1978–79 French Division 1

The 1978/79 season was the 41st staging of the professional French football Division 1 champion for the first time in their history Racing Strasbourg.

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 (U.S. Valenciennes Anzin, intermediate Lille OSC ),
  • Three from Paris and the Champagne (Paris SG, intermediate Paris FC and Stade Reims )
  • Four from the Northeast (FC Metz, AS Nancy, Racing Strasbourg, FC Sochaux )
  • Three from the northwest ( FC Nantes, Stade Laval, intermediate SCO Angers )
  • One from the southwest ( Girondins Bordeaux),
  • Six from the southeast (AS Saint -Etienne, Olympique Lyon, Olympique Nîmes, Olympique Marseille, OGC Nice, defending champions AS Monaco),
  • One from Corsica ( Bastia SEC ).

First match was July 19, 1978, last day of play June 1, 1979. A winter break there was from mid-December to late 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.

Strasbourg was after Matchday first time at number one, was then defeated and had long ceased in November three -point lead over defending champion Monaco and five on Saint- Étienne on. Then lost the Alsace in Paris SG, allowed themselves to Laval in the Stade de la Meinau a point loss and arrived in Nantes under the wheels. While Monaco subsided, Nantes had become the main competitor of Strasbourg, but after the short winter break succeeded in Strasbourg, " Yellow " and "Green" - as Nantes and Saint- Étienne are called because of their dress colors to the 21st century - at a distance from hold, but the was a maximum of two points in the second half. Only a smooth victory in Lyon on Matchday 38 Racing finally secured the title. The three top teams each had an impressive home record: Strasbourg (with four draws) and Nantes ( even only two draws ) remained unbeaten at home, and Saint- Étienne afforded a defeat, but won his remaining 18 home games. Nantes thus continuing his impressive run - last home defeat on 15 May 1976 to Paris SG - continues, and its only five goals in 19 league matches on home soil constituted a new league record.

At the bottom, the team was able to Reims in the traditional red and white jerseys early no longer keep up - while she was the only one who was able to achieve more than one goal in Strasbourg - and came, far behind, the only direct relegation zone. Newcomer Paris FC had in the Barrages, where he had against the better runners Division 2, Racing Lens in the cold, and Valenciennes remained even without a fight in the top division because second division champions FC Gueugnon renounced the rise: the amateur club was not prepared to to accept the in " footballing upper house " compulsory professional status. So rose the following season alongside Lens only Stade Brest in the Division 1 on.

TV = title holder, A = Up

Players of the Master

During the season, following 21 players were under coach Gilbert Gress been used (in brackets: number of point games): René German man (28) Raymond Domenech (37 ), Dominique Dropsy (38 ), Jacques Duguépéroux (25) Yves Ehrlacher ( 18 ), Albert Gemmrich (37 ), Jacques Glassman ( 1), Roger Jouve (21 ), Jean -Jacques Marx ( 29), Eric Mosser ( 1), Jacques Novi (28 ), Francis Piasecki (38 ), Léonard Specht ( 38), Joël Tanter (31 ), Bernard Tischner ( 1), Nabatingue Toko (11 ), Jacques Vergnes ( 2), Rémi Vogel ( 1 ), Roland Wagner ( 33), Arsène Wenger ( 2), André Wiss ( 2)

Strasbourg's 68 goals were scored by: Gemmrich 17, Piasecki, Wagner respectively 14, 6 Marx, Ehrlacher 5, Tanter 3, Domenech, Woodpecker 2 each, German man, Toko, Vergnes per 1 There were also two own goals.

Most successful goal scorers

With a total of 1,141 hits in 380 matches, there was an average of 3.0 goals per game.