1968–69 French Division 1

The 1968/69 season was the 31st staging of the professional French football Division 1 champion was again defending champions AS Saint- Étienne, who succeeded in this for the fifth time since 1957.

Were eligible to the clubs who had not completed the preseason worse than on the 15th place, plus a direct promoted from the second division, and the two winners from the Relegation Round 16 to 17 of the first and second and third place all of the second division. Thus, in this season the following teams played for the title:

  • A club from the far north (U.S. Valenciennes Anzin )
  • Two from Paris and the Ardennes ( Red Star FC, Racing Paris - Sedan )
  • Three from the Pacific Northwest (FC Rouen, Rennes UC, FC Nantes),
  • Three from the Northeast (FC Metz, Sochaux, Relegation winner Racing Strasbourg )
  • One from the southwest ( Girondins Bordeaux),
  • Six from the southeast ( defending AS Saint- Etienne, Olympique Lyon, Olympique Nîmes relegation winner, Olympique Marseille, OGC Nice, AS Monaco),
  • Two from Corsica (AC Ajaccio, Bastia Movers SEC ).

First match was September 3, 1968, last day of play June 14, 1969. There was a three-week " winter break " between mid-December and early 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, and this was identical, was the better position in the fairness ranking.

Defending Saint- Étienne had indeed lost his long-time game designer Mekhloufi, but pricked other stockings on the offensive ( Revelli, Keïta ), and the defense of the "Green " was almost invincible: throughout the first round she had only nine goals for and the Elf also afforded only one defeat ( in the neighborhood derby against Lyon, even in front of their audience). Nevertheless, Bordeaux continued until mid- December step, and only its 2:3 defeat in Saint-Etienne gave the ASSE two -point lead, and then the fall championship. By mid-April the Greens built their lead up to seven points, to which had contributed that Bordeaux had prevailed in the Cup round against the ASSE, thereby also " had to continue to dance at two weddings while Saint- Étienne to the could focus Championship ". Still came Bordeaux - the team with the highest-scoring attack - in the last few weeks again, but you never more closer than two points.

The only team that could long keep up with these two dominant counterparty, Rouen was the ending in January remained unbeaten from October, but then ran out of the air. At the bottom, there were concluded with Monaco and Nice two neighboring teams had to both take the course in the second division - Rethacker refers to this as " size and decline on the Côte d' Azur " - because the Monegasque in the Barrages against the Second Division 2 (AS Angoulême ) were subject to after three games. In addition to Angoulême rose to even second division next season champion SCO Angers on.

Characterized was the season of ongoing clashes between Football Federation and players' union, the latter asserted itself in the question that professional contracts in future only four years ( contrat à temps ) and not more or less " for life " - that is, of up to reaching 35th Birthday - could be completed. In addition, the player jerseys in the 1968/69 season were first included advertising prints.

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

Players of the Master

During the season, following 15 players were under coach Albert Batteux been used (in brackets: number of point games): Georges Bereta (33 ), Bernard Bosquier (33 ), Francis Camerini (23 ), Georges Carnus (32) Vladimir Ďurkovič ( 29), André Fefeu (22 ), Robert Herbin (26 ), Aimé Jacquet (31 ), Salif Keïta (33 ), Jean -Michel Larqué ( 19), Gerard Migeon (2 ), Roland Mitoraj (34 ), Frederic N ' Doumbé ( 8), Georges Polny (29 ), Hervé Revelli (31 )

Who else in the league scoring charts (see here below ) placed in front Revelli (22 matches ) and Keïta (21 matches ) has contributed more to Saint- Etienne's 70 point game gates, is not shown completely in the present literature. Parmentier called the shooters only summarized for all competitions this season; that, in addition to the two Mentioned were particularly Bereta, Fefeu and Herbin successful.

Most successful goal scorers

With a total of 816 goals in 306 matches, there was an average of 2.7 goals per game.