lLigue 2 - Bordeaux, Saint-Étienne et les autres : deux places pour l'élite, plusieurs prétendants

lLigue 2 – Bordeaux, Saint-Étienne et les autres : deux places pour l’élite, plusieurs prétendants


Traffic jam in sight! With only two tickets for the rise in Ligue 1 and the overwhelming presence of the monuments of French football Bordeaux and Saint-Étienne, the 2022-2023 Ligue 2 season starts on Saturday in an unprecedented competitive climate. “We have a goal to be at the top of the table, but we know that this season there are only two who go up to L1 and there is heavy stuff around us“, summed up Paris FC coach Thierry Laurey in the columns of the Parisian.

From the 2023-2024 season, Ligue 1 will indeed increase to 18 clubs (against 20 currently) and in order not to deprive the Ligue 2 teams of climbs, only two sesames for the elite will be put into play. , four clubs will descend from L1 at the end of this season and will strengthen an already very strong second division. For many suitors, it’s now or never to climb to the first rung.

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Many will therefore have the same ambition as the PFC, starting with the heavyweights Bordeaux and Saint-Étienne, two historic clubs in the French Championship which had not known the second division since 1992 and 2004 respectively. More attractive and much richer than their Ligue 2 competitors, these two monuments of French football should engage in a duel from a distance and are in theory expected at the very top of the classification.

Not an easy task for the Girondins, six-time champion of France, whose recruitment has been greatly disrupted in recent weeks by the risk of an administrative demotion in National. Until then, only Yoann Barbet (QPR) and Vital Nsimba (Clermont) have come to strengthen the workforce. Drafted in extremis on Wednesday by the FFF but still in financial difficulty, the FCGB must “go up as soon as possible“, explained its president-owner Gérard Lopez, in particular to take care of his accounts. They will have an appointment on Saturday at home against Valenciennes.

Many more suitors

On the Saint-Etienne side, the new coach Laurent Batlles refused Thursday to consider the Greens as “favorites“on the way back, especially since the club started the season with three penalty points following overflows from the dam lost against Auxerre last May.”There are many more suitors today“, defender Anthony Briançon warned. The results of the first matches will therefore be “paramount“, he added.

It’s a championship that we know is very difficult, even more so this year perhaps with two great teams that went down“, confirmed FC Metz assistant coach Christophe Delmotte. The Grenats, accustomed to the L1-L2 lift, will have to score as many points as possible at home to “run for these lift places“, he explains.

“The Girondins are the laboratory of everything not to do in football business”

Behind these regulars of the L1, Sochaux, Le Havre and the PFC among others, all very active on the transfer market and eager to climb, will sell their skin very dearly. Just like Caen, who can count on the experienced Romain Thomas, who arrived this summer from Angers after seven seasons in the top flight. From August 20, he will cross paths with his former teammate Vincent Manceau, recently enlisted by Guingamp.

The previous edition of the championship had been fiercely contested, revealing the identity of the promoted and the play-offs, with the exception of the champion Toulouse, only at the end of the final day. But unlike last year, viewers won’t be able to enjoy the majority of the show in the clear. The multiplex, broadcast free of charge by the L’Equipe channel in 2021-2022 in a context of uncertainty over the allocation of rights, is on Amazon Prime Video. Only one meeting of this same multiplex will remain accessible on the L’Equipe channel.

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