1956–57 French Division 1

The season 1956/57, was the 19th staging of the professional French football Division 1 champion for the first time in their history the AS Saint- Étienne.

Were eligible to the clubs who had not completed the preseason worse than on the 15th place, and two direct promoted from the second division and the winner of the relegation round between the 16th of the first and the third placed teams from the second division. Thus, in this season the following teams played for the title:

  • Two clubs from the far north (Racing Lens, Relegation winner U.S. Valenciennes Anzin )
  • Three from Paris or Champagne- Ardenne (Racing Paris, Stade Reims, UA Sedan- Torcy )
  • Two from the north- west (the two newly promoted Stade Rennes UC and SCO Angers )
  • Four from the Northeast (FC Metz FC Nancy, Racing Strasbourg, FC Sochaux )
  • One from the southwest (Toulouse FC)
  • Six from the southeast (AS Saint -Etienne, Olympique Lyon, Olympique Nîmes, Olympique Marseille, defending OGC Nice, AS Monaco).

First match was August 19, 1956, last day of play May 19, 1957 A " winter break " did not exist.; Reims, for example, denied point games on 25 and 29 December and 1 and 6 January.

History, results and tables

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

Saint- Étienne got off to a start- to-finish victory; this trainer Snella had to build an almost completely new team, which he mainly operated from the own second team, the 1956 French Amateur Champion had grown and out of the maximum he made ​​five 20 -year-old with the professionals to permanent employees. But the "green cavalry " with their attacking trident Mekhloufi / Njo - Léa / Rijvers stormed from the beginning their opponents into the ground, winning in Nancy 7:1, 6:3 against Marseille, in Sedan 6:2 and led after the tenth Round and a 5-4 win in Reims the table with six points ahead. Saint- Étienne was also winter champions, albeit with only two points ahead of Reims. Seven laps from the end of the season competitor had claimed points is even open from Champagne to ASSE and Lens to zoom worked up to three lengths. Then Reims went something out of the air and Saint- Étienne won in Lens; this advantage could no longer take the Greens.

The relegation zone began this season already from table in seventh place, and at the end, " mourned the east of France on the descent of Strasbourg and Nancy ," while " in the Languedoc, faced with two direct Comer ( Olympique Alès and AS Béziers ) elation " prevailed. In the subsequent Barrages between the tables - 16th and the Third Division 2 continued the unterklassige OSC Lille to three games by and also increased on the following season. The season was overshadowed by the lack of control of the former French international's Abdesselem from Nîmes, who had beaten an arbitrator and had it blocked by the Association for two years.

TV = title holder, A = Direct Movers, A = Up on the Relegation Round

Players of the Master

During the season, following 16 players were under coach Jean Snella been used (in brackets: number of point games): Claude Abbes (34 ), Juan Casado ( 3), Rene Domingo ( 34), René Ferrier (28 ), Armand Fouillen ( 10), Yvon Goujon ( 5), Bernard Lefèvre (29 ), Rachid Mekhloufi (30 ), Eugène Njo - Léa (32 ), Jean Oleksiak (14 ), Georges Peyroche ( 19), Kees Rijvers (33) Michel Tylinski ( 25 ), Richard Tylinski (34 ), Émile Wassmer (10 ), François Wicart (34 )

The shooters of Saint- Etienne's 88 hits are not all listed in the present literature. Parmentier summarizes this for all the competitions together together. Thereafter, in addition to the best league goal scorers Njo - Léa (29 point game results) and Mekhloufi (25 ) in particular Lefèvre and Rijvers were often successful. Njo - Léa had brought it here on eleven consecutive matches in which he at least managed a goal, which alone these " small series" totaled 17 hits.

Most successful goal scorers

With a total of 1030 hits in 306 matches, there was an average of 3.4 goals per game.