1969–70 French Division 1

The season 1969/70 was the 32nd of professional French football Division 1 champion for the fourth time in a row, AS Saint- Étienne, which thus won their sixth title since 1957.

Were eligible to the clubs who had not completed the preseason worse than 16th place, plus a direct promoted from the second division and the winner of relegation, in which also a second division had prevailed. Thus, in this season the following teams played for the title:

  • Two clubs from the northern border region (U.S. Valenciennes Anzin, CS Sedan (a)),
  • One from the Ile- de -France ( Red Star FC)
  • Three from the Northeast (FC Sochaux, Racing Strasbourg, FC Metz),
  • Four, from the northwest (FC Rouen, Rennes UC, intermediate SCO Angers, Nantes )
  • Two from the southwest ( Girondins Bordeaux, Relegation winner AS Angoulême )
  • Four from the southeast ( defending champions AS Saint -Etienne, Olympique Lyon, Olympique Nîmes Olympique Marseille),
  • Two from Corsica ( AC Ajaccio, Bastia SEC ).

History, results and tables

It was the two- point rule; case of a tie, the goal difference was the decisive factor for the placement. With the start of this season, a substantial revision entered into force: player contracts were ( initially contrat à temps for at least four years) completed as of July 1, 1969 no longer "on ( almost ) life time ", but only temporary. For this success, the players union UNFP or its early protagonists had fought more than a decade.

For Rethacker leaves " of the Championship course be illustrated in a single game," namely the match between Marseille and Saint -Etienne on August 27, 1969. In a crowded Stade Vélodrome with spectators who had advanced to the sidelines, the score at half-time 0-2 back, had the game but - strengthened by self-confidence, which was also arise from a 8:2 over Rennes in the previous week - shot in the final quarter of an hour. As the referee a hit Marseilles not recognized shortly before the final whistle and stormed part of the audience on the lawn, the referee stopped the encounter; it was considered by the Association FFF then with the result at this time (2:3), and a few days later granted the Greens - as "Green" the players of the ASSE are referred to this day - even the local rivals Lyon, the second after the Gameday had even been leaders on whose turf a hefty lesson ( 7:1). After the first round Saint- Étienne had nine points ahead of the second, Bordeaux, and still had not lost the game. The fact that they are in the back series three defeats, two of them at home contributed, did not prevent it even had eleven points ahead of runners-up Marseille at the end. The Greens also had also won the cup, so that their second Doublé after 1968, and qualified for the European Cup of Champions 1970/71.

In addition, coined two strong climber, Angoulême in fourth and seventh Angers, the image of this season; However, an even stronger response elicited what occurred after the 34th game day. In the Barrages to rise or relegation to Bastia and Nancy had athletic enforced against Ajaccio and Olympique Avignon, while second division champions OGC Nice had qualified directly; then the FC Rouen joined for financial reasons, to the withdrawal from the professional operation. During the summer break the association, the league decided that short-term increase to 20 participants, which also Ajaccio and bottom Valenciennes still allowed to belong to the Division 1 - but not Avignon. In its place, the competent FFF subdivision gave the second division Fourth Stade Reims the rise, to everyone's surprise, but given its great past certainly to the delight of the public: a major newspaper called Stade's return to the first division at the time as " the return of the most beautiful the exhibit at the Museum of French football ".

TV = title holder, A = Up or relegation winner

Players of the Master

During the season, following 19 players were under coach Albert Batteux been used (in brackets: number of point games): Georges Bereta (33 ), Bernard Bosquier (34 ), José Broissart (15 ), Francis Camerini (22 ), Georges Carnus ( 30 ), Vladimir Ďurkovič (24 ), Gérard Farison (10 ), Robert Herbin (18 ), Aimé Jacquet (23 ), Salif Keïta (31 ), Jean -Michel Larqué (28 ), Gerard Migeon (4 ), Roland Mitoraj ( 20 ), Patrick Parizon (12 ), José Pelletier ( 3), Georges Polny (28 ), Hervé Revelli (31 ), Patrick Revelli ( 1), Spasoje Samardzic (15 )

Who besides H. Revelli (28) and Keita (21 ) nor the extent to Saint -Etienne contributed 88 point game gates, can not be determined from the available literature. Parmentier are the shooters of Saint -Etienne summed up 113 hits in Division 1 and Coupe de France summarily to; then were the competitive match goal scorers this season: H. Revelli (35 ), Keita ( 29), Bereta (12) Larqué (11) Herbin (6 ), Jacquet ( 5), Parizon ( 4), Bosquier, Samardzic each 3, Polny, Broissart 2 each, Camerini 1

Most successful goal scorers

With a total of 973 goals in 306 matches, there was an average of 3.2 goals per game.