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 38 30 5 3 107 31 95
2 Paris Saint-Germain FC Paris Saint-Germain 38 27 6 5 83 27 87
3 OGC Nice OGC Nice 38 22 12 4 63 36 78
4 Olympique Lyonnais Lyon 38 21 4 13 77 48 67
5 Olympique de Marseille Marseille 38 17 11 10 57 41 62
6 FC Girondins de Bordeaux Bordeaux 38 15 14 9 53 43 59
7 FC Nantes FC Nantes 38 14 9 15 40 54 51
8 AS Saint-Etienne Saint-Étienne 38 12 14 12 41 42 50
9 Stade Rennais Stade Rennais 38 12 14 12 36 42 50
10 En Avant Guingamp EA Guingamp 38 14 8 16 46 53 50
11 Lille OSC Lille 38 13 7 18 40 47 46
12 Angers SCO Angers 38 13 7 18 40 49 46
13 Toulouse FC Toulouse 38 10 14 14 37 41 44
14 FC Metz FC Metz 38 11 10 17 39 72 43
15 Montpellier Montpellier 38 10 9 19 48 66 39
16 Dijon FCO Dijon 38 8 13 17 46 58 37
17 Stade Malherbe Caen SM Caen 38 10 7 21 36 65 37
18 FC Lorient FC Lorient 38 10 6 22 44 70 36
19 AS Nancy AS Nancy 38 9 8 21 29 52 35
20 SC Bastia SC Bastia 38 8 10 20 29 54 34

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