Main Photo by Rodrigo Kugnharski

TEAM PROFILES

Ajaccio, Amiens, Angers, Auxerre, Bordeaux, Brest, Clermont, Dijon, Lens, Lille, Lorient, Lyon, Marseille, Metz, Monaco, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Nimes, Paris Saint-Germain, Reims, Rennes, Saint-Etienne, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Troyes

RESULTS

Lyon 2-1 Ajaccio
Strasbourg 1-2 Monaco
Clermont 0-5 PSG
Toulouse 1-1 Nice
Lille 4-1 Auxerre
Lens 3-2 Brest
Montpellier 3-2 Troyes
Angers 0-0 Nantes
Rennes 0-1 Lorient
Marseille 4-1 Reims

Matchday 2

Nantes 1-1 Lille
Monaco 1-1 Rennes
PSG 5-2 Montpellier
Lorient P-P Lyon
Reims 2-4 Clermont
Ajaccio 0-0 Lens
Auxerre 2-2 Angers
Troyes 0-3 Toulouse
Nice 1-1 Strasbourg
Brest 1-1 Marseille

CURRENT TABLE

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Paris Saint-Germain 2 2 0 0 10 2 +8 6
2 Marseille 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3 4
3 LOSC Lille Métropole 2 1 1 0 5 2 +3 4
4 Toulouse 2 1 1 0 4 1 +3 4
5 Monaco 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4
6 Lens 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 4
7 Lyon 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3
8 Lorient 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
9 Montpellier Hérault SC 2 1 0 1 5 7 -2 3
10 Clermont 2 1 0 1 4 7 -3 3
11 Angers 2 0 2 0 2 2 +0 2
12 OGC Nice 2 0 2 0 2 2 +0 2
13 Nantes 2 0 2 0 1 1 +0 2
14 Brest 2 0 1 1 3 4 -1 1
15 Strasbourg 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1
16 Ajaccio 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1
17 Stade Rennais FC 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 1
18 Auxerre 2 0 1 1 3 6 -3 1
19 ESTAC 2 0 0 2 2 6 -4 0
20 Stade de Reims 2 0 0 2 3 8 -5 0

UPCOMING FIXTURES

Matchday 3

Lyon vs Troyes
Monaco vs Lens
Marseille vs Nantes
Strasbourg vs Reims
Clermont vs Nice
Toulouse vs Lorient
Angers vs Brest
Montpellier vs Auxerre
Rennes vs Ajaccio
Lille vs PSG

COUPE DE FRANCE

Preliminary rounds finish in November

HISTORY AND FORMAT

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 and Mbappé attests.

The Championnat is set to shrink from 20 to 18 teams at the end of the season. As a result, the bottom four teams will go down automatically, the top two in Ligue 2 will go up, and there will be no promotion/relegation playoff. Ranked fifth in Europe by UEFA coefficient, the top two in France qualify automatically for the Champions League, whilst third place enters the preliminary round.

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 dominance. Having only taken two titles before 2012, the Parisians have since won 8 of the last 10 editions of the competition by massively outspending everybody else.

It was PSG that won the Championnat last year as well, as they drew level with relegated Saint-Étienne on ten titles. Nantes were the surprise winners of the Coupe De France as they stunned a Nice side in the final, whose season petered out after a strong start.

Argentine Delio Onnis is the top goal scorer in the history of the French league with 299 goals.

ROLL OF HONOUR

10 Saint-Etienne, Paris Saint-Germain 9 Marseille 8 Monaco, Nantes 7 Lyon 6 Bordeaux, Reims 4 Nice, Lille 2 Sete, Sochaux 1 Montpellier, Lens, Auxerre, Strasbourg, Roubaix Tourcoing, RCF Paris, Olympique Lillois

14 Paris Saint-Germain 10 Marseille 6 Saint-Etienne, Lille 5 Lyon, Monaco, RCF Paris, Red Star 4 Bordeaux, Auxerre, Nantes 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

9 Paris Saint-Germain 4 Strasbourg 3 Marseille, Bordeaux 2 Lens, Metz, Laval 1 Saint-Etienne, Monaco, Lyon, Gueugnon, Montpellier, Reims, Nantes

QUIZZES

WHO’S COMING UP?

# Team MP W D L F A G P
1 Guingamp 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7
2 Girondins de Bordeaux 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 7
3 Caen 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7
4 Bastia 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4 6
5 Metz 3 2 0 1 5 1 +4 6
6 Laval 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6
7 Amiens SC 3 2 0 1 2 3 -1 6
8 Dijon 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
9 Paris FC 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
10 Nîmes 3 1 1 1 2 2 +0 4
11 Valenciennes 3 1 1 1 1 2 -1 4
12 Grenoble Foot 38 3 1 1 1 1 3 -2 4
13 Niort 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3 3
14 Quevilly Rouen 3 0 2 1 3 4 -1 2
15 Le Havre 3 0 2 1 1 2 -1 2
16 Pau 3 0 2 1 1 5 -4 2
17 Sochaux 3 0 1 2 0 2 -2 1
18 Rodez 3 0 1 2 0 4 -4 1
19 Annecy 3 0 0 3 1 4 -3 0
20 Saint-Etienne 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 -1

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