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2011–12 Ligue 1

The 2011–12 Ligue 1 season was the 74th since its establishment.[6] Lille were the defending champions. The league schedule was announced on 31 March 2011 and the fixtures were determined on 10 June.[7][8] The season began on 6 August 2011 and ended on 20 May 2012.[9] The winter break was in effect from 22 December 2011 to 14 January 2012.[10]

Ligue 1
Season2011–12
ChampionsMontpellier
1st Ligue 1 title
1st French title
RelegatedCaen
Dijon
Auxerre
Champions LeagueMontpellier
Paris Saint-Germain
Lille
Europa LeagueLyon
Bordeaux
Marseille
Matches played380
Goals scored956 (2.52 per match)
Top goalscorerOlivier Giroud
Nenê (21 goals)
Biggest home winParis Saint-Germain 6–1 Sochaux (22 April 2012)[1]
Biggest away winDijon 1–5 Rennes (7 August 2011)[2]
Sochaux 2–6 Rennes (21 September 2011)[2]
Highest scoringLille 4–5 Bordeaux (12 February 2012)[3]
Longest winning run6 games[4]
Paris Saint-Germain
(21 September – 29 October)
Bordeaux
(21 April - 20 May)
Longest unbeaten run17 games[4]
Lille
(20 August – 21 December)
Longest winless run13 games[4]
Sochaux
(20 November – 3 March)
Marseille
(5 February - 27 April)
Longest losing run5 games[4]
Marseille
(26 February – 17 March)
Dijon
(7 April - 3 May)
Highest attendance46,252 – Paris Saint-Germain 2–1 Marseille (8 April 2012)[4]
Lowest attendance5,125 – Ajaccio 2–2 Caen (10 September 2011)[4]
Average attendance18,554[5]

On 20 May 2012, the final day of the league season, Montpellier clinched its first-ever league title after defeating Auxerre 2–1 at the Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps.[11] Montpellier was the fifth different club to win Ligue 1 since the 2006–07 season and qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in its history. Paris Saint-Germain and Lille were the country's other Champions League participants, while Lyon, Bordeaux, and Marseille represented France in the UEFA Europa League. Lyon did not participate in UEFA's top football club competition for the first time in 12 years.

Auxerre, Dijon, and Caen were relegated to Ligue 2.[12] Auxerre returned to the second division after 32 consecutive years playing in Ligue 1.[13] Prior to the 2011–12 season, the club had never suffered relegation from the country's top division. 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.

TeamsEdit

There were three promoted teams from Ligue 2, replacing the three teams that were relegated from Ligue 1 following the 2010–11 season. A total of 20 teams competed in the league with three clubs suffering relegation to the second division, Ligue 2. All clubs that secured Ligue 1 status for the season were subject to approval by the DNCG before becoming eligible to participate.[14]

Arles-Avignon was the first club to suffer relegation from the first division to Ligue 2. The club's impending drop occurred on 17 April 2011 following the team's 2–0 defeat to AS Monaco. The negative result made it mathematically impossible for Arles to seize the 17th position in the table, which would have allowed the club to remain in Ligue 1. Arles-Avignon made its return to Ligue 2 after only a year's spell in the top division of French football.[15] On 15 May, Lens were relegated from the first division to Ligue 2 after its 1–1 draw with Monaco. Lens returned to Ligue 2 for the first time since the 2008–09 season when the club finished as champions of the league.[16] On the final day of the Ligue 1 season, Monaco suffered relegation to the second division after losing 2–0 to Lyon. The club's appearance in Ligue 2 was its first since 1976.[17]

Evian became the first club from Ligue 2 to achieve promotion to Ligue 1 after its 2–1 victory over Reims on 20 May 2011.[18] Evian made its debut in the first division and, similar to Arles-Avignon the previous season, the club's ascension to the first division is notable due in part to the fact that it has achieved successive promotions in four straight seasons. On the final day of the Ligue 2 season, both Dijon and Ajaccio earned berths in the first division after posting positive results in their respective matches.[19] Dijon was promoted despite losing on the match day and, similar to Évian, made its debut in the top division of French football. Ajaccio returned to Ligue 1 after five seasons in the second division.

