Ligue 2: four players and four coaches to follow this season

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The Ligue 2 season begins this Saturday with nine matches on the first day. In a championship that promises to be tight and spectacular, several players or coaches could well do well.

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The new Ligue 2 season opens this Saturday with many faces of players and coaches to discover or others, better known, who will seek to confirm. If fans will revel in Bastia’s return to Ligue 2 after a descent into hell and nine years of absence, others will be keen to follow the path of hopes or players and coach in search of a rebound in the Ligue 1 antechamber.

Alexis Beka Beka (Midfielder, 20 years old, Caen)

Among the nuggets to discover, the 20-year-old midfielder Alexis Beka Beka is essential. Absent for the resumption of L2 due to his participation in the Tokyo Olympics, the Caen midfielder could make his hole among the pros this season. Strong in the duels, invaluable in the orientation of the game, this pure product of the Caen training should be one of the centerpieces of Stéphane Moulin’s system.

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Enzo Zidane (Midfielder, 26, Rodez)

Better known, and also much more anticipated, Enzo Zidane will be one of the attractions of this championship. Free from any contract, the attacking midfielder signed up at the end of June with Rodez Aveyron Football.

But the most famous “son of” of Ligue 2 is not there only to attract the spotlight. The 26-year-old midfielder is relaunching a mixed career at what will already be his seventh club since his professional debut. Not easy to be the son of Zinedine Zidane.

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Mickaël Le Bihan (Forward, 31, Dijon)

It will be necessary to wait to see Mickaël Le Bihan shine on the lawns of Ligue 2: freshly arrived in Dijon, from Auxerre where he had scored 19 goals last season, the 31-year-old striker sees his preparation truncated by a injury that will keep him away from the field for a month.

The former Niçois, follower of spectacular goals, will have in part the heavy task of relaunching the Dijon machine, completely at a standstill during the last exercise with only 25 goals scored in 38 days.

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Yaya Soumaré (Winger, 21, Dijon)

Alongside Le Bihan, winger Yaya Soumaré, loaned by Lyon and already passed through Dijon during his training, comes to his arms and bring his percussion to a team that sorely lacked. At 21, the Franco-Malian has played 4 games with OL, showing real technical ease and dribbling skills.

Thierry Laurey (57 years old, Paris FC)

On the coaches side too, Ligue 2 has moved up a gear with the arrival of several renowned coaches. If there’s one who knows how to lead a team to Ligue 1, it’s him.

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In 2016-2017, Thierry Laurey managed to bring back the Racing club of Strasbourg, the title of champion as a bonus, and never left the elite with the Alsatians despite a complicated last season. Paris FC, ambitious, will count on the experience of the native Trojan, who is replacing René Girard this season.

Stéphane Moulin (53 years old, Caen)

At 53, Stéphane Moulin is giving himself a bit of a new life. After 10 years at the head of the first team of Angers, where he will have known Ligue 2 then Ligue 1 with a balanced record (151 wins, 149 defeats), the Parisian technician also intends to register on the duration in Normandy. After having narrowly saved his place last year, Caen hopes to live a more serene season. And why not aim for the climb.

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Stéphane Dumont (38 years old, Guingamp)

He is the youngster of this season. Former midfielder of Monaco and Losc, with whom he was notably crowned French champion in 2011, Stéphane Dumont will experience his first as head coach on the bench at Guingamp after having played the role of assistant in Lille then Reims. A challenge for those who obtained their Coaching Certificate in 2020, finishing major in their class.

Philippe Montanier (56 years old, Toulouse)

The TFC, disappointed and particularly frustrated by the dam lost against Nantes last season, entrusted Philippe Montanier with the heavy task of bringing the club back to the top flight. Sacred best Liga coach in 2013 with Real Sociedad, the 56-year-old experienced technician, passed through Rennes and Lens, will also want to bounce back after a last missed contract at Standard de Liège in Belgium.

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If he should lose Amine Adli during the summer transfer window, the coach of Téfécé will have a good workforce at his disposal to find Ligue 1, two years after leaving it in 2020.

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