Football: Paris 13 Atletico returns to National, Racing relegated

Paris 13 Atletico did it! A year after leaving it, the club from the 13th arrondissement will be back in the National next season. Fabien Valeri’s players withstood the pressure of a final day under high tension in Group B of National 2. They won (2-1) in Angoulême thanks to a double from Brando Bokangu (17th, 81st) who brought his total at 16 goals this season. An essential victory, because at the same time, La Roche-sur-Yon, which was tied on points but with a worse goal average, won in Bourges (0-1).

Paris 13 Atletico ends this season with an unbeaten streak of 11 games (7 wins, 4 draws) and only one goal conceded in the last 9 matches. A result all the more remarkable as the team had three coaches, Frédéric Advice, Namori Keita the general director who ensured the transition for four months, then Fabien Valeri. A winning return for the 49-year-old coach who was already the one for the first climb in 2022.

Many Ile-de-France clubs (UJA, Villemomble, Drancy, etc.) had exploded after their express move to National. But thanks to the good management of President Frédéric Pereira, Paris 13 Atletico was able to stay the course at all levels and therefore recover twelve months after its relegation, which is very rare.

“We did something crazy,” says President Frédéric Pereira. We went down and went straight back up. It’s very rare. Few clubs have done it. Even if we don’t have a lot of resources, this second rise in three years shows that we are a club that works well. Everyone’s involvement allowed the team to reach the top of the table this season and get back on their feet. We were resilient and ambitious. I hope we will have more support from Paris City Hall now… We have also learned from our mistakes and we are not going to approach this climb like the first. The National, we have already seen what it is and we will have to prepare well for it. »

Racing drafted?

In group C, Racing won at Borgo (4-3), but it finished 10th and was therefore relegated to N3. A big setback for President Norbert’s club which had been overtaken by Rouen (which the DNCG then recognized that it should not have moved up) for accession to the National last season. Racing nevertheless remains well positioned for a possible draft in the event of club demotions by the DNCG.

Among the other verdicts, Sainte-Geneviève finished 2nd in group H of National 3. The victory against the FC Bastia reserve (2-0) did not succeed in reversing the trend since it was FC Balagne, winner ( 4-1) from Ivry who is promoted to N2.


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