2018–19 Ligue 2

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The 2018–19 Ligue 2 (referred to as the Domino's Ligue 2 for sponsorship reasons[2]) season was the 80th season since its establishment.

Ligue 2
Season2018–19
ChampionsMetz
PromotedMetz
Brest
RelegatedRed Star
Béziers
Gazélec Ajaccio
Matches played380
Goals scored834 (2.19 per match)
Top goalscorer27 (Gaëtan Charbonnier, Brest
Biggest home winLens 5–0 Gazélec Ajaccio
Round 11, 22 October 2018
Biggest away winValenciennes 0–4 Clermont
Round 6, 31 August 2018
Red Star 0–4 Orléans
Round 12, 26 October 2018
Gazélec Ajaccio 0–4 Auxerre
Round 20, 11 January 2019
Sochaux 0–4 Nancy
Round 26, 1 March 2019
Red Star 0–4 Clermont
Round 29, 15 March 2019
Grenoble 0–4 Orléans
Round 31, 5 April 2019
Highest scoring11 Valenciennes 5-6 Béziers
Round 33, 19 April 2019
Longest winning run8 Troyes
Longest unbeaten run16 Metz
Longest winless run17 Niort
Longest losing run7 Nancy
Highest attendance33,093 Lens v Le Havre
Round 30, 1 April 2019[1]
Lowest attendance1,198 AC Ajaccio v Troyes
Round 1, 27 July 2018[1]
Average attendance6,835[1]

TeamsEdit

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
Béziers Béziers Stade de la Méditerranée 18,555
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
Grenoble Grenoble Stade des Alpes 20,068
Le Havre Le Havre Stade Océane 25,178
Lens Lens Stade Bollaert-Delelis 37,705
Lorient Lorient Stade du Moustoir 18,890
Metz Metz Stade Saint-Symphorien 25,636
Nancy Tomblaine Stade Marcel Picot 20,087
Niort Niort Stade René Gaillard 10,886
Orléans Orléans Stade de la Source 7,000
Paris FC Paris (13th arrondissement) Stade Charléty 20,000
Red Star Paris (Saint-Ouen) Stade Pierre Brisson 10,198
Sochaux Montbéliard Stade Auguste Bonal 20,005
Troyes Troyes Stade de l'Aube 20,420
Valenciennes Valenciennes Stade du Hainaut 25,172





Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Manager1 Captain1 Kit manufacturer1 Main sponsor1
AC Ajaccio   Olivier Pantaloni   Johan Cavalli Adidas Auchan Atrium
Auxerre   Cédric Daury   Jordan Adéoti Macron Remorques LOUALT
Béziers   Mathieu Chabert   Macedo Novaes Puma Angelotti
Brest   Jean-Marc Furlan   Gaëtan Belaud Nike Quéguiner (H), Yaourts Malo (A)
Châteauroux   Nicolas Usaï   Yannick M'Bone Nike Monin
Clermont   Pascal Gastien   Julien Laporte Patrick Crédit Mutuel
Gazélec Ajaccio   Hervé Della Maggiore TBD Macron Carrefour, Casino D'Ajaccio
Grenoble   Philippe Hinschberger   Selim Bengriba Nike Carrefour, Sempa, BONTAZ
Le Havre   Oswald Tanchot   Alexandre Bonnet Joma Filiassur, SEAFRIGO Group
Lens   Philippe Montanier   Walid Mesloub Macron Auchan Retail
Lorient   Mickaël Landreau   Fabien Lemoine Kappa B&B Hotels, Jean Floc'h
Metz   Frédéric Antonetti   Renaud Cohade Nike Moselle
Nancy   Alain Perrin   Danilson da Cruz Nike Sempa
Niort   Pascal Plancque   Andé Dona Ndoh Erima Restaurant Le Billon (H), Cheminées Poujoulat (A)
Orléans   Didier Ollé-Nicolle   Karim Ziani Kappa CTVL
Paris FC   Mehmed Baždarević   Frédéric Bong Nike Vinci
Red Star   Vincent Doukantié   Formose Mendy Adidas Vice
Sochaux   Omar Daf   Maxence Prévot Lotto Ledus
Troyes   Rui Almeida   Benjamin Nivet Kappa Babeau Seguin
Valenciennes   Réginald Ray   Sébastien Roudet Acerbis Mutuelle Just

