2015–16 Ligue 2

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Ligue 2
Season 2015–16
Champions Nancy
Promoted Nancy
Dijon
Metz
Relegated Évian
Créteil
Paris
Matches played 380
Goals scored 875 (2.3 per match)
Top goalscorer Famara Diedhiou (Clermont) (21 goals)
Longest winning run 6 games
Dijon
Longest unbeaten run 15 games
Dijon
Longest winless run 28 games
Paris
Longest losing run 5 games
Évian
Highest attendance 36,254
Lens - Valenciennes
Average attendance 7,118

The 2015–16 Ligue 2 season was the 77th season since its establishment.

Teams[edit]

There are 20 clubs in the league, with three promoted teams from Championnat National replacing the three teams that were relegated to the same level, and three relegated teams from Ligue 1 replacing the three teams that were promoted to the same level. All clubs that secured Ligue 2 status for the season were subject to approval by the DNCG before becoming eligible to participate.

The first team to officially join the division for the 2015–16 was Lens, who were relegated from Ligue 1 on 2 May 2015 as results on the day went against them.[1] They were joined a week later by Metz, after a 4–0 home defeat against Lorient.[2] The last relegated club were Evian after a 2-1 defeat on 16 May 2015.[3]

Red Star were the first team promoted from National, after a 4–0 victory against Istres on 8 May 2015, marking their return to the professional levels after sixteen years in the amateur leagues.[4] Paris FC and Bourg-Péronnas only gained the right to promote on the last day of the season, when Paris FC drew 0–0 against CA Bastia and Bourg-Péronnas won 1–0 against Boulogne.[5]

Only 2 teams were planned to be promoted and relegated this season[6] but the decision was later overturned by an appeal to the Conseil d'État[7] and the French Football Federation.[8][9]

Stadia and locations[edit]

Club Location Venue Capacity
Ajaccio Ajaccio Stade François Coty 10,660
Auxerre Auxerre Stade de l'Abbé-Deschamps 21,379
Bourg-en-Bresse Bourg-en-Bresse Stade Marcel-Verchère1 11,400
Brest Brest Stade Francis-Le Blé 15,097
Clermont Foot Clermont-Ferrand Stade Gabriel Montpied 11,980
Créteil Créteil Stade Dominique Duvauchelle 12,050
Dijon Dijon Stade Gaston Gérard 16,098
Évian Annecy Parc des Sports 15,660
Laval Laval Stade Francis Le Basser 18,607
Le Havre Le Havre Stade Océane 25,000
Lens Lens Stade Bollaert-Delelis 35,000
Metz Metz Stade Saint-Symphorien 24,500
Nancy Tomblaine Stade Marcel Picot 20,087
Nîmes Nîmes Stade des Costières 18,482
Niort Niort Stade René Gaillard 10,886
Paris Paris Stade Sébastien Charléty 20,000
Red Star Saint-Ouen Stade Pierre Brisson2 10,178
Sochaux Montbéliard Stade Auguste Bonal 20,000
Tours Tours Stade de la Vallée du Cher 16,247
Valenciennes Valenciennes Stade du Hainaut 25,172

