Ligue 1

Sport: Soccer
Country: France France
Founding year: 1932
Teams: 20
Teams promoted / relegated: 3

Ligue 1 is the top division of French and Monegasque football and is an all-professional league and has been so since 1932 (except for the 1943-1944 season).

20 clubs make up the French Ligue 1. These clubs play each other on home-and-away basis. The winner of the league is the team that garners the maximum points in the league. The bottom two teams are automatically relegated to the Ligue 2 while the 18th place team move into a play-off with the winner of the second division play-offs.

Ligue 1 is considered as one of the strongest domestic leagues in Europe although in the last few years the monopoly on the title of Olympique Lyon have been stark. Lyon are the running seven times champions of France and it is likely that this streak would continue in the future.

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Standings table 2016/17

Rank Team G W D L GF GA Pts
1 AS Monaco FC Monaco 27 19 5 3 78 25 62
2 Paris Saint-Germain FC Paris Saint-Germain 27 18 5 4 55 19 59
3 OGC Nice OGC Nice 27 17 8 2 44 21 59
4 Olympique Lyonnais Lyon 26 15 1 10 54 31 46
5 FC Girondins de Bordeaux Bordeaux 27 11 9 7 35 33 42
6 AS Saint-Etienne Saint-Étienne 27 10 9 8 31 22 39
7 Olympique de Marseille Marseille 27 11 6 10 36 36 39
8 Stade Rennais Stade Rennais 27 9 9 9 26 31 36
9 Toulouse FC Toulouse 27 9 8 10 31 28 35
10 En Avant Guingamp EA Guingamp 27 9 7 11 31 35 34
11 Angers SCO Angers 27 9 6 12 25 33 33
12 FC Nantes FC Nantes 26 9 6 11 22 35 33
13 Montpellier Montpellier 27 8 8 11 39 45 32
14 Stade Malherbe Caen SM Caen 27 9 4 14 27 43 31
15 Lille OSC Lille 27 8 5 14 26 35 29
16 AS Nancy AS Nancy 27 7 7 13 18 34 28
17 FC Metz FC Metz 26 8 6 12 25 50 28
18 Dijon FCO Dijon 27 6 9 12 37 44 27
19 SC Bastia SC Bastia 26 5 8 13 22 36 23
20 FC Lorient FC Lorient 27 6 4 17 27 53 22

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