1977–78 French Division 1

The season 1977/78 was the 40th staging of the professional French football Division 1 champion for the third time since 1961, the AS Monaco.

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:

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

First match was the 3rd August 1977 last day of play May 2, 1978 Although the seasonal calendar due to the subsequent World Cup finals, for France for the first time in twelve years had been able to qualify again, packed very tight -. Among others, several " English weeks " - there was a French standards relatively long winter break from December 19 to January 6.

History, results and tables

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

During the first round to Nantes, Marseille and Nice provided a three-way battle for the leadership. Particularly Nice trumped heavily on, among other things, started with three away wins and won the unofficial fall championship. But this momentum could the Black - Red - and not for the first time - do not keep over the winter also: Nancy (7:3 on the Cote d' Azur) and Lens 3-1 launched in January the crash of the "Young Eagles" ( Aiglons ) one to eighth place in the standings. For this saw when Nantes struck out four laps before the end of the season Marseille, everything after a successful title defense which again extremely strong home Canaris, who had to at the Stade Marcel- Saupin throughout the season in 19 games conceding only two draws. But the FCN let into the opponent Staden too many points and gave the penultimate round even when severed tail light from a counter from Rouen; could no longer make up a final 6-1 victory over Nice. Because of all the climbers from the Principality of Monaco won his last five matches and all but dismissed in the final bill, although the slightly inferior goal difference, but a plus point more on. Monaco was to Bordeaux ( 1950) and Saint- Étienne ( 1964) only the third - and to this day (2012 ) last - Movers in league history, the instantly succeeded in winning the league title. With Strasbourg also completed a second league returnees from the season on the podium. "Father of the success " of the ASM was coach Leduc, who had Monaco led to his first two league titles already in the early 1960s and who had succeeded with his routine to get as far as a team with a " not saddle- solid defense," that it in June 1978 was "Princess Caroline hand over the crown champion as a wedding gift ."

At the bottom, the "Red Devils " from Rouen had early lost the connection while had to fight until the last match against relegation seven other teams. Then had the table 13th from Nîmes just two points more than the 18th and the 19th (Lens or Troyes ); and even in these two simply decided the opposite Lyon inferior goal difference, that they had not managed to avoid relegation. In their place, returned to the next season of SCO Angers, Lille and Paris FC back in Division 1.

TV = title holder, A = Up

Players of the Master

During the season under coach Lucien Leduc were the following 21 players been used (in brackets: number of point games): Jean -Pierre Chaussin (16) Yves Chauveau ( 4), Heriberto Correa (29 ), Rolland Courbis (27 ), Christian Dalger (36 ), Jean -Luc Ettori (34 ), Jean -Claude Fages (2 ), Daniel François ( 13), Bernard Gardon (34 ), Thierry Gudimard (3 ), Jean -Noël Luccioni (1 ), Alain Moizan ( 38), Raoul Noguès (36 ), Delio Onnis (35 ), Serge Perruchini (1 ), Jean Petit (38) Roger Ricort ( 3), Michel Rouquette (25 ), André Tuybens (2 ), Albert Vanucci (30 ) Alfred Vitalis (38 )

For a complete list of shooters of Monaco's 79 hits does not exist in the present literature. Exact figures are not known only for Onnis (29) and Dalger (18).

Most successful goal scorers

With a total of 1,135 hits in 380 matches, there was an average of 3.0 goals per game.