Since its descent into Ligue 2 in 2019, Stade Malherbe de Caen has never been able to join the fight for the rise in Ligue 1. In 2020, Stéphane Moulin’s players had achieved their best season for 4 years with a 7th place and a total of 51 points. A real satisfaction for the president Olivier Pickeu who each season does his best to make his team as competitive as possible. What are the club’s ambitions and objectives for this 2022-2023 season? Discover our update on Caen’s preparations for the new Ligue 2 season 2022-2023.
The results of last season
Stade Malherbe de Caen had a very satisfactory 2021-2022 season with a good 7th place. Indeed, Stéphane Moulin and his players are the only ones to have beaten the Champion Toulouse during the 2 confrontations during the past season. With an incredible Alexandre Mendy, author of 16 goals, the Caennais ended the season with a record of 13 wins, 11 draws and 14 defeats. A course that allows them to join the top 10, with 51 points on the clock. Which is, to say the least, a successful season and which suggests good prospects for the campaign to come.
The movements of the Stade Malherbe de Caen in the off-season
Eager to strengthen its workforce, Olivier Pickeu, the President of the club, has activated the transfer market. We were therefore entitled to several arrivals and also many departures within the club. Let’s take stock of this very eventful transfer window.
Aloys Fouda > Chateauroux
Yoel Armougom > Sochaux
Steve Chamal > Annecy
Andreas Hountondji > Quevilly-Rouen
Sullivan Péan > Dunkirk
Kevin M’bala > free
Mehdi Chahiri > Paris FC
Nouno Da Costa > Nothigam Forest.
The market value of arrivals is estimated at around 10.25 million euros, while that of departures is estimated at nearly 12.80 million euros. The Caennais club is therefore doing a great operation in the off-season.
The workforce of Caen
Here is Caen’s full squad at the end of the transfer window:
Guardians : Destine Jopanguy – Yannis Clementia – Anthony Mandrea
Defenders : Jonathan Rivierez – Jason Ngouabi Lougagui – Vladislav Molchan – Ibrahim Cissé – Adolphe Teikeu – Romain Thomas – Emmanuel Ntim – Brahim Traoré
Environments : Noé Lebreton – lamine Sy – Quentin Daubin – Godson Kyeremeh – Hugo Vandermersch – Franklin Wadja – Bilal Brahimi – Iyad Mohamed – Yoann Court – Caleb Zady Sery – Jessy Deminguet – Johann Obiang – Ali Abdi
Attackers : Mohamed Hafid – Killian Cailloce – Samuel Essende – Benjamin Jeannot – Norman Bassette – Alexandre Mendy
Coach : Stephane Moulin.
Stade Malherbe de Caen: Ambitions and ranking
Despite its good last season, Stade Malherbe de Caen could not join the top 3, synonymous with promotion or accession to the play-offs for the promotion to Ligue 1. This season, with the qualitative recruitment carried out by the club, Stéphane Moulin has all the cards in hand to have a much better season than last year. President Olivier Pickeu says he is ready for any dialogue, being able to allow his team to aim for more than 7th place, previously acquired.
The player to follow in Caen
Landed from Bordeaux in 2020, Alexandre Mendy impressed last season with a total of 16 goals scored. The 28-year-old Guinean striker is a centerpiece of the club’s squad. His trainer has complete confidence in him and says he still has plenty of room for improvement despite the fact that he is not yet at his peak. Words that illustrate the talent of the player who now has the heavy responsibility of shining the attack of his team during the next Ligue 2 season to come.
Calendar for the 2022-2023 season
The Stade Malherbe de Caen will start the season with a trip to the Nîmes facilities on 07/30/22. A match that will have to be negotiated well, with why not, a victory that will start the season well. The first test of the season for Caen is the match against Paris FC on matchday 5. On December 30, 2022, Caen will travel to the facilities of St Étienne, for a duel between two title contenders. Then, for the resumption of the championship in 2023, Caen will be opposed to Sochaux then to Bastia, respectively on January 13 and February 02, 2023. The 26th day will be marked by the reception of Sochaux, on March 04. The 31st day will offer us a shock against Paris FC, an opponent who largely leads Caen in direct confrontations, 4-1. Finally, Caen will receive St Etienne on the 37th day then will end the season with a trip to the field of Pau, June 02, 2023.