2012–13 Ligue 2

The 2012–13 Ligue 2 season was the 74th season since its establishment.[9] The league schedule was announced in April 2012 and the fixtures were determined on 30 May.[10] The season began on 27 July and ended on 24 May 2013.[11] The winter break was in effect from 22 December to 12 January 2013.[12] In addition, German sportswear company Uhlsport became the official provider of match balls for the season after agreeing to a long-term partnership with the Ligue de Football Professionnel.[13]

Ligue 2
Season2012–13
ChampionsMonaco
PromotedMonaco
Guingamp
Nantes
RelegatedLe Mans
Sedan
Gazélec Ajaccio
Matches played380
Goals scored917 (2.41 per match)
Top goalscorerMustapha Yatabaré
(23 goals)
Biggest home winGuingamp 7–0 Lens
(10 May 2013)[1]
Biggest away winLens 0–4 Monaco
(21 September 2012)[2]
Istres 0–4 Caen
(5 October 2012)[3]
Châteauroux 0–4 Nantes
(15 April 2013)[4]
Highest scoringGuingamp 4–3 Auxerre
(22 September 2012)[5]
Lens 4–3 Châteauroux
(15 February 2013)[6]
Guingamp 6–1 Le Mans
(19 April 2013)[7]
Guingamp 7–0 Lens
(10 May 2013)[1]
Longest winning run5 games
Monaco
(4 February – 1 March)
Longest unbeaten run17 games
Monaco
(14 December – 29 April)
Longest winless run13 games
Gazélec Ajaccio
(18 January – 19 April)
Longest losing run8 games
Gazélec Ajaccio
(18 January – 9 March)
Highest attendance36,471 – Nantes 1–1 Monaco
(30 March 2013)[8]
Lowest attendance1,383 – Gazélec Ajaccio
3–1 Laval
(14 December 2012)
Average attendance7,026[8]

TeamsEdit

There were three promoted teams from the Championnat National, replacing the three teams that were relegated from Ligue 2 following the 2011–12 season. A total of 20 teams are currently competing in the league with three clubs suffering relegation to the third division, Championnat National. All clubs that secured Ligue 2 status for the season were subject to approval by the DNCG before becoming eligible to participate.[14]

Auxerre was the first club to suffer relegation to Ligue 2 in the 2011–12 Ligue 1 season. The club's drop was confirmed on 13 May 2012 following the team's 3–0 loss to Marseille; a defeat that made it impossible for the club to finish safe.[15] Auxerre returned to the second division after 32 consecutive years playing in Ligue 1.[16] Prior to the 2011–12 season, the club had never suffered relegation from the country's top division. On the final day of the 2011–12 Ligue 1 season, Dijon and Caen were both relegated to Ligue 2 following defeats to Rennes and Valenciennes, respectively. 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.[17]

On 18 May 2012, both Nîmes and Gazélec Ajaccio were promoted to Ligue 2 after each club achieved results that made it impossible for the league's fourth-placed team to surpass them.[18] Nîmes returned to the second division after only one year at semi-professional level, while Gazélec will play in Ligue 2 for the first time since the 1992–93 season. On the final day of the 2011–12 National season, Niort became the final club to earn promotion to Ligue 2 after beating already-promoted Gazélec Ajaccio 1–0. Niort returned to the second division for the first time since the 2007–08 season.[19]

DNCG rulingsEdit

On 11 July 2012, following a preliminary review of each club's administrative and financial accounts in Ligue 2, the DNCG ruled that Le Mans would be relegated to the Championnat National.[20] Following the announcement, Le Mans president Henri Legarda announced that the club would appeal the decision stating the "shareholders will play their part and the club will go after every possible step to restore its rightful place in the sport."[21] On 25 July, Le Mans confirmed on its official website that the DNCG had reversed it decision to relegate the club.[22]

Stadia and locationsEdit


Club Location Venue Capacity Av. Att.[8]
Angers Angers Stade Jean Bouin 17,100 6,850
Arles-Avignon Avignon Parc des Sports 17,518 1,968
Auxerre Auxerre Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps 24,493 5,789
Caen Caen Stade Michel d'Ornano 21,500 10,129
Châteauroux Châteauroux Stade Gaston Petit 17,173 5,416
Clermont Clermont-Ferrand Stade Gabriel Montpied 10,363 4,069
Dijon Dijon Stade Gaston Gérard 15,998 8,321
Gazélec Ajaccio Ajaccio Stade Ange Casanova 5,000 2,471
Guingamp Guingamp Stade du Roudourou 18,126 9,507
Istres Istres Stade Parsemain 17,468 2,024
Laval Laval Stade Francis Le Basser 18,739 4,424
Le Havre Le Havre Stade Océane 25,000 8,397
Le Mans Le Mans MMArena 25,000 6,029
Lens Lens Stade Félix-Bollaert 41,233 16,179
AS Monaco Monaco Stade Louis II 18,500 5,293
Nantes Nantes Stade de la Beaujoire 38,285 18,171
Nîmes Nîmes Stade des Costières 18,482 5,509
Niort Niort Stade René Gaillard 10,898 4,572
Sedan Sedan Stade Louis Dugauguez 23,189 5,530
Tours Tours Stade de la Vallée du Cher 13,500 4,059

