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Ligue 1
Ligue1logo
Country Flag of France France (19 teams)
Flag of Monaco Monaco (1 teams)
Confederation UEFA
Founded 1932
Number of teams 20
Relegation to Ligue 2
Level on pyramid 1
Domestic cup(s) Coupe de France
Trophée des champions
Coupe de la Ligue
UEFA cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions Paris Saint-Germain (8th title) (2018–19)
Most successful club Saint-Étienne (10 titles)
Olympique Marseille (10 titles)
TV Canal+ and beIN Sports
Website Official website
Football current event 2018–19

Ligue 1; League 1, formerly known as Division 1), is the French professional league for association football clubs. It is the country's primary football competition and serves as the top division of the French football league system. Ligue 1 is one of two divisions making up the Ligue de Football Professionnel, the other being Ligue 2. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Ligue 2. Seasons run from August to May, with teams playing 38 games each totaling 380 games in the season. Most games are played on Saturdays and Sundays, with a few games played during weekday evenings. Play is regularly suspended the last weekend before Christmas for two weeks before returning in the second week of January. Ligue 1 is one of the top national leagues, currently ranked fifth in Europe behind the Spanish La Liga, English Premier League, the German Bundesliga and the Italian Serie A.

Ligue 1 was inaugurated on 11 September 1932 under the name National before switching to Division 1 after a year of existence. The name lasted until 2002 before switching to its current name. AS Saint-Étienne is the most successful club with ten league titles in France while Olympique Lyon is the club that has won the most consecutive titles (seven between 2002 and 2008). With the presence of 66 seasons in Ligue 1, the FC Sochaux-Montbéliard and Olympique de Marseille hold the record for most seasons among the elite, while FC Nantes holds the League record for longevity with 44 consecutive seasons (1963–2007). The current champions are Paris Saint-Germain, who won their sixth title in the 2015–16 season.

Clubs

A total of 76 clubs have played in Ligue 1 from its foundation in the 1932–33 season to the start of the 2011–12 season. Currently, Marseille, Montpellier, Nice, and Rennes are the only founding members of the league to be playing in Ligue 1. Paris Saint-Germain and Gazélec Ajaccio are the only clubs to have not suffered points relegation. Paris Saint-Germain earned promotion to the first division for the 1974–75 season and has not faltered down since, while Gazélec made its debut in the league for the 2015–16 season. Paris Saint-Germain was administratively relegated by the league following its split from Paris FC in 1972, but returned to the top flight two seasons later.

Members for 2016–17

The following 20 clubs compete in the 2016–17 Ligue 1 season.

As of end of 2015–2016 Ligue 1 season
Club
Position
in 2015–16
First season in
top division
Number of seasons
in Ligue 1
First season of
current spell in
top division
Ligue 1
titles
Last Ligue 1 title
Angers0109th1956–57242015–160
Bastia00410th1968–69332012–130
Bordeaux00411th1945–46631992–9362008–09
Caen0047th1988-89152014-150
Dijon010L2: 2nd2011–201212016–170
Guingamp00416th1995–96102013–140
Lille0045th1945–46562000–0132010–11
Lorient00415th1998–99122006–070
Lyon0042nd1951–52571989–9072007–08
Marseillea00413th1932–33661996–9792009–10
Metza010L2: 3rd1932–1933582016–170
Monaco0043rd1953–54572013–1471999–00
Montpelliera01012th1932–33242009–1012011–12
Nancy010L2: 1st1970–1971292016–170
Nantes01014th1963–64482013–1482000–01
Nicea0104th1932–33572002–0341958–59
PSG0101st1971–72431974–7562015–16
Rennesa0108th1932–33591994–950
Saint-Étienne0106th1938–39632004–05101980–81
Toulouse01017th1982–83282003–040

a: Founding member of Ligue 1
b: Never been relegated from Ligue 1

External links

Ligue 1 2019-20

Amiens · Angers · Bordeaux · Brest · Dijon · Lille · Lyon · Marseille · Monaco · Metz · Montpellier · Nantes · Nice · Nîmes · Paris Saint-Germain · Reims · Rennes · Saint-Étienne · Strasbourg · Toulouse

Division 1/Ligue 1 seasons

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Current Ligue 1 managers

Blaquart (Nîmes) · Halilhodžić (Nantes) · Casanova (Toulouse) · Der Zakarian (Montpellier) · Galtier (Lille) · Garcia (Marseille) · Gasset (Saint-Étienne) · Génésio (Lyon) · Gourvennec (Guingamp) · Guion (Reims) · Jardim (Monaco) · Kombouaré (Dijon) · Laurey (Strasbourg) · Mercadal (Caen) · Moulin (Angers) · Pélissier (Amiens) · Sousa (Bordeaux) · Stéphan (Rennes) · Tuchel (PSG) · Vieira (Nice)

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