1976–77 French Division 1

The 1976/77 season was the 39th staging of the professional French football Division 1 champion for the fourth time after 1965 the FC Nantes.

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:

  • Three clubs from the far north ( Lille, Racing Lens, U.S. Valenciennes Anzin )
  • Three from Paris and the Champagne (Paris Saint- Germain, Stade Reims, Troyes Aube Football )
  • Three from the Northeast (FC Metz, AS Nancy, FC Sochaux )
  • Four, from the northwest (FC Nantes and the three newly promoted Stade Rennes, Angers SCO, Stade Laval )
  • One from the southwest ( Girondins Bordeaux),
  • Five from the southeast ( defending champions AS Saint -Etienne, Olympique Lyon, Olympique Nîmes, Olympique Marseille, OGC Nice),
  • One from Corsica ( Bastia SEC ).

First match was August 6, 1976, last day of play June 8, 1977, interrupted by a three-week winter break.

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 bonus point scheme for particularly " torhungrige " teams had been abolished to this season.

In the first two months Nice dominated the league, in which but then ' Association's internal frictions " negative effect, so that a group of four competitors was allowed to settle. These teams remained unbeaten throughout the season in front of their home crowd and made there only a few draws ( Bastia two, three Nantes, Saint- Étienne - for a total of only six goals conceded - four and Lens seven draws). Autumn champion Nantes, but especially the Corsicans with their extremely prolific wingers Džajić / Zimako held up in the second half with in, and lay in the direct encounter in January 1977 returned only one point. In Nantes Bastia led to 84 minutes 1-0, but at the final whistle it was 3-1 for the " Canaris ", and recovered from this setback Bastia no longer: the end of the season SEBC was back eleven points and also had Lens must allow to happen.

The experts had not had the FC Nantes in the summer 1976 on the bill - too large to them seemed the personnel upheaval to be there, because not only several key players, but in particular " masterpiece maker" Arribas had to leave the club after 16 years. But his successor Vincent, come from Zweitdivisionär FC Lorient, managed to " stomp out of talent the club a successful team from the ground " few remaining veterans around. Sense Pictorial played these " young guns " in their ranks alone five players had scored more than ten goals at the third last game the defending champion and record holder from Saint- Étienne on the wall, made ​​for the " changing of the guard " and finished the season with nine points clear to runner-up Lens.

In the lower table region, all three newly promoted again found, of which Angers and Rennes had to immediately return to the Division 2, accompanied by the OSC Lille. In their place, completed the following season, Racing Strasbourg, AS Monaco and FC Rouen the participants the top division.

TV = title holder, A = Up

Players of the Master

During the season, following 22 players were under coach Jean Vincent been used (in brackets: number of point games): Loïc Amisse (38 ), " Hugo" Bargas (29 ), Bruno Baronchelli (37 ), Jean -Paul Bertrand- Demanes ( 34), Michel Bibard ( 1), Maxime Bossis ( 24), Raynald Denoueix (20 ), Jean -Marc Desrousseaux (4 ), Robert Gadocha (9 ), Guy Lacombe ( 1), Henri Michel ( 38), Oscar Muller ( 15 ), Jean -Claude Osman (20 ), Éric Pécout (29 ), Gilles Rampillon (26 ), Patrice Rio (34 ), Omar Sahnoun (31 ), Bruno Steck ( 2) Yves Triantafilos (5 ), Thierry Tusseau ( 26), Georges Van Straelen (12 ), Bernard Vendrely ( 4)

Nantes ' 80 goals scored: Sahnoun 15, Pécout 12, Amisse, Baronchelli, Michel respectively 11, 6 Rampillon, Rio 5, Bargas 3, Gadocha 2, Bossi, Tusseau, Van Straelen per 1 Added to this was an own goal.

Most successful goal scorers

With a total of 1125 hits in 380 matches, there was an average of 2.96 goals per game.