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Season review: Luxembourg

Published: Thursday 16 June 2011, 10.45CET
F91 Dudelange dominated throughout to reclaim the title they surrendered in 2010 in emphatic fashion, but FC Differdange 03 spoiled ambitions of a double in the cup final.
by Florian Pertsch
from Luxembourg
Season review: Luxembourg
Daniel Da moted was voted the Luxembourger First Division's best performer in the 2010/11 season ©F91 Dudelange
Published: Thursday 16 June 2011, 10.45CET

Season review: Luxembourg

F91 Dudelange dominated throughout to reclaim the title they surrendered in 2010 in emphatic fashion, but FC Differdange 03 spoiled ambitions of a double in the cup final.

After losing their Luxembourger First Division crown in 2009/10, F91 Dudelange reclaimed the title in emphatic fashion this term. Though the league was wrapped up with five matches still to spare, their quest for a domestic double was thwarted by FC Differdange 03 in the cup final.

Champions: F91 Dudelange
Dudelange finished an impressive 12 points clear of second-placed CS Fola Esch, a bigger margin than that which separated the runners-up and FC RM Hamm Benfica in ninth. Their dominance is epitomised by a goal difference of +51. Fifteen fixtures in, before they took their foot off the gas slightly, they had found the net an average of 3.66 times per match – better than even FC Barcelona.

Cup final: F91 Dudelange 0-1 FC Differdange 03
Dudelange suffered a shock defeat which prevented them celebrating their fourth domestic double. Differdange, though, were deserved victors thanks to a resilient defensive display allied with the attacking menace of Ribeiro Alves, who struck the winner after 24 minutes.

European places
F91 Dudelange – UEFA Champions League, first qualifying round
CS Fola Esch – UEFA Europa League, first qualifying round
UN Käerjéng 97 – UEFA Europa League, first qualifying round
FC Differdange 03 – UEFA Europa League, second qualifying round

Player of the year: Daniel Da Mota (F91 Dudelange)
The champions' joint highest scorer with 15 goals and eye-catching throughout, it was little surprise to see Da Mota voted the top flight's best player by a hefty margin.

One to watch: Sanel Ibrahimović (FC Wiltz 71)
With such an infamous surname, the 23-year-old striker already had a head start on his rivals. He duly delivered, scoring 18 of promoted Wiltz's 38 league goals to emerge as the division's leading marksman. In a cruel twist of fate, however, it was Ibrahimović who squandered the decisive spot kick in the relegation play-off against US Hostert as his team dropped back down to the second tier.

Surprise package: UN Käerjéng 97
Last season Käerjéng hung on in the top tier after overcoming CS Obercorn in the relegation play-offs. Their 2010/11 campaign was entirely different, though. While they had cause to celebrate again, this time it was not out of relief but joy after sensationally finishing third, only three points behind runners-up Fola. Their reward is the prospect of European football next season.

Number: 15
Wiltz suffered a 15-0 reverse at Dudelange in November, the heaviest margin of defeat in the division's history.

Leading scorer: Sanel Ibrahimović, FC Wiltz 71 (18)

Promoted: Union 05 Kayl-Tétange, US Rumelange, US Hostert

Relegated: FC Etzella Ettelbruck, FC Jeunesse Canach, FC Wiltz 71

Quote:
"We all know that in the end it is only the title that counts and we will now celebrate this with our fans. I am very proud of how the team has developed. Many neutrals have said that they have never seen football like ours here before, but we can still improve."
Dudelange coach Marc Grosjean reflects on a splendid season for his side

Last updated: 08/07/11 16.43CET

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