Metz promoted on goal difference, join Dijon and Nancy in Ligue 1 for 2016/17

Bob Bradley’s Le Havre were denied promotion as Metz squeaked through on goals scored after a dramatic final round of fixtures in Ligue 2.

Metz suffered a 1-0 loss to Lens, while Le Havre hammered Bourg en Brasse 5-0. The two results meant that both Metz and Bob Bradley’s side were tied on points and goal difference, but the former’s 54 goals scored (in comparison to Le Havre’s 52) saw them finish ahead of their rivals and join champions Nancy and Dijon in the top flight. Continue reading

Nancy promoted to Ligue 1 after 1-0 win over Sochaux

AS Nancy Lorraine will play in Ligue 1 next season after Monday night’s 1-0 win over FC Sochaux. The club won 1-0 thanks to Clement Lenglet’s early strike and now have an unassailable 12 point lead over fourth placed Le Havre with only three games left to play. A crowd of 19,237 attended this fixture at Stade Marcel Picot.

Nancy were relegated from Ligue 1 at the end of the 2012/13 but have managed a return to the top flight after three seasons in Ligue 2. 2017 will also mark the 50th year of Nancy’s Continue reading

Ligue 1 to have relegation-promotion playoff from 2016-17

The LFP (Ligue de Football Professionel) have announced the reintroduction of the relegation-promotion playoff from the upcoming 2016/17 season. The playoff will see the 18th place team in Ligue 1 take on the third place team from Ligue 2 over two legs, with the first leg played at the home stadium of the Ligue 2 outfit, with the Ligue 1 team then taking over as hosts for the return leg. Continue reading

Domino’s Ligue 2 from 2016/17- Pizza giant to sponsor France Ligue 2 for four seasons

Ligue 2 now officially has a new sponsor in the form of pizza giant Domino’s, who have struck a deal with the LFP to sponsor the French second division championship for four seasons beginning 2016/17 (till the end of the 2019/20 season). Domino’s title sponsorship deal is reportedly worth 1.5m million euros a year, according to reports from those in the know.

England’s Championship (second division) is sponsored by Sky Bet.