes Nîmes Stade des Costières 18,482
Niort Niort Stade René Gaillard 10,898
Orléans Orléans Stade de la Source 6,000
Paris Paris Stade Sébastien Charléty 20,000
Quevilly Le Petit-Quevilly Stade Lozai 2,500
Red Star Saint-Ouen Stade Bauer 10,000
Rouen Rouen Stade Robert Diochon 10,000
Vannes Vannes Stade de la Rabine 8,000

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
Bayonne Pochat, AlainAlain Pochat Michel Bidegain Duarig Forge Adour
Beauvais Clément, AlexAlex Clément Léonard Mendy Erreà Odalys Vacances
Besançon Genet, HervéHervé Genet Julien Perrin Kappa Eiffage
Cherbourg Huriez, Jean-MarieJean-Marie Huriez Loïc Binet Nike Maîtres Laitiers du Cotentin
Colmar Ott, DamienDamien Ott Sylvain Meslien Nike Patrick Sports
Créteil Vasseur, Jean-LucJean-Luc Vasseur Sebastien Gondouin Nike SFB Béton
Épinal Tossot, FabienFabien Tossot Abdellah Asbabou Nike Fromages Ermitage
Fréjus Paquille, CharlyCharly Paquille Vincent Fernandez Lotto Géant
Gazélec Ajaccio Veilex, DominiqueDominique Veilex Anthony Colinet Erreà Casino d'Ajaccio
Le Poiré-sur-Vie Tanchot, OswaldOswald Tanchot Ludovic Pallier Nike Yves Cougnaud
Luzenac Pelissier, ChristopheChristophe Pelissier Sébastien Mignotte Erreà Groupe Scopelec
Martigues Vannuchi, Jean-LucJean-Luc Vannuchi Jonathan Di Maria Nike Madewis
Nîmes Froger, ThierryThierry Froger Benoît Poulain Erreà Mac Dan
Niort Gastien, PascalPascal Gastien Vincent Durand Erreà Cheminées Poujoulat
Orléans Lachuer, YannYann Lachuer Yozip Lemée Umbro CTVL
Paris Mboma, AlainAlain Mboma Ibrahima Fayé Nike Nexity
Quevilly Brouard, RégisRégis Brouard Frédéric Weis Nike Matmut
Red Star Doukantié, VincentVincent Doukantié Bertrand Abissonono Adidas
Rouen da Costa, EmmanuelEmmanuel da Costa Pierre Vignaud Hummel Promaritime International
Vannes Le Mignan, StéphaneStéphane Le Mignan Patrick Leugueun Adidas Breizh Cola

1 Subject to change prior to the start of 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
Le Poiré-sur-Vie Alain Ferrand Resigned 11 May 2011 Off-season Oswald Tanchot 11 May 2011 Off-season
Fréjus Saint-Raphaël Athos Bandini Sacked 27 May 2011 Off-season Franck Priou 3 June 2011[24] Off-season
Paris Jean-Luc Vannuchi Sacked 27 May 2011 Off-season Alain Mboma 7 June 2011[25] Off-season
Cannes Victor Zvunka Mutual consent 27 May 2011 Off-season David Guion 7 June 2011[26] Off-season
Martigues Franck Priou Joined Fréjus 3 June 2011 Off-season Jérôme Erceau 9 June 2011[27] Off-season
Créteil Hubert Velud Resigned 22 May 2011 Off-season Jean-Luc Vasseur 9 June 2011[28] Off-season
Red Star Alain Mboma Joined Paris 7 June 2011 Off-season Athos Bandini 10 June 2011[29] Off-season
Red Star Athos Bandini Fired 13 October 2011 18th Vincent Doukantié 13 October 2011 18th
Fréjus Franck Priou Fired 7 December 2011 10th Charly Paquille 7 December 2011 10th
Martigues Jérôme Erceau Fired 13 February 2012[30] 18th Jean-Luc Vannuchi 15 February 2012[31] 18th
Rouen Éric Garcin Fired 14 March 2012 8th Emmanuel da Costa 14 March 2012[32] 8th

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Nîmes (C) 38 18 14 6 65 38 +27 68 Promotion to 2012–13 Ligue 2
2 Niort (P) 38 19 10 9 61 33 +28 67
3 Gazélec Ajaccio (P) 38 20 8 10 57 32 +25 0661
4 Vannes 38 16 14 8 55 38 +17 62
5 Épinal 38 17 11 10 61 47 +14 62
6 Rouen 38 17 9 12 48 46 +2 60
7 Orléans 38 15 11 12 41 41 0 56
8 Colmar 38 15 10 13 54 44 +10 55
9 Fréjus 38 15 6 17 50 58 −8 51
10 Créteil 38 13 11 14 51 50 +1 50
11 Red Star 38 15 5 18 44 52 −8 50
12 Le Poiré-sur-Vie 38 14 7 17 41 46 −5 49
13 Quevilly 38 12 11 15 45 54 −9 47
14 Cherbourg 38 11 13 14 56 57 −1 46
15 Luzenac 38 11 12 15 47 56 −9 45
16 Paris 38 12 8 18 39 48 −9 44
17 Beauvais (R) 38 8 18 12 39 43 −4 42 Relegation to 2012–13 Championnat de France amateur
18 Martigues (R) 38 9 12 17 43 69 −26 39
19 Besançon (R) 38 9 11 18 42 64 −22 0352
20 Bayonne (R) 38 7 13 18 38 60 −22 34

