Lorient have been relegated to Ligue 2 after losing their playoff tie 2-1 on aggregate to Troyes. Nancy and Bastia were the two teams automatically relegated to Ligue 1 after finishing 17th and 18th respectively in the 2016/17 season and the introduction of the promotion/relegation playoffs meant that FCL had to beat Troyes in order to avoid the drop.
They lost the first leg 2-1 at Stade de L’Aube and Benjamin Nivet’s 91st minute winner for Troyes that evening was worth its weight in gold as Lorient failed to score in the return leg, leading to a 2-1 defeat on aggregate for the home side. Continue reading
Here is Le Figaro’s list of Ligue 1 2016/2017 flops- their worst XI for the 16/17 French top flight season.
In goal, they’ve gone with Montpellier’s Geoffrey Jourdren. In defence are two players from Olympique Marseille- Patrice Evra and Karim Rekik. Nicolas Nkoulou and Anthony Vanden Borre (who now plays for TP Mazembe) complete the back four.
There are three PSG players in this worst players XI- Hatem Ben Arfa, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Jese.
SC Bastia and Bordeaux have one representative each in the form of Yannick Cahuzac and Jeremy Menez respectively, while rounding up the XI is Eder, the man who broke French hearts in the Euro 2016 final.
Ligue 1 Flop XI for 16/17 season:
Jourdren- Evra, Rekik, Nkoulou, Vanden Borre- Ben Arfa, Krychowiak, Cahuzac, Menez- Jese, Eder Continue reading
The dates for the promotion/relegation playoffs for Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 for the 2016/17 season have been announced by the LFP. It will decide whether Lorient and Orleans, the teams who finished third from bottom in Ligue 1 and 2 respectively, will stay up or drop down a tier next season. An opportunity for Troyes and Championnat outfit Paris to earn promotion.
Ligue 1 promotion/relegation playoff
Troyes v Lorient 25 May, 2017 8.45 pm
Lorient vs Troyes 28 May, 2017 9.00 pm Continue reading
The Ligue 1 Team of the Year 2017, as voted for the UNFP has been officially revealed. PSG, who had eight players in the 2015-16 Team of the Season, have only three players in the 2016/17 edition- an indication of how tightly fought Ligue 1 has been this season.
Monaco have been the surprise packages in France this season- they look set to dethrone PSG and also reached the ladt four of the Champions League. No surprise then that ASM dominate the UNFP Team of the Season with 6 players- Subasic, Sidibe, Glik, Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Mbappe all feature in the list.
The three PSG players in the team are Cavani, Thiago Silva and Verratti. Nice and Lyon have one representative each- John Michael Serie for OGCN and Alexandre Lacazette for OL Continue reading
Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani has been named Ligue 1’s player of the Season at the UNFP Trophy awards (Trophees UNFP- France’s version of the PFA). Cavani succeeds Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who won it last year before opting for a free transfer to Man Utd.
Monaco’s Subasic won Goalkeeper of the Year, while the Young Player of the Year, as expected, went to Kylian Mbappe.
Player of the Year– Edinson Cavani (PSG)
Young Player of the Year– Kylian Mbappe (Monaco)
Goalkeeper of the Year– Danijel Subasic (Monaco) Continue reading
Ligue 1 clubs Marseille and Monaco are said to be interested in taking Portuguese starlet Renato Sanches on loan next season. The Euro 2016 winner’s development at Bayern has stalled this season owing to limited opportunities under coach Carlo Ancelotti, who has mostly preferred to back experienced players, and a move to France could revitalise his career.
Champions League semifinalists Monaco, who are also likely to feature in the CL next season, with the 2016/17 Ligue 1 title all but in their grasp, would be an attractive destination for Sanches, who would’ve been greatly encouraged by seeing the way Anthony Martial and Kylian Mbappe were developed by ASM. Continue reading