Stadia and locationsEdit

Club Location Venue Capacity Average Attendance[5]
Ajaccio Ajaccio Stade François Coty 10,660 6,338
Auxerre Auxerre Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps 24,493 11,879
Bordeaux Bordeaux Stade Chaban-Delmas 34,462 20,712
Brest Brest Stade Francis-Le Blé 16,000 13,542
Caen Caen Stade Michel d'Ornano 21,500 15,280
Dijon Dijon Stade Gaston Gérard 15,998 13,597
Evian Annecy Parc des Sports 15,600 11,855
Lille Villeneuve-d'Ascq Stadium Nord Lille Métropole 18,185 16,969
Lorient Lorient Stade du Moustoir 18,890 15,594
Lyon Lyon Stade de Gerland 41,842 33,108
Marseille Marseille Stade Vélodrome1 42,000 40,455
Montpellier Montpellier Stade de la Mosson 32,900 17,492
Nancy Tomblaine Stade Marcel Picot 20,085 15,328
Nice Nice Stade du Ray 17,415 9,133
Paris Saint-Germain Paris Parc des Princes 48,712 42,892
Rennes Rennes Stade de la Route de Lorient 31,127 20,725
Saint-Étienne Saint-Étienne Stade Geoffroy-Guichard2 26,747 21,409
Sochaux Montbéliard Stade Auguste Bonal 20,005 13,826
Toulouse Toulouse Stadium Municipal 35,470 22,033
Valenciennes Valenciennes Stade du Hainaut 25,000 15,226

Personnel and kitsEdit

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
Ajaccio   Olivier Pantaloni   Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi Duarig Restaurant Du Cœur
Auxerre   Jean-Guy Wallemme   Olivier Sorin Airness| Maisons Pierre|
Bordeaux   Francis Gillot   Jaroslav Plašil Puma Kia
Brest   Corentin Martins (interim)   Oscar Ewolo Nike Quéguiner
Caen   Franck Dumas   Nicolas Seube Nike GDE Recyclage
Dijon   Patrice Carteron   Abdoulaye Méïté Nike Doras,INEO
Evian   Pablo Correa   Cédric Barbosa Kappa Danette
Lille   Rudi Garcia   Rio Mavuba Umbro Groupe Partouche
Lorient   Christian Gourcuff   Fabien Audard Macron La trinitaine
Lyon   Rémi Garde   Cris adidas Everest Poker
Marseille   Didier Deschamps   Steve Mandanda adidas BetClic
Montpellier   René Girard   Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa Nike Sud de France la Région.fr
Nancy   Jean Fernandez   André Luiz Umbro Triangle Interim|
Nice   René Marsiglia   Didier Digard BURRDA Mutuelles du Soleil|
Paris Saint-Germain   Carlo Ancelotti   Mamadou Sakho Nike Emirates
Rennes   Frédéric Antonetti   Kader Mangane Puma Samsic
Saint-Étienne   Christophe Galtier   Loïc Perrin adidas Winamax
Sochaux   Éric Hély   Teddy Richert Lotto Mobil 1
Toulouse   Alain Casanova   Daniel Congré Kappa IDEC
Valenciennes   Daniel Sanchez   Rudy Mater Uhlsport Toyota

1 Subject to change during the season.

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing head coach Manner of
departure
Date of
vacancy
Position
in table
Incoming head coach Date of
appointment
Position
in table
Auxerre   Jean Fernandez End of contract 2 June 2011[22] Off-season   Laurent Fournier 8 June 2011[23] Off-season
Valenciennes   Philippe Montanier Joined Real Sociedad 4 June 2011[24]   Daniel Sanchez 8 June 2011[25]
Nancy   Pablo Correa Resigned 5 June 2011   Jean Fernandez 5 June 2011[26]
Sochaux   Francis Gillot 5 June 2011   Mehmed Baždarević 10 June 2011[27]
Bordeaux   Éric Bédouet Mutual consent 6 June 2011   Francis Gillot 6 June 2011[28]
Lyon   Claude Puel Sacked 20 June 2011[29]   Rémi Garde 21 June 2011[30]
Nice   Éric Roy Sacked 15 November 2011 17th   René Marsiglia 15 November 2011[31] 17th
Paris Saint-Germain   Antoine Kombouaré Mutual consent[32][33][34] 30 December 2011 1st   Carlo Ancelotti 30 December 2011[35] 1st
Evian   Bernard Casoni Sacked[36] 1 January 2012 11th   Pablo Correa 2 January 2012 11th
Sochaux   Mehmed Baždarević Sacked[37] 6 March 2012 20th   Éric Hély 6 March 2012[37] 20th
Auxerre   Laurent Fournier Sacked[38] 18 March 2012 20th   Jean-Guy Wallemme 18 March 2012[38] 20th
Brest   Alex Dupont Sacked[39] 26 April 2012 18th   Corentin Martins 26 April 2012 18th