Updated to games played on 26 May 2012.
Source: French Football Federation
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Gazélec Ajaccio was docked four points, two of them suspended, after being found guilty of its inability to control its players and supporters. The deduction came as a result of a fight that broke out between the club's players and its supporters during a September match against Beauvais.
2Besançon were docked three points.
(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 BAY BEA BSC CHB COL CRE EPI FRE GAZ LPV LUZ MRT NRT NMS ORL PAR QUE RSFC ROU VAN
Bayonne 0–2 1–1 0–0 2–2 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–3 5–3 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–2 2–2 2–1 0–1 0–3
Beauvais 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–3 1–1 3–4 0–1 2–1 1–2 2–0 0–0 2–2 1–2 1–3 2–0 1–1 4–2 0–1 0–0
Besançon 3–2 1–1 1–2 2–1 3–2 1–1 3–2 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 2–1 1–2 0–0 4–5 0–2
Cherbourg 1–1 2–2 6–2 0–2 0–0 1–0 1–0 4–5 1–2 4–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–2 2–0 1–2 2–0 0–1 1–0
Colmar 1–1 4–0 3–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–2 4–1 1–1 3–0 2–2 0–0 2–0 3–0 1–3 0–1 0–0 0–0
Créteil 4–3 1–0 0–2 0–1 0–3 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–2 4–0 1–2 0–2 3–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–3 1–1
Épinal 1–1 0–0 2–1 3–3 3–0 5–1 4–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–1 2–2 1–3 2–1 0–1 0–2 3–2 2–2
Fréjus 2–0 3–1 4–2 1–0 2–3 0–4 1–2 2–1 2–5 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–3 2–0 3–2
Gazélec Ajaccio 2–0 0–0 2–0 5–0 1–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 4–1 2–1
Le Poiré-sur-Vie 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–2 0–1 1–2 2–0 3–1 1–0 5–0 1–0 0–3 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 2–1
Luzenac 1–0 0–0 2–0 3–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 3–3 1–1 0–3 0–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 2–2
Martigues 1–1 2–3 2–0 3–3 2–1 2–1 2–1 3–2 2–3 2–1 0–3 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 1–1
Niort 4–0 0–2 3–0 2–0 2–1 0–2 0–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 4–0 3–1 1–1 0–1 0–2 2–0 4–0 3–0 0–0
Nîmes 1–0 1–1 3–0 0–0 2–0 3–3 1–1 4–1 0–0 2–0 3–2 4–1 3–2 1–1 2–1 3–0 3–4 1–2 1–2
Orléans 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–2 1–0 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 1–5 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–2
Paris 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–3 2–4 1–0 6–0 2–0 0–3 1–0 3–1 1–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 0–4 2–1 2–0
Quevilly 2–0 1–0 1–1 4–2 4–0 1–1 0–3 0–1 0–3 0–1 2–5 1–1 0–2 1–3 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–3 2–0
Red Star 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–2 1–0 2–1 0–3 1–2 0–2 2–0 3–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 1–2 0–0 0–1 2–1 2–0
Rouen 0–0 1–1 0–0 3–3 1–1 1–0 0–1 4–3 0–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–2 0–1 2–1 1–0 0–2 2–1 1–0
Vannes 2–0 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–1 3–3 1–0 3–1 3–2 1–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–1 4–0 1–0
Updated to games played on 26 May 2012.
Source: French Football Federation
^ 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.

Statistics[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Seydou Koné Nîmes 17
2 Nicolas Belvito Cherbourg 14
Abdellah Asbabou Épinal 14
Geoffrey Malfleury Red Star Saint-Ouen 14
5 Nicolas Verdier Gazélec Ajaccio 13
Jean-Michel Lesage Créteil 13
7 Julien Jahier Épinal 12
Mathieu Scarpelli Fréjus 12
El Fardou Ben Nabouhane Vannes 12
10 Vincent Créhin Beauvais 10

Last updated: 3 May 2012
Source: Official Goalscorers' Standings

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Promoted to the Championat National as a result of Gap's administrative relegation.
  2. ^ Promoted to the Championat National as a result of Grenoble's administrative relegation after the club entered liquidation.
  3. ^ Promoted to the Championat National as a result of Cannes' administrative relegation.
  4. ^ Promoted to the Championat National as a result of Strasbourg's administrative relegation.

References[edit]

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