1965–66 French Division 1

The 1965/66 season was the 28th staging of the professional French football Division 1 champion for the second time of Nantes, who was able to defend his title from last year; this was in league history only once before succeeded ( Nice 1952).

Were eligible to the clubs who had not completed the previous season worse than on the 15th place, and three direct promoted from the second division and the two winners of the play-offs, which is both first division (Rouen, Nimes ) the class had been able to keep. Thus, in this season the following teams played for the title:

  • Three clubs from the far north (Racing Lens, U.S. Valenciennes Anzin, Lille OSC ),
  • Three from Paris or Champagne- Ardenne ( Stade Français, promoted Red Star Olympique, UA Sedan- Torcy )
  • Two from the Northeast ( Racing Strasbourg, FC Sochaux )
  • Five from the West (FC Rouen, Rennes UC, defending champions FC Nantes, Angers SCO, Girondins Bordeaux),
  • Seven from the south (AS Saint -Etienne, Olympique Lyon, Toulouse FC, ​​Olympique Nimes, AS Monaco and the two newly promoted AS Cannes, OGC Nice).

First match was August 22, 1965, last day of play June 11, 1966. A " winter break, " there was from December 20 to January 9.

History, results and tables

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

Nantes before Bordeaux and Valenciennes was the same inlet as 1964/65, but there were significant differences from the previous season. After all this time Nantes presented almost a start - to-finish victory, and already with his 2-1 victory at the Girondins in September, the title race was as good as decided for the media. In fact, the Canaris extended their lead even further out, stayed at home - with only two negative points at the Stade Marcel- Saupin - undefeated and lost only four games at all. The two rivals showed the identical number of scored as trapped doors, but Nantes had so seven points more brought as the Girondins, and the game concepts were different hardly be: while Bordeaux ' Catalan coach Artigas put on a the Catenaccio related, defensive system - referred to in France as vividly Concrete -, left his colleague Arribas Basque players a lot of freedom in a basically very attack-minded concept. This season there was only one fly in the ointment for Nantes: as the Canaris achieved their sixth goal in Cannes on the final day, Éon celebrated this with a leap of joy - and tore it from the Achilles tendon, which the goalkeeper cost to participate in the World Cup finals.

At the bottom of Division 1 of the two previous climbers ( Red Star, Cannes) were early established as a direct relegated; both were left without a single away win. Very much scarcer was deciding who would in the subsequent Barrages still have to fight to avoid relegation: Stade Français and Lyon kept only the wafer-thin goal difference before. However, then also Nîmes and Lille prevailed against their second division opponents. For the following season returned, much to the delight of many fans, the club treasurer and the specialist media, with Stade Reims and Olympique Marseille two " Large French football " in the top flight back.

TV = title holder, A = intermediate, R = relegation Relegation by

Players of the Master

During the season under coach José Arribas were the following 19 players been used (in brackets: number of point games): Bernard Blanchet (37 ), Robert Budzynski (34 ), André Castel ( 1), Gabriel De Michele (35 ), Daniel Éon (37 ), Gérard Georgin (7 ), Philippe Gondet (37 ), Georges Grabowski (29) Yves Jort ( 1), Gilbert Le Chenadec (32 ), Francis Magny (18 ), Jean -Pierre Mourier ( 3), Ramón Muller ( 30), Joël Prou (15 ), Claude Robin ( 28), Rafael Santos ( 2), Jacques Simon (30 ), Jean -Claude Suaudeau (31 ), Bako Touré ( 11)

Nantes ' 84 goals scored: Gondet 36, Simon 14, Blanchet 10, Magny, Muller, Suaudeau respectively 4, Le Chenadec, Touré per 3 Georgin, Prou 2 each, Budzynski, Robin per 1 Philippe Gondet had four games in three - and in an encounter even met four times.

Most successful goal scorers

With a total of 1190 hits in 380 matches, there was an average of 3.1 goals per game.