Drama Across Seven European Nations in 2012

Younes Belhanda, Player of the Month recipient in November 2011, finished with 12 goals for the club and would win Frances Young Player of the Year. Montpellier went about their business throughout the season and did at home. It previously hosted matches at the 1998 World Cup and Stade de las Mosson saw Montpellier achieve 1-0 victories over Lille, Lyon and Marseille during the season. In the 1980s and 1990s, Montpellier boasted notable names in soccer: Roger Milla, Eric Cantona, Carlos Valderrama, Laurent Blanc and Aime Jacquet, manager of Frances 1998 World Cup squad. Belhanda’s signature moment came on Apr. 27, 2012, when his third-minute was the only goal of the game at Toulouse.

Two days later, PSG lost 2-1 at Lille and Montpellier had control of its destiny. A 3-0 home loss to PSG on Sept. Giroud finished as co-leader in scoring with 21 goals. 24, 2011, proved to be the only loss for Montpellier at home that season. Blanc and Cantona were on Montpelliers 1990 Coupe de France Final, which was the clubs last major tournament.. The club also won a 5-3 match against Dijon FCO in which Oliver Giroud, who scored one of his two hat-tricks that season (the other came a month later at Sochaux).

Before France’s 2011-12 Ligue One season, most people picked Paris Saint-Germain to win the league title. In the 2010-11 season, Montpellier accumulated the worst disciplinary record among the 20 Ligue 1 teams as the club was looking to revive its heyday a quarter century earlier. The club also acquired Thiago Motta during the winter transfer window.

However, Montpellier finished the season with three straight wins, the last coming at Stade de l’Abbe-Deschamps. John Utaka scored both goals against Auxerre to give Montpellier won 2-1 and its maiden Ligue One title.

Montpellier amassed 50 points at home, the most by a Ligue One club in 19 years.

Instead, Ligue One saw a different champion for the fifth consecutive season. That power was almost lost, however, after a 2-2 draw at home against Evian, which saw an ugly fight as Belhanda one of four players shown a red card late in the match.

However, despite modest ambitions. The club acquired many players, including Blaise Matuidi, Mohamed Sissoko and Javier Pastore before the season

Posted October 11th, 2015 in Uncategorized.

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