1980–81 French Division 1

The 1980/81 season was the 43rd staging of the professional French football Division 1 champion for the tenth time since 1957, the AS Saint- Étienne.

Were eligible to the clubs who had not completed the preseason worse than 17th place, and two direct promoted from the second division 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, Racing Lens )
  • Two from Paris or Burgundy (Paris Saint- Germain, Auxerre Up )
  • Four from the Northeast (FC Metz, AS Nancy, Racing Strasbourg, FC Sochaux )
  • Four from the Pacific Northwest ( defending champion FC Nantes, Stade Laval, Angers SCO, promoted FC Tours )
  • One from the southwest ( Girondins Bordeaux),
  • Five from the southeast (AS Saint- Étienne, Relegation winner Olympique Lyon, Olympique Nimes, OGC Nice, AS Monaco),
  • One from Corsica ( Bastia SEC ).

First match was July 24, 1980, last day of play June 2, 1981. There was this time a longer winter break December 20 to January 25.

History, results and tables

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

Beginning of the season developed between Saint -Etienne and Nantes a duel for the championship, in the, apart from the first few weeks, there is no other title aspirant could intervene more. The distance between vertices and Canaris - as " Green " or " canaries " or " Yellow " were and the players of the two clubs are named because of their dress colors - never amounted to more than two points, so that the decision is actually only on the 38th Round fell. The direct encounter between the two rivals each ended in a draw. Crucial to the fact that at the end of the ASSE kept the upper hand, was their away form; into the opponent's stadiums they came for 26:12 points and therefore three more than the FCN. Then there was an almost 'historical' 0-1 home defeat against promoted Yellow Auxerre, with the team of coach Guy Roux early April 1981 at the Stade Marcel- Saupin ended an impressive run: the first time after 92 games unbeaten since May 1976 Nantes lost again one point game against the groups.

For Saint -Etienne this season meant the tenth title but also the end of a one and a half decades of dominance in French football; Beaudet calls this " the final crown before the crash ." In the spring of 1981 came to the public for the first time on rumors that President Roger Rocher led a " slush fund " - a suspicion which soon coalesced into certainty and should result in the following year to Rochers resignation. And unlike the FC Nantes, who had constantly struggled since the mid-1960s with the ASSE for supremacy in France and also won five championships in that time, they gained during more than three decades, not a single national title more.

In Table basement was already after 36 rounds fixed the descent of Angers and the " crocodiles " from Nîmes. To the relegation place but fought until the last matchday four teams, three of which then were even separated only by goal difference. It was finally the rookie from Tours, who had to go to the Barrages against the second division third party; the team to scorer Onnis succeeded in it then against Toulouse FC, but the league. For the following season supplemented by dividing 2 Stade Brest and Montpellier La Paillade SC the circle of the first division.

TV = title holder, A = intermediate, R = relegation relegation thanks to victory

Players of the Master

During the season under coach Robert Herbin were the following 17 players been used (in brackets: number of point games): Patrick Battiston (38 ), Éric Bellus (5 ), Jean Castaneda (35 ), Ivan Ćurković (3 ), Jean -Marie Elie (15 ), Bernard Gardon (37 ), Gérard Janvion (37 ), Jean -François Larios (31 ), Christian Lopez (38 ), Thierry Oleksiak ( 1), Laurent Paganelli (25 ), Michel Platini (35 ), Johnny Rep ( 32), Laurent Roussey (36 ), Jacques Santini (21 ), Jean -Louis Zanon (22 ), Jacques Zimako (30 )

The scorers of Saint- Etienne's 68 hits are not fully specified in the existing literature; most successful Platini 20, Rep 14, Roussey 12, Larios, Zimako each 5, Battiston were 4

Most successful goal scorers

With a total of 1064 hits in 380 matches, there was an average of 2.8 goals per game.