1964–65 French Division 1

The season 1964/65 was the 27th staging of the professional French football Division 1 champion, FC Nantes, who had in the first season a previously closed with the top division acquaintance.

Were eligible to the clubs who had not completed the preseason worse than in 14th place, two direct promoted from the second division and the top two of the Relegation Round. Thus, in this season the following teams played for the title:

  • Three clubs from the far north (Racing Lens, U.S. Valenciennes Anzin, intermediate Lille OSC ),
  • Two from Paris and Champagne- Ardenne ( Stade Français, UA Sedan- Torcy )
  • Two from the Northeast ( Racing Strasbourg, promoted FC Sochaux )
  • Five from the West (FC Rouen, Rennes UC, SCO Angers, Nantes, Bordeaux )
  • Six from the South ( defending AS Saint- Étienne, Lyon, Toulouse FC, ​​Olympique Nimes, Movers SC Toulon, AS Monaco).

First match was August 29, 1964, last day of play May 30, 1965. A " winter break, " there was December 20 to January 3.

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 season started in a common hangover, because neither the National nor the dedicated in European competitions French club teams were able to convince last. In Division 1 were missing several " draft horses " in recent years, notably Racing Paris, Marseille and Stade Reims, and several teams, such as Bordeaux and Lyon, practiced the unattractive play Catenaccio ( in France vividly called béton ). All this led to a noticeable decline in the interest and viewership.

All the more surprised during the season two teams positive, had been with which hardly expected: Valenciennes offered a very cohesive team, possessed with Masnaghetti and Sauvage a torgefährliches strike duo and led to the completion of the Hinserie, which also Bordeaux had been repeated forward, the table. However, the Northern French eased in the second half of the season, where they remained unbeaten until the end only one of the league, at least in front of their audience. For the young, inexperienced team from Nantes had played in the second round, then a real "run" and got out of their last 16 games lost only one. The previous year's Movers preferred an offensive, refreshing and sometimes spectacular play in which the players no tactical concept was imposed; this season was, although Nantes at the end only 43 points on the credit side saw the beginning of a - together with Saint- Étienne - long-lasting supremacy in France, and the jeu à la Nantaise ( " game to the type of FC Nantes " ) is to praised in the present as exemplary.

In the relegation zone was clear early on that Toulon had to return to the second division, while the question of who had then to fight in the Barrages for the league until recently remained open. Of the five teams that were at risk before the final day, it hit Rouen, Nimes, which then held their own against two Zweitdivisionäre. Since the division was 1 increased to 20 participants for the following season, came from the Division 2 three "old friends " (OGC Nice, Red Star Audonien, AS Cannes) to do so.

TV = title holder, A = Up

Players of the Master

During the season, following 19 players were under coach José Arribas been used (in brackets: number of point games): Bernard Blanchet (32 ), Sadek Boukhalfa (26 ), Georges Bout (15 ), Robert Budzynski (33 ), André Castel ( 1), Gabriel De Michele (27 ), Daniel Éon (33 ), Philippe Gondet (16 ), Georges Grabowski (2 ), Jean Guillot (5) Yves Jort ( 4), Lionel Lamy ( 4), Gilbert Le Chenadec ( 33), Ramon Muller ( 29), Joël Prou ( 4), Rafael Santos (27 ), Robert Siatka (22 ), Jacques Simon (32 ), Jean -Claude Suaudeau (29).

Most successful goal scorers

With a total of 869 goals in 306 matches, there was an average of 2.84 goals per game.