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
Video Assistant Referee technology was used in the first leg of the Ligue 2 relegation playoff between Paris FC and Orleans. The goal scored by Livio Nabab was disallowed after a video referral.
Orleans won the first leg 1-0 thanks to Joel Sami’s goal after the interval in front of 3.311 spectators at Stade Sebastien-Charlety 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
PSG striker Edinson Cavani has been named Ligue 1 Player of the Month for September 2016 pipping Nice’s Mario Balotelli to the award.
RC Lens player John Bostock was given the Ligue 2 Player of the Month Award Continue reading
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
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