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Manager1 Captain1 Kit Manufacturer1 Main Sponsor1
Ajaccio France Olivier Pantaloni France Johan Cavalli Macron Suite Home
Auxerre France Jean-Luc Vannuchi France Sébastien Puygrenier Airness Remarques LOUALT,Vitrans
Bourg-en-Bresse France Hervé Della Maggiore France Yannick Goyon adidas BestDrive
Brest France Alex Dupont France Bruno Grougi Nike Quéguiner
Clermont France Corinne Diacre Guadeloupe Cédric Avinel Patrick Crédit Mutuel
Créteil France Laurent Roussey France Jean-Michel Lesage adidas SFB Béton,Holcim
Dijon France Olivier Dall'Oglio France Cédric Varrault Kappa DVF, Doras,IPS
Evian France Romain Revelli France Olivier Sorlin Kappa MSC Croisières
Laval France Denis Zanko France Anthony Gonçalves Kappa Lactel
Le Havre United States Bob Bradley France Yohann Rivière Nike Api
Lens New Caledonia Antoine Kombouaré Argentina Pablo Chavarría Umbro Azerbaijan: Land of Fire
Metz France Philippe Hinschberger France Kevin Lejeune Nike Moselle|
Nancy Uruguay Pablo Correa Morocco Youssouf Hadji Nike Dane Elec
Nîmes France Bernard Blaquart France Toifilou Maoulida Erreà Marie Blachère
Niort France Denis Renaud France Jimmy Roye Puma Restaurant Le Billon (home), Cheminées Poujoulat (away)
Paris France Jean-Luc Vasseur Ivory Coast Hervé Libohy Nike Vinci
Red Star Portugal Rui Almeida France Vincent Planté adidas
Sochaux France Albert Cartier Brazil Matheus Vivian Lotto Peugeot
Tours Italy Marco Simone France Bryan Bergougnoux Nike Corsicatours
Valenciennes Bosnia and Herzegovina Faruk Hadžibegić France Yunis Abdelhamid Uhlsport GDE Recyclage

1Subject to change during the season.

Managerial changes[edit]

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of appointment
Paris FC France Christophe Taine Mutual consent 4 June 2015[12] Pre-season France Denis Renaud 5 June 2015[13]
Red Star France Sébastien Robert 6 June 2015[14] Portugal Rui Almeida 12 June 2015[15]
FC Metz France Albert Cartier 16 June 2015[16] Belgium José Riga 16 June 2015[17]
Tours France Gilbert Zoonekynd 25 June 2015[18] Italy Marco Simone 25 June 2015[19]
Evian France Pascal Dupraz 11 July 2015 Bosnia and Herzegovina Safet Sušić 11 July 2015[20]
Sochaux France Olivier Echouafni Sacked 12 September 2015[21] 18th France Albert Cartier 3 October 2015[22]
Le Havre AC France Thierry Goudet Sacked 28 September 2015[23] 15th United States Bob Bradley 10 November 2015[24]
Nîmes France José Pasqualetti Resigned 21 November 2015[25] 20th France Bernard Blaquart 1 December 2015[26]
Paris FC France Denis Renaud Sacked 28 November 2015[27] 18th France Jean-Luc Vasseur 29 November 2015[28]
Créteil France Thierry Froger Sacked 9 December 2015[29] 14th France Laurent Roussey 9 December 2015
FC Metz Belgium José Riga Mutual consent 23 December 2015[30] 6th France Philippe Hinschberger 24 December 2015[31]
Valenciennes France David Le Frapper Sacked 28 December 2015[32] 17th Bosnia and Herzegovina Faruk Hadžibegić 15 January 2016[33]
Evian Bosnia and Herzegovina Safet Sušić Sacked 11 January 2016[34] 13th France Romain Revelli 11 January 2016
Niort France Régis Brouard Sacked 29 February 2016[35] 17th France Denis Renaud 9 May 2016[36]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or Relegation
1 Nancy (C, P) 38 21 11 6 60 32 +28 74 Promotion to Ligue 1
2 Dijon (P) 38 20 10 8 62 36 +26 70
3 Metz (P) 38 19 8 11 54 39 +15 65
4 Le Havre 38 19 8 11 52 37 +15 65
5 Red Star 38 18 10 10 43 38 +5 64
6 Lens 38 15 13 10 39 35 +4 58
7 Clermont Foot 38 16 10 12 56 53 +3 58
8 Auxerre 38 15 10 13 47 46 +1 55
9 Tours 38 11 14 13 36 41 −5 47
10 Brest 38 12 11 15 34 41 −7 47
11 Bourg-en-Bresse 38 13 8 17 47 59 −12 47
12 Valenciennes 38 10 14 14 39 43 −4 44
13 Laval 38 9 17 12 35 42 −7 44
14 Nîmes[a] 38 13 12 13 50 52 −2 43
15 Sochaux 38 9 15 14 34 36 −2 42
16 Niort 38 8 18 12 38 45 −7 42
17 Ajaccio 38 9 15 14 34 42 −8 42
18 Evian[b] (R) 38 9 12 17 41 41 0 39 Demotion to CFA
19 Créteil (R) 38 8 10 20 42 66 −24 34 Relegation to Championnat National
20 Paris FC (R) 38 4 18 16 32 51 −19 30
Updated to match(es) played on 13 May 2016. Source: Ligue 2
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored; 4) head-to-head goal difference; 5) fair play points
(C) Champion; (P) Promoted; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Nîmes was docked 8 points for match fixing in the 2013–14 season.[37]
  2. ^ Evian was demoted due to financial difficulties.[38]

