1971–72 French Division 1

The 1971/72 season was the 34th of the professional French football Division 1 champion for the fourth time since 1937 Olympique Marseille.

Were eligible to the clubs who had not completed the preseason worse than 17th place, and three promoted from the second division. Thus, in this season the following teams played for the title:

  • A club from the far north ( climber Lille OSC ),
  • Three from Paris and the Champagne ( Red Star FC, newly promoted Paris Saint -Germain, Stade Reims )
  • Three from the Northeast (FC Metz, AS Nancy, FC Sochaux )
  • Five from the West ( Stade Rennes UC, FC Nantes, Angers SCO, AS Angoulême, Bordeaux )
  • Two from Corsica (AC Ajaccio, Bastia SEC )
  • Six from the southeast (AS Saint -Etienne, Olympique Lyon, Olympique Nimes, holders Olympique Marseille, OGC Nice, newly promoted AS Monaco).

First match was August 11, 1971, last day of play May 27, 1972. A " winter break " were from just before Christmas until the end of 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.

Marseille managed to defend the title with relative ease, because the pre-season to -favorites counterparty declared Saint -Etienne and Nantes were the expectations not just. Although Saint- Étienne won both games against Olympique and had the most prolific attack in the league, but allowed himself alone six home defeats and made temporarily more by the attacks of its President Roger Rocher against his Marseille counterpart Marcel Leclerc talked about, of the as " unfair solicitation was ready a long time to accept the " observed change of goalkeeper and defender Carnus Bosquier to OM. Also Nice despite the access of four internationals ( Baratelli, Loubet, Huck, Revelli ) do not confirm with benefits of his title aspirations. So remained as actual main pursuer Nîmes and Sochaux, but to Marseille always einhielten a distance of some " breathing space " allowed the old and new masters - for example, in April, when OM is " resting " on a 10 -point lead. For Nimes, where the " indestructible " Firoud squad was back in the dugout and two former Romanian International ( Voinea Pârcălab ) stormed meant second place after twelve years a sense of achievement, but at the same time confirmed its role as the " eternal second ".

At the bottom, the AS Angoulême could not avoid relegation because they at away games was quite a reliable supplier of points in particular who only was able to record two draws on the credit side there in 19 encounters. She was accompanied by Lille and Monaco, two ex- champions, although they were returned to this season only to Division 1. The third newcomer, Paris SG, had the league after this season leave - even towards third league - because he did not meet a provision Association, had to entertain even amateur and youth teams after the professional clubs; in its place of Paris FC was added to the following season in the D1. For this purpose, had also qualified on sporting merit with U.S. Valenciennes Anzin, CS Sedan and Racing Strasbourg Pierrot - Meinau the three relegated from 1971.

TV = title holder, A = Up

Players of the Master

(: Number of point games in brackets): Joseph Bonnel (30 ), Bernard Bosquier (35 ), François following 19 players come to use - During the season were among the coaches Lucien Leduc or Mario Zatelli - the sports director had Leduc replaced in the second half Bracci ( 3), Georges Carnus (38 ), Didier Couécou (32 ), Rolland Courbis ( 2) In Di Caro (15 ), Albert Emon ( 1), Gilbert Gress (36 ), Jean -Louis Hodoul (27) Édouard Kula (36 ), Daniel Leclercq (2 ), Jean -Pierre Lopez (29 ), Roger Magnusson (32 ), Jacques Novi (37 ), Josip Skoblar (31 ), Jean -Pierre Tokoto ( 1), Lambert Verdonk (8 ), Jules Zvunka (37 )

Marseille's 78 goals were scored by: Skoblar 30, Couécou 13, Novi 7, Bonnel 6, Di Caro 5, Bosquier, Magnusson, respectively 4, Gress, Verdonk per 3, Bracci, Kula per 1 Added to this was an own goal.

Most successful goal scorers

With a total of 1087 hits in 380 matches, there was an average of 2.9 goals per game.