Ligue 2 begins this Saturday with nine matches counting for the first day of the 2021-2022 siason. Past close to the rise last year, Toulouse has great ambitions but will have to face strong competition from Dijon, Caen or Paris FC.
The actors of Ligue 2 return to the stage on Saturday, with the return of the spectators and a multiplex to follow in clear on television. Many clubs from Toulouse to Caen, via the relegated L1 (Nîmes, Dijon) will be among the favorites for the climb.
The Crocs, precisely, will launch the season with a duel against the promoted Bastia, from 3 p.m. If all goes well, the public will be authorized to brandish their ticket to enter the stadiums, with a health pass in support.
The L2 in clear on the TNT
This year, and for the last time, before the transition from Ligue 1 to 18 clubs in 2023-2024, the L2 season will potentially offer three tickets for the elite. After an inaugural match between Bastia and Nîmes (from 3 p.m. on beIN Sports 1), the multiplex will give the opportunity to follow eight matches at the same time.
And for the first time, Ligue 2 will be accessible unencrypted on TNT, the L’Équipe channel being the new broadcaster of the Saturday evening multiplex (7 p.m.). BeIN Sports, which had broadcast all the matches of the previous season, keeps the two posters outside the multiplex, on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and Monday at 8:45 p.m.
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A very tight last season
Last year, Ligue 2 had offered as much suspense as a good thriller, designating in the very last days the promoted and the vanquished. Outpaced by Troyes and Clermont, beaten in a barrage by Nantes, Toulouse returns to the fight and is among the favorites, like Dijon and Nîmes, both relegated.
Paris FC, fifth last season after an almost perfect start (eight wins in ten days), can also claim the climb, like Grenoble (4th) now coached by a Swiss almost unknown in France, Maurizio Jacobacci.
Lots of contenders but not necessarily an arch-favorite team. Enough to promise a superb show throughout the season.
“Every year, Ligue 2 is a fairly homogeneous championship because there is not much difference between the leading teams. Many teams can claim the top of the table, explained Dorian Waymel, journalist for the site. My Ligue 2, at the microphone of After Foot. This season, it is always so difficult to release real favorites. On paper, it looks like a very tight season where everything could still be played on the 38th day on a penalty or a fact of play for the rise, the play-offs or the maintenance. There are all the teams to relive a truly magnificent season. “
Moulin and Laurey headlining
Among the teams to watch, the PFC and Caen stand out for their prestigious recruitment of technicians accustomed to the Ligue 1 fields. After ten seasons at Angers, Stéphane Moulin takes up a new challenge at the Stade Malherbe. A real challenge for a technician who had built a lot at SCO.
Thierry Laurey had also rebuilt in Strasbourg, taking Racing from the National to the European Cup. After five years in Alsace, with the key to a Ligue 2 title in 2016 and a victory in the Coupe de la Ligue 2019, Laurey wants to build at Paris FC. Philippe Montanier, in Toulouse, or Philippe Hinschberger in Amiens, complete the cast of headlining coaches.
Bastia back, a Zidane in L2
Among the clubs to follow, also appears Bastia, back on the front of the stage, and in the professional world, four years after filing for bankruptcy and a descent in National 3. The opportunity to find the Corsican derbies facing the ‘AC Ajaccio.
And then what would a good film be without its actors? Eyes will naturally be on Enzo Zidane, son of Zinedine, recruit from Rodez, or even on the many Dijon recruits: the experienced Daniel Congré (ex-Montpellier), the young Lyonnais Yaya Soumaré, on loan, or Michael Le Bihan, second top scorer last season with Auxerre. While waiting of course, other surprises. Make way for Ligue 1, make way for the game.