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Notes on Valenciennes Football Club

Published on the 04 April 2007 à 08:37 by R.B

Valenciennes returned to L1 this season after 13 years in the lower divisions. With 36 points 8 matches from the end of the season, Antoine Kombouaré’s team is just a few points off top-flight survival…

10 wins, 6 at home: Rennes 3-1, Nantes 1-0, Bordeaux 2-0, Troyes 3-1, Nancy 1-0, Sedan 2-1; at PSG 2-1, in Nantes 5-2, in Troyes 3-1 and in Lille 2-0. 6 draws, 5 at home: PSG 0-0, Sochaux 0-0, Le Mans 1-1, Toulouse 0-0 and Lorient 0-0; in Auxerre 1-1. 14 losses, 3 at home: Lille 3-0, Lens 3-1 and Nice 1-0; in Le Mans 3-2, in Lens 3-0, in Nice 2-0, in Toulouse 3-0, in Lorient 1-0, against Lyon 2-1, in Marseille 1-0, in Monaco 3-0, in St-Etienne 3-0, in Rennes 1-0 and in Bordeaux 2-1.

Valenciennes hasn’t won at home since the visit of Sedan. That’s 5 matches (3 draws and two losses); 2 goals scored and 5 conceded in 3 of those matches)

31 goals scored: Savidan 13, Roudet 5, Dufresne 4, Bezzaz 2, Dossevi 2, Mater 1, Chelle 1, Bourgeois 1, Doumeng 1, Hassli 1. Savidan is the top scorer in L1. He has scored 13 goals in 9 matches (5 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses); he scored four in one match and a brace in another. 31 goals, 4 of which were scored from outside the area; 4 headers; 2 from free kicks (Dufresne against Rennes and Roudet against Troyes); 2 penalties (Savidan against Lens and against Sedan); 8 goals from crosses; 2 after corners; 2 after free kicks. 11 in the first half and 20 after the break, including 10 in the last 15 minutes.

40 goals conceded: 3 outside the area; 8 headers; 1 free kick (Romaric of Le Mans); 3 penalties (Fernando of Bordeaux, Konéde from Nice and Pauleta of PSG); 5 after free kicks; 2 after corners; 1 after a penalty (own goal in Nice by Grondin). 18 goals in the fist half and 22 in the second, including 14 in the last 15 minutes.

26 players used by Antoine Kombouaré; no player has played in all 30 matches. Savidan, Flachez, Dufresne, Penneteau and Chelle have always been starters. Mater 29 matches, Savidan 27…

16 players took part in the promotion to L1; 13 debuted in L1 this season. 2 players played more than 100 L1 matches: Flachez (243) and Penneteau (178).

62 yellow cards: Rippert 9, Mater 7, Paauwe 6, Flachez 5, Savidan 4, Roudet 4, Saez 4, Bezzaz 4, Doumeng 3, Chelle 3… 3 red cards: Rippert 1, Saez 1 and Chelle 1.

Valenciennes has hosted a crowd of more than 16 000 spectators twice: against Lille they had 16,530 and against Lens 16,513. Smallest crowd? For the visit of Sochaux, with 12,889 spectators.

VA was eliminated from the Coupe de la Ligue in the last 32 by Monaco (0-0 and 5-4 on penalties). In the Coupe de France, VA was stopped in the last 16 by PSG (1-0) after beating Caen 2-1 and Romorantin 2-1. Savidan scored 2 goals, Dufresne 1 and 1 own goal.

This will be the 24ème match in L1 between the 2 teams in Valenciennes. OL has won 7 times, drawn 8 and lost 8; 21 goals scored and 23 conceded. Most recent match? In 92-93 with a final score of 0-0. Dufresne was already part of the team… For OL, there were Flachez, Anselmini, Garde, Génésio, Maurice, Rousset…
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