1952–53 French Division 1

The season 1952/53, was the 15th staging of the professional French football Division 1 champion Stade Reims, who won his second title after 1949.

Were eligible to the clubs who had not completed the preseason worse than 16th place, and the two newly promoted from the second division. Thus, in this season the following teams played for the title:

  • Three clubs from the far north ( Lille, CO Roubaix - Tourcoing, Racing Lens )
  • Three from the Ile- de -France and Champagne ( Up Stade Français and Racing from Paris to Stade Reims )
  • Three from the Northeast (FC Sochaux FC Nancy, FC Metz),
  • Three from the West (Le Havre AC, Stade Rennes UC, Girondins Bordeaux),
  • Six from the southeast (AS Saint- Étienne, FC Sète, intermediate SO Montpellier, Nîmes Olympique, Olympique Marseille, defending OGC Nice).

First match was August 24, 1952, last day of play May 24, 1953. A " winter break " did not exist.

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 table 16th had to confront in the Barrages with the second division third party.

Master Reims succeeded almost a start- to-finish victory; the team with 14 players got along during the 38 games and only on December 14, 1952 suffered their first home defeat, made ​​for a season, the " from the end of the first round, the voltage was missing at the latest ". None of the competitors, not the home strong Nîmes (14 wins, 3 draws ), pointed to the constancy that would have been necessary to prevent that in the end was the team with the best attack and the best defense champion. Reims also qualified for the Coupe Latine, she was able to win this year even. A few days after the local final, Red and Whites, however, lost their striker Francis Méano in a tragic accident.

The decision, however, went down to the end of gossamer and dramatic; but the 11th and the 17th finally parted in the final table just two points, and Racing Paris had are left standing because the " Penguins" at home led 1-0 on the final day against Nancy to a few minutes before the final whistle, then had to accept two goals. With the Racing League lost another of their founding members; represented by 1932 through in her after this season were only still Marseilles, Sète, Lille and Roubaix - Tourcoing, with the latter two were strictly due to their merger history is no longer the clubs of 1932. Also Rennes had to dismount; against the Zweitdivisionär Racing Strasbourg subject to the Bretons in the elimination matches 1:3 and 0:4. AS Monaco in the Division 1 on - At the following season also rose Toulouse FC and - for the first time in their history.

TV = title holder, A = Up

Players of the Master

During the season, following 14 players were under coach Albert Batteux been used (in brackets: number of point games): Bram Appel ( 32), Raymond Cicci (34) Léon Glovacki (32 ), André Jacowski (2 ), Robert Jonquet ( 34), Raymond Kopa (33 ), Michel Leblond ( 3), Roger Marche ( 34), Francis Méano (28 ), Armand Penverne (34 ), Paul Sinibaldi (34 ), Pierre Sinibaldi (24 ), Jean Templin (17 ) Simon Zimny ​​(33 )

Reims ' 86 goals were scored by: Appel 30, Kopa 13, Glovacki, Méano, Pierre Sinibaldi, respectively 11, Penverne 3, Cicci 2, Jonquet, Marche and Templin per 1 There were also two own goals.

Most successful goal scorers

With a total of 962 goals in 306 matches, there was an average of 3.1 goals per game.