After a decade in hell, Burgundy is finally rediscovering the light of the elite. At the end of a breathless season and breathtaking play-offs, AJ Auxerre managed to validate their ticket to compete in league 1 Uber Eats. The legendary football club in France wants to reposition itself permanently in the first division.
All of Burgundy is talking about it and is now vibrating to the rhythm of Ligue 1 Uber Eats. The competition starts in August and AJ Auxerre will indeed be there. Birama Touré’s teammates will have to quickly reap good results in order to ensure a rather quiet season.
The results of the 2021-2022 season of AJ Auxerre
The 2021-2022 season has not been easy for the Burgundians. The team led by Jean-Marc Furlan finished 3e in the Ligue 2 standings, one unit behind second-placed AC Ajaccio. Of the 38 games played during the season, the Auxerrois won 21. 11 games ended in a draw and 6 in defeat. The Auxerre attack remains quite prolific with 61 goals scored against 39 conceded. Gaëtan Charbonnier the Burgundian striker finished second top scorer of the season with 17 goals. He ended up being the best passer, which earned him a nomination for the trophy for the best player in Ligue 2 for the 2021-2022 season.
The play-off system imposed by the LFP forced them to go through the Play-offs in Ligue 2. So it was FC Sochaux Montbéliard who suffered the law of Auxerrois. Jean Marc Furlan’s foals won after penalties (5-4). This gave them the right to challenge the 17e of Ligue 1 Uber Eats, AS St Etienne. After a scoreless draw of two goals everywhere over the two legs, it was the penalty shootout that decided between the two protagonists. The final victory then went to the Whites of AJ Auxerre. The last kick from Captain Birama Touré was enough for the happiness of the Burgundians. 10 years after their descent, AJ Auxerre finally finds the L1.
The movements of the off-season at AJ Auxerre
This year, 4 teams will go down to Ligue 2 at the end of the season. So not to be one of these 4 unfortunates, the Auxerrois are active on the transfer market. Several arrivals were thus completed.
In defense, a few players came to swell the ranks of Auxerre. These include Brayann Pereira, right back from RC Lens, Denys Bain who came free from Stade Brestois. In midfield, the Bouruignon club has secured the services of Youssouf N’changama. At 31, he also arrives free from Guingamp. We also note the arrival of Kays Ruiz Atil and Kenji Van Boto, who returned from a loan to Pau. Note that the young nugget of the reserve Idjessi Metsoko meanwhile signed his first professional contract with his club. Like the Franco-Toglais, several other reserve players have also signed their first professional contract.
Brayann Preira (RC Lens)
Youssouf N’changama (EA Guingamp)
Kayz Ruis Atil (Barcelona)
Kenji Van Boto (Return from loan)
Idjessi Metsoko (Aj Auxerre First pro contract)
Nathanael Bouekou (AJ Auxerre First pro contract)
Ousmane Camara (AJ Auxerre First pro contract)
On the starting side, out-of-contract right-back Carlens Arcus has signed for Speed Arnhem in Holland. Gautier Lloris joined Le Havre. Iyad Mohamed signed in Caen, while Ryan Ponti agreed with Bourg-en-Bresse. All these players left free. On the other hand, Alexis Trouillet returned to his club, OGC Nice, which had loaned him to Auxerre.
Carlens Acur (Speed)
Gautier Lloris (Le Havre)
Iyad Mohamed (SM Caen)
Ryan Ponti (Bour-en-Bresse)
Clement Akpa (US Orleans)
Aly Ndom (Unknown)
Krysse Chapelle (End of contract, National)
Alexis Trouillet (OGC Nice)
The squad of the season
Ambitions and ranking
For his return to the elite, the ultimate objective of the Burgundians is to ensure his maintenance in Ligue 1 Uber Eats. Indeed, will have to go down to Ligue 2 at the end of the season. It is in this perspective that the club has strengthened itself with experienced players, some of whom have lived in Ligue 1.
The player to watch
He will be the attraction of the season for AJ Auxerre. Gaëtan Charbonnier, author of a high-flying 2021-2022 exercise in Ligue 2 will return to Ligue 1 this season. The 33-year-old striker will be keen to confirm last year’s fine performances and compete with the elite leaders.
The season schedule
It is against Lille at the Stade Pierre Mauroy that the Auxerrois will perform their baptism in Ligue 1 Uber Eats on August 7. After the reception of OM, on September 4, it will be necessary to wait for the 15e day, November 13 to see the Burgundians face Messi, Neymar and Mbappé, at the Parc des Princes.
Dates to remember :
- Day 1: LOSC – AJA, Sunday August 7
- Day 2: Angers – AJA, Sunday August 14
- Matchday 6: AJA – OM, Sunday September 4
- Matchday 15: PSG – AJA, Sunday November 13
- Matchday 16: AJA – Monaco, Wednesday 28 December
- Matchday 21: Monaco – AJA, Wednesday February 1
- Matchday 30: OM – AJA, Sunday April 30
- Matchday 36: AJA – PSG, Sunday May 21