2017–18 Ligue 2

The 2017–18 Ligue 2 (referred to as the Domino's Ligue 2 for sponsorship reasons[2]) season was the 79th season since its establishment.

Ligue 2
Season2017–18
ChampionsReims
PromotedReims
Nîmes
RelegatedBourg-Péronnas
Quevilly-Rouen
Tours
Matches played380
Goals scored1,035 (2.72 per match)
Top goalscorer24 goals
Umut Bozok, Nîmes
Biggest home winLorient 6–0 Bourg-Péronnas
(4 May 2018)
Biggest away winBourg-Péronnas 0–6 Lens
(13 October 2017)
Highest scoringBourg-Péronnas 5–4 AC Ajaccio
(2 March 2018)
Highest attendance35,520
Lens vs Reims
(21 October 2017)
Lowest attendance588
Quevilly-Rouen vs Bourg-Péronnas
(11 August 2017)
Average attendance6,484[1]
All statistics correct as of 21:43, 11 May 2018 (UTC).

TeamsEdit

There are 20 clubs in the league, with three promoted teams from Championnat National replacing the three teams that were relegated from Ligue 2 following the 2016–17 season. All clubs that secured Ligue 2 status for the season were subject to approval by the DNCG before becoming eligible to participate.

Team changesEdit

Stadia and locationsEdit

Club Location Venue Capacity
AC Ajaccio Ajaccio Stade François Coty 10,446
Auxerre Auxerre Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps 21,379
Bourg-Péronnas Bourg-en-Bresse Stade Marcel-Verchère 11,400
Brest Brest Stade Francis-Le Blé 15,097
Châteauroux Châteauroux Stade Gaston Petit 17,173
Clermont Foot Clermont-Ferrand Stade Gabriel Montpied 11,980
Gazélec Ajaccio Ajaccio Stade Ange Casanova 8,000
Le Havre Le Havre Stade Océane 25,000
Lens Lens Stade Bollaert-Delelis 38,223
Lorient Lorient Stade du Moustoir 18,890
Nancy Tomblaine Stade Marcel Picot 20,087
Nîmes Nîmes Stade des Costières 18,482
Niort Niort Stade René Gaillard 10,886
Orléans Orléans Stade de la Source 7,000
Paris FC Paris Stade Charléty 20,000
Quevilly-Rouen Le Petit-Quevilly Stade Robert Diochon 12,018
Reims Reims Stade Auguste Delaune 21,684
Sochaux Montbéliard Stade Auguste Bonal 20,000
Tours Tours Stade de la Vallée du Cher 16,247
Valenciennes Valenciennes Stade du Hainaut 25,172

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Manager1 Captain1 Kit Manufacturer1 Main Sponsor1
AC Ajaccio   Olivier Pantaloni   Johan Cavalli Adidas Corse du Sud
Auxerre   Pablo Correa   Mickaël Tacalfred Macron Remorques LOUALT, Vitrans
Bourg-Péronnas   Hervé Della Maggiore   Jimmy Nirlo Adidas BestDrive
Brest   Jean-Marc Furlan   Bruno Grougi Nike Quéguiner
Châteauroux   Jean-Luc Vasseur   Yannick M'Bone Nike Monin
Clermont   Pascal Gastien   Thomas Fontaine Patrick Crédit Mutuel
Gazélec Ajaccio   Albert Cartier   Jérémie Bréchet Macron Carrefour, Casino D'Ajaccio
Le Havre   Oswald Tanchot   Alexandre Bonnet Joma Api
Lens   Éric Sikora   Clément Chantôme Umbro Auchan Retail
Lorient   Mickaël Landreau   Vincent Le Goff Kappa B&B Hotels, Jean Floc'h
Nancy   Didier Tholot   Youssouf Hadji Nike Sopalin
Nîmes   Bernard Blaquart   Féthi Harek Puma Marie Blachère
Niort   Jean-Philippe Faure   Alliou Dembélé Erima Restaurant Le Billon (home), Cheminées Poujoulat (away)
Orléans   Didier Ollé-Nicolle   Matthieu Ligoule Kappa CTVL
Paris   Fabien Mercadal   Hervé Lybohy Nike Vinci
Quevilly-Rouen   Emmanuel Da Costa   Stanislas Oliveira Kappa Matmut
Reims   David Guion   Danilson da Cruz Hungaria Sanei Ascenseurs
Sochaux   Peter Zeidler   Florian Tardieu Lotto Ledus
Tours   Jorge Costa   Bryan Bergougnoux Kappa Corsicatours
Valenciennes   Réginald Ray   Sébastien Roudet Kipsta Mutuelle Just

1Subject to change during the season.