Ownership changesEdit

Club New owner Previous owner Date
Paris Saint-Germain   Qatar Investment Authority   Colony Capital and   Butler Capital Partners[40] 1 July 2011[41]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Montpellier (C) 38 25 7 6 68 34 +34 82 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Paris Saint-Germain 38 23 10 5 75 41 +34 79
3 Lille 38 21 11 6 72 39 +33 74 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Play-off round
4 Lyon 38 19 7 12 64 51 +13 64 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Group stage[a]
5 Bordeaux 38 16 13 9 53 41 +12 61 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Play-off round[a]
6 Rennes 38 17 9 12 53 44 +9 60
7 Saint-Étienne 38 16 9 13 49 45 +4 57
8 Toulouse 38 15 11 12 37 34 +3 56
9 Evian 38 13 11 14 54 55 −1 50
10 Marseille 38 12 12 14 45 41 +4 48 2012–13 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round[b]
11 Nancy 38 11 12 15 38 48 −10 45
12 Valenciennes 38 12 7 19 40 50 −10 43
13 Nice 38 10 12 16 39 46 −7 42
14 Sochaux 38 11 9 18 40 60 −20 42
15 Brest 38 8 17 13 31 38 −7 41
16 Ajaccio 38 9 14 15 40 61 −21 41
17 Lorient 38 9 12 17 35 49 −14 39
18 Caen (R) 38 9 11 18 39 59 −20 38 Relegation to 2012–13 Ligue 2
19 Dijon (R) 38 9 9 20 38 63 −25 36
20 Auxerre (R) 38 7 13 18 46 57 −11 34
Source: Ligue de Football Professionnel
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Lyon won the 2011–12 Coupe de France and thus qualified for the group stage of the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League. Since they finished 4th, the spot for the Europa League play-off round goes to the fifth-placed team.
  2. ^ Marseille, as winners of the 2011–12 Coupe de la Ligue, qualified for the third qualifying round of 2012–13 UEFA Europa League.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ACA AUX BOR BRS CAE DIJ EVI LIL LOR OL OM MHS NAL NIC PSG REN STE SOC TFC VAL
Ajaccio 2–1 0–2 0–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–3 0–0 1–1 1–3 1–0 1–1 2–1 0–2 3–1
Auxerre 4–1 2–4 4–0 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–3 1–1 0–3 2–2 1–2 1–3 2–1 1–1 0–1 0–0 4–1 2–0 2–0
Bordeaux 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–2 2–0 1–2 1–1 2–0 1–2 1–0 2–0 2–1
Brest 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 0–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–2 2–0 0–0 1–0
Caen 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 3–0 2–2 1–2 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–3 1–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–4 1–3 0–1 1–0
Dijon 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–0 2–0 3–1 0–2 2–0 1–2 2–3 1–1 0–2 3–0 1–2 1–5 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–2
Evian 2–1 3–1 0–0 0–1 2–4 0–1 0–3 2–1 1–3 2–0 4–2 2–0 1–0 2–2 1–3 1–2 2–3 2–1 2–1
Lille 4–1 2–2 4–5 2–0 3–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 3–2 0–1 4–1 4–4 2–1 2–0 3–0 2–2 2–1 4–0
Lorient 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–2 0–2 3–0 1–1 0–0 2–0
Lyon 1–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 1–2 3–1 2–1 2–1 3–2 2–0 2–1 3–1 3–4 4–4 1–2 2–0 2–1 3–2 4–1
Marseille 2–0 3–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 2–0 2–1 2–2 1–3 1–0 2–0 3–0 0–1 0–0 2–2 0–1 1–1
Montpellier 3–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 3–0 5–3 2–2 1–0 4–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–3 4–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–0
Nancy 2–2 0–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 1–3 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 3–2 1–2 0–3 1–1
Nice 3–0 1–0 3–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–3 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0
Paris Saint-Germain 4–1 3–2 1–1 1–0 4–2 2–0 3–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 2–1 2–2 0–1 2–1 3–0 2–0 6–1 3–1 2–1
Rennes 3–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 3–2 5–0 3–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–2 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–1
Saint-Étienne 3–1 1–1 2–3 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–2 1–3 4–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–3 0–1 4–0 1–0 1–1 1–0
Sochaux 0–2 0–0 0–3 2–1 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–3 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–6 2–1 3–0 1–1
Toulouse 0–2 1–0 3–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 3–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–3 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–0
Valenciennes 1–2 2–1 1–2 0–0 3–1 4–0 0–3 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 3–4 1–0 1–2 3–0 2–0
Updated to match(es) played on 20 May 2012. Source: Ligue de Football Professionnel
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