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Sochaux   Peter Zeidler Signed by FC St. Gallen 14 May 2018[3] Pre-season   José Manuel Aira 22 May 2018
Metz   Frédéric Hantz Resigned 20 May 2018   Frédéric Antonetti 24 May 2018[4]
Lens   Éric Sikora Sacked 18 May 2018   Philippe Montanier 22 May 2018[5]
Troyes   Jean-Louis Garcia Mutual consent 22 May 2018   Rui Almeida 30 May 2018
Paris FC   Fabien Mercadal Signed by Caen 8 June 2018[6]   Mehmed Baždarević 15 June 2018[7]
Grenoble   Olivier Guégan Sacked 22 June 2018   Philippe Hinschberger 22 June 2018
Gazélec Ajaccio   Albert Cartier Sacked 9 October 2018[8] 12th   Hervé Della Maggiore 15 October 2018[9]
Châteauroux   Jean-Luc Vasseur Sacked 9 October 2018[10] 16th   Nicolas Usaï 24 October 2018[11]
Nancy   Didier Tholot Sacked 27 October 2018[12] 20th   Alain Perrin 27 October 2018
Red Star   Régis Brouard Sacked 29 October 2018[13] 19th   Faruk Hadžibegić 29 October 2018[14]
Sochaux   José Manuel Aira Sacked 25 November 2018[15] 18th   Omar Daf 25 November 2018[15]
Niort   Patrice Lair Suspended 17 December 2018[16] 7th   Jean-Philippe Faure (caretaker) 11 December 2018[17]
Niort   Jean-Philippe Faure (caretaker) End of caretaker role 14 January 2019[18] 8th   Pascal Plancque 14 January 2019[18]
Auxerre   Pablo Correa Sacked 18 March 2019[19] 14th   Cédric Daury (interim) 18 March 2019[19][20]
Red Star   Faruk Hadžibegić Mutual consent 24 March 2019[21] 20th   Vincent Doukantié (interim) 24 March 2019[22]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or Relegation
1 Metz (C, P) 38 24 9 5 60 23 +37 81 Promotion to Ligue 1
2 Brest (P) 38 21 11 6 64 35 +29 74
3 Troyes 38 21 8 9 51 28 +23 71 Qualification to promotion play-offs semi-final
4 Paris FC 38 17 14 7 36 22 +14 65 Qualification to promotion play-offs quarter-final
5 Lens 38 18 9 11 49 28 +21 63
6 Lorient 38 17 12 9 51 41 +10 63
7 Le Havre 38 13 15 10 45 40 +5 54
8 Orléans 38 15 7 16 51 53 −2 52
9 Grenoble 38 13 11 14 43 47 −4 50
10 Clermont 38 11 15 12 44 37 +7 48
11 Châteauroux 38 11 15 12 37 42 −5 48
12 Niort 38 11 14 13 34 41 −7 47
13 Valenciennes 38 11 10 17 52 61 −9 43
14 Nancy 38 12 6 20 36 50 −14 42
15 Auxerre 38 10 11 17 34 36 −2 41
16 Sochaux 38 11 8 19 27 43 −16 41
17 Ajaccio 38 9 13 16 29 45 −16 40
18 Gazélec Ajaccio (R) 38 9 12 17 30 54 −24 39 Qualification to relegation play-offs
19 Béziers (R) 38 9 11 18 33 50 −17 38 Relegation to Championnat National
20 Red Star (R) 38 7 9 22 28 58 −30 30
Source: Ligue 2
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored; 4) Head-to-head goal difference; 5) Fair play points
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ACA GAZ AUX BEZ BRE CHA CLE GRE HAV RCL LOR MET NAL NRT ORL PAR RS SOC TRO VAL
Ajaccio 1–2 2–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 0–0 1–2 3–2 0–2 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 2–3 0–1 3–1
Gazélec Ajaccio 1–0 0–4 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–3 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–3 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–1 2–1 0–2 2–1 0–0
Auxerre 0–0 2–3 2–0 0–2 1–2 1–0 4–0 0–1 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 3–0 0–2 0–0 1–0 0–2 1–1
Béziers 0–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–3 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–3 3–0 1–1 1–2 0–1 1–3 0–0 0–0 1–1
Brest 2–0 4–1 1–0 3–0 5–1 0–0 3–1 1–0 2–0 3–2 0–1 2–1 3–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–5
Châteauroux 2–2 0–1 0–0 2–0 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–2 1–0 2–1 1–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 0–3 1–1
Clermont 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–3 2–3 3–2 3–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–4 0–1
Grenoble 2–0 1–1 0–0 4–2 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–4 0–1 2–0 1–0 0–2 4–2
Le Havre 3–1 2–2 1–1 2–3 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 2–3 2–2 0–2 0–0 3–1 2–1 1–0 3–2 1–1 4–3
Lens 1–2 5–0 2–0 3–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 2–1 4–1 5–2 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–0 0–0
Lorient 1–0 0–1 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 4–1 1–1 1–3 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–3 3–1
Metz 3–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 0–1 2–0 2–1 3–0 3–0 5–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 3–0
Nancy 1–0 3–1 1–0 0–2 2–3 0–1 0–1 1–2 0–1 0–3 3–2 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–2
Niort 2–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–1 4–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 2–2 0–3 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–0
Orléans 1–3 2–2 0–3 0–0 0–0 2–0 2–1 0–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–1 1–2 1–0 4–0 2–2 2–0 0–1 1–0
Paris FC 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–2 2–1 2–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–0
Red Star 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–3 0–2 1–3 0–4 2–3 0–1 1–0 0–3 1–2 1–1 1–2 0–4 0–1 3–0 0–3 1–0
Sochaux 0–0 2–0 1–4 1–0 2–0 0–0 2–1 3–1 1–3 0–1 1–0 1–2 0–4 0–3 0–1 1–0 1–2 0–0 0–1
Troyes 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–1 2–0 3–2 0–1 2–0 1–2 4–2
Valenciennes 4–0 0–0 3–1 5–6 1–3 1–1 0–4 3–2 1–0 4–2 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–2 1–4 0–0 4–1 1–0 0–1
Source: Ligue 2
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