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Reims   Michel Der Zakarian Signed by Montpellier 23 May 2017[3] Pre-season   David Guion 25 May 2017[4]
Lorient   Bernard Casoni Sacked 30 May 2017   Mickaël Landreau 30 May 2017[5]
Sochaux   Albert Cartier Resigned 1 June 2017   Peter Zeidler 2 June 2017[6]
Gazélec Ajaccio   Jean-Luc Vannuchi Resigned 26 May 2017   Albert Cartier 30 May 2017[7]
Auxerre   Cédric Daury Appointed as Sporting Director 1 June 2017   Francis Gillot 1 June 2017[8]
Châteauroux   Michel Estevan Sacked 1 June 2017   Jean-Luc Vasseur 2 June 2017[9]
Lens   Alain Casanova Sacked 20 August 2017[10] 19th   Éric Sikora 20 August 2017
Nancy   Pablo Correa Sacked 29 August 2017[11] 16th   Vincent Hognon 30 August 2017[12]
Clermont Foot   Corinne Diacre Signed by France women 30 August 2017 [13] 8th   Pascal Gastien 1 September 2017[14]
Valenciennes   Faruk Hadžibegić Sacked 26 September 2017[15] 14th   Réginald Ray 14 October 2017[16]
Tours   Gilbert Zoonekynd Sacked 16 October 2017[17] 20th   Jorge Costa 22 November 2017[18]
Auxerre   Francis Gillot Sacked 9 December 2017[19] 16th   Pablo Correa 21 December 2017[20]
Nancy   Vincent Hognon Sacked 22 January 2018 17th   Patrick Gabriel (caretaker) 28 January 2018
Niort   Denis Renaud Sacked 26 February 2018 14th   Jean-Philippe Faure (caretaker) 26 February 2018
Nancy   Patrick Gabriel (caretaker) End of caretaker 3 April 2018 18th   Didier Tholot 3 April 2018

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or Relegation
1 Reims (C, P) 38 28 4 6 74 24 +50 88 Promotion to Ligue 1
2 Nîmes (P) 38 22 7 9 75 37 +38 73
3 Ajaccio 38 20 8 10 62 43 +19 68 Qualification to promotion play-offs semi-final
4 Le Havre 38 19 9 10 53 34 +19 66 Qualification to promotion play-offs quarter-final
5 Brest 38 18 11 9 58 43 +15 65
6 Clermont 38 17 12 9 54 36 +18 63
7 Lorient 38 18 8 12 61 46 +15 62
8 Paris FC 38 16 13 9 46 36 +10 61
9 Châteauroux 38 17 9 12 50 50 0 60
10 Sochaux 38 15 8 15 51 62 −11 53
11 Auxerre 38 13 8 17 51 55 −4 47
12 Orléans 38 12 10 16 52 61 −9 46
13 Valenciennes 38 12 9 17 50 64 −14 45
14 Lens 38 11 10 17 48 49 −1 43
15 Niort 38 11 9 18 47 60 −13 42
16 Gazélec Ajaccio 38 11 8 19 35 60 −25 41
17 Nancy 38 9 11 18 39 54 −15 38
18 Bourg-Péronnas (R) 38 10 6 22 50 87 −37 36 Qualification to relegation play-offs
19 Quevilly-Rouen (R) 38 9 6 23 45 66 −21 33 Relegation to Championnat National
20 Tours (R) 38 5 8 25 34 68 −34 23
Source: Ligue 2
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Head-to-head points; 4) Head-to-head goal difference; 5) Head-to-head goals scored; 6) Head-to-head away goals; 7) Goals scored; 8) Away goals scored; 9) Most goals scored in one league match; 10) Fair-play points
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away GAZ ACA AUX BPE BRS CHA CLR LHA RCL LOR NAL NMS NRT ORL PAR QUR REI SOC TOU VAL
Gazélec Ajaccio 0–1 3–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–0 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–2 0–1 3–2 3–4
Ajaccio 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 2–0 3–2 2–0 1–4 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–1 3–2 2–1 3–0
Auxerre 0–1 1–1 3–1 1–2 1–2 1–2 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 5–0 1–3 1–1 2–1 1–4 2–0 1–1 2–0
Bourg-Péronnas 2–0 5–4 1–1 2–4 3–0 0–2 2–1 0–6 2–2 3–2 2–2 0–1 4–0 1–2 3–5 0–2 2–1 1–1 1–3
Brest 0–0 2–3 1–1 3–0 2–3 1–0 1–0 1–1 3–0 2–1 0–2 2–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–3 3–1
Châteauroux 4–1 0–2 1–2 3–1 2–2 0–2 2–1 0–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 3–2 3–1 1–1 1–0 0–1
Clermont 1–0 1–1 1–0 4–1 1–2 1–1 3–0 1–0 0–2 2–0 1–1 2–2 4–2 2–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–0 3–0
Le Havre 2–1 2–0 4–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 3–2 3–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–0
Lens 2–0 2–0 2–1 0–1 2–4 2–1 0–1 3–3 2–3 1–1 1–2 3–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–1
Lorient 4–1 2–0 1–3 6–0 4–2 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–1
Nancy 1–0 2–2 2–1 2–1 2–2 4–1 2–2 0–3 1–1 0–2 0–2 0–0 3–0 0–1 1–2 0–2 2–2 3–1 3–0
Nîmes 4–0 1–1 3–0 4–0 4–0 3–0 3–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–5 4–1 2–1 4–1 0–1 0–2 2–2 1–0
Niort 4–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 2–2 1–2 0–0 1–4 2–3 0–2 2–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–2
Orléans 2–0 0–0 2–3 5–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 2–0 1–2 3–1 1–4 3–1 1–1 2–1 0–2 3–3 1–1 3–4
Paris 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–3 2–2 1–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 0–3 2–0 2–0 3–2
Quevilly-Rouen 0–2 0–1 4–1 1–4 1–4 0–1 0–2 0–2 1–2 3–0 2–0 1–3 1–2 1–0 0–4 1–2 1–1 4–0 2–2
Reims 5–0 1–0 2–0 3–0 0–1 4–0 1–0 0–1 3–1 0–1 3–0 2–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 5–1
Sochaux 4–1 1–6 0–4 2–0 1–1 1–5 1–3 3–2 3–2 0–2 1–0 2–1 2–1 3–2 1–0 0–1 2–4 0–0 3–1
Tours 1–2 1–3 0–2 3–2 1–2 0–1 0–0 0–3 4–2 3–1 1–2 0–4 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–2 0–1 0–1 1–2
Valenciennes 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–2 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–1 1–0 4–2 0–1 1–2 4–1 0–1 2–4 1–1 1–3 2–2 2–0
Updated to match(es) played on 11 May 2018. Source: Ligue 2
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Promotion play-offsEdit

