Valenciennes FC: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

Valenciennes FC: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

Coach: David le Frapper Stadium: Stade du Hainaut Last Season: 16th in Ligue 2 DEFENCE The GK spot was an issue for VA last season but they’ve rectified that by signing Damien Perquis from Caen. Truth be told, Perquis could be a ligue 1 keeper but Remi Vercoutre denied him that chance at Caen. It’s surprising he’s made the move back down to L2 level and he’ll be one of the best in the division. The defence…

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FC Tours: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

FC Tours: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

Coach: Marco Simone Stadium: Stade de la Vallée du Cher Last Season: 15th in Ligue 2 DEFENCE Tours had huge goalkeeping problems last season. They ended up using three different starting custodians, eventually settling on youngster Bingoura Kamara. He was ok but inconsistent as you’d expect. They have signed Quentin Westberg from Norwegian club Sarpsborg as competition but he’s only average at best, so they could continue to struggle in this position unless Kamara develops. The defence…

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FC Sochaux: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

FC Sochaux: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

Coach: Olivier Echouafni Stadium: Stade Bonal Last Season: 10th in Ligue 2 DEFENCE Sochaux have lost GK Yohann Pele to OM which is a blow because he was quite impressive last season. Replacing him is Olivier Werner who comes in from Belgian side Cercle Bruges. I have little idea if he’s any good but considering the level he was playing at, you’d think he will be fairly decent at the very least. The defence has lost young…

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Red Star FC: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

Red Star FC: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

Coach: Rui Almeida Stadium: Stade Pierre Brisson Last Season: Champions of National DEFENCE Red Star actually have a couple of proven keepers at Ligue 2 level. In fact, the no1 starter Vincent Plante even has a number of Ligue 1 matches under his belt. They should be well set in between the sticks with ex-Laval man Arnaud Balijon backing him up. The backline also contains players who know what it’s like at this level. Remi Fournier was…

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Paris FC: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

Paris FC: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

Coach: Denis Renaud Stadium: Stade Charlety Last Season: 2nd in National DEFENCE Paris FC have made a great signing recently by securing the services of Alexis Thebaux. The ex-Brest man is one of the best custodians at this level and is proven quality. Vincent de Marconney was the starting keeper last season but he’ll almost certainly be sat on the bench this year. The defence has reinforced by adding RB Christopher Glombard from Reims. He could borderline start…

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Chamois Niortais: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

Chamois Niortais: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

Coach: Regis Brouard Stadium: Stade René Gaillard Last Season: 11th in Ligue 2 DEFENCE Niort have one of the best GKs in Ligue 2. Paul Delecroix has been an extremely consistent performer for a couple of years now and it’s a surprise to me that a Ligue 1 team or a bigger L2 outfit haven’t made a move for him. His all-round handling skills are top notch and he’s especially great at reflex shot-stopping. In front of…

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Nimes Olympique: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

Nimes Olympique: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

Coach: Jose Pasqualetti Stadium: Stade Des Costiéres Last Season: 13th in Ligue 2 DEFENCE Young custodian Mathieu Michel actually had a fairly good season last year and looks set to have a promising future. He should do a fairly good job for them in between the sticks. Nimes’ best defender is Fethi Harek, someone who has plenty of ligue 1 experience. Behind him, they don’t have a whole lot of quality options, but do have tons of…

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AS Nancy: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

AS Nancy: 2015/16 Ligue 2 Preview

Coach: Pablo Correa Stadium: Stade Marcel Picot Last Season: 5th in Ligue 2 DEFENCE Nancy had a bit of a goalkeeping merry-go-round last season. Paul Nardi was sold to Monaco but loaned back for a year. However, he seemed to regress and was eventually dropped. Guy Rolland Ndy Assembe took over, although it’s unclear if he’ll be part of the squad this year or not. Brice Samba has signed from OM for a year long loan and I…

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