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Football: Metz win promotion and dream return to Ligue 1

Published on Apr 26, 2014 11:31 PM

PARIS (AFP) - Metz won promotion back to the French top flight on Saturday with a 3-0 win at Auxerre that capped a fabulous turnaround for the club.

The club from eastern France were relegated from Ligue 1 in 2007 and hit rock bottom at the end of the 2011-12 season when they were relegated to the third-tier National level.

But they climbed back into the second division last year and they have been top of that since late last year.

"I think that this is the reward of an enormous project put into place two years ago by the president Bernard Serin, that involved everyone," said delighted Metz coach Albert Cartier.

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