1937–38 French Division 1

The season 1937/38, was the sixth staging of the professional French football Division 1 the champion title was won by FC Sochaux, after his success of 1935 as the first French club for the second time.

Were eligible to the clubs who had not completed the preseason worse than in 14th place, and the two newly promoted from the second division. Thus, in this season the following teams played for the title:

  • Six clubs from the far north ( Olympique and the SC Fives Lille, Excelsior and Racing from Roubaix, to the two climbers Racing Lens and Valenciennes Anzin U.S. )
  • Three from Paris and Normandy (Racing, Red Star Olympique, FC Rouen )
  • Three from the Northeast (FC Sochaux, Racing Strasbourg, FC Metz),
  • Four from the southeast (FC Sète, holders Olympique Marseille, AS Cannes, FC Antibes ).

Nine of these 16 teams were among the founding members of the League, which until then had been included continuously in her, Antibes, Cannes, Fives, Lille, Marseille, RC Paris, EAC Roubaix, Sète and Sochaux.

History, results and tables

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

Champion was the team with the best attack and the like designated by sections of the press as a " Maginot Line " - was meant in particular the national team series Di Lorto - Cazenave - Mattler - best defense in the league; while Sochaux had lost to Marseille and Sète, its two main competitors, the home games and had returned also from Marseille with a defeat. But the strength of the " work self Peugeot " was that they could compensate for injury-related failures equivalent due to their quali - quantitative as well occupied player squad. Throughout the season, only a fourth defeat was added (1:2 in Antibes ) so that Sochaux could keep the pursuers at bay.

The other two co-favorites, Lille ( Champion 1933) and Racing Paris ( Master 1935), could intervene in the title race from the beginning, never; This was due in the case of Northern French frequent Torblockade his attackers, while the capital city were greatly weakened by several high-profile departures ( Delfour, Dupuis, Kennedy, Mercier ). At the lower end of the table were Valenciennes - the " lift team " of those years had both the weakest attack and the löcherigsten Defence Division 1 - Red Star knocked off early and had the following season, giving up its place for the climbers Le Havre AC and AS Saint- Étienne.

Three goal scorers put in this season with an exclamation mark: Jean Nicolas scored seven of the nine matches of his FC Rouen in Valenciennes, which he the up to the present (2010 /11) valid record " Trello " Abegglens from the 1934/35 season - also against Valenciennes achieved - was established. After all six goals at Red Stars 7-0 win over Racing wore the Roubaix mail sender André Simonyi, and with Jaguaré Bezerra de Vasconcelos from Marseille was even a goalkeeper is successful, the converted a penalty in the 1-1 draw in Sète and to warding off two defenders.

TV = title holder, A = Up

Players of the Master

During the season, following 23 players had been used (in brackets: number of point games): André Abegglen ( 5), Árpád Belko ( 1), Héctor Cazenave (29 ), Roger Courtois (26) Laurent Di Lorto (26) Pedro Duhart ( 1), Ferdinand Faczinek (28 ), Jean Germain (4 ), Albert Gougain (2 ), Johann Hoffmann ( 5), Roger Hug ( 27), Ramón Ithurbide (13 ), Curt Keller ( 24 ), Pierre basket (18 ), Gabriel Lalloué (9 ), Michel Lauri ( 2), Maxime Lehmann ( 25), Étienne Mattler (29 ), José Padrón (10 ), Guido Pretto (5 ), Jean Sarrieux ( 2), Jeno Szabo (30 ), Bernard Williams ( 10)

The shooters of Sochaux ' 69 hits are not fully be determined on the basis of available literature; exact data exist only for Courtois (22) Faczinek (15) Ithurbide ( 4), Padrón (2) and Hoffmann ( 1). For this purpose, it is known that Sarrieux scored in a single game three and cellar in another two goals.

Most successful goal scorers

With a total of 793 goals in 240 matches, there was an average of 3.3 goals per game.