It’s almost the start of a new Ligue 2 season for Vincent Hognon’s GF38 and we have analyzed for you his squad and his intentions as the first day approaches.
The report of Grenoble last season
After a very complicated course in the previous edition of Ligue 2, the Grenoble residents snatched 15th place in the standings just 13 points from relegation. With 12 wins, 8 draws and 18 losses, the GF38 has simply had its worst season since returning to the pros. Under the thumb of Philippe Hinschberger, the Isère club had nevertheless shown promising signs by finishing at the foot of the podium a little over a year ago, before sinking under the orders of his successor Maurizio Jacobacci. A catastrophic start to the season for the Italian coach who was quickly sacked after a series of defeats in the league and an elimination in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France against Andrézieux-Bouthéon, a National 2 team. Former Metz coach Vincent Hognon arrived last December allowed the Grenoble residents to wake up in the second half of the season to maintain themselves as best they could.
The movements of the off-season
For the moment timid in this summer transfer window, the Isère club will however have their work cut out for them if they wish to further strengthen their workforce. In full offensive work, the GF38 has still ensured the signatures of 3 attackers including that of the Senegalese Pope Meissa Ba (21 goals in 31 games played with the Parisians of Red Star in National last season).
The arrivals :
Matthias Jean Phaëton (Guingamp), Pape Meïssa Ba (Red Star), Jules Sylvestre-Brac (Yzeure), Mohamed Amine Sbai (Sète), Chris-Vianney Goteni (Canet).
Abdel-Hakim Abdallah (Rodez)
Grenoble squad 2022/2023
Here is the Grenoble squad as we approach this new 2022/2023 season:
Goalkeepers : Brice Maubleu, Paul Bourdelle, Esteban Salles
Defenders : Chris-Vianney Goteni, Bart Straalman, Adrien-Mehdi Monfray, Jordy Gaspar, Loïc Duvart Nestor, Loris Néry, Alexander Joseph Gerbach, Allan Tchaptchet, Jules Sylvestre-Brac
Environments : Manuel Perez, Franck-Yves Bambock, Giorgi Kokhreidze, Florian Michel, Manuel Ignacio de Iriondo, Axel Thomas Ngando Elessa, Orges Naser Bunjaku, Joris Correa, Souleymane Cissé, Zinedine Labyad
Attackers : Matthias Jean Phaëton, Mohamed Amine Sbai, Yohan Brun, Pape Meïssa Ba, Abdoulie Sanyang, Marcellin Achille Anani Junior, Jekob Abiezer Malacki Jeno, Jordan Tell, Olivier Stephane Boissy
Grenoble: Ambition and ranking
Despite a very complicated season and a change of coach in the winter of 2021 following the catastrophic results of Maurizio Jacobacci, the GF38 now has the opportunity to start again on better bases. The players had a satisfactory pre-season with 2 wins against two Ligue 1 clubs (1-2 at Auxerre and 1-0 at home against Clermont) followed by a draw against the Greens which they will find again at the Cauldron in October. The leaders of the Isère club aim to find the first half of the table without delay and place their full confidence in coach Vincent Hognon who has greatly contributed to maintaining the team. Under contract until next summer, the former Messin knows however that the achievement of the Grenoble objectives will require more investment. With a hardworking workforce and reinforced by its new recruits, Grenoble will undoubtedly have the potential to stay away from relegation to National.
Player to watch:
To find the top of the table, the GF38 signed the top scorer of the previous edition of National and we can’t wait to see him at work this season! Under contract until 2025, Pope Meissa Ba will be eagerly awaited by Grenoble fans to make up for the lack of attacking efficiency of their 11. Author of 21 goals in 32 games for Red Star FC in 2021/2022, the 25-year-old Senegalese striker has already been decisive on the lawn of AJ Auxerre this month and showed great things against Stéphanois by forming the pair with Jordan Tell.
The Grenoble calendar 2022/2023
Grenoble Foot 38 will begin its campaign with two big meetings. He will move to Haven on the occasion of the first day of Ligue 2 before hosting Sochaux August 6.
Vincent Hognon’s players will then end this first month of the championship with a derby in Haute-Savoie against the promoted fromAnnecy.
They will welcome the Paris F.C. on the 8th day on September 10 before being put to the test at the Chaudron de l’AS Saint Etienne on October 1. The second legs of these two matches will take place at home on March 11 and April 15, 2023.
The Isère club will finally tour out of its bases in May on the lawns of the Paris F.C.of Metz and of Valenciennes before ending his season at home on June 2 againstForward Guingamp who finished 6th in the championship last season.