Results[edit]

Home \ Away ACA AUX BPE BRE CLE CRE DIJ ETG LAV HAC LEN MET NAL NIM NIO PFC RS SOC TOU VAL
Ajaccio 1–0 2–0 2–1 3–1 3–0 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 2–1 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–2 0–2 1–2 1–1
Auxerre 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–0 3–1 2–0 3–1 2–3 1–3 1–2 4–0 2–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 2–1 1–1
Bourg-en-Bresse 3–0 1–1 3–1 1–2 5–1 2–1 0–2 0–0 1–3 2–1 0–3 2–0 4–2 2–1 4–1 0–1 2–1 0–2 0–0
Brest 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–2 2–1 0–0 0–2 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 3–0 1–2
Clermont Foot 2–1 1–2 3–2 2–0 1–0 2–3 4–1 4–1 2–1 2–2 2–1 1–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–2 0–0 0–1 2–0
Créteil 2–2 1–0 2–1 0–2 0–3 0–1 0–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–3 1–2 2–3 0–0 2–4 1–1 2–2 0–1
Dijon 2–0 0–0 3–0 3–1 4–1 4–1 1–3 2–0 2–1 2–0 0–4 0–0 0–1 3–0 3–0 0–0 2–2 3–0 1–0
Evian Thonon Gaillard 0–2 4–0 1–1 0–2 2–2 1–2 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 0–1 4–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 4–0
Laval 0–0 4–1 1–3 2–0 1–1 3–2 2–2 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 3–2 0–0 3–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 0–3
Le Havre 1–0 1–0 5–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–2 3–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–3 3–1 0–0 2–1 0–2 2–1 2–0 3–2
Lens 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–4 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–1
Metz 3–2 0–1 5–0 2–2 2–2 2–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–0
Nancy 3–0 0–1 3–1 3–0 3–1 1–0 3–1 1–0 1–0 3–1 1–0 2–2 3–4 1–1 3–2 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–0
Nîmes 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 6–2 1–3 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–2 4–2 2–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 2–0
Niort 3–1 2–3 0–0 1–2 1–1 4–2 2–2 0–3 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–1
Paris 0–0 2–2 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–2 0–3 0–0 1–1 3–0 0–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 1–3 1–4
Red Star 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–1 3–2 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–2 3–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 2–4 0–0 1–1 1–5
Sochaux 3–0 2–3 1–1 2–1 2–0 0–3 0–1 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 2–2 0–0 2–3 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–0
Tours 1–1 3–1 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 2–5 1–2 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–0
Valenciennes 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 2–2 1–3 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 2–2 3–3 1–1 0–0 2–2 0–0
Updated to match(es) played on 13 May 2016. Source: Ligue 2
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For coming matches, an a indicates there is an article about the match.

Teams by region[edit]

Number Region or country Team(s)
3 Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Bourg-en-Bresse, Clermont and Evian
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté Auxerre, Dijon and Sochaux
 Île-de-France Créteil, Paris and Red Star
2 Grand Est Metz and Nancy
Hauts-de-France Lens and Valenciennes
1 Nouvelle Aquitaine Niort
 Brittany Brest
 Centre Tours
 Corsica Ajaccio
Occitanie Nîmes
Normandy Le Havre
 Pays de la Loire Laval

Season statistics[edit]

References[edit]

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