There was no real suspense. After Toulouse’s draw against Pau (2-2) in midweek, Clermont had one foot and four toes in Ligue 1. He only needed a small point to validate this historic rise, since never in history club, he had not succeeded. It is now done despite this defeat in Caen 2-1 during this 38th and last day this Saturday evening.
It is a major reward for the Auvergnats. For fifteen years and his arrival in Ligue 2, Clermont has very often been well placed to climb into the elite but never managed to transform the test. Under Didier Ollé-Nicole, then Michel Der Zakarian and Corinne Deacon, the club gave up in the last days. The arrival of Pascal Gastien gave even more depth to this project.
Clermont has impressed this season
6th the first year, 10th the second and 5th last year, Clermont could not compete in the play-offs due to a season truncated by the covid-19 pandemic. Gastien and his men were able to do justice to themselves thanks to a very good season, regular in the results after a somewhat timid start during the first 5 days. Despite a slight halt in early April, Clermont Foot 63 managed to finish in the sprint with a series of 6 wins over the last 8 matches.
2nd in Ligue 2, Clermont especially displayed an impressive level of play throughout the year. Best defense in the championship (25 goals conceded) and 3rd best attack (61 goals scored), the Auvergne have in their ranks the top scorer in Ligue 2 with Mohamed Bayo, author of 22 goals. Jodel Dossou (12 goals) and Jim Avellinah (12 goals) also managed to do well, helped by Jason Berthomier and his 11 assists.