1959–60 French Division 1

The season 1959/60 was the 22nd staging of the professional French football Division 1 champion Stade Reims, who won his fifth title since 1949.

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

  • Two clubs from the far north (Racing Lens, U.S. Valenciennes Anzin )
  • Four from Paris or Champagne- Ardenne (Racing Paris, Stade Français climber, Stade Reims, UA Sedan- Torcy )
  • Two from the Northeast (FC Sochaux, Racing Strasbourg )
  • Three from the northwest ( Stade Rennes UC, SCO Angers, Le Havre AC Movers )
  • Three, from the southwest (FC Limoges, Toulouse FC, ​​newly promoted Girondins Bordeaux)
  • Six from the South (AS Saint -Etienne, Olympique Lyon, Olympique Nimes, Movers SC Toulon, defending OGC Nice, AS Monaco).

First match was August 15, 1959, last day of play May 28, 1960. 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.

Number one topic before the season was " Napoleon's return to Reims ", and Raymond Kopa met the high expectations ties that bound to him, fully Reims ' attack ( Kopa -Muller Fontaine- Piantoni -Vincent ) marched from victory to victory and lost first time in November a game. This was Nîmes - and even at the Red and Whites from the Champagne region - so that the team of coach Firoud caught up with Stade, a few weeks later autumn champion, and at times had up to five -point lead. These had also contributed to Reims had been captured at the turn of even two hefty defeats in Valenciennes and Angers, but was, above all, to Nîmes ' constancy and an equally irresistible attack formation, in which mainly Rahis, Akesbi and Skiba " the opposing defenses agony prepared ". Then, however, the South of France contributed to a number of point losses, while Reims barely gave a counter and six of his last seven games won, including the top duel in Nîmes. Also, the fact that his two top scorers failed due to injury for a long time - Piantoni from 11 October until just before Christmas, Fontaine March 20 for the rest of the season - did not change the fact that Stade at the end of five points behind seven points had made projection, resulting in Nimes had to settle for the third time in a row for the runner.

Still torhungriger as the new champion was racing Paris, which also exceeded the 100 -hit border and with a total of 118 gates to the present (including 2010/11) valid league record aufstellte. The fact that the team only finished third from the capital yet with eleven points behind, was the fact that she repeatedly made ​​inexplicably point losses between several Kanter victories, most of them even in the domestic Parc des Princes.

At the bottom, the decisions had been made relatively early stage; the two climbers from Toulon and Bordeaux, the latter with over 100 goals against, and Strasbourg and Sochaux were the 15th, Olympique Lyon, no longer be seriously dangerous. In their place rose from the Division 2 for next season of FC Grenoble ( for the first time in their history ), FC Nancy, Rouen FC and AS Troyes - Savinienne on.

TV = title holder, A = Up

Players of the Master

During the season, the following 18 players were under coach Albert Batteux been used (in brackets: number of point games): Abdullah Azhar (1 ) Raymond Baratto (9 ), Robert Bérard (21 ), Edmond Biernat (6 ), Dominique Colonna ( 32), Claude Dubaële ( 3), Just Fontaine (28 ), Raoul Giraudo ( 7), René -Jean Jacquet (6 ), Robert Jonquet (34 ), Raymond Kopa (36 ), Michel Leblond (34) Lucien Muller ( 38) Roger Piantoni (26 ), Bruno Rodzik (31 ), Robert Siatka (35 ), Jean Vincent ( 37 ), Jean Wendling (34 )

Reims ' 109 goals were scored by: Fontaine 28, Piantoni 18, Kopa, Vincent, respectively 14, 13 Muller, Bérard 10, Biernat 4, Dubaële, depending Siatka 3, Leblond, Rodzik per 1

Most successful goal scorers

With a total of 1277 hits in 380 matches, there was an average of 3.4 goals per game.