A promotion play-off competition was held at the end of the season, involving the 3rd, 4th and 5th-placed teams in 2017–18 Ligue 2, and the 18th-placed team in 2017–18 Ligue 1.

The quarter-final was played on 15 May, the semi-final on 18 May and the final on 23 and 27 May 2018.[21]

  Quarter-final     Semi-final     Final
                               
        3 Ajaccio (p) 2 (5)  
  4 Le Havre 2     4 Le Havre 2 (3)    
  5 Brest 0         3 Ajaccio 0 0 0
      18 Toulouse 3 1 4

Quarter-finalEdit

Le Havre2–0Brest
Fontaine   38'
Bonnet   88'
Attendance: 13,591[22]
Referee: Benoît Millot

Semi-finalEdit

Ajaccio2–2 (a.e.t.)Le Havre
Report Mateta   36'111' (pen.)
Penalties
5–3
Attendance: 6,541
Referee: Frank Schneider
Notes
  1. ^ The date and time of the match was postponed from 18 May after fans of Ajaccio did not let Le Havre's bus reach the stadium.[23]

Relegation play-offsEdit

A relegation play-off was held at the end of the season between the 18th-placed Ligue 2 team and the 3rd-placed team of 2017–18 Championnat National. This was played over two legs on 22 and 27 May 2018.[21]

Grenoble2–1Bourg-Péronnas
Sotoca   1'
Elogo   69'
Belvito   83'
Report Bègue   45+1'
Referee: Nicolas Rainville

Bourg-Péronnas0–0Grenoble
Sarr   90+5' Report

Grenoble are promoted to 2018–19 Ligue 2

Top scorersEdit

As of 11 May 2018 [24]
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Umut Bozok Nîmes 24
2   Rachid Alioui Nîmes 17
  Theoson Siebatcheu Reims
  Jean-Philippe Mateta Le Havre
5   Dona Ndoh Niort 15
6   Ludovic Ajorque Clermont 14
  Pablo Chavarría Reims
8   Ghislain Gimbert Ajaccio 13
  Riad Nouri Ajaccio
10   Florian Martin Sochaux 12
  Yoane Wissa Ajaccio/Lorient
  Yannick Gomis Orléans
  Malik Tchokounté Paris

Number of teams by regionsEdit

Teams Region Team(s)
3   Centre-Val de Loire Châteauroux, Orléans, and Tours
2   Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Clermont and Bourg-Péronnas
  Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Auxerre and Sochaux
  Brittany Brest and Lorient
  Corsica Ajaccio and Gazélec Ajaccio
  Grand Est Nancy and Reims
  Hauts-de-France Lens and Valenciennes
  Normandy Le Havre and Quevilly-Rouen
1   Île-de-France Paris FC
  Nouvelle-Aquitaine Niort
  Occitanie Nîmes

ReferencesEdit

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