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Football/Ligue 2: Increasing competition for FC Po

Girondins de Bordeaux, AS Saint-Etienne, FC Metz: the names of the three relegated from Ligue 1 on the finish of the 2021-2022 season are good. As proof, Marine et Blanc (third, 2,544 matches), Greens (third, 2,532 matches) in addition to Grenats (ninth, 2,260 matches) are within the high 10 groups with essentially the most matches performed within the elite of French soccer. The temptation is subsequently enormous to routinely award them the 2 dry tickets providing a return to the highest flooring in May 2023. Yes, however… Structurally, this trio is much better armed than the remainder of the division. It stays to be seen the way it will cushion the descent.

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Girondins de Bordeaux, AS Saint-Etienne, FC Metz: the names of the three relegated from Ligue 1 on the finish of the 2021-2022 season are good. As proof, Marine et Blanc (third, 2,544 matches), Greens (third, 2,532 matches) in addition to Grenats (ninth, 2,260 matches) are within the high 10 groups with essentially the most matches performed within the elite of French soccer. The temptation is subsequently enormous to routinely award them the 2 dry tickets providing a return to the highest flooring in May 2023. Yes, however… Structurally, this trio is much better armed than the remainder of the division. It stays to be seen the way it will cushion the descent.

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Shaken for two months, threatened with relegation to the National League and even chapter, Bordeaux have simply saved their place on the extremes of the skilled world. However, the Gironde establishment appears washed out, with a significant social plan underway and monetary framework measures to return. Not to say a workforce that must be created in only one month…

In Saint-Etienne, the ambiance is a bit more cheerful. Trojans Jimmy Giraudon and Dylan Chambost, in addition to Nîmes Anthony Briançon or Palois Victor Lobry, gamers with expertise in Ligue 2 video games, have joined Forez. On mortgage at this stage final season, strikers Jean-Philippe Crassault and Charles Abbey appear like potential X-factors. With Laurent Battles on the helm, a former host who introduced Estac again to Ligue 1 two years in the past, the way in which seems to be set. But cash might should be constituted of the membership’s rumored sale.

As for FC Metz, they nonetheless should digest their return to the underside flooring, their sixth in twenty years. Nguet, De Preville, Amadou, Boulaya or Delain are gone. Just like Philippe Gaillot, sporting director and Frédéric Antonetti, coach. The Pierre Dréossi – László Bölöni tandem arrived to provide a lift. For this, he’ll depend on the coaching middle in Moselle, which all the time supplies fast nuggets, in addition to the numerous guarantees made final season, equivalent to the previous Paloa Sheik Sabali or Lamine Gueye, who’re seen through the warm-up matches.

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Suitors in ambush

If regularity rhymes with fact, FC Paris shouldn’t be too removed from the tympani on the finish of the season. Fifth two years in the past, fourth final yr, the opposite capital membership turns with out specifying. Barring a couple of severe accidents on the finish of the 2021-22 monetary yr, the consequence might have been higher. Thus, the staff wherein the previous grasp of Pau FC Mustafa Name gained, wager on continuity. Thierry Lawry continues to be on the bench, the gifted Julien Lopez or Morgan Gilavogi are nonetheless on the sphere. With the additions of striker Pierre-Yves Hamel, midfielder Paul Lasne and defender Julien Le Cardinal, PFC are trying good.

In an identical dynamic in current seasons, Sochaux skilled a totally reverse summer time. Coach Omar Duff left the Oaks, together with 12 gamers. 9 arrived to compensate for these departures. And final however not least: Julien Fausurier (Brest), Moussa Doumbia (Reims), Sambou Yatabare (Valencian) and Ibrahim Sissoko (Neur, 10 objectives final yr), ought to carry chew to the Cubs, within the firm of Gaetan Weisbeck or Aldo Kalulu . And for Havre, the low season meant a revolution. The couple Mathieu Bodmer (sporting director) – Lucas Elsner (coach) was appointed to carry the senior membership again in the suitable course. Yahia Fofana and Isaak Touré have left, however Oualid El Hajjam, Gautier Lloris and Yann Kitala are key recruits.

The wind blew decisively on the coast of Normandy. Like neighboring Le Havre, Caen has not hesitated to vary to get forward (hopefully). President Olivier Pique has stepped up, providing Stephane Moulin some good signings, together with former Bearne duo Quentin Dobbin (midfielder) and Samuel Essende (striker). While sniper Alexandre Mendy (16 objectives final yr) will care for the scoring, SMC have reinstated Romain Thomas, the true boss of the protection.

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Fat folks at nighttime

Gingham completed effectively final season. But EAG, regardless of good leads to the warm-up matches, have misplaced their two pillars Youssef M’Changama and Frantzdi Piero, whereas their coach Stéphane Dumont is being courted… For Nim, it’s a journey into the unknown. The workforce has modified lots. And if Nicolas Benezet returns to the pitch, it will likely be tough for former Paloa Scotty Sadzut’s staff to seek out their footing. Ditto for Dijon. With 15 departures, it is the massive shakeup and it is steadily scaling down. There is loads to do with Daniel Congré, Lucas Deaux, Jessy Py or Mickaël Le Bihan. i’ve

Amiens is in a reasonably similar scenario. The ephemeral Bearn Amadou Cisse’s membership are nonetheless cleansing up the stays of their Ligue 1 years. The arrival of Jeremy Gelin or the everlasting switch of Aliou Badji are good offers, although. SC Bastia actually does not know the place it is going. Twelfth final season, the Corsican establishment has a lowered workforce for the time being. Finally, Valenciennes gambled on Nicolas Rabuel, a person on the membership for 9 years, to discover a rank extra suited to his standing than the sixteenth… But the switch window extracted extra from VA…

Tug of battle down there

On 4 downs the playing cards are shuffled once more. Rodez, seventeenth final May, was simply 4 factors behind Dijon, eleventh. Suffice it to say, the battle might be cruel to save lots of his pores and skin. In this context, it’s inconceivable not to consider the 2 promoted, Annecy and Laval. Especially because the Savoys will open Ligue 2… For Tango, then again, it is a return to regular (818 matches in L2) after 5 seasons in purgatory. Saved within the playoffs in June, Quevilly-Rouen made many bets to outlive a second season.

Rodez clung to the curtains to keep away from fears weighed down by an 18-match shedding streak. Defense is beefed up, however manpower stays weak. With 5 pre-season defeats, the RAF just isn’t going away simple. In Grenoble, Vincent Hognon restored the scenario. Isere’s membership have positioned a wager on Pape Meisa Ba, Nacional’s high scorer. And beat two Ligue 1 golf equipment this summer time.

If Niort finishes poorly within the closing train, the Chamois, who start their ninth straight L2 season, have by no means been within the pink zone. Between the reinforcement of ex-Marseille Charles Kabore and the outbursts of Bilal Butoba or Sami Benchama, Sébastien Desabre’s males may very well be sniffing nearer to the highest 10. But like many, they are going to begin by watching what’s occurring within the mirrors.

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