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 Paris Saint-Germain FC Paris Saint-Germain 34 25 5 4 71 23 80
2 AS Monaco FC Monaco 32 24 5 3 90 27 77
3 OGC Nice OGC Nice 33 21 10 2 55 27 73
4 FC Girondins de Bordeaux Bordeaux 34 15 10 9 49 39 55
5 Olympique Lyonnais Lyon 32 17 3 12 65 39 54
6 Olympique de Marseille Marseille 34 14 10 10 48 38 52
7 AS Saint-Etienne Saint-Étienne 32 11 12 9 35 29 45
8 FC Nantes FC Nantes 34 12 9 13 33 47 45
9 En Avant Guingamp EA Guingamp 34 12 8 14 40 47 44
10 Stade Rennais Stade Rennais 33 10 13 10 31 37 43
11 Toulouse FC Toulouse 33 10 11 12 34 35 41
12 Lille OSC Lille 34 11 7 16 34 41 40
13 Montpellier Montpellier 34 10 9 15 47 57 39
14 Angers SCO Angers 34 11 6 17 34 46 39
15 FC Metz FC Metz 34 9 9 16 34 69 36
16 FC Lorient FC Lorient 34 10 4 20 42 65 34
17 Stade Malherbe Caen SM Caen 34 9 6 19 33 58 33
18 Dijon FCO Dijon 34 7 11 16 44 54 32
19 AS Nancy AS Nancy 34 8 8 18 25 44 32
20 SC Bastia SC Bastia 33 6 10 17 26 48 28

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