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Season review: Luxembourg

Published: Friday 5 June 2009, 9.48CET
F91 Dudelange proved irresistible once more in the Grand Duchy, taking the league and cup, but their fifth successive title will be their last under French coach Michel Leflochmoan, who decided to move to pastures new.
by André Berens
from Luxembourg
Season review: Luxembourg
Dudelange have won their last title under coach Michel Leflochmoan ©Krier Albert
Published: Friday 5 June 2009, 9.48CET

Season review: Luxembourg

F91 Dudelange proved irresistible once more in the Grand Duchy, taking the league and cup, but their fifth successive title will be their last under French coach Michel Leflochmoan, who decided to move to pastures new.

F91 Dudelange proved irresistible once more in the Grand Duchy, taking the league and cup titles to provide a fitting swan song to French coach Michel Leflochmoan. FC Avenir Beggen and FC Sporting Steinfort dropped out of the top flight, but US Rumelange live to fight another day after beating FC Erpeldingen 2-0 in a relegation/promotion play-off.

Champions: F91 Dudelange
Dudelange took their eighth domestic title of the 2000s in imperious style, stumbling across the finish line with two games to spare after a 1-0 win against FC Swift Hesperange. It was their fifth successive title under Michel Leflochmoan and possibly the last, with the 57-year-old deciding to move on "despite the exceptionally successful work we have done together at the club". His replacement, 50-year-old Belgian trainer Marc Grosjean, has a tough act to follow.

Cup final: F91 Dudelange 5-0 UN Käerjéng 97
A crowd of 3,000 at the Stade Josy Barthel saw Dudelange complete the domestic double with a routine rout. Cape Verde international Ronny Souto made it 1-0 before the break, with two goals from Tony Vairelles and one apiece for Daniel Da Mota and Sébastien Remy finishing the job after the break. A place in the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round was some consolation for Käerjéng.

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

Player of the Year/One to watch: Pierre Piskor (FC Differdange 03)
The French striker had a magnificent season with league runners-up Differdange, registering 30 times to finish the season as the league's top scorer. He had notched 25 in 2006/07 to finish second in the same race, but this time his pace and skill saw him in a field of his own.

Leading scorer: Pierre Piskor, FC Differdange 03 (30)

Surprise package: UN Käerjéng 97
Ninth in the 14-team league, the Bascharge-based side had an unremarkable league campaign, but their charge to the cup final set pulses racing. Their nerves failed them in the decisive match – losing 5-0 to Dudelange – but they are looking forward to European football. One of their parent clubs, AS Jeunesse Hautcharage, played in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1971/72.

Number: 5
The number of consecutive titles Dudelange have now won.

Quote
"I had a fantastic and very successful time at F91 Dudelange, which I will never forget. In my five years at Dudelange we won five titles, but I have decided to leave now. I got to know a lot of new people and made lots of friends but, at the end of the day, your best friends in football are always the good results."
Michel Leflochmoan, departing coach of Dudelange

Last updated: 05/06/09 13.17CET

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