-1 points in the standings after the first …

It doesn’t seem to want to finish the black period of Saint-Etienne. The prestigious French club, which shares the national record with Paris Saint-Germain for the number of championships won (10), is now sailing in terrible waters. In May, the sensational relegation to Ligue 2 had arrived. Today, after the first four days of the championship, the situation is even more worrying: the points in the standings, in fact, are -1, the stadium is still empty and the environment is tense. , inside the changing rooms and outside.

How did Saint-Etienne come to this situation

Let’s rewind the tape. Last May: at the end of a disastrous season, in which Saint-Etienne had collected 32 points in 38 games, the ‘Greens’ face the play-off to avoid relegation against Auxerre, winner of the Ligue 2 playoff. 1-1 of the first leg, on the return the result is the same even at the end of the 120 ‘. At the penalty kicks Auxerre prevails, who condemns Saint-Etienne to relegation after eighteen years, unleashing the anger of the fans who at the final whistle enter the field chasing the players, throwing smoke bombs and sowing panic inside the field and stadium. In this sad and disturbing scenario, last season ended.


In the summer a small revolution was launched, to change course, give freshness and start again. To date there are seven new signings and fourteen players have been greeted. On the bench, then, came the separation with Pascal Dupraz, with the young and promising Laurent Batlles (former Saint-Etienne player) who had been entrusted with the task of relaunching the club’s sporting project, with the aim of immediately achieving promotion and returning to Ligue 1. All, however, with an important handicap leaving. The violent invasion of the field by the fans, in fact, had cost dearly: the Ligue de Football Professionnel had inflicted three rounds behind closed doors and three penalty points in the standings. Today, after the first four days of the championship, the box still scores negative.

The coach of Saint-Etienne, Laurent Batlles

In fact, Saint-Etienne has collected two draws and two defeats in the first four official matches. The last one arrived on Saturday, with a humiliating one 0-6 at home which is grotesque: the greens, in fact, concluded the match in eight against eleven, with the three expulsions that were added to the two already arrived in the first three days, and which added up to five red cards in four games, which summarize to perfection the mood of a group still shaken. In short, the balance is really from horror. All to be added to an economic situation that is anything but brilliant and a clear split between organized support and society. In conclusion, the season remains very long and there is all the room to put things back in order and to go back to the hunt for promotion, but in the meantime the road has become even steeper. And the nightmare, for the fans of Saint-Etienne, continues. With the hope to hear the alarm soon.