StatisticsEdit

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date
  Dennis Oliech Auxerre Sochaux 4–1 25 September 2011
  Olivier Giroud Montpellier Dijon 5–3 15 October 2011
  Kevin Gameiro Paris Saint-Germain Ajaccio 1–3[permanent dead link] 16 October 2011
  Olivier Giroud Montpellier Sochaux 1–3 26 November 2011
  Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Saint-Étienne Lorient 4–2[permanent dead link] 22 February 2012
  Nenê Paris Saint-Germain Rennes 3–0[permanent dead link] 13 May 2012
  Eden Hazard Lille Nancy 4–1

20 May 2012

ScoringEdit

  • First goal of the season: Anthony Mounier for Nice against Lyon (6 August 2011)[42]
  • Fastest goal of the season: 18 secondsJaroslav Plašil for Bordeaux against Nancy (4 December 2011)[43][44]
  • Latest goal of the season: 90+4 minutesFrançois Clerc for Nice against Lille (21 December 2011)
  • First own goal of the season: Abdoulaye Bamba (Dijon) for Lyon (10 September 2011)[45]
  • Widest winning margin: 5 goals[4]
    • Paris Saint-Germain 6–1 Sochaux (22 April 2012)
  • Highest scoring game: 9 goals[4]
    • Lille 4–5 Bordeaux
  • Most goals scored in a match by a single team: 6 goals[4]
    • Sochaux 2–6 Rennes (21 September 2011)
    • Paris Saint-Germain 6–1 Sochaux (22 April 2012)

DisciplineEdit

  • Worst overall disciplinary record (1 pt per yellow card, 3 pts per red card): 119 points[46]
    • Ajaccio (92 yellow & 9 red cards)
  • Best overall disciplinary record: 66 points[46]
    • Sochaux (60 yellow & 2 red cards)
  • Most yellow cards (club): 92[46]
    • Ajaccio
  • Most yellow cards (player): 13[47]
  • Most red cards (club): 9[46]
    • Ajaccio
  • Most red cards (player): 3[4]

AwardsEdit

Monthly awardsEdit

Month Player of the Month
Player Club
September[48]   Javier Pastore Paris Saint-Germain
October[49]   Nenê Paris Saint-Germain
November[50]   Younès Belhanda Montpellier
December[51]   Salvatore Sirigu Paris Saint-Germain
January[52]   Milan Biševac Paris Saint-Germain
February[53]   P. E. Aubameyang Saint-Étienne
March[54]   Eden Hazard Lille

Annual awardsEdit

UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the YearEdit

The UNFP Ligue 1 Player of the Year was awarded to Eden Hazard. [55]

UNFP Young Player of the YearEdit

The UNFP Young Player of the Year was awarded to Younès Belhanda.[55]

UNFP Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the YearEdit

The UNFP Goalkeeper of the Year was awarded to Hugo Lloris.[55]

UNFP Team of the YearEdit

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris (Lyon)
Defence: Mathieu Debuchy (Lille), Hilton (Montpellier), Henri Bedimo (Montpellier), Nicolas N'Koulou (Marseille)
Midfield: Rio Mavuba (Lille), Étienne Capoue (Toulouse), Younès Belhanda (Montpellier), Eden Hazard (Lille)
Attack: Olivier Giroud (Montpellier), Nenê (Paris Saint-Germain)

UNFP Ligue 1 Manager of the YearEdit

The UNFP Manager of the Year was awarded to René Girard of Montpellier.[55]

Number of teams by regionEdit

List of 2011–12 transfersEdit

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