1951–52 French Division 1

The season 1951/52, was the 14th staging of the professional French football Division 1 champion for the second time the OGC Nice, who successfully defended his title won last year.

Were eligible to the clubs who had not completed the preseason worse than in 14th place, and two direct promoted from the second division. Then there were the two winners of the relegation round. Thus, in this season the following teams played for the title:

  • Three clubs from the far north (CO Roubaix - Tourcoing, Lille, Relegation winner Racing Lens )
  • Two from Paris and the Champagne (Racing Paris, Stade Reims )
  • Two from the Northwest (Le Havre AC, Stade Rennes UC),
  • Four, from the Northeast (FC Nancy, Racing Strasbourg, FC Sochaux, promoted FC Metz)
  • One from the southwest ( Girondins Bordeaux),
  • Six from the southeast (AS Saint -Etienne, Olympique Lyon Movers, Relegation winners FC Sète, Olympique Nîmes, Olympique Marseille, defending OGC Nice).

First match was August 26, 1951, last day of play May 25, 1952 A " winter break " did not exist.; also on 23 and 30 December point matches have been played.

History, results and tables

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

The defending champion from Nice had more staff before the season started with half a dozen new players in all parts of the team and also even the dugout " doubly occupied ": sports director Mario Zatelli, who had earned his instructor certificate as valedictorian, assisted the " Meistermacher 1951 " Numa Andoire lacking the appropriate formal qualifications. The Aiglons - as " young eagle " the players of OGC were even then called - played from start of the season top of the table with; at the end of Hinserie but stood Roubaix - Tourcoing in the first place. From that time dominated the Nice Division 1, won his points with great constancy. A week before the penultimate day met the OGC and its closest rival, Girondins Bordeaux, in the cup final on each other and delivered an intense, high-scoring and thrilling match, which finally decided the Aiglons for themselves. Apparently both teams had but suffered a significant loss of strength, because in the league they lost then each with 0:6 - Nice, Lille and Bordeaux, Marseille; thereby resulted in Nice before the 34th Round with a counter in front of the Girondins and only two against Lille. In addition, both opponents had a significantly better goal difference, and the OGC received end of the season Olympique Marseille, the only needed a draw in this game to avoid the Barrages against the third Division 2. Nice but had himself trapped, retained 2-0 the upper hand and won by the fourth club in league history also Doublé.

Marseille could be the season final with 1:3 and 4:0 secured against the U.S. Valenciennes Anzin the league, so the following season, only the capital club Stade Français and SO Montpellier the early stationary relegated teams from Lyon and Strasbourg replaced.

TV = title holder, A = intermediate, R = relegation due to the Relegation

Players of the Master

During the season the following 17 players were under coach Numa Andoire been used (in brackets: number of point games): Jean Bellver (26 ), Pär Bengtsson (26 ), Abdelaziz Ben Tifour (27 ), Antoine Bonifaci (31 ), Luis Carniglia (10 ), Désiré Carré (30 ), Georges Césari (21 ), Jean Courteaux (30 ), Marcel Domingo ( 33) Ahmed Firoud ( 19), César Hector Gonzalès (33 ), Marcel Lupi ( 1), Alphonse Martinez ( 1 ), Victor Nurenberg ( 8), Serge Pedini (22 ), Guy Poitevin (30) Léon Rossi ( 26)

A contiguous collection of shooters from Nice 65 hits can not be determined from the available literature.

Most successful goal scorers

With a total of 1,051 hits in 306 matches, there was an average of 3.4 goals per game.