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
Angers Stéphane Moulin Grégory Malicki Umbro Scania
Arles-Avignon Noël Tosi Ludovic Butelle Uhlsport Groupe Nicollin
Auxerre Bernard Casoni Adama Coulibaly Airness Maisons Pierre
Caen Patrice Garande Jérémy Sorbon Nike GDE Recyclage
Châteauroux Didier Tholot Massamba Sambou Nike Le Seyec
Clermont Régis Brouard Jean-François Rivière Patrick Sport Crédit Mutuel
Dijon Olivier Dall'Oglio Cédric Varrault Nike Doras,IPS
Gazélec Ajaccio Thierry Laurey Louis Poggi Adidas Carrefour,Casino d'Ajaccio
Guingamp Jocelyn Gourvennec Lionel Mathis Patrick Sport Groupe Stalaven
Istres José Pasqualetti Nassim Akrour Duarig Trust 2 Cloud
Laval Philippe Hinschberger Fabrice Levrat Duarig Lactel
Le Havre Erick Mombaerts Julien François Nike System U
Le Mans Régis Beunardeau Frédéric Thomas Macron LOUÉ
Lens Éric Sikora Yohan Demont adidas Invicta
AS Monaco Claudio Ranieri Andreas Wolf Macron Fedcom
Nantes Michel Der Zakarian Olivier Veigneau Erreà Offset 5
Nîmes Victor Zvunka Benoît Poulain Erreà Mac Dan
Niort Pascal Gastien Johan Letzelter Puma Restaurant Le Billon (home), Cheminées Poujoulat (away)
Sedan Laurent Guyot Mamadou Diallo Nike Invicta
Tours Bernard Blaquart Julien Cardy Duarig Invicta

1Subject 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
AS Monaco Marco Simone Fired 19 May 2012[23] Off-season Claudio Ranieri 30 May 2012[24] Off-season
Dijon Patrice Carteron Mutual consent 24 May 2012[25] Off-season Olivier Dall'Oglio 1 June 2012[26] Off-season
Nîmes Thierry Froger End of contract 25 May 2012[27] Off-season Victor Zvunka 1 June 2012[28] Off-season
Nantes Landry Chauvin Joined Brest 31 May 2012[29] Off-season Michel Der Zakarian 1 June 2012[30] Off-season
Clermont Michel Der Zakarian Resigned 30 May 2012[31] Off-season Régis Brouard 7 June 2012[32] Off-season
Caen Franck Dumas Resigned 13 June 2012 Off-season Patrice Garande 18 June 2012[33] Off-season
Gazélec Ajaccio Dominique Veilex Mutual consent 1 August 2012[34] 15th Jean-Michel Cavalli 6 August 2012[35] 18th
Tours Peter Zeidler Fired 21 August 2012[36] 20th Bernard Blaquart 21 August 2012 20th
Lens Jean-Louis Garcia Fired 24 September 2012[37] 15th Éric Sikora 24 September 2012 15th
Arles-Avignon Thierry Laurey Fired 3 November 2012[38] 18th Pierre Mosca (interim) 3 November 2012 18th
Le Havre Cédric Daury Fired 12 November 2012[39] 16th Erick Mombaerts 21 December 2012[40] 9th
Auxerre Jean-Guy Wallemme Mutual consent 2 December 2012[41] 15th Bernard Casoni 3 December 2012[42] 15th
Arles-Avignon Pierre Mosca (interim) End of interim spell 11 February 2013 17th Noël Tosi 11 February 2013[43] 17th
Gazélec Ajaccio Jean-Michel Cavalli Fired 15 February 2013[44] 19th Thierry Laurey 19 February 2013[45] 19th
Le Mans Denis Zanko Fired 24 April 2013[46] 18th Régis Beunardeau 24 April 2013 18th

