Team Review: SM Caen in the 2013-14 Season

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Updated: July 23, 2014
Caen the 2013-14 Season

Ligue 2 Finish: Third (promoted)

Match Results: W18-D10-L10

(Featured image: Caen | Source: ouest-france.fr)

 

Caen were granted promotion to Le Championnat from Ligue 2 after they ranked third overall in France’s second-tier league last season. The side earned 64 points from 38 fixtures, broken down into 18 wins, 10 draws, and 10 defeats. They posted a goal difference of +21, suggesting an excellent combination of attacking prowess with defensive play.

 

Caen’s performance in Ligue 2 picked up mixed but generally warm reception from analysts and supporters. The side started their campaign with three wins in a row and then followed it up with three successive defeats. For the most part of the competition, however, the club were entertaining enough that they often landed on the “favorites” column of sports betting sites’ odds board.

 

Including all competitive matches, Mathieu Duhamel emerged as the squad’s best scoring player with a total of 24 goals struck into the net. At a far second was Fayçal Fajr—who would play for Elche next season—who netted eight. As for disciplinary records, only three Caen players were given with red cards: Jean-Jacques Pierre, Bengali-Fode Koita, and top scorer himself, Duhamel.

 

Caen’s final three fixtures in the second-tier football were quite disappointing, picking up only two points from two draws and one loss. These, however, came at the back of six massive successes which included a remarkable 6-1 win over CA Bastia. From this set, they also obtained victory from eventual runners up Lens 1-0 at home.

 

Patrice Garande’s men’s last stint in Ligue 1 was two seasons ago when they ended up at the bottom three and hence, their relegation to Ligue 2. Now that they are back to the top-flight competition, they must work even harder to avoid history from repeating.