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 2018–19 Ligue 2, and the 18th-placed team in 2018–19 Ligue 1.

The quarter-final was played on 21 May and the semi-final was played on 24 May.[23]

Quarter-final Semi-final Final
           
3B Troyes 1
5B Lens (a.e.t.) 2
4B Paris FC 1 (4)
5B Lens (p) 1 (5)
3B Lens 1 1 2
18A Dijon 1 3 4

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 2018–19 Championnat National. This was played over two legs on 28 May and 2 June.[24]

Le Mans1–2Gazélec Ajaccio
  • Boissier   53'
Report
Attendance: 22,800

Gazélec Ajaccio0–2Le Mans
Report
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Mikael Lesage

Le Mans won 3–2 on aggregate and were promoted to Ligue 2, while Gazélec Ajaccio were relegated to the Championnat National.

Post-season actions and reprievesEdit

On 12 June 2019, the financial regulator of French football, the DNCG announced that Nancy and Sochaux would be relegated to Championnat National due to their financial position.[25] The decision is appealable, and both teams have indicated that they are appealing.[26][27] Should one or more of the decisions be upheld at appeal, then Gazélec Ajaccio and Béziers would be reprieved from relegation in that order.[25]

On 25 June 2019, the DNCG announced that AC Ajaccio would also be relegated to Championnat National due to their financial position. The club have indicated they are appealing. If this decision is upheld at appeal in addition to those of Nancy and Sochaux, then Red Star would also be reprieved from relegation.[28]

On 3 July 2019, Nancy successfully appealed the DNCG decision, and will remain in Ligue 2.[29]

On 8 July 2019, it was announced that Sochaux had successfully appealed the DNCG decision, and will remain in Ligue 2.[30]

On 12 July 2019, it was announced that AC Ajaccio would remain in Ligue 2, having been successful in their appeal.[31]

Top scorersEdit

As of 17 May 2019 [32]
Rank Player Club Goals
1   Gaëtan Charbonnier Brest 27
2   Habib Diallo Metz 26
3   Pierre-Yves Hamel Lorient 19
4   Florian Ayé Clermont 18
5   Yannick Gomis Lens 16
6   Alexis Claude-Maurice Lorient 14
  Yoann Touzghar Troyes
8   Romain Armand Gazélec Ajaccio 13
  Andé Dona Ndoh Niort
10   Florian Sotoca Grenoble 12
  Kévin Fortuné Lens (1) and Troyes (11)

ReferencesEdit

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