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Season review: Luxembourg

Published: Saturday 5 June 2010, 12.23CET
AS Jeunesse Esch ended F91 Dudelange's five-year hold on the title, while cup honours went to FC Differdange 03, who won the trophy for the first time since their formation seven years ago.
Season review: Luxembourg
Jeunesse Esch ended Dudelange's domination in Luxembourg ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 5 June 2010, 12.23CET

Season review: Luxembourg

AS Jeunesse Esch ended F91 Dudelange's five-year hold on the title, while cup honours went to FC Differdange 03, who won the trophy for the first time since their formation seven years ago.

In what was an exciting denouement to the campaign, AS Jeunesse Esch managed to extend their slender lead at the top of the table in the last round of matches and lift their first championship since 2004. In doing so, they ended F91 Dudelange's five-year monopoly on the Luxembourger crown, securing the title for the 28th time courtesy of a 4-0 last-day win against US Rumelange.

Champions: AS Jeunesse Esch
Holding a one-point advantage over Dudelange going into the final set of fixtures, Jeunesse Esch – Luxembourg's most successful club – ended the campaign three clear of their rivals, who drew 3-3 with CS Fola Esch. Excluding the 2002/03 title, won by CS Grevenmacher, every championship for the past 16 years has been secured by either Dudelange or Jeunesse Esch.

Cup final: CS Grevenmacher 0-1 FC Differdange 03
Substitute Dario Soraire scored his first goal of the season at the right moment as Differdange lifted the cup for the first time since their formation in 2003. It proved a fitting swansong for Differdange defender Jean 'Jang' Wagner, who retired at the end of the season aged 40.

European places*
AS Jeunesse Esch − UEFA Champions League second qualifying round
F91 Dudelange − UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
CS Grevenmacher − UEFA Europa League first qualifying round
FC Differdange 03 − UEFA Europa League second qualifying round
*Subject to final confirmation from UEFA

Player of the year: Daniel Huss (CS Grevenmacher)
The top-scorer in the Division Nationale, the 30-year-old earned his side a place in the cup final by scoring four times in the semi-final. The former R. Standard de Liège and 1. FC Kaiserslautern trainee was named as player of the year after contributing more than half of his team's league goals, proving particularly dangerous with a series of fierce strikes from range.

One to watch: Joris Di Gregorio (CS Fola Esch)
The 27-year-old striker struck 16 times, not to mention providing 12 assists, in 2009/10. All told, he played a role in 57% of Fola's goals and looks set to go from strength to strength.

Leading scorer: Daniel Huss, CS Grevenmacher (22)

Promoted: FC Wiltz 71, FC Jeunesse Canach

Relegated: US Rumelange, FC Mondercange

Relegation/promotion play-off: UN Käerjéng 97 3–1 CS Oberkorn

Number: 15
Occasions Jeunesse Esch kept a clean sheet.

Quote
"Throughout the season we have shown great performances, and I really mean 'we'. The whole team, the squad, the officials and the staff, as well as the spectators, deserve this. We may not have the same individual quality as Dudelange but we are much more of a team."
Jeunesse Esch goalkepper Marc Oberweis lauds his club after winning the league

Last updated: 08/06/10 18.55CET

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