1932–33 French Division 1

The season 1932/33, was the first edition of the professional French football Division 1, which officially changed its name back then nationally under the name Championnat. First champion Olympique Lille. Until then, the winner of the played since 1917/18 National Cup competition was in France in the media often been referred to as the French champion.

Were eligible to the 20 clubs who had been a professional statute and by the Groupement des clubs Professionnel (Chairman: Emmanuel Gambardella ) French Football Federation FFFA had been admitted. No one had to be rejected; until a few weeks before the league start, there was even only 19 candidates - only then ( and after the official entry date) Lille Bureau decided not left to local rivals from Fives to the terrain alone. It was in these founding members of the League to ...

  • Three clubs from the far north ( Excelsior AC Roubaix, Lille Olympique and the SC Fives )
  • Four clubs from Paris (Racing Club, Club Français, Red Star Olympique and Cercle Athlétique )
  • Three, from the Northeast (FC Metz FC Mulhouse, Sochaux )
  • One from the northwest ( Stade Rennes UC),
  • Nine of the Mediterranean coast ( Olympique Alès, Sète FC, ​​SC Nîmes, SO Montpellier, Olympique Marseille, Hyères FC, ​​AS Cannes, Antibes and Olympique OGC Nice).

These were divided into two groups that were not compiled under the primacy of spatial proximity and short travel distances; Instead, nearly the same number, should be represented in approximately equal strong teams in both seasons game. In a final between the two group winners of the Masters should be determined during the last three of each group had to dismount season 1933 /34 second division in the newly decorated.

A limitation of the numbers game legitimately foreigners did not exist in this season, and many teams took advantage of this opportunity. So had Lille three Britons and a Czechoslovaks in its ranks, Rennes also a Czechoslovaks and a German, Cannes two Hungarians, at Antibes spoke the left wing Austrian, Sète and Montpellier since the 1920s, especially Swiss and Yugoslavs had attracted, while Red Star Olympique like traditional Uruguayan committed. Overall, were the summer 1932 113 football immigrants (according to 29.2 % of all paid players ) at the professional clubs under contract, including the largest groups of 42 British, 20, depending Hungary or the Czech Republic and 16 Austrians. The official income limits were only moderately attractive by today's standards, met in Paris twice and the rest of the country about two and a half times the monthly salary of a skilled worker.

First match was September 11, 1932, as the last group matches April 27, 1933 was provided. However, a match of Group B ( FC Sochaux against SC Fives ) only took place on 7 May. A " winter break " occurred between December 25 (11th Round ) and 15 January (12th Round ). The final of the two group winners was held on 14 May 1933.

Performance, results and tables

It was the two- point rule; case of a tie, the goal difference was the decisive factor for the placement.

Group A

The season started promisingly for FC Sète, but in the course, there was a head-to -head race exclusively between Lille and Marseille. This reflects the Northern French secured the better position by a spurt with eight wins in a row, and the two defeats in the direct duels moved the weights no longer sustainable because Lille remained on a stable course even after the 0:7 - humiliation in Marseille and had at the end of five -point lead.

Group B

Beginning of the season no club has managed to gain a decisive advantage. In the course of a three-way battle between the neighbors from Antibes and Cannes, each won their home game in the " very heated " direct confrontation developed, and the " secret favorite " FC Sochaux. Before the last game theoretically still had all three competitors the chance to win the group, with the latter two had to play against each other, while the former had to meet one -assessed as easier task. Apparently, however, wanted to play it safe Antibes ' Coach: He should have tried before the game against the SC Fives, " to find arrangements that the player left to the anti- Bois victory " with officials of the Liller suburbanites one. In fact, then Cannes lost in Sochaux, during Antibes asserted itself 5-0. The FFFA reacted promptly issued against several members of the Bureau and the coach of the club function prohibitions and joined the team from the Final; denied this, instead, the AS Cannes.

Final game of the group winners

May 14, 1933, Stade Olympique Yves- du- Manoir in Colombes, 12,000 spectators

Olympique Lille - AS Cannes 4:3 (2:0)

Torfolge: 1-0 Barrett 2-0 Varga 2:1 Fecchino 3:1 Winckelmans 3:2 Calecca 3:3 Tourniaire 4:3 Winckelmans

Players of the Master

In the endgame, following eleven Olympique Lille stood in the square:

Robert Défossé - Jules Vandooren, A. Théry - Georges Meuris, McGowan, Georges Beaucourt - Urbain DECOTTIGNIES, Varga, Lutterlock, William Barrett, Georges Winckelmans

During the season also were used: Amard, Delannoy, De Loose, Lubrez, Maier, Vandevelde, Wattrelos

Lille scored 41 goals in the group matches: Barrett (9 ), Winckelmans ( 7), Delannoy, Varga, Lutterlock ( 5 each ), DECOTTIGNIES ( 4), Amard ( 3), McGowan ( 2), De Loose ( 1)

Most successful goal scorers

In the final goals scored counted for this purpose does not officially; otherwise also Fecchino would have brought it to 15 results.

With a total of 708 goals in 181 matches - including the final - there was an average of 3.9 goals per game.