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Monaco (C, P) 38 21 13 4 64 33 +31 76 Promotion to 2013–14 Ligue 1
2 Guingamp (P) 38 20 10 8 63 38 +25 70
3 Nantes (P) 38 19 12 7 54 29 +25 69
4 Caen 38 17 12 9 48 28 +20 63
5 Angers 38 17 10 11 52 39 +13 61
6 Le Havre 38 16 11 11 52 47 +5 59
7 Dijon 38 15 14 9 52 49 +3 59
8 Nîmes 38 17 7 14 52 42 +10 58
9 Auxerre 38 13 10 15 51 53 −2 49
10 Tours 38 12 13 13 40 49 −9 49
11 Arles-Avignon 38 10 16 12 36 48 −12 46
12 Lens 38 9 18 11 39 53 −14 45
13 Istres 38 11 10 17 38 45 −7 43
14 Clermont 38 9 16 13 33 47 −14 43
15 Niort 38 8 18 12 39 42 −3 42
16 Châteauroux 38 8 18 12 43 47 −4 42
17 Laval 38 10 12 16 47 54 −7 42
18 Le Mans (R) 38 11 7 20 39 62 −23 40 Relegation to 2013–14 Championnat National
19 Sedan (R) 38 6 13 19 41 58 −17 28
20 Gazélec Ajaccio (R) 38 6 10 22 34 54 −20 25
Source: Ligue de Football Professionnel
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ANG ACAA AUX CAE CHA CLR DIJ GAZ GUI IST LVL LHA MFC RCL ASM NAN NMS NRT SED TOU
Angers 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 3–3 1–0 1–2 0–1 1–0 3–1 4–0 3–2 1–2 2–0 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–1
Arles-Avignon 2–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–0 0–2 1–0 0–3 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–2 2–2
Auxerre 2–2 2–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 4–1 1–1 1–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 4–2 1–0 3–2
Caen 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–0 4–0 2–2 2–1 1–2 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–2 0–0 3–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 2–0 0–1
Châteauroux 2–3 2–0 1–1 2–2 0–0 2–2 3–1 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–4 2–1 1–0 1–1 3–0
Clermont 1–2 2–4 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–2 1–2 2–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 0–2 1–1
Dijon 0–0 2–3 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 2–2 3–0 2–1 0–2 3–1 2–1 1–1 4–2 1–0
Gazélec Ajaccio 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–2 0–1 3–2 3–1 0–1 1–3 1–1 0–1 3–1 2–3 2–2 1–1 0–1
Guingamp 2–1 0–0 4–3 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–3 6–1 7–0 1–2 2–1 3–0 4–3 2–0 0–0
Istres 0–0 0–1 0–3 0–4 0–0 0–0 2–3 2–0 2–0 2–2 3–0 1–0 2–2 0–2 2–2 2–0 1–0 1–0 4–1
Laval 1–4 1–3 4–5 1–2 3–2 1–1 3–0 1–2 2–1 2–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 3–0 2–2
Le Havre 2–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–3 3–0 2–1 0–1 2–0 1–2 1–0 2–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 3–0
Le Mans 0–2 0–0 3–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 1–2 1–0 0–2 1–2 2–0 0–4 2–1 2–3 0–3 0–3 2–2 1–0 1–0
Lens 1–3 0–0 1–0 0–0 4–3 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–2 0–4 1–2 1–2 1–0 2–2 0–0
Monaco 2–2 3–0 2–0 0–1 0–0 4–0 1–1 2–2 2–2 3–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–1 4–0
Nantes 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 3–1
Nîmes 3–0 4–1 4–2 0–2 2–0 3–0 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 3–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 0–1 0–0 3–1 2–1 1–1
Niort 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–2 1–1 4–2 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 0–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–3 3–1
Sedan 2–2 4–2 1–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 4–1 1–2 0–2 1–3 1–2 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–3 0–2 1–1
Tours 1–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 3–1 2–1 3–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 2–0 0–0 1–2 0–2 1–0 2–2 1–1
Source: Ligue de Football Professionnel
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statisticsEdit

Hat-tricksEdit

Player For Against Result Date
Ibrahima Touré AS Monaco Lens 0–4 21 September 2012
Claudiu Keșerü4 Angers Le Mans 4–0 28 September 2012
Claudio Beauvue Châteauroux Gazélec Ajaccio 3–1 19 October 2012
Fernando Aristeguieta Nantes Châteauroux 0–4 15 April 2013
Mustapha Yatabaré Guingamp Lens 7–0 10 May 2013
Raphaël Cacérès Arles-Avignon Dijon 2–3 17 May 2013
  • 4 Player scored 4 goals

ScoringEdit

  • First goal of the season: Steeven Langil for Auxerre against Nîmes (27 July 2012)

List of 2012–13 transfersEdit

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