1979–80 French Division 1

The 1979/80 season was the 42nd staging of the professional French football Division 1 champion for the fifth time after 1965 the FC Nantes.

Were eligible to the clubs who had not completed the preseason worse than 17th place, to only in exceptional cases a direct promoted from the second division - the second division champions FC Gueugnon waived because he was not ready to accept the necessary professional status, which Valenciennes in the League remained - and the winner of the Relegation round. Thus, in this season the following teams played for the title:

  • Three clubs from the far north ( Lille, U.S. Valenciennes Anzin, Relegation winner Racing Lens )
  • One from Paris (Paris Saint- Germain ),
  • Four from the Northeast ( defending Racing Strasbourg, Nancy, Metz FC, ​​FC Sochaux )
  • Four from the North West (FC Nantes, Stade Laval, Angers SCO, Stade Brest Up )
  • One from the southwest ( Girondins Bordeaux),
  • Six from the southeast (AS Saint -Etienne, Olympique Lyon, Olympique Nîmes, Olympique Marseille, OGC Nice, AS Monaco),
  • One from Corsica ( Bastia SEC ).

First match was July 26, 1979, last day of play May 27, 1980. From mid-December to mid-January, there was a five-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.

Saint- Étienne, which finally wanted to win a championship after three " untitled years " and it had invested heavily ( Platini, Rep), delivered in the first half of the season head-to -head race with Monaco. With the renewed offensive strength but went - especially due to piazzas departure showed the Greens at the end of 50 goals conceded on (Nantes and Monaco only 30 each) - a loss of stability of the defense along, so that the Monegasque led the table in December by three points; a counter behind it ranked the FC Nantes. Last year's champion Strasbourg, however, was also in the second half "of the great absentee in the title fight ," while " the big surprise Sochaux " - the Elf from the Franche -Comté had consistently placed on players from their own youth department that was 1975 finalist in the Coupe Gambardella - was joined in the spring of 1980 to the Führungstroika. At the same time Monaco went a little air out, and the end of April took over the leadership Nantes, which clashed before the 36th matchday of the Nantes Sochaux, but only one point was. In this preliminary decision tip the game at home in the championship undefeated in four years Bretons translated - last home defeat on 15 May 1976 to Paris SG - 3-2, won their last two matches and was the fifth time in 15 years, Master. For Sochaux the runner-up title as the best placement remained for 27 years and qualified for the UEFA Cup, in which the FCS pushed forward a year later to the semifinals.

In Table basement newbie Brest was mainly due to his disastrous performance in the opposing stadiums - there only get two draws in 17 defeats, and Brest's " one-man attack " Dragutin Vabec firing shots all five goals - knocked off early, and Marseille did not have required for the relegation quality. Lyon, however, could argue against Zweitdivisionär Olympique Avignon in the subsequent Barrages. For the following season, topped with FC Tours and AJ Auxerre for two clubs, which until then had never been represented in Division 1.

TV = title holder, A = Direct Movers, Movers, thanks A = Relegation victory

Players of the Master

During the season, the following 18 players were under coach Jean Vincent been used (in brackets: number of point games): Loïc Amisse (34 ), Henri Aniol ( 1), William Ayache (21 ), Bruno Baronchelli (29 ), Jean -Paul Bertrand Demanes (35) Michel Bibard ( 4), Maxime Bossis (33 ), Jean -Marc Desrousseaux ( 3), Henri Michel ( 34), Oscar Muller ( 36), Éric Pécout (33 ), Fabrice Picot (6 ) Gilles Rampillon (37 ), Patrice Rio (36 ), José Touré ( 10), Enzo Trossero (35 ), Victor Trossero (32 ), Thierry Tusseau (34 )

Nantes ' 76 goals scored: Pécout, V. Trossero 13 each, Rampillon 10, Amisse 8, E. Trossero 6, Muller 5, Baronchelli, Rio, Touré 4 ever Bossi 3, Michel, Tusseau 2 each, 1 picot To this was an own goal.

Most successful goal scorers

With a total of 1073 hits in 380 matches, there was an average of 2.8 goals per game.