|2||Olympique de Marseille||16||9||4||3||22||18||+4||31|
|3||Girondins de Bordeaux||16||7||5||4||27||17||+10||26|
|4||LOSC Lille Métropole||16||7||4||5||20||15||+5||25|
|6||Montpellier Hérault SC||16||6||6||4||20||14||+6||24|
|7||Stade Rennais FC||15||7||3||5||20||16||+4||24|
|11||Stade de Reims||15||5||6||4||11||8||+3||21|
Ligue 1, formerly named the National and then Division 1, kicked off in 1932. The league is known as a breeding ground of precocious young talent and has produced many players who have gone on to become superstars after moving on to other leagues. That’s not to say that no leading lights play in it, as the presence of the likes of Neymar, Mbappe, Cavani and Icardi attests.
20 teams fight it out every year in the Championnat. Ranked fifth in Europe by UEFA coefficient, the top two qualify automatically for the Champions League, whilst third place enters the preliminary round. The bottom two are relegated automatically, while the team in 18th place plays a promotion/relegation playoff against the team that finished third in Ligue 2.
Historically Ligue 1 has been particularly enjoyable due to its sheer unpredictability. In recent years, however, first Lyon and now PSG have made things rather less interesting with their utter dominance. Having only taken two titles before 2012, the Parisians have since won 6 of the last 7 editions of the competition.
A chink of light has at least appeared in the Paris armour, as their four year monopoly on the two domestic cup competitions was brought to an end in 2019 with Rennes claiming the Coupe de France and Strasbourg emerging victorious in the Coupe de la Ligue. Next season will see the removal of the Coupe de la Ligue from the calendar to reduce fixture congestion.
Argentine Delio Onnis is the top goal scorer in the history of the French league with 299 goals.
Ligue 1 Winners (including Division 1 and the National)
10 Saint-Etienne 9 Marseille 8 Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco, Nantes 7 Lyon 6 Bordeaux, Reims 4 Nice 3 Lille 2 Sete, Sochaux 1 Montpellier, Lens, Auxerre, Strasbourg, Roubaix Tourcoing, RCF Paris, Olympique Lillois
Coupe De France Winners
12 Paris Saint-Germain 10 Marseille 6 Saint-Etienne, Lille 5 Lyon, Monaco, RCF Paris, Red Star 4 Bordeaux, Auxerre 3 Rennes, Strasbourg, Nice 2 Guingamp, Metz, Reims, CASG Paris 1 Lorient, Bastia, Nancy, Le Havre, Toulouse, Nancy-Lorraine, Roubaix, Cannes, Club Francais, CA Paris, Olympique de Paris
Coupe De La Ligue Winners
8 Paris Saint-Germain 4 Strasbourg 3 Marseille, Bordeaux 2 Lens, Metz, Laval 1 Saint-Etienne, Monaco, Lyon, Gueugnon, Montpellier, Reims, Nantes