1961–62 French Division 1

The 1961/62 season was the 24th edition of the professional French football Division 1 champion Stade Reims, who won his sixth 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:

  • A club from the far north (Racing Lens )
  • Four from Paris and the Champagne (Racing Paris, Stade Français and Stade Reims, UA Sedan- Torcy )
  • Four from the Northeast (FC Nancy and the three newly promoted FC Sochaux FC Metz, Racing Strasbourg )
  • Four from the Pacific Northwest (Le Havre AC, FC Rouen, Rennes UC, SCO Angers )
  • Seven from the south (AS Saint -Etienne, Olympique Lyon, Toulouse FC, ​​newly promoted SO Montpellier, Nimes Olympique OGC Nice, defending champions AS Monaco).

First match was August 19, 1961, last day of play May 20, 1962 A " winter break " did not exist.; rather was played even on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

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 printed French literature is almost unanimous that the long -term significance of this season is based on the drama of the last game, which offered a " heart-stopping " between three teams, each of which would have deserved the title. It was Racing Paris, already hairsbreadth sidestepped last year in the championship and in the previous two seasons each third party to Olympique Nimes, now almost tragic "eternal second " ( in the championship in 1958, 1959 and 1960, to the national Cup in 1958, and in three of these four cases behind Stade Reims ), and these same Reims. On that May 20, 1962 the initial position before kickoff of the 38th matchday was that Nîmes by one point led the table and "only" had to prevail at Stade Français, which seemed gone for the season; behind ranked tied Racing and Stade, the Parisians had 1.355 compared with 1,322 the better Torquotienten. Paris sparked his job, won at defending AS Monaco 2-1 and imagined himself, as there the news of Nîmes ' surprising 0-1 defeat was a few minutes later known already as the new champion of France - but only very briefly, because then gave the radio the result from Reims known: the Elf from the Champagne region had Strasbourg outclassed 5-1, and the slide rule found a tiny projection of Reims goal difference from that of the Hauptstadtelf. In the Paris dressing room should have statements like " Alsatian neighborly help " more violent and made ​​the rounds. From Nîmes, however, you did not hear a bad word about Henri Skiba, from 1957 to 1960 a very successful striker at Olympique, who had now achieved for Stade Français, the Golden Gate, which once again had snapped the team from the department of Gard a title before the nose.

In two other cases, it was the goal difference, which had ruled over their placement when. Well for those involved with not so basic consequences In the mid-table, there were no less than five equal points, teams, three of which had an identical goal difference ( 1), but a minimally different Torquotienten - between Rouen and Stade Français was only the fourth decimal place the rash - and in the relegation zone, the goal difference over the decided before - or the third- last place - four years before the decision on relegation or relegation would have been. The relegated this season were replaced next season by the Zweitdivisionäre Girondins Bordeaux, Grenoble FC, ​​Olympique Marseille and Valenciennes U.S.. And two years later, the French association resulted in a tie, the goal difference instead of a goal difference; this would have been considered as early as 1962, Racing Paris Masters would become.

TV = title holder, A = Up

Players of the Master

During the season under coach Albert Batteux were the following 21 players been used (in brackets: number of point games): Hassan Akesbi (36 ), Abdullah Azhar (18 ), Maurice Barreau (10 ), François Bruant ( 3), Dominique Colonna ( 27), Marcel Dantheny (1 ) Claude Dubaële ( 4), Just Fontaine ( 7), Léon Glovacki (11 ), Bernard Hiegel ( 7), Raymond Kopa (30 ), Marcel Moreau ( 24), Lucien Muller ( 32) Roger Piantoni (18 ), Claude Robin ( 6 ), Bruno Rodzik (38 ), Paul Sauvage (24 ), Robert Siatka (34 ), François Soltys (16 ), Jean Vincent ( 37 ), Jean Wendling (35)

Reims ' 83 goals scored: Akesbi 23 ( a) Piantoni 16, Azhar, Vincent each 9, Sauvage 5, Glovacki 4, Dubaële, Soltys per 3, Fontaine, Kopa, Moreau, Muller 2 each, Bruant and Siatka first ever purpose was an own goal.

Most successful goal scorers

With a total of 1192 hits in 380 matches, there was an average of 3